Driving

Four Great Honda Ads: How Honda Goes Its Own Way
Four Great Honda Ads: How Honda Goes Its Own Way

If you love car ads, and I do, you know that some brands stand out for their creativity more than others--and this creativity truly reflects the brand's image and core beliefs. I’m not talking about any special tag lines that some marketing hack in an Armani suit with an expensive watch, a lot of...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60: An All-New Crossover

The 2010 XC60 is an all new crossover from Volvo. It's their newest sport-utility with seating for five. The XC60 looks like a small XC90 and comes in one model in the U.S. called the T6 AWD ASR ($37,200 as tested). They're called crossovers because they drive more like a car, but with the...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan FWD 4-door SE Front Exterior View
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan: An All-New Sporty Crossover

The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE ($28,875 as tested) is an all-new compact SUV that Volkswagen is releasing this year. The automaker calls it the GTI of crossovers, a good description based on my test drive. The Tiguan's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the same one as the GTI and the...Read More»

Oshawa Camaro Plant Photo
Baltimore Tops List Of Most Dangerous Cities For Drivers

The city of Baltimore is known for many things, from its delicious crab cakes to its eclectic neighborhoods to its amazingly high murder rate. Now, according to Insurance.com, the Charm City has another feather in its cap: it’s the most dangerous driving city in America. Baltimore beat out...Read More»

Amazing Car Ad
Amazing Car Ads: So Much To Celebrate And Critique

The world of car commercials and automotive ads is vast and nearly boundless, and it’s at once both inspirational and somehow disappointing. It's full of creativity and bland repetition. It's the pinnacle of "moving" art or the epitome of cheap visual tricks. So much money has been spent on...Read More»

Synergy Green Camaro
2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Where To Drive

Even without particularly looking for one on the road, when one passes by, it’s a moment of true excitement, thrill, and overall jealousy. After years of waiting for the reveal, Chevrolet released its 2010 Camaro, and no one would legitimately claim anything less than perfection. Most muscle...Read More»

2010 Lexus GX 460
Avoiding Rollover Accidents - Knowing How And What To Do

The recent news about rollover accidents in certain vehicles is nothing new. Rollovers are one of the most severe occurrences that one can experience in a vehicle. That’s an understatement, but there are things that you can do to help avoid these incidents. There are two types of rollover...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: A Fully Capable All-Weather Vehicle

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been completely redesigned for 2010. It has a new look on the outside and has a re-engineered 3.0 V-6 powerplant under the hood. The Outlander GT, which I tested with a pricetag of $29,250, is a new model for 2010. The GT is the Outlander loaded with all the new...Read More»

GPS satellite
Smile For The Camera: Big Brother Is Watching You Speed Via Satellite

Satellites do many awesome things: they allow us to communicate with friends and family, they help us find our way home when we're lost, and of course, they bring us television -- delicious television. But there are a few downsides to those hunks of metal and circuitry floating above the surface of...Read More»

San Francisco's Ferry Building, with business listing in Street View
Google Street View Becomes Even More Driver-Friendly With Business Listings

It all began with Amazon. When Amazon launched its "recommendations" feature years ago, everyone found it amazing that a hunk of software could generate suggestions about items tied to personal taste like CDs (remember those?) and books (remember those?). But while the concept was radical, the...Read More»

text message while driving
Distracted Driving Takes A Turn For Worse With Car Infotainment Systems

It seems to be happening in unfettered advances: OEM in-vehicle infotainment systems are being incorporated into new vehicles, creating another hindrance to the attention to driving. This is a concern because the rate of distracted driving incidents is nearing near-epidemic proportions. According...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Overview

You just have to take a look at the exterior of the 2010 Ford F-150 STV Raptor to know it is one mean fighting machine. The black splattered paint on the rear and the huge Ford logo across the front grille tells you this pickup truck means business. It lives up to its looks while giving vicious...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Review

I’ve never really liked convertibles, and still don’t. It’s just something about the looks, and the fact that it almost always ruins a good coupe. I have had this dislike for a long time; Mustangs should be coupes. The Corvette should be a coupe. The 911 should most definitely be a coupe, and...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Suburban
Vehicle Attachment Or Just Sentimentality

“America’s love affair with the automobile” is an overused expression. But sometimes there’s nothing like trite to get a point across. I was talking to a woman the other day and she said that she was out for lunch with friends who, like her, were widows. The conversation turned to how they...Read More»

2010 Audi A4 4-door Sedan Auto 2.0T quattro Premium Front Exterior View
Car Buying Is So Personal

In another life I worked for a consumer finance company. It was my first job out of college. For some reason the director of marketing sort of cornered me, a management trainee, and started talking out of the box at a time when the expression didn’t even exist. This was 1969 and I guess it was...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: World-Class Fuel Economy And Technology

Could it be that an American automaker is finally delivering a vehicle with better technology than the foreign competition? The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid could be that vehicle. The Fusion Hybrid delivers contemporary styling, a remarkable driving experience, and fuel economy that is truly...Read More»

1994 Jaguar XJS
My Personal Car History

I recently bought a new scanner and decided to scan pictures of every car I’ve owned and write a self- indulgent fluff piece about my personal car history. The following is a list of every car I have ever owned and the reasons you should rush out to your local salvage yard and buy one. Enjoy...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door I4 Auto EX Angular Front Exterior View
Automobile Insurance: Why Car Insurance Premiums Continue To Rise in 2010

As 2010 continues to unfold, millions of Americans are still experiencing record-level increases in their automobile insurance premiums. As of January of this year, 23 states had been jolted with heavy car insurance rate increases during the prior 12 months. Eleven other states showed no...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Are You Risking My Life By Driving While Talking or Texting?

  Not sure how many people saw the ad in AutoWeek a few weeks ago that showed a pistol and a blackberry with blood all over the background. I thought it was one of the most effective ads I've seen in quite a long time. I e-mailed the ad to almost everybody in my address book. It's amazing to me...Read More»

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