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BMW X6 M: High-performance, tech-rich crossover is weirdly shaped and stunningly fast

In 1999, BMW dipped its toes into crossover waters with the midsize X5. Built on the rear-drive platform of the 5 Series sedan, it inherited that car’s muscularity and superior driving dynamics. Read more

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Alterna Fuels

Q: I read a story quoting Honda officials saying they would be introducing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in a few years. Interesting, since so far as I know there are almost no fueling stations in this country. True? A: There are, in fact, fewer than 100 in this country, … Read more

Solutions from readers

It’s open to discussion if their solutions are viable, but readers regularly send me their ideas for improving highway safety. For example, regarding phone distraction, R.B. suggested, “After reading your column today I had a thought; why can’t we get cell phone makers to make… Read more

Jeep Patriot: Old-school, budget-wise crossover still selling well

I drove the Jeep Patriot a thousand miles before grasping its appeal. Read more

Fuelish Behavior

Most every new-car ad that notes a vehicle’s estimated fuel economy bears a variation of the phrase, “your mileage may vary,” which has become a modern-day catchall expression for verbal waffling. Indeed, according to a recent survey conducted by AAA in Orlando, Florida, one-third of all Americans believe their vehicles’ … Read more

Ticket Punched

While the majority of motorists won’t see their auto insurance premiums jump after receiving minor moving violations, younger drivers are more susceptible to ticket-fueled rate increases than their senior counterparts. According a study conducted for the website InsuranceQuotes.com in San Francisco, drivers 18-49 years-old are three times more likely to … Read more

Color Conundrum

Q: Our daughter is graduating college in December and we are putting up half the down payment for a new RAV4. We like everything about the car. It makes sense for the life and job she’ll have, we’re satisfied with the price because we know she’ll be able to make … Read more

Less Spendy

Percentage decline in the annual cost of owning a car ($8,698) in 2015 versus 2014. Source: AAA’s 2015 Your Driving Costs Study Read more

Horsepower making a comeback

Whether one calls it performance, muscle, throttle response, or something else, fast vehicles are making a comeback. Though it was predicted that the early 1970’s marked the beginning of the end for “muscle cars,” the specs and performance of many current production models belie that… Read more

Mitsubishi Lancer: Great bones, more keep compact Lancer relevant

Good bones, affordable pricing and available all-wheel-drive keep the aging Mitsubishi Lancer relevant. Read more

Car Buyers Deeper in Debt

While new-car sales continue to skyrocket - the National Automobile Dealers Association in McLean, Virginia, predicts that close to 17 million units will be delivered to customers this year, which is the highest number recorded since 2005 - their prices likewise are heading upward. According to Kelley Blue Book in … Read more

Beware Used-Car Scams

With new car sales booming, there’s a flood of pre-owned models heading into the used-car market, and consumer experts are predicting a concurrent rise in auto-buying scams. “There are many traps that shoppers can fall into when buying a car, so we advise taking it slow and avoiding any deal … Read more

Lead By Example

Q: My wife is a terrible driver. That’s not me being sexist. She even sort of knows how bad she is. She glides through stop signs, she’s a tailgater and she drives with her left leg bent at the knee, her foot resting on the seat. The list goes on … Read more

Quiet Back There!

Percentage of drivers that admit to being angered by backseat drivers. Source: Expedia.com Read more

Distraction running amok

When I wrote of driver distraction ten years ago, the “playing field” was different. Then, the most prevalent attention grabber for drivers was “rubbernecking” at roadside sightings like disabled vehicles, accidents, or police traffic stops. At that time, cell phones were not even among the… Read more

2015 Lincoln Navigator: EcoBoost to the rescue

Ford reaches into its EcoBoost bag of tricks to freshen the full-size Lincoln Navigator. For 2015, Ford replaces last year’s eight-cylinder engine with a thriftier and more powerful twin-turbocharged six. The new Navigator also receives exterior updates, a redesigned interior and updated cabin technology. A… Read more

Collector Car Corner: The demise of the Studebaker-Packard Corporation

Back in the late 40s and 50s my grandfather bought a series of Studebaker cars: the first being a Land Cruiser (fine car: a 1950, I think) followed by others of increasingly poor quality, but increasingly more radical in design. Read more