BMW 535d: BMW builds another brilliant diesel

BMW’s midsize 5 Series sedan is a serious car, built for grown-ups and not easily outgrown. 

Its 3 Series…

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Mat Matters

Q: I don’t understand the entirety of this floor-mat-covering-gas-pedal syndrome (that you recently wrote about) that has led to unintended acceleration. How does one even leave their driveway or the curb under this scenario? My 2011 Ford has about 4 inches from the bottom of the gas pedal to the … Read more

The lure of the road

After I recounted a recent road trip in this spot two weeks ago, emails from readers supported my enthusiasm.  I…

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VW Jetta: Trickle-down theory at work

Mention “trickle down” in a political crowd and watch the sparks fly. It’s a different ballgame in the car…

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Blowing your horn

I reprinted a Washington law (RCW 46.61.245) in a recent column concerning the mix of motor vehicles, pedestrians…

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Brains and Brawn: Hot New Pickups

With the economy continuing to gain momentum and truck sales accelerating with authority, automakers have been racing to refresh what are traditionally their most profitable vehicle lines to help lure loyal pickup owners back into dealers’ showrooms. The 2015 model year is shaping up to be one of the segment’s … Read more

Time to Re-Tire

Cars soon will be able to tell their drivers when to replace the tires, thanks to technology recently developed by tire maker Continental. Set to debut for the 2017 model year, the system is designed to track a tire’s gradually changing rolling characteristics over time based on data acquired by … Read more

Age of Autos

Q: I remember a time when many people, maybe most people, bought a new car every four years or so. But I’m seeing a lot more cars on the road that seem to be 8 or 10 years old. Is that my imagination? A: The average age of autos on … Read more

Don’t Drink and Drive

Every 51 seconds someone in the U.S. dies from an alcohol-related auto accident. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

Dodge Charger: Exuberant, economical muscle

Retiring types should not become auto writers. We drive too many cars that draw too much attention.

Your basic Camry…

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Ford Fiesta ST: Euro-flavored fun

There’s no good reason to want Ford’s new Fiesta ST. Fun is its own good reason.

The ST…

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Time to Tow on Vacation

After a brutal winter in most parts of the country, the arrival of summer vacation season is a welcome gift. It’s also time for many Americans to hitch up their boats, campers and trailers and head out to the campsite, lake or other far-flung location for fun and adventure. Unfortunately, … Read more

‘Tops’ of the Top-Selling Crossovers

Crossovers have now usurped sedans as the auto industry’s most popular segment. As its name suggests, the crossover is a mix of two other vehicles: the truck-based SUV and the minivan. It’s a spacious, all-wheel drive hatchback, but on a car platform, which is why it has made such an … Read more

Too Tiny?

Q: I’m claustrophobic. I know what to avoid, and it’s mostly fine. This summer I’m going to visit my daughter and I just learned she purchased one of those tiny cars - a Scion iQ. I’ve looked at pictures of it, and I’m afraid that when I get inside I’ll … Read more

No Child Left Behind

Average number of child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

Anatomy of a road trip

I take a few road trips each year.  To qualify as “road trips,” according to my own definition, those journeys…

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Raging Recalls

Automotive recalls have dominated the headlines in recent months, with some of the nation’s largest carmakers, particularly General Motors and Toyota, embroiled in extensive campaigns that affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Still, virtually all automakers - even some of the lowest-volume exotic makes like Rolls-Royce, Lotus and Lamborghini - … Read more