Honda Introduces 4 Cylinder Engine to 2012 Crosstour

2012 Honda Crosstour

Five passenger hatchback gets fuel efficient engine. TORRANCE, Calif. Honda announced on Wednesday that it is making available a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine for two-wheel-drive versions of its Crosstour crossover. This 16-valve engine will be paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and is expected to help the 2012 Honda Crosstour achieve … Read more

The Average Salary of Automotive Service Technicians

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Information updated January 2016. By Charles K. Green What automotive technicians and car mechanics earn. Automotive service technicians and mechanics are trained to diagnose, adjust and repair vehicles, performing work ranging from accomplishing oil changes to handling complex engine and transmission overhauls. These professionals, numbering more than 740,000 people as of … Read more

The History of the GMC Terrain

Small crossover is big on amenities. GMC Terrain offers a more chiseled exteriorthan its Chevrolet cousin. Among compact SUV nameplates, the 5-passenger GMC Terrain is one of the newest on the market, introduced for the 2010 model year. Available in front- and all-wheel-drive, this spacious crossover is related to the … Read more

Multiple Controversies Shroud Fisker Karma Debut

Did you catch the Fisker Karma debut earlier this week? If not, you weren’t alone. This hybrid electric vehicle has gone on sale, but the truth is out: the supposedly Eco-friendly Fisker Karma gets worse gas mileage than an SUV. At least that is the contention of Forbes magazine and … Read more

3 Steps to Replacing a Car Battery

When you least expect it, your car battery fails to turn over, leaving you stranded. If you’re fortunate enough, you’re near a shop, a phone or other public place where help can be quickly summoned and a replacement battery installed. If you’re far from home, on the road or otherwise … Read more

Decoding Motor Oil Weights

motor oil weights

If you’re getting ready to change your car’s engine oil yourself, you need to choose the right motor oil weight based on its viscosity. Viscosity represents the internal friction of a fluid or a gas — thick fluids have a higher viscosity and thin fluids have a lower viscosity. API … Read more

Hankook Tire: No Longer Anonymous

A Korean tire manufacturer wants you to know the ‘Hankook Tire’ name. You’ve heard of Firestone, Goodyear and Michelin, but what about Hankook Tire? Maybe you have and simply just didn’t make the connection. This company, based in South Korea, is the seventh-largest tire manufacturer in the world, deriving 20 … Read more

New Ride: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet’s designers were inspired by motorcycles when they developed the Sonic. One evidence of that is the car’s instrument cluster; another is its round headlamps and tail lamps. Don’t even mention the word “Aveo” around Chevrolet’s brand managers. That word is anathema, representing a car that never lived up to … Read more

Australian Built Chevy Caprice Cop Car Rolls Out

Australian Chevy Caprice police car

Hot Holden model dons a Chevrolet dress. At first glance, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV looks a lot like the Impala, particularly from the rear. When dressed in its unadorned detective version, the Caprice resembles the Pontiac G8, itself an American cousin to the Australian built Holden Commodore. On the Market … Read more

Koenigsegg Agera Rocks the Super Car World

Koengisegg Agera R

Koenigsegg is the fastest Swede on earth. The Swedish car industry isn’t really Swedish anymore, with major players Saab and Volvo now owned by companies abroad. However, one manufacturer remains a true Swedish brand, with the hardest name to spell, ever. Koenigsegg, the exotic car manufacturer, has been around for … Read more

Car Guys vs. Bean Counters (Book Review)

Car Guys vs Bean Counters book review

Former GM vice-chairman offers an insider’s look at a once proud industry. Bob Lutz is one of the most colorful, if not controversial figures in the automotive industry today. Although he officially retired from General Motors in 2010, ending a 47-year automotive career that also began with GM and included … Read more

Porsche: A History of Excellence (Book Review)

Porsche a History of Excellence book review

Automotive history books offer fascinating looks at the evolution of the ever important automobile. Books focusing on a single manufacturer show the design changes throughout the years, and each progressive generation demonstrates an improvement in refinement and looks. A book tracing the history of the Ford Motor Company, for instance, … Read more

The Hot Rod Reader (Book Review)

Hot Rod Reader book review

America’s purely original art forms are rather limited. While American poets, play writes and painters have left their marks on art and society, their crafts were not of purely American invention. America’s greatest contributions to popular culture and art are undoubtedly film, jazz and the automobile. Jazz of course, is … Read more

