|Lotus Exige Sport 350. All images courtesy of Lotus.|
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
For most people, a car is their second biggest investment. It is a reliable form of transportation that takes them anywhere they want. And yet, many treat their car as any other regular appliance. Sure, the elements can be tough on your car, but your bad habits might be making things worse than bad weather.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
|Image courtesy of Harley Davidson|
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Few movies have affected popular culture and generated so much interest in what would otherwise have been an obscure vehicle quite like the Back to the Future trilogy. A lot of people are celebrating the movie today, from a town in California holding a festival to Toyota releasing some special videos based on the movie.
Monday, October 19, 2015
|Tesla Model S. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors.|
Thursday, October 15, 2015
|Image courtesy of Acura.|
Then I saw the latest commercial from Acura, and it really got to me.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
|2016 BMW M2. Photos courtesy of BMW.|
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
|2012 Honda Odyssey. Image courtesy of Honda.|
Monday, October 12, 2015
|All photos courtesy of Porsche.|
Friday, October 9, 2015
|2012 VW GTI. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.|
The 2012 Volkswagen GTI is the German automaker’s hot hatchback vehicle, providing aggressive looks and sound along with performance thrills. Based on the Golf platform, the GTI comes with large 18-inch alloy wheels and either two or four doors. The car provides a smooth and quiet ride, with road noise levels matching those found in some luxury vehicles. Volkswagen provides a fun car that is still practical to drive on a daily basis, commuting in comfort down both highways and city streets.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
|2012 Chevrolet Suburban. Images courtesy of Chevrolet.|
The 2012 Chevy Suburban offers a cavernous interior that can seat up to nine people, if outfitted with the optional bench seat in the front row. All three rows of seating come with plenty of shoulder, hip and legroom that can accommodate even tall adults. LTZ models come with bucket seats for the first two rows, meaning the Suburban can only seat seven occupants. The rear cargo area is humongous with 137 total cubic feet that can hold even larger pieces of furniture, outclassing other full-size SUVs.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
|2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. Images courtesy of Chevrolet.|
The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe is a traditional full-size SUV, complete with a box-frame construction like Chevy’s Silverado pickup truck. Because of its design, the Tahoe is just as comfortable ambling down freeways or city streets as it is trudging through muddy or snow off-road trails. Occupants enjoy a taller ride-height than in crossover vehicles or minivans. Still, the Tahoe offers a very smooth ride and plenty of comforts that will make occupants forget they are riding in a truck.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
|Toyota C-HR Concept. Photos courtesy of Toyota.|
Monday, October 5, 2015
|2016 Volkswagen e-Golf. Images courtesy of VW.|
Friday, October 2, 2015
|Photos courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover|
While everyone's raving about the new Tesla Model X, few people took note of another important announcement in the quest to electrify SUVs: Jaguar Land Rover is working on several concept models that could one day lead to an electric off-road machine.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Chevrolet just launched a new commercial called Woodchipper. While the automaker is using it to highlight a great feature that comes in its vehicles, it's also inadvertently showing off what's wrong with modern connectivity.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|2015 Mini Cooper S. Photo courtesy of BMW.|
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
|Image courtesy of Volvo.|
Monday, September 28, 2015
|2016 Nissan Leaf charging port. Photo courtesy of Nissan.|
A growing number of drivers don’t like how dependent modern society is on gasoline. The fact is that gasoline use comes with many drawbacks. The prices can be volatile, meaning another gas crises could pop up at just about any time. Gasoline also produces quite a bit of air pollution when it's burned, which in turn triggers a number of other problems that affect everyone. There is also the issue that oil is often obtained from areas of the world where there is much political and social strife, which is why some people want to utilize energy sources that are closer to home.
Friday, September 25, 2015
|Photo courtesy of Volvo|
Thursday, September 24, 2015
|2013 SRT Viper - images courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles|
Chrysler took a short hiatus from producing its wonderfully potent Viper sports car, but for the 2013 model year the company brough the Viper back, causing a big wave in the industry. The car was housed under the SRT brand, which caused quite a bit of confusion since the earlier Vipers were Dodges. The changes didn’t stop there, with the Viper being completely redesigned for a more modern high-performance driving experience both on the road and on the track, while thankfully still retaining some of the raw and unbridled aspects of the car.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
|Lexus CT200h. Photo courtesy of Lexus.|
Many car shoppers are looking for a greener car than the one they currently drive. For some it's about feeling like they are making a difference when it comes to the environment, while for others the desire for a green car is about saving money on fuel and other costs related to car ownership. Some car shoppers are concerned about dependence on foreign oil and its socio-political ramifications. There is also the benefit of various government purchasing incentives for certain types of vehicles that draw in buyers. Whatever your personal reason for purchasing a green vehicle, there are certain things you need to look for when evaluating your options.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
|Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Image courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.|
Unless you are a big car enthusiast or an engineer, you likely have no idea what the difference is between a vehicle’s horsepower and torque ratings. Sure, you see them listed all the time with a car’s specifications, and you know bigger numbers are better, but just what is the difference between the two ratings?
