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Why a Four-Door Pickup Is the Perfect Vehicle
Why a Four-Door Pickup Is the Perfect Vehicle

I came to this conclusion several years ago. I had three young daughters in elementary school, and they all wanted to go with Daddy whenever Daddy wanted to go somewhere. We owned a Suburban back then. It was very useful for hauling the kids, the dog, and half of Costco when we went shopping. But...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Aveo spy shots
High-Intensity LED Traffic Lights Causing Snowy Problems

As more and more highway departments have turned to high-output LED traffic lights that use super bright green, yellow and red light-emitting diodes in place of the good old light bulb, city officials across the country have smiled ear-to-ear as their traffic light costs have dropped 90 percent in...Read More»

2011 Mazda Mazda2
Mashup Derby: Ford Fiesta VS. Mazda 2

Right about now there should be some pretty peeved engineers over at Mazda getting a bit mad over the fact that their ex-taskmasters Ford Motor Company are now taking credit for a lot of their work. First off, Motor Trend names the Ford Fusion (based on an old Mazda 6 platform) as their annual "Car...Read More»

2009 BMW X5
Five Must Have New Car Features for Holiday Road Trips

Keeping everyone in the car happy on a long holiday road trip is about as difficult as a Sunday evening dinner at the Palin residence when Playgirl baby-daddy Levi Johnston drops by. The awkward silences and bored glares can be enough to make anyone go a little crazy. So what sort of toys can you...Read More»

2010 subaru legacy touring 008
Five Essential Holiday Road Trip Items To Keep in Your Trunk

Heading out onto the roads this holiday season to go across the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house can be a stressful affair. Not to mention evil women in Gingerbread houses who try to cook you (oops, mixing my fairy tale metaphors here) there are big rigs, distracted drivers and...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
The 2010 Dodge Ram is the Big Bruiser of Full Size Pickups

Goodness gracious this puppy is huge. Its the 2010 Dodge Ram and boy does it look like one angry dog! With a recent roof to ground redesign, the Dodge Ram has truly undergone a quality transformation. It also now has some of the coolest toys available on full size pickups anywhere. Who thought...Read More»

2016 BMW 7-Series multi-material construction
Only in MIT... a Solar Racecar, a DIY Segway, What Else?

The Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) solar  Electric Vehicle Team team recently unveiled a $243,000 solar carbon-fiber racer. The car dubbed the Eleanor is being prepared for an inaugural Endurance race later this year. Eleanor can top out at 90 MPH. Here is some information from the...Read More»

Hyundai 2.4-liter Theta II GDI
Details: Hyundai's brand new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine

Hyundai recently released the specs on their all-new power plant, which will be fitted into the 2011 Sonata model. Its a direct-injected four-cylinder that will make 201 horsepower in naturally aspirated form. This is set to be the base engine for the new Sonata, while an available V6 is still a...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
IIHS Outlines Test Procedures

How vehicles are evaluated: The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle's overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a Hybrid III dummy in the...Read More»

bentley power on ice 2009 007
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: An Overdue Answer To An Overlooked Problem

While there are many sexy causes out there that attract attention all the time with their marches, telethons, walks, special months, there are some causes that, while bringing yawns or smiles to many people, are real and every bit as important as the big ones. Everyone knows about Hunger Awareness...Read More»

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Clear Bottles: An Unexpected Fire Hazard in Your Car

I recently came across this YouTube video through an online forum. It is a clip from a TV news program in New Zealand called Fair Go and follows a story where the interior of a Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to catch fire. Now let me clarify something right away, there is no problem with the Jeep...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
The Interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 Makes a Bold Design Statement

The first time I sat in the interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 a thought occurred to me. This is the first car I could actually live in. And that is really saying something when you consider the ill-fitting cheap plastic and mouse fur upholstery that made up the inside of the 1997-2004 model. The...Read More»

2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI concept
2008 Audi R8 TDI Concept

Last year at Detroit Audi rolled out a Q7 SUV ‘concept’ powered by a V-12 Bluetec turbodiesel making 500 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Now it’s bringing forth another ‘concept’ that’s even more fit for this rip-roaring oil-burner: the mid-engine R8 sports car. It’s more fit...Read More»

2007 Subaru Exiga Concept
2007 Subaru Exiga Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is known for its outlandish and often excessive designs, but look closely and you may catch a glimmer of what’s really in store from manufacturers like Subaru. The maker’s Exiga is being billed as a concept, but it has the look of a production-ready model, perhaps a...Read More»

2007 Suzuki Kizashi concept
Kizashi is Suzuki’s Frankfurt Concept

By its own admission, in car terms Suzuki has only ever been a manufacturer of compact vehicles and 4x4s. But all that could be about to change. At next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the Japanese firm will unveil a concept version of a D–segment family sedan. Called Kizashi — which means...Read More»

2007 Kia Rondo SX Concept
2007 Kia Rondo SX Concept

A sporty version of the new Kia Rondo crossover just going on sale at dealers nationwide makes its debut at the Chicago auto show. The Rondo SX, Kia says, “features an aggressive front and rear treatment as well as a tuned suspension and other performance modifications. A unique interior...Read More»

2007 Chicago Auto Show logo
2007 Chicago Auto Show

NEWS New Highlander Coming to Chicago by Marty Padgett (1/20/2007)Hybrid version on the agenda at McCormick Place, too. New Scions To Bow in Chicago by Marty Padgett (1/19/2007)Second-gen xB, new xD coming to Feb. show. Titan Facelift Coming to Chicago Show by Joseph Szczesny (1/15/2007)Big trucks...Read More»

2007 Suzuki Flix
At Suzuki, Time Out For Flix

TheDetroit auto show puts the media to the test – not in how much coverage they can generate, but in how long their feet will hold out against Cobo Hall’s concrete floors. Suzuki’s solution to low back pain came in the form of the Flix concept wagon, a version of the XL7 crossover turned into...Read More»

2007 MINI Cabrio Sidewalk
The Week in Reverse: December 15, 2006

Question: it’s called the MINI Cabrio Sidewalk, so why won’t they let you drive it on one? Pedestrians, look out! So, this is what happens when they don’t ask me to join in the voting. (If I were on the jury, we’d have also voted to impeach the Aztek for high crimes and misdemeanors.)...Read More»

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