Car Manufacturers: Who Owns What?

The global auto industry consists of dozens of brand names, but not all are marketed throughout the world. Opel is popular in Europe, but it is not sold in North America. Suzuki cars are no longer sold in the United States, but its Maruti Suzuki brand is a top seller … Read more

GM Diesel Pickup Fast Facts

A third Duramax GM diesel becomes available. The General Motors Company makes diesel engines under the Duramax name. Most of us are familiar with the 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 available with heavy-duty Chevrolet and GMC models. We may even be familiar with the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine available in smaller trucks … Read more

Toyota Avalon: Premium Value Sedan

Twenty-five years of Avalon history brings with it an all-new fifth-generation model. The sedan market may be shrinking, but Toyota remains committed to its largest sedan. The Toyota Avalon is a large sedan, one that was overhauled for 2019. It’s based on the same platform as the popular Toyota Camry … Read more

Chrysler’s Versatile Pacifica Minivan

Chrysler calls its Pacifica minivan a multipurpose vehicle and that’s not an inaccurate assessment. Indeed, this vehicle not only holds as many as 8 people and supplies upwards of 140 cubic feet of cargo space, but it pulls up to 3,600 pounds. And with a curb weight of 4,400 pounds, … Read more

5 Hot Tips to Keep Your Tires Cool This Summer

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Without a doubt, extreme temperatures can affect your car, including your tires. Tires expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall, and they typically can handle those variations without much problem. Yet, those temperature extremes can also lead to tire failure, which may happen at the most inopportune time, such … Read more

Luxury Unleashed: Ford F-150 Limited

Ford has a luxury truck and it is called the F-150 Limited. Combining the term “luxury” with “pickup truck” may seem out of character for this segment and it is. But, we’re seeing manufacturers dress their top-end trucks in the finest materials, resulting in a nuanced breed of pickups that … Read more

Behind the Wheel of a
2019 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder is a midsize, three-row crossover utility vehicle with room for up to eight. Its Nissan’s largest crossover, dwarfed only by the rugged Armada SUV. Even so, the Pathfinder holds its own, as it delivers ample interior room, decent storage space, and surprisingly generous towing capacity. You’ll find … Read more

Kia Telluride: Opulent, Large Crossover

Kia Motors continues to produce hit after hit, a trend that seems to have started way back in 2008 with the then all-new and ground-breaking Kia Soul. This Korean manufacturer builds a variety of models, including the Forte sedan, Sportage crossover, and the Sedona minivan. In recent years, Kia has … Read more

New! 2019 Lexus UX Hybrid

Hybrid electric vehicles play an important role in delivering fuel-efficient and emissions-lowering transportation. Toyota is a leader in this field as it supplies more than a dozen such models across its Toyota and Lexus brands. But hybrids aren’t enjoying the consumer attraction needed to keep these vehicles a part of … Read more

Upscale SUV: 2019 Buick Envision

Historically, Buick has served as GM’s premium brand, delivering a slew of car models of distinction. Today, Buick maintains its position between Chevrolet and Cadillac, but its model line and sales are skewed heavily toward utility vehicles. The Buick marque has successfully adapted to changing consumer tastes, delivering three SUVs … Read more

Hypermiling Defined!

Disclaimer: Never put yourself or other drivers in harm’s way when practicing some of these techniques which may, incidentally, be illegal in some jurisdictions. There is a group of people on the roads who seek to squeeze more miles out of a gallon of fuel than seems scientifically possible. Known … Read more