Now Competitive: 2015 Chrysler 200S

Quite easily the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the best midsize sedan ever to wear a Chrysler badge. Don’t get all giddy about my statement just yet — Chryslers offerings in this segment have included the LeBaron, Cirrus, Sebring and the 200. Under performers all and in one of the toughest … Read more

Acura TLX Tasked With Replacing Two Models

Incentives program announced in advance of sedan’s debut. When the Acura TLX goes on sale next month, it will replace the current TL midsize sedan and the compact TSX. Sales of both models are off by at least one-third for the year, presenting a drag on Acura’s overall sales. Even … Read more

Bavarian Fest: 2014 BMW 535d xDrive

Placing smaller engines in larger cars is a common trend among manufacturers today. BMW, in its 5 Series, takes the same route by offering a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder gasoline engine with its base 528i model ($49,500). For some, 240 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque is sufficient to move … Read more

Trekking With a 2014 Audi Q7 TDI Quattro

Audi offers five crossover/wagon models and will soon add a sixth when the Q3 joins the line up later this year. The Volkswagen Group luxury brand has been enjoying record sales of late with its Q5 crossover and A4 sedan leading the way. The largest crossover in the mix is … Read more

Behind the Wheel of a 2014 Infiniti QX60 AWD

Infiniti has changed its model naming convention by assigning a “Q” or a “QX” to precede the two-digit name for every vehicle that it sells. The “Q” precedes every car model, the “QX” designation is for its utility vehicles. Thus, a 2013 G Coupe is now a 2014 Q60 and … Read more

2014 Audi A6 TDI Quattro: Diesel Does It!

Audi diesel delivers excellent fuel economy and performance. My first and only diesel vehicle was a used 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit, a model with a single, overarching positive attribute: it got 50 miles per gallon. Beyond that, the Rabbit diesel was as slow as molasses to the point where my palms … Read more

About the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Second generation sedan receives available all-wheel drive. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis made its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past Jan. Sales will begin this spring for the second generation of this larger rear-wheel drive sedan. The new Genesis advances fluidic sculpture 2.0 or … Read more

2014 Audi A6: Surprised by Four

Midsize luxury sedan packs in the amenities. I may have to rethink my long-held position against placing four-cylinder engines in larger cars. Especially after spending a week with the 2014 Audi A6 Quattro Tiptronic edition. 2014 Audi A6 The midsize A6 is not the largest sedan in the Audi fleet … Read more

All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 Debuts

Introduced in 2011, the Chrysler 200 took up where the Chrysler Sebring left off. That is, it occupied a position toward the bottom end of the midsize sedan pack. Not so much in sales, rather in looks, engineering, and the execution of the final product. The 200, like the previous … Read more

On the Way: 2016 Ford Taurus

Lighter full-size sedan expected in summer 2015. Large sedans may no longer carry the status they once did, but to automakers they represent both premium and profitable models, serving retail and fleet customers alike. The Ford Taurus is one such vehicle, a model name rescued by CEO Alan Mulally soon … Read more

2014 Dodge Durango Limited: Classy Crossover

Shop for a larger sport utility vehicle and you’ll soon find that the market is now dominated by crossovers. These are models that dispense with traditional body-on-frame or truck-like construction in favor of unibody or car-like construction, the latter providing a more rigid frame for a better handling ride. This … Read more

Sporty Sedan: 2014 Buick Regal GS

A North American sedan with European roots. In 2013, GM sold more than 9.7 million vehicles worldwide for one of its best years ever. Its Buick brand contributed over 1 million sales, nearly matching Opel, and behind Chevrolet. China is the biggest market for Buick. In the United States, consumers … Read more

Seductive: 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport

2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport

Third generation IS sedans grow in size and attitude. It took eight years for Lexus to breathe fresh life into its IS line, what represents a family of smaller luxury vehicles including a pair of flashy sedans: the IS250 and IS350. Eight years is a long time between all-new models … Read more

Gone Green: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

It’s not easy being green. Five Subaru models have come and gone from my driveway, weekly loaners that ranged from the very good to the outstanding. Subaru’s consistent quality, dependability, and reliability has not been lost on me nor on the many new and returning buyers who continue to drive … Read more

In the Wet: 2015 Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX is a compact sports sedan built on the platform that underpins the Impreza. Through 2014 it was officially known as the Impreza WRX, but beginning with the spring 2014 release of the all-new 2015 model, the WRX becomes a model line all of its own. Subie dooby-doo … Read more

Emotive: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

It doesn’t take a full week of press fleet driving to appreciate the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, a model that will most certainly captivate and enthrall even the most experienced automotive writer. I won’t pretend that I’m an expert in all things sports cars, but I’ve had the opportunity to … Read more

Tall Wagon: 2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2014 Subaru Outback

“Three is a charm,” was one thought that came to mind when a Venetian Red Pearl Subaru Outback showed up as my weekly driver recently. Just a few weeks earlier I spent some time with the Subaru Legacy and over the summer a Subaru Forester arrived unbidden. No Subaru model … Read more

Subaru Legacy Delivers Quality and Reliability

The 2014 Subaru Legacy will likely not win many beauty pageants. However, its “looks” deficiency might not disappoint fans who are accustomed to driving a midsize sedan that is well built, reliable and safe. Indeed, like all other Subaru models, the Legacy routinely achieves top safety recognition, in part for its standard … Read more

Behind the Wheel of a 2013 Infiniti QX56

Large and luxurious sport utility vehicles are a small segment with Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln and Lexus each fielding a model. The Infiniti QX56 should be named among them, a handsome three-row SUV that is based on a traditional body-on-frame platform. Our latest weekly drive was the 2013 Infiniti QX56, a … Read more

About the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The automotive market is filled with compact crossover sport utility vehicles, a segment typically identified as five-passenger front- and all-wheel-drive models. Top models include the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and the Nissan Rogue. The Mitsubishi Outlander also competes in this segment, bringing an all-new model to … Read more

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Its GLK250 BlueTec SUV

GLK250 is priced from $38,950. The German car manufacturers including Mercedes Benz have taken a leadership position in introducing new diesel products in recent years. Along with BMW and the Volkswagen Group, today’s diesel engines are quieter, fuel efficient and clean burning. They are also 50-state compliant as the current … Read more

2013 Toyota Venza: The Camry Wagon You Wanted

Beefy wagon offers utility and three trim levels. Toyota hasn’t offered a Camry wagon since the 1990s, a small loss for most consumers as the Toyota Sienna minivan and a host of SUVs have made up for the lost utility. Still, Toyota knows that consumers may want something a bit … Read more

2013 Cadillac XTS Overview and Dimensions

2013 Cadillac XTS

The newest model in the Cadillac arsenal is its XTS sedan, a larger five-passenger vehicle powered by its front wheels. All-wheel-drive is optional. New for the 2013 model year, the Cadillac XTS replaces a pair of discontinued sedans: the STS and the DTS, formerly known as the Seville and the … Read more

Volkswagen Golf R Delivers 256 Horsepower

Finally, Volkswagen introduces a Golf model that offers better performance than the GTI. We say finally because for the last three years rumors of the Golf R’s arrival on North American shores have surfaced several times only to disappear beneath a wave of denials. AWD Golf R Well, the all-wheel-drive … Read more