Monday, September 21, 2015
|2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI. Image courtesy of Volkswagen.|
|Photo courtesy of BMW|
When you leave a motorcycle sitting long enough without turning on the engine, the battery will lose its charge, just like in a car. If you don't want to deal with a dead battery and you aren't riding your motorcycle regularly, like when winter hits, you can still keep it ready to go at a moment's notice by charging the battery periodically.
Friday, September 18, 2015
|2015 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. Image courtesy of GM.|
Diesel cars have gained a bad rap in the United States. When most Americans hear the term “diesel powered” they think of large trucks, machinery or heavy duty pickup trucks with plumes of smoke billowing out of their exhaust pipes. They also automatically assume diesels are slow and hard to find fuel for. Recent trends predict a sudden resurgence of diesel-powered passenger vehicles in the US. In fact, you can easily find a fair amount of pre-owned cars that are diesels.
|2013 Toyota Land Cruiser. Images courtesy of Toyota.|
|Image courtesy of General Motors|
Thursday, September 17, 2015
|Mercedes-Benz F015 concept. All photos courtesy of Daimler.|
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
|2015 Mercedes G-Class. Image courtesy of Daimler.|
One of the most dangerous conditions to drive in is fog. Most people don't think about the risks until they are in the middle of a foggy area, and then they panic and do things that actually put them even more at risk. Having your visibility while driving reduced by a considerable amount is certainly concerning, but if you keep your head about you and follow these tips, you should come out of the situation without any problems.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Experiencing a car far is something nobody wants to go through. Your vehicle at any given time carries a tank of several gallons of highly combustible fuel, plus other fluids and materials that can be consumed by a fire rather quickly. Getting out of a car that has caught fire without receiving any bodily harm is harder than it might sound, so the best thing to do is take steps to avoid the possibility that your car will catch fire in the first place.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Dodge has been heating up the pony car market with its high-performance Challenger coupe. For 2012 the Dodge Challenger features the kind of performance and comfort car buyers have grown to expect from the vehicle. Incorporating even more modern technology, Dodge now offers models with automatic transmissions with steering wheel mounted shift paddles similar to what’s used in many race cars.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
There’s a reason why the 2012 GT-R is known internally at Nissan as “Godzilla” – it is a monstrous performer both on the road and track. The car offers an aggressive and unique styling that is reminiscent of the old Nissan Skyline models and that will surely make a statement wherever it goes. The best part of the Nissan GT-R is that it offers mind-blowing performance that rivals cars costing two or three times as much.
Monday, September 7, 2015
The 2012 Ford Escape represents the American automaker’s compact crossover, providing a small and maneuverable vehicle that also packs the utility of much larger SUVs. With the proper equipment, the Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Escape comes with both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive to handle inclement weather or curvy roads.
Friday, September 4, 2015
For years road rage has been highlighted in the media. When tempers have flared on the road, property has been damaged and people have been seriously injured or even killed. Thanks to an increasing number of individuals carrying phones that can record video, now more than ever we can see the dramatic effects of drivers losing their cool.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Mazda first rocked the world 26 years ago when it introduced the Miata MX-5. The car promised all the fun of a small roadster, without the headaches of the old classics from other manufacturers. Since then, the Miata has become a favorite of many enthusiasts, accumulating a dedicated base of fans. With the 2016 model a new generation of the vehicle launches, and this time around the car gets back to the basics that first made it great.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Road trips are an economical way to travel long distances. Airfares continue to climb and security measures continue to limit what you can take on a airplane. Road tripping also allows you to see more of the country and maybe even have an unplanned adventure or two along the way.
Friday, August 28, 2015
|2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Photos courtesy of Jeep.|
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
|2013 Scion FR-S. Photos courtesy of Scion.|
Monday, August 24, 2015
Owning a car is not only liberating but it can also be a source of extra expenses. While there are some costs associated with owning a car that you cannot avoid, such as registration fees or insurance premiums, there are other expenses you can minimize. Knowing the common ways car owners waste their money helps lower the cost of owning and driving your own car, increasing the amount of money you have in your savings or to pay other expenses.
