Vehicle Segmentation (What Does It Mean?)

2015 Smart Fortwo

The automotive industry continues to adjust to fluctuating market conditions and changing consumer demand. Whereas in times past fickle consumers scotched the best laid plans of the automakers, namely building quality small cars, it appears that this time around consumer sentiment is embracing the trend toward more fuel efficient cars. … Read more

Premium Value: Chrysler 300 Limited

You can get big V-8 power in the Chrysler 300, but a standard V-6 may meet your expectations for this full-bodied, traditional rear-wheel drive sedan. The current generation is based on its own architecture, forever severing its earlier Mercedes connection. Hundreds of cars have come and gone in my press … Read more

Pentastar Engine Family Passes 5 Million Milestone

Pentastar is the name of Fiat Chrsyler’s modern V-6 engine family. The engines are found in more than a dozen models, and power a variety of vehicles. To date, more than 5 million of these engines have been deployed worldwide. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first FCA model with … Read more

Like a Rock: Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado offers rock solid performance with three new engines to show for it. The Silverado is the type of truck is fit for both work and family with three cabin choices available. Chevrolet and its GMC consort provide the only compilation of heavy-duty, full-size and midsize pickup trucks … Read more

Ford Brings its EcoBoost Challenge to the Masses

The Ford Motor Company has a certain technology that it wants potential customers to know about. Called EcoBoost, it is all about enhancing engine performance, by adding direct fuel injection, turbochargers and variable valve technology to the affected engines. The result is more power squeezed from a smaller footprint, boosting … Read more

Sixth Generation Chevrolet Camaro Pulls Out All Stops

GM bypassed the customary auto show venue to debut the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro. The new model has sharper lines, updated powertrain choices and a more modern cabin. The Chevrolet Camaro is back in the hunt. Just one year after Ford threw the gauntlet down with its 50th anniversary Mustang … Read more

13 Top Fuel Efficient 2015 Models by Category

The 300h is the hybrid variant for the Lexus NX. With gasoline prices trending somewhere below $2.50 per gallon, the rush to fuel-efficient vehicles has certainly come to a grinding halt. On the other hand, demand for pickup trucks, large utility vehicles and other less-efficient models has soared. Even though … Read more

Upmarket Sedan: 2015 Hyundai Azera

In the Hyundai pecking order, the Azera sits between the midsize Sonata and the luxury Genesis sedan. That placement means that this large sedan has intense competition coming from below and above as well as from its competitors. The Hyundai Azera continues to fall far short of sales projections, missing … Read more

Affordable Leases For Under $4,000 Per Month

  Leasing deals cover models such as this Aston Martin Vantage GT. $4,000 per month for an automotive lease? Surely, you jest! For well-heeled shoppers, $4,000 is the top-end cost of leasing a late-model used car, something few of us common folks can afford. Indeed, if we choose to lease … Read more

8 Concept Cars That Should Have Been Built

Cadillac Elmiraj concept

Concept cars reflect the dreams and aspirations of designers with not a little influence from engineering teams. Some manufacturers, such as Honda, routinely make their concepts a reality, while others tease us with amazingly beautiful visages then scrap their ideas completely. Auto Trends — with not a little help from … Read more

Product Review: BlueDriver OBD2 Scanner and Code Reader

BlueDriver OBD2 scanner review

Professional diagnostics at an affordable price. If your vehicle’s instrument panel suddenly activates a warning light, what will you do? For some drivers, they will automatically head to a garage to have a mechanic connect expensive equipment to their car to determine what that error code means. Typically, a fee … Read more

Aluminum Tough: 2015 Ford F-150

The Ford Motor Company is in the midst of an experiment, one that could just as easily be described as a gamble. Beginning with the 2015 model year the F-150 is all new, but its uniqueness isn’t limited to a fresh face or a new engine — both are apparent … Read more