How Does a CVT Work?

CVT transmission

A CVT works with an engine in sending power to the wheels. Every car out there must have a transmission, even the electric cars have a fixed transmission(1), so the first question is what even is a transmission? Basically, a transmission takes the engine’s rotation speed (RPM) and divides it … Read more

Going Deep With the GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon may be the right size pickup truck for you. Full-size pickup trucks have grown in proportions, making it difficult for some people to park them in their garages or maneuver on tight streets. Fortunately, there is a class of pickup trucks immediately beneath this segment, represented by … Read more

About the 2020 Toyota GR Supra

The Supra is coming! The Supra is coming! If you’re part of the Toyota Supra fandom, you’ve heard this exclamation for the better part of a decade, perhaps longer. More than two decades have passed since the last Supra was sold in North America, although it soldiered on in Japan … Read more

Zoom-Zoom: 2018 Mazda3 Hatchback

Mazda3: Fun-to-drive and affordable. Small cars have been taking it on the chin these past few years as the market continues to shift to crossovers. Mazda is well represented in the SUV market with three distinct models in the subcompact, compact and midsize range. Yet, this automaker hasn’t abandoned cars … Read more

On the Road With a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Once again, Mazda supplies a model for a competitor. Fiat has struggled mightily ever since returning to the US in 2011. A large part of that blame has to do with product mix. Indeed, timing is everything in this market and that’s one reason why small car models such as … Read more

2014 Lexus ES350: Luxury for Americans

Traditional luxury get a fresh look. Three decades ago Toyota began considering how it might best serve premium customers, in a bid to go head-to-head against Lincoln and Cadillac. It was determined that a new brand was necessary, thus Lexus was born. Today, Lexus is one of the top selling … 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

The Hidden Benefits of Stick Shift Transmissions

In a driver’s search for improved gas mileage and more value, the hidden benefits of a manual transmission often get overlooked. Through extensive research, automotive technologists and experts have found that a stick shift can improve gas mileage by a notable two to five miles per gallon compared to an … Read more