Friday, August 21, 2015
German automaker Volkswagen has completely redesigned the Passat midsize sedan. The car was designed in Germany, but it is manufactured in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been designed to suit American needs and wants. The result is a compelling sedan for both families and those who want a car with more room and higher-end features.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Ford has completed redesigned the popular Fusion for the 2013 model year. The most striking change to anyone is the car’s appearance. The 2013 Fusion’s body features sweeping lines from front to rear bumper, as well as a prominent and aggressive-looking grill. The car is slightly longer and wider than the 2012 model, providing more interior space and greater stability on the road.
Monday, August 17, 2015
|2012 Nissan Leaf. Photos courtesy of Nissan|
Friday, August 14, 2015
|2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Photos courtesy of Ford.|
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
When it comes to the 2012 4Runner, Toyota offers an SUV with serious off-road capabilities. The vehicle’s body-on-frame construction is something of a rarity in today’s world where more and more SUVs are becoming increasingly car-like. Toyota further bolsters the 4Runner’s ability to tackle heavy snow, mud and small bodies of water by outfitting it with a traction control system designed for off-road conditions, skid plates, a full-size spare tire, hill-descent and hill-hold assistance systems, off-road tires and locking differentials. Trail and Limited models come with a suspension system that can disconnect the front and rear stabilizer bars to handle especially tricky off-road conditions.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
2012 marks the first model year for Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque crossover SUV. Size-wise, the Evoque sits between the LR4 and the LR2. Even though the Evoque shares a chassis with the LR2, its longer body makes it a larger vehicle. The Evoque is designed to offer a friendlier city driving experience than provided by other Land Rovers—a brand that is known for its excellent off-road vehicles.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|Tesla Model S. Images courtesy of Tesla Motors.|
Monday, August 3, 2015
2013 marks the return of the Dodge Dart. After a long hiatus from the car market, times have changed and fortunately the Dart has changed with them. The car marks a new direction for Dodge. Gone are the cheap plastic interior components from the Neon and Caliber, as well as numb handling characteristics and questionable exterior build quality.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Though Volkswagen is not a luxury brand, the 2012 Tiguan compact SUV offers an almost luxury vehicle experience without the large price tag. Like its Audi siblings, the Tiguan comes with high-end features such as optional LED daytime running lights, headlights that pivot up to 15 degrees to illuminate corners in the road, a panoramic sunroof that stretches over both rows of seating inside the vehicle and optional automatic wipers that sense the presence of moisture on the windshield and adjust their speed accordingly. An optional Dynaudio stereo system is also available, with a 300-watt receiver, eight speakers, and digital sound processing technology that helps drown out any road noise so the music sounds clear even when traveling down the freeway.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Ford Mustang is a real American icon, and the 2013 model earns every bit of the Mustang’s reputation. In fact, the 2013 Ford Mustang is one of the best values for anyone who wants a thrilling ride they can also drive around town on a regular basis.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Since it first debuted in the 1974 model year, the Turbo has been a popular version of the venerable Porsche 911 lineup. The 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo still provides the thrilling performance the world has come to expect from the model, thanks in part to its twin-turbos that work with 3.8 liter six cylinder Boxer engine for a peak output of 500 horsepower and 480 pound-foot of torque. Turbo S models receive additional tuning, resulting in 530 horsepower and 516 pound-foot of torque.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The Lexus LFA represents the pinnacle of Lexus engineering and performance. On the outside, the LFA is wrapped in a body that communicates the car’s aggressive and athletic nature. Since a very limited number of the car was made, anyone lucky enough to own one is part of a highly exclusive club many other car enthusiasts would kill to be a part of.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A little over two decades ago ECUs or electronic control units were introduced to passenger vehicles. ECUs drastically changed how modern cars operate, making them more efficient in the production of power, pollution control and fuel consumption. A car’s ECU manages multiple aspects of the engine’s combustion process as well as several other functions. In fact the tasks a car’s ECU performs have steadily increased over time.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Most people want to go green, whether it's for an intrinsic value of helping the environment or a desire to save money, or maybe a mixture of the two. While there are plenty of ways to decrease your environmental impact at home, there are also ways to make your car greener. Despite what some think, you don't have to purchase an expensive hybrid model to make this a reality. In fact, there are some incredibly inexpensive ways to improve the efficiency of any vehicle, from an aging compact coupe all the way to a large diesel pickup truck.
