I’ve been accused of being a shill for Subaru because I sing their praises so much on the radio show. This is a badge I wear proudly, because I know Subaru SUVs are a great choice for my listene... More ›
Forget “real” in vapory, hyper-strange 2020, the year of virtual education, masked dating and drive-in concerts.
What’s next – digital breathing? Heck, I’m not sure my... More ›
If there’s a vehicle to pep up your spirits with its fun design and personality, it’s a Fiat. So when the 2020 Fiat 500L arrived in my driveway recently it solved a case of the Monday blue... More ›
Any dinky crossover vehicle steeped in the Stones gets a second look from me – period.
I believe it’s a rule in the auto industry.
Granted, I seriously doubt that Nissan had Mick and... More ›
Check your Fast and Furious fantasies at the door when you climb into the buttoned-down 2020 Honda CR-V crossover.
Even if the wife and kids aren’t riding shotgun, forget those far-flung drea... More ›
Lime-green subcompact crossovers tend to spend a lot of time in my garage, collecting dust or moonbeams or whatever they attract.
I mean, I’m still struggling to accept the notion of tiny SUV... More ›
Get used to it, car-lovers: A bulky SUV, a soccer-mobile, roars up behind your sports-sedan, storming by like a heavy-metal tsunami.
What??? We may have to rearrange the car world again, kids.
T... More ›
For years, Kia sought its golden groove in the auto industry with sedans that looked vaguely Russian.
That was in the ‘90s, just as Kia and sibling Hyundai were slowly learning that vehicles ... More ›
Mercedes-Benz must want to be Ford – with more flash and panache, of course.
Every time I look up, another new Benz like the 2020 GLB250 rolls onto dealers’ lots, ready to battle for af... More ›
UX 200 – the name just suggests a vessel of some sort that Spock and I might use to zip around the edges of the universe.
“Spock, set the gyros for that cluster of icy stars over there.... More ›
My how time flies! This week I bring you the 2020 Lexus NX -- a model I last reviewed for the 2018 model year. Back then it was the brand’s entry-level crossover. But that spot now goes to the n... More ›
Don’t look for hip-hop hamsters inside the boxy Kia Soul GT, the crossover-wagon-thing that somehow makes square seem fashionably anti-sleek.
Sure, the likable 2020 Soul GT still looks as if ... More ›
Give this crossover craze another year or two and high-riding crossover limos will likely be off-loading dizzy, glittery celebs at the Academy Awards.
Why not? A few years ago, as you may recall, N... More ›
There are a lot of vehicles I can imagine getting a speeding ticket in -- say maybe the eye-catching “what is that?” 2019 Kia Stinger or the Flare Yellow 2020 Lexus RC F that certainly has... More ›
Don’t bother chasing the faded neon and dusty ghosts of Route 66 in this dinky Nissan crossover.
Despite the tantalizing irony – “got my Kicks out on Route 66, dudes” -- the... More ›
This week I bring you the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback. Although the exterior changes were subtle from the 2019 model, there were a lot more things that improved with this crossover SUV.
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Sunny little Subaru continues to scale more than crusty red-dirt foothills in Colorado, fueled by good vibes.
Once again, suburban-hippie Subie – the little brand that can -- saw sales rise l... More ›
Cute-utes just don’t suit my hot-rod feet and six-speed hands .
I mean, most of the hyper-practical compact-crossover SUVs tend to be about as much fun as a two-hour appointment with the icy ... More ›
If the sound of a $28,000+ Kia Soul makes your jaw drop just a little - you wouldn’t be alone. Considering it’s long-been a funky, economical subcompact car aimed at budget-conscious shopp... More ›
I don’t know what’s happened to me. I saw a picture of my review vehicle at the recent Texas Auto Writers Roundup and groveled until they let me be the first in the area to review it.
T... More ›
It happens. One day, you dream of shrieking down Highway 1 in a blood red Ferrari 488, lost in the lusty symphony of its $100,000 engine.
The next, you’re looking at baby seats and strollers ... More ›
Cerebral, soft-spoken Honda typically prefers computer-haiku to back-alley kickboxing.
When a barroom brawl breaks out, Honda generally keeps its head down – usually bent low over a thick boo... More ›
Think of me as a small peg rattling around in an increasingly square, 90-degree world. It leaves lots of slivers and nicks.
As a car-guy steeped early on in the fumes of GTOs, Hemis and Shelbys, I ... More ›
This week I am behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda CX-9, the granddaddy of Mazda’s SUV lineup with three rows and seating for up to seven passengers.
The current CX-9 generation has been aroun... More ›
Calculus, Camus and coeds must await me.
Oh boy. I mean, with a Toyota RAV4 sitting in my driveway -- the undisputed king of college cute-utes -- where else could we be bound but the liberal land o... More ›
It’s hard to stand out in the sea of compact crossovers on the road today but this week we bring you one that does. It’s Mazda’s best-selling vehicle the CX-5. The automaker sold mor... More ›
Hot hatchbacks – my favorite angry compacts -- tend to get shaded these days by cute crossovers with Starbucks looks.
I mean, who needs horsepower and handling when you can get cargo-space fo... More ›
Back when cars still mattered, the salty, sassy, Acura MDX reigned as the industry’s most conflicted crossover.
Despite its bulk and SUV-like body, the spirited MDX wanted to run with smaller... More ›
It's not often the baby of the family gets the credit it deserves. But in this case, it should. Because the truth about the BMW X1 is that for being the runt of the BMW X lineup, it does a l... More ›
Steep mountains await the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, an oddly appealing trucklet probably better suited to hills and big bumps.
Maybe it can get fitted with multiple pairs of La Sportiva rock-bu... More ›