Fiat Chrysler: SUVs Trump Small Cars

More Jeeps and pickup trucks. And partners sought to build small cars. Shop for a small Chrysler product in a few years and that Dodge Dart or Chrysler 200 just may be built by one of the automaker’s competitors. Earlier this week Fiat Chrysler announced its revised North American business … Read more

X Marks the Spot for GMC Sierra

A special edition of GMC’s full-size Sierra pickup truck has the look and off-road capabilities some enthusiasts will want. Consumer love for pickup trucks and SUVs is at an all-time high. To that end, GMC is taking advantage of our seemingly insatiable desire for all things high profile vehicle, by … Read more

Toyota Reigns Supreme Four Years Running

Volkswagen’s quest to overtake Toyota will have to wait at least another year as the German automaker deals with more than 11 million recalled models. Once again, Toyota Motors is the largest producer of passenger and commercial vehicles in the world, edging out the Volkswagen Group and the General Motors … Read more

About the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

Honda’s next-generation fuel cell Clarity will launch by the end of the year in California. The five-passenger sedan will retail for about $60,000 and its targeted monthly lease cost should come in under $500. Honda announced its plans for the fuel cell vehicle at the Washington Auto Show last week … Read more

Hyundai Genesis Sedan: Grand Finale!

2016 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

A final look at the outgoing Hyundai Genesis. The Hyundai Genesis is marketed as a “premium luxury sedan” and is the first upscale model sold by this Korean manufacturer in North America. Introduced in 2009, it was soon joined by the unrelated Genesis Coupe and the still larger Hyundai Equus. … Read more

Power Up: Ford Focus ST!

2015 Ford Focus ST

The next lesson in the School of Speed. Ford Performance, Focus ST style. Tangerine Scream was the perfect name for the tri-coat finish smothering the body of a delicious 2015 Ford Focus ST five-door hatchback tasked with teasing and pleasing me recently. Indeed, the ST’s bright finish served as an … Read more

Benchmark This: 2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

The Civic and Accord are among the best-known model names in the entire auto industry. The Honda Accord was introduced in 1976, three years after the Honda Civic went on sale in the United States. Initially a compact car, the Accord has grown through the years and is now categorized … Read more

Premium Sports Sedan: 2016 Buick Regal GS

2016 Buick Regal

Making the transition from a mainstream brand to luxury marque may mean consumers end up committing to a larger cash outlay than what they prefer. On the other hand, the Buick brand provides an intermediary step between the two choices, something few nameplates can claim. In effect, Buick makes it … Read more

Sport Ute: 2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda does it again, serving up a new model with its fun-to-drive characteristics in place. The CX-3 is the smallest of its three SUVs, a crossover that might be mistaken for a hatchback. The Mazda CX-3 makes for yet another entry in the small crossover SUV segment. This emerging class, … Read more

Production Reality: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Four years is a long time to go from concept car to production vehicle. Typically, a car manufacturer teases a concept it intends to build and approves it for production within the year. For example, in the case of the Chevrolet Bolt introduced at the Detroit auto show (NAIAS) last … Read more

Honda Ridgeline Strikes Back!

2017 Honda Ridgeline

An all-new Honda Ridgeline is poised to hit the market. The latest iteration is conventionally styled while retaining its unibody construction. The Honda Ridgeline returns this spring after a two-year hiatus. The second-generation midsize pickup truck model debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, making … Read more

Chrysler Pacifica: A Minivan With a New Purpose

New Chrysler Pacifica minivan may give the males amongst us one less reason to avoid a minivan. No doubt, the minivan segment has seen better days. And those better days aren’t likely to return, due mostly to a bevy of crossover sport utility vehicles offered by luxury and mainstream brands … Read more

Buick Renaissance: Yet Another Riviera Teaser?

Buick teases a second concept in as many years. Will GM’s premium brand build it? Rumblings of a surprise Buick reveal just ahead of the press days for the 2016 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) suddenly grew loud on Sunday morning. GM’s premium brand had not only … Read more

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Set for 2017 Debut

The second-generation Chevy Cruze sedan is out. Beginning this fall, a hatchback variant will finally be offered in the US market. It almost seems like eons have passed since the Chevrolet Cobalt and the earlier Cavalier represented the bow tie brand’s compact offering. Since 2011 it has been all Cruze, … Read more

Second Look: 2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Auto Trends gets a second look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima, the latest iteration of this flagship model. This time around its a sporty SR edition for the testing. From time to time, car manufacturers ask journalists to review a vehicle again for the same model year, delivering a different … Read more

King of the Pickup Trucks? Why, That Would be GM.

GM sells more pickup trucks in the US than any other manufacturer. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab. For the 39th consecutive year, the Ford F-Series was the best selling pickup truck model. For 2015, Ford sold 780,354 units of its full-size truck in the US, once again besting all comers. … Read more

US Auto Sales Set New Record in 2015

2015 Audi A3 TDI

Just six years after US auto sales reached the lowest mark in decades, the market has rebounded to the point where a new sales record was reached. Yesterday, the automakers reported sales for 2015 and when the final tally was accomplished, 17.47 million light-duty passenger vehicles were sold, beating the … Read more

The Premium Compact 2016 Acura ILX

2016 Acura ILX

Acura’s ILX offers a sleek exterior, a prosaic interior, and a price point keeping in line with this compact gateway sedan’s contribution to the premium segment. Acura is a nameplate searching for an identity. Launched three decades ago by American Honda to provide a line of upscale products for the … Read more

Car Insurance Savings for the New Year

Nissan GT-R

Practical ways to save on car insurance this year. A new year provides a time for reflection on what has passed as well as what is on the horizon. This year, you may have some goals in mind, including earning more money, taking a vacation, perhaps learning something new. The … Read more

Stretched Sports Sedan: 2016 Infiniti Q70L

2016 Infiniti Q70L

Infiniti’s athletic midsize sedan can be had in an extended wheelbase version. The elongated model delivers best-in-class rear seat legroom. The luxury market is an intensely competitive one with BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus seated as the top sellers. The first two marques rely on diesels to supplement their gasoline offerings; … Read more