Kia Spectra: a contemporary status symbol?

With the way things are going, fuel-efficient compact cars could become the new status symbol, and Escalades an object of embarrassment. It helps that today’s… Continue reading

Mercury Sable: reborn and better than ever

Mercury introduced its Sable in 1985 and the sedan quickly gained a loyal following. After about 20 years Sable had run its course, and another… Continue reading

2008 Volvo XC70: taking appeal to an extreme

Volvo has a great all-new version of its XC70 crossover for 2008. This is the off-highway-capable version of the V70 wagon. Previously built on the… Continue reading

Nissan Versa: big space inside small package

In July 2006, Nissan debuted its nifty, all-new Versa five-door hatchback for model year 2007, and introduced the sedan version six months later. Within a… Continue reading

Audi A3: a premium ride for the cost-conscious

With an entry point around $25,000, the 2008 Audi A3 2.0 T S-Line tempts cost-conscious consumers into giving this sporty, versatile, premium German compact a… Continue reading

Kia Sedona: making inroads against the biggies

For 2006, Kia significantly spruced-up its Sedona minivan, which first went on sale in mid-2001. In addition to improvements in styling and more generosity with… Continue reading

’08 Enclave: changing perceptions about Buick

General Motors is placing a big bet with the introduction of its all new 2008 Buick Enclave – a luxury crossover SUV designed to compete… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2008
  • ROAD TEST by Larry Lark
  • Vehicles

Mustang Bullitt: another notch for Ford

No car looks meaner coming toward you or in your rearview mirror than the current Mustang. And, just as the Mustang in the mid-’60s was… Continue reading

Suzuki SX4: most-affordable AWD car in U.S.

In this time of almost $4 per gallon gasoline, the tag line “America’s most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle” sounds pretty darn good. Throw in a couple… Continue reading

Hyundai Veracruz: taking-on the blue bloods

What is that? The question was frequently asked during my week’s test drive, and people were universally surprised when my answer was the all-wheel-drive, seven-passenger,… Continue reading

Lexus LS 600h L: hoisting the flagship

Interesting thing about the very large 2008 Lexus LS 600h L sedan: During the test week, it received the kind of effusive attention normally generated… Continue reading

Honda Accord: long-lived, with more life left

Honda’s Accord has had more incarnations than Shirley MacLaine. Somehow, someway, Honda engineers always manage to improve upon perfection. And at the same time maintain… Continue reading

Dodge Viper SRT10: otherworldly, in effect

Even if Exxon were giving gas away, all law enforcement agents suddenly vaporized, and science discovered that vehicle emissions are actually good for the planet,… Continue reading

Range Rover Sport: such guilty pleasure

Just because I write nice things about some vehicles that don’t get very good gas mileage, don’t think my conscience doesn’t bother me. While driving… Continue reading

2008 Malibu: generating new buzz for Chevrolet

At last, a General Motors product with buzz. What is this world coming to? The all-new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is a bona fide head-turner. It… Continue reading

VW Tiguan

in fact, it may be approaching last call. Yet Volkswagen and the innovative… Continue reading

Maserati GranTurismo

Given the current state of the economy, writing about road-testing a Maserati seems like fiddling while Rome burns, and I feel guilty about it. Wait!… Continue reading

Mazda CX-7

In today’s challenging new-car environment, the 2008 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring crossover sport utility vehicle is a welcome breath of fresh air. What’s not to… Continue reading


Have you noticed that the media has glommed onto the words “icon” and “iconic” and can’t let go no matter how overused they’ve become? Every… Continue reading

Honda Civic Si Coupe

which is actually a… Continue reading