Tall Wagon: 2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2014 Subaru Outback

“Three is a charm,” was one thought that came to mind when a Venetian Red Pearl Subaru Outback showed up as my weekly driver recently. Just a few weeks earlier I spent some time with the Subaru Legacy and over the summer a Subaru Forester arrived unbidden. No Subaru model … Read more

Ford F-150: Now With CNG Upfit Capability

Alternative fuel choices and the 2014 Ford F-150. The first CNG ready trucks roll off of a Kansas City production line.   Compressed natural gas (CNG) may not be on your radar as a fuel choice, but it may soon be if you shop for a large pickup truck including … Read more

Tesla Model S Tops Owner Satisfaction Survey

Tesla Model S pulls down an important award. The last few weeks have been tough for Tesla Motors as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a probe investigating fires involving three Tesla Model S vehicles. Still, the investigation has not affected Teslas place in a recently released … Read more

Ford Edge Concept: Remote Control Parking

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Ford Motor Company revealed its Ford Edge Concept, a crossover utility vehicle that demonstrates the design direction for this popular model line. It also showcases technology not yet available elsewhere: a fully assisted parking aid that can self park the vehicle when … Read more

Toyota Tacoma X-Runner: Sport Truck Thrills!

2013 Toyota Tacoma XRunner.

Sport trucks are a breed apart, specialty models that bring a level of performance to the pickup truck line typically not found elsewhere. The Toyota Tacoma X-Runner was a rarity at that — a small truck in a segment with just two players remaining: the Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier. … Read more

Toyota RAV4 Limited: Stylish, Compact Crossover

My wife’s favorite vehicle is the Toyota RAV4, an important disclosure I want to get out of the way before touching on the salient points of this crossover utility vehicle. Fortuitously, a 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited arrived in our driveway the very week her aged RAV4 was beginning to show … Read more

Porsche Macan Set for Los Angeles Introduction

German automaker Porsche will be very busy at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show this month. The company will be in California to make two world premieres and three North American debuts, including the Porsche Macan, a compact sport utility vehicle. The small SUV represents Porsche’s fifth model line, entering … Read more

Toyota Prius: Innovation Breeds Success

When you are hot, you are hot. When you are not, then you must be one of the few manufacturers that are taking on the Toyota Prius. These manufacturers currently number just two: Honda and Ford, but each one has much catching up to do if they’re to make a … Read more

Renault, Nissan Throw Mitsubishi a Lifeline

Mitsubishi may have found a way to avoid exiting the US marketplace after all. The Japanese automaker barely sells 60,000 vehicles per year in the US, just a bit player in a market that will yield about 15.6 million units sold in 2013. Renault-Nissan Alliance Earlier this week, the Renault-Nissan … Read more

Cars and Coffee: Waverly Place in Cary, NC

If you are looking for an informal meetup of car enthusiasts, then a Cars and Coffee event is the place to go. This past Sat., I happened upon the local gathering in Cary, NC, featuring more than 100 vintage, classic, exotic, Asian, European and American models. A Chevy Bel Air … Read more