2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT: Adding Miles with a Plug

Making its debut in the United States, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT is all new for 2018. It’s one of the first plug-ins in the SUV class. It looks the same as the gas-only Outlander but offers only two rows of seating instead of three, to make room for the batteries and electric motor. [...]

Don’t Wait: Preparing Your Car for Holiday Driving

Most think proper prep for a holiday road trip about stuffing suitcases into the trunk and grabbing your favorite stuffing recipe than about car maintenance. This is understandable; holiday seasons are hectic. However, some planning will make a big difference in getting to your destination safely and arrive there with a few shreds of your [...]

2018 Volkswagen Passat GT: Sportingly Practical

Many years have passed since the last major update of the Passat, (six), but when choosing a practical sedan for commutes and family road trips the Passat still fits the bill. A new GT trim was introduced for 2018 with a larger V6 engine, 19-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension which this review will focus on. [...]

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid: Extended Range for Greater Mileage

A new addition to the Kia Niro lineup, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid adds extra mileage to the already fuel-sipping Niro Hybrid. Equipped with a larger battery to provide about 26 miles of electric-only power on a full charge, the Niro PHEV is even better on gas mileage providing up to 105 MPGe on a full [...]

2018 Lexus RX 350L Luxury: Adding a Third Row for Added Versatility

The Lexus RX has always been a popular crossover but it would only seat five. With the new addition of the RX 350L, now larger families can enjoy the luxury and sporty styling of the five-seat RX. Adding 4.4 inches to the RX, the RX 350L adds third-row seating now accommodating up to seven passengers. [...]

Advice From the Auto Expert: How to Check Your Oil

Mike Kefalas from JK Volvo tells you what you need to know The change of oil in the car should be done regularly even if it’s something you are not looking forward to. Why? First of all, the regular oil change also establishes a benchmark of when your car’s maintenance needs to be met. For [...]

2018 Kia Soul EV+: Squeezing Extra Miles Out of Its Battery

If you haven’t heard of range anxiety you haven’t driven an all-electric vehicle. It’s a very real thing, I know because I don’t happen to have accessible electricity at my home/office so I am dependent upon public chargers. What I liked about the Soul EV besides the maximum range of 111 miles, is that it [...]

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE: Longer and Mightier

The Volkswagen Tiguan has been completely redesigned for 2018. Most notably adding 10 inches to the length for more cargo space, legroom, and an optional third row seat. Its shape more closely follows the new Atlas SUV and it sits on a new chassis. All of these changes add up to a more Crossover-like vehicle [...]

2018 Toyota Yaris SE Hatch: Subcompact Pricing with More Goodies

Sometimes you need a car to get around while only spending a few dimes. Of course it would be great if that car could come with some of the latest goodies and gadgets. The search is over, the 2018 Toyota Yaris SE is not only competitively priced but it also has a lot of the [...]

2018 Toyota 86: Putting the Fun Back in Driving

The Toyota 86 is great fun to drive. It’s small and sporty and zips its way through traffic with a lot of rumble and roar. However, the interior is small so tall people beware. The 86 comes in two trim levels: base and GT. This review will focus on the base trim. The base trim [...]

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid: Sips Fuel While Looking Good

With quicker acceleration and a lower price point, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid is giving the market-leading Toyota Prius a run for its money. The Ioniq is now the most fuel-sipping hybrid on the market with an estimated 57/city, 59/highway, and 58/combined mpg. Also of note is the Ioniq’s traditional styling which is a [...]

Don’t Forget About the Transmission Fluid

  There are several vital fluids in your car that need constant monitoring and scheduled changes throughout the year. One of those is the transmission fluid, however, for some reason, this is one that many people neglect and the only time it’s thought of is when the transmission stops working right. Scheduled changes for your [...]

Hit the Coast in the 2018 Beetle Dune and Coast Models

The Volkswagen Beetle has always made a statement on the road: fun, whimsical, and iconic. Few cars are as identifiable and beloved, bringing back memories of school dances, summer nights, and road trips. The 2018 VW Beetle is similar in styling to the old Beetle it’s just a lot more comfortable, zippy, and technology forward. [...]

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier: Taking the Anxiety Out of All-Electric Driving

The Chevrolet Bolt boast over 200 miles of range on a full charge, let me say that again: 200 miles! I have suffered from range anxiety, it’s not fun. At least when you run out of gas someone can bring a gas can full to get you going again. Run out of electric charge and [...]

2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo: More to Love

After a full redesign last year, the Kia Sportage comes into 2018 with only minor changes to trim levels. As a compact crossover, the Sportage is refined and comfortable. With a lower price point than other compact crossovers in its class, there’s more to love. Available in three trim levels, LX, EX, and SX Turbo, [...]

2019 Infiniti QX50 Essential: Completely Redesigned

Shorter, wider, and taller, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 makes a dashing statement on the road. It adds legroom to both front and backseat passengers and adds sliding, reclining and folding capability to the back seats for greater comfort and more cargo space. The interior, with its dual touchscreens (the top one for Nav and bottom [...]


