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


Toyota has assembled a whole new version of its Matrix five-door for model year 2009, giving it more exterior flair, two new engines and a… Continue reading


Rumor on the street has it that the 2008 MazdaSpeed3 is the fastest four-banger, front-wheel drive, mass-produced car in the world. That, my friends, is… Continue reading


Small-vehicle sales are increasing, big-vehicle sales decreasing, and although most people want better fuel economy, not everyone can get by with a small car. Some… Continue reading

Corvette Z06

It’s refreshing when a car that screams for attention like the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 actually delivers the goods. With an exterior that competes with… Continue reading


The Toyota Corolla subcompact sedan was introduced in 1966 and first entered the U.S. market two years later. Since then, more than 30 million of… Continue reading

Scion xB

The original Scion xB, first introduced for model year 2004, was so boxy you’d think its designers used a carpenter’s square. For model-year 2008, the… Continue reading

Saturn Astra

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Saturn has re-invented itself over the past three years. The latest case in point is the all-new 2008… Continue reading

Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

People don’t have to remind me that I’m one lucky dude when it comes to having a job that requires driving a different new car… Continue reading