Nissan: Out With Juke, In With Kicks

Updated May 8, 2018, to include pricing details. New Kicks model debuts next June. Strange looks aside, the Nissan Juke was a fun little crossover, one of the first models of its kind. Since its 2011 debut, nearly every manufacturer has jumped in and with designs much more subdued than … Read more

Subaru Ascent: LA Auto Show Reveal

Ascent: All-new turbocharged 2.4-liter BOXER engine for Subaru’s largest model. The 2019 Subaru Ascent made has made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the largest model ever produced by this once niche Japanese automaker. Available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations, the all-wheel-drive 2019 Ascent should keep Subaru … Read more

Premium SUV: 2018 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento seats 5 or 7, offers 3 engine choices & tows up to 5,000 pounds. The midsize crossover market is awash with competitors, with the Kia Sorento one of the few offering two- and three-row seating capacities. Its elegant looks and available premium features make it a strong … Read more

Tire Safety: What You Must Know

Indisputably, you have a lot riding on your tires. Indeed, many of today’s vehicles weigh at least two tons with some larger trucks and SUVs tipping the scales above three tons. With all that weight riding on rubber you might think tire safety would be foremost on every driver’s mind. … Read more

17 Essentials for Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Drivers taking to the road this season will likely have had their oil changed, tires rotated, and their engine checked before heading out on a long trip. Yet, breakdowns can happen and without a roadside emergency kit on hand, you may find yourself stranded. Already assembled kits are available from … Read more

Driven: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi’s smallest SUV makes a statement. Straddling the white space between subcompact and compact SUV is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, a model big on value in a segment where prices continue to rise. The 2018 Outlander Sport comes in three grades, has available all-wheel drive, and provides two engine choices. … Read more

4 California Auto Museums

Our choice of select California auto museums. No visit to California is complete without taking in the various automotive museums that dot the state. The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and the San Diego Automotive Museum are two of the well-known collections of classic and exotic cars in California, … Read more

Update by Halves: 2017.5 Mazda 6

Mazda 6 makes a case for the midsize sedan segment. Manufacturers typically adhere to model years except when they don’t. A case in point is the 2017.5 Mazda 6, a midsize sedan benefiting from light changes put in place too late for the 2017 model year, but months before the … Read more

Flagship Acura RLX Debuts With a Refreshed Look

A new transmission and updated technologies for the 2018 RLX. My, how fast time passes by. It hardly seems possible, but the Acura RLX is now in its fifth model year. Acura’s flagship replaced the RL beginning in 2015 and has served the brand well. And unlike other top-of-the-line models, … Read more

Beast of Prey: Ford F-150 Raptor

Dissecting the most dynamic Ford Raptor ever. Think “raptor” and the Velociraptor dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period may come to mind. Just as easily, raptor also describes certain types of contemporary birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, and vultures. No matter, the “Raptor” appellation appended to the most powerful of … Read more