Friday, July 17, 2015
|2013 Subaru BRZ - Photos courtesy of Subaru|
The 2013 Subaru BRZ is a rear-wheel-drive coupe that provides plenty of thrills for a budget price. Unlike other driver’s cars that have gained expensive luxury options that have also inflated their price tags, the BRZ provides an exhilarating driving experience for a much smaller monthly payment.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
|2015 Porsche Boxster Spyder - image courtesy of Porsche|
Monday, July 13, 2015
Purchasing a vehicle with a salvage title can be an excellent way to save money. While it's true that salvage vehicles can sell for thousands less than a comparable car with a clean title, you can also find yourself in a world of financial hurt if you don't know what you are doing.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
For most people, their car is one of the biggest assets and liabilities they own. While some talk about a car as an investment, in reality they depreciate in value over time (with very few exceptions) and they constantly require care and maintenance. It's easy to become wrapped up in keeping your car in "perfect" condition, whether to maintain your image or to avoid maintenance problems further down the road. While some activities and items for your car are well worth the cost, there are others that are a complete waste. Read on so you can avoid throwing away money on your car.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Every car uses a transmission to send the engine's power to the wheels. A transmission is a highly complex piece of machinery, which in turn means that purchasing a new one is typically pretty expensive. Transmissions do not normally wear out overnight, but instead fail over a long period of time. Knowing the warning signs that your transmission is ailing can help you possibly nurse it along a little more, or at the very least prepare you for the inevitable.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
When I was a kid, I learned that buckling up saved lives. Before then, quite a few cars didn't even come with seatbelts, which today is pretty much unthinkable. I remember using lap belts, something I today know are actually pretty dangerous.
Friday, April 24, 2015
|2015 Mazda5, image courtesy of Mazda|
Monday, April 20, 2015
|Photos courtesy of Tesla Motors|
I like Tesla Motors, I really do. Every time I see a Model S on the roads around here (which lately seems to be just about every other day) I stop and stare longer than normal and point it out to my kids. What Elon Musk has accomplished the past several years has been amazing and is commendable on many levels.
Still, I'm getting tire of all the Tesla fanatics.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Back in its heyday, Ford was responsible for some rather iconic vehicle designs, such as the original Thunderbird and the Mustang. These days the Blue Oval's designs are more infamous than breathtaking, because a growing number of people are accusing the company of outright stealing designs from other automakers.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
|Tesla Model S - photo courtesy of Tesla Motors|
Friday, March 6, 2015
By now everyone's see the video of the Tesla Model S P85D spanking a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on a dragstrip. While the win was a result of the Dodge driver's goof, it was still historic since it set a new quarter mile world record for an electric car. The Tesla's back at it again on the same dragstrip, this time against a Ferrari F12
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
|2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - photos courtesy of Chevrolet|
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has generated considerable buzz in the automotive world as it promises to be the most potent pony car General Motors has ever produced. While the model is impressive to drive on the road, in the end it was designed to be first and foremost a track machine. GM engineers concentrated on a number of features and innovations that make the car an incredible contender on just about any course. Following are 28 reasons why the new Camaro Z/28 is more of a track monster than the average person likely realizes.
Monday, January 26, 2015
With the Super Bowl approaching everyone is of course getting all excited about the most important part of the game: the commercials. I"m not just saying that because my team isn't in the showdown, but because there are many individuals who don't even like football yet they watch just for the ads.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
|Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors|
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
A video is spreading around the Internet like wildfire right now. It features a Tesla Model S P85D drag racing a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The big deal is that the Tesla, which is an electric car, absolutely destroys the Challenger. Quite a few people without any real knowledge of both cars are throwing around ignorant, poorly-formed opinions about the race. Considering that and my expertise as an automotive writer, I cannot help but jump in and give my two cents, so here we go.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Brace Yourself: Toyota Has Found That Teenagers Drive Like Crap When Their Parents do the Same Thing!
|You might want to pay attention while driving this! Photo credit Toyota.|
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Being an automotive writer has its perks, but reading boring press releases isn't one of them. There are some shining stars out there, automakers who have writers that know how to make their press releases entertaining and still informative (they're all British, for the most part).
Monday, January 5, 2015
|Always be aware of cyclists and pedestrians. Photo courtesy of Volvo.|
Every day there are car accidents, with far too many ending in a serious injury or fatality. While nobody really wants to be in a wreck, the way you drive most definitely affects the chances that you will crash your car sometime in the future. Of course, there is no way to completely avoid getting into an accident since you cannot control how other drivers behave on the road. If more people would behave defensively on the road, there would be fewer dangerous situations and fewer wrecks. Here are some tips on how you can start driving defensively.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
|Photo courtesy of Volvo|
Drivers everywhere are trying to find every reasonable way to decrease their insurance rates. Each day ads run on television, radio, billboards, newspapers, and just about everywhere else, encouraging people to switch insurance providers and save money. Besides switching services, everyone knows that not receiving traffic citations or getting into accidents for long periods of time will help lower insurance costs. For that reason alone drivers should adopt some safety-minded habits to use every time they get behind the wheel. Incorporate these practices into your driving routine and you should enjoy savings on your insurance policy over the long run.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
This is how you don't load a truck onto a trailer. If you plan on driving any vehicle up some ramps and onto a trailer, there are a few considerations you must take into account. These people forgot a key critical point.