Out of This World Mercedes A-Class Concept

Mercedes is about to pull the veil off of an important subcompact car, its A-Class concept, which will be unveiled at a pair of auto shows in Shanghai and New York this month. As has been the trend in recent months, Daimler AG has posted sketch work of this proposed … Read more

Trends Indicate Compact Pickups Will Die

Small trucks have never really found lasting success in the American market. It certainly hasn’t been from lack of trying – major automakers as diverse as Volkswagen, Toyota and even domestic players like Ford and Chevrolet have all tried their hand at selling U.S. drivers on the idea of a true compact pickup, … Read more

The Art of the Formula 1 Race Car (Book Review)

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car book review

Often described as the pinnacle of motorsport, the Formula 1 world championship provides an extraordinary level of technology. The races used to be very exciting as well, but modern aerodynamics and technical circuits have made passing a thing of the past. Still, on occasion, and usually at an old European … Read more

2011 Hyundai Sonata Specs & Overview

Hyundai Sonata

Before 2010, the Hyundai Sonata was a “ho-hum” if not downright unappealing midsize sedan. In its earlier years, that didn’t matter as much because the competition offered much of the same. However, if Hyundai was to differentiate itself from the pack, then offering a vehicle that was stunningly different would … Read more

2011 Dodge Nitro Specs & Overview

Dodge Nitro

Sibling to the Jeep Liberty, the Dodge Nitro was introduced for the model year 2007, a five-passenger unibody sport utility vehicle designed for on- and off-road use. Like the Liberty, the Nitro goes places most modern SUVs cannot go; unlike the Liberty, this Nitro has an edgy, retro look representing … Read more

2011 Chicago Auto Show Highlights

2011 Chicago Auto Show

Today is the first of two media days for the 2011 Chicago Auto Show with Friday the official start of the public segment. From February 11-20, 2011, Chicagoland residents will be able to take in what organizers say is the largest and longest-running auto show in the nation. Earlier today, we … Read more

NASCAR: Then and Now (Book Review)

NASCAR Then and Now book review

Very much a rags to riches story, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing went from a few dirt tracks to big time business in less than half a century. Given the rather long name, it’s no wonder the acronym, NASCAR, now describes the league, the cars and a … Read more

Confessions of a New MINI Cooper Owner

After several weeks of debate, I decided to make the plunge: I bought myself a MINI Cooper.  Like most first-timers, I was hesitant.  Do good things really come in small packages?  Here are a few things you might not know about owning a MINI Cooper. 1. THE MESSAGE. The marketing doesn’t … Read more

Not All Truck Tires Are Created Equal

Truck tires are broken down into a broad range of categories. To decide what kind of tires to install on your truck you really need to consider a few things before jumping into a decision, perhaps regretting your purchase if you act in haste. First, ask yourself a few questions. … Read more

How to Inspect Your Wiper Blades for Winter Wear

A working pair of car wiper blades are a must for any vehicle. When blades are worn, they’ll streak, smear and skip, and won’t adequately clear your windshield. You need to have maximum visibility when driving – worn blades should be replaced immediately. Winter can present challenges to your wiper … Read more

Legendary Corvettes (Book Review)

Legendary Corvettes book review

Chevrolet’s Corvette has been around since 1953, one of the most enduring model names of all time. Only in 1983 did the world miss out on a brand new Corvette, as General Motors worked through quality problems and production delays to bring out its fourth generation model in 1984. Six … Read more

Is Matte Where It’s At?

While I only attended two major auto shows this year (the NY Auto Show and SEMA), I’ve noticed a growing trend towards “flat” or matte paint finishes…or vinyl wraps that are meant to look like a matte paint finish. While some might argue this “trend” isn’t really a trend – … Read more

McQueen’s Machines (Book Review)

McQueens Machines book review

Younger readers probably won’t remember Steve McQueen, the Hollywood actor who died in 1980 from mesothelioma. Avid car enthusiasts know who McQueen is, at least they recognize him as the Lt. Frank Bullitt in the 1968 classic car chase movie, Bullitt. That movie featured what is perhaps the best car chase … Read more

How to Design Cars Like a Pro (Book Review)

How to Design Cars Like a Pro book review

I am not nor have I ever been interested in designing cars myself. But, that does not mean I am not interested in what a car looks like, especially its exterior visage. Just one glance is all it takes when I survey a car – it may possess a stunning … Read more

The Allure of the Automobile (Book Review)

Allure of the Automobile book review

Automotive design has had its shining moments, something we still see today in select Italian sports cars, German luxury sedans and, if I daresay, in America’s current drove of pony cars. There was a season from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, when most cars were predictable and uninspiring, … Read more