2018 Kia Cadenza Limited: Built for Comfort

Currently the car du jour is the crossover SUV but not everyone wants or needs something with that high a profile, for them a large sedan will do the trick. The 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited is a large sedan that offers comfort and space for four adults and if the adults are small you could [...]


2018 Lexus LS 500: Not Just Another Pretty Face

The completely redesigned 2018 Lexus LS 500 is all curves and angles on the outside, but it’s pure splendor on the inside. With a cushy ride and quiet interior, you’ll never doubt it’s luxury roots. The newly-designed suspension literally glides down the road, while the turbocharged V6 zips down the road. The LS 500 comes [...]


2018 Buick Regal GS: The GS Stands for Gran Sport and It Is

“That’s a Buick?” is not just a tagline it’s true. The 2018 Buick Regal GS is a prime example. With a more powerful engine, sports suspension, adaptive dampers, and sleek bucket seats, the Regal GS adds a sporty edge to Buick choices. Exterior enhancements like new exhaust enclosures, revised front and rear and a trunk [...]


2018 Toyota Camry XSE: One Hot Family Sedan

Like your favorite shirt or those comfy old jeans, the Toyota Camry has been a staple in the midsize family sedan market. Comfortable but not necessarily exciting, reliable but not very fashionable it has been the go-to car for people who needed a family car but not an SUV or Crossover. For 2018 the Camry [...]


Ode to a 2018 Lexus LC 500: Poetry in Motion

I love my job because I love cars. Big ones, small ones, practical and fanciful, I appreciate the thought and design that goes into almost every vehicle I test drive. If asked to pick a favorite, I would be hard-pressed to come up with a single answer, until now. To say I loved driving the [...]


2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: Good Looks and a Nice Drive Too

Often crossover SUVs are utilitarian in looks and function. They haul your stuff and kids but have no real personality, the 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription is one of the exceptions. Outside it’s all classic lines and gentle curves. Inside the XC90 is fully-loaded with supple leather and all the gizmos and gadgets you could [...]


2018 Audi A4 allroad Prestige: A Station Wagon with Style

Once upon a time station wagons were all the rage for larger families, but these days it seems all about crossovers. However, there are still station wagons on the market and the 2018 Audi A4 allroad is one of the nicer ones. As with all Audi models luxury is job one and the allroad is [...]


2018 Mercedes E400 Cabriolet: Comfortable, Convertible Luxury

For 2018 the Mercedes E-Class coupe and convertible have been completely redesigned inside and out. The interiors are more richly appointed than before and the ride is smoother due to the new base platform of the E400. There are also a whole host of advanced driver safety features. There are also the latest in autonomous [...]


2018 Buick Encore Premium: A Little Bit Family, A Little Bit Go, Go, Go

I took the Buick Encore on a week’s trip to the beach. It was packed to the rafters with supplies needed to comfortably enjoy a week’s vacation (actually more than I needed since I brought half of it home). There were also two passengers who rode comfortably on the two-hour trip. The interior was well-appointed [...]


2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium: Sleek and Sporty

Blazing its own trail between a coupe, hatchback and crossover, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a great choice for someone who wants more cargo space with a sporty drive. It’s available in all-wheel drive which gives the QX30 the ability to handle foul weather and light off-roading. I liked the QX30 it satisfied the sporty [...]


2018 Mercedes GLA250 4Matic: A Smaller Take on the SUV

If you are looking for a smaller profile SUV and want the Mercedes Badge, then the 2018 GLA250 4Matic was made for you. For 2018 the GLA250 gets a bit of a facial with redesigned front and rear bumpers. Also added as standard equipment is an 8-inch high-res display and rearview camera. I was lucky [...]


2018 Chevrolet Equinox Sheds the Pounds but Keeps the Spunk

Coming into 2018 the Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0T gets a complete refresh. It is 4.7 inches shorter and has lost hundreds of pounds of fuel-eating fat. But passengers won’t suffer, the interior space of the Equinox remains basically unchanged. The competition in the compact crossover segment is fierce. Crossovers have surpassed family sedans in sales. [...]


2017 Infiniti QX60: Moving People with Style

Seating seven passengers, the Infiniti QX60 is a cross between a minivan and an SUV. Featuring conventional doors, the QX60 removes the minivan moniker, however the seating is worthy of the best minivan but it looks so much smarter. A tweak of the engine in the QX60 produces more power without loss of mileage and [...]


2017 Lexus GX460, Four-Wheel-Drive Luxury

What comes to mind when I say four-wheel-drive? A Subaru or Jeep perhaps? How about a Lexus? No? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you step-up to the 2017 Lexus GX460. Oh yeah and you’ll get something else, luxury. With three row seating and a kick-ass V8 engine, the Lexus GX460 delivers on power, roominess, [...]


2017 Genesis G90: There’s A New Luxury Line in Town

Have you always wanted a luxury car but blanched at the list price? There’s a new brand in town and it just might have you doing somersaults. The Genesis G90 is the brainchild of Hyundai. Now don’t make that face, remember when Lexus and Infiniti debuted? There was some skepticism there but look at the [...]