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Don Adair: BMW X1 — betrayal of heritage or damn fine crossover?

Some people would have you believe BMW has gone to the Dark Side. Read more

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Best and Worst Cities To Drive in Bad Weather

The change of seasons can be challenging enough with regard to the elements, but you’ll want to take extra precaution if you’ll be motoring through Boston, which was named the U.S.’s worst city in which to drive in rain or snow, with Bostonians getting into accidents 157.7 percent more frequently … Read more

Driving With Arthritis

Q: My dad has what appears to be increasingly profound arthritis and I’m worried about whether he can do what he needs to do when he’s driving. He claims he’s OK to drive and that he’s as solid behind the wheel as he ever was. I have my doubts, but … Read more

Non-Fixer

Average percentage of recalled vehicles that are left unrepaired each year. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

More reader recommendations

Readers continue to relay thoughtful recommendations in response to my columns touting driver resolutions and tips for winter driving. It’s always good to hear from those who devote extra attention to the driving task. As a New Year’s resolution, I reminded drivers to look as… Read more

Test Drive: 2016 Mazda6 Gran Touring

We’re driving the 2016 Mazda6, a fine looking mid-size sedan from front to back. Good looks aside, Mazda6 delivers an outstanding 40-MPG highway EPA number along with very good performance thanks to Mazda’s respected Skyactiv powertrain combination. Read more

Don Adair: Highlander still tops segment it helped create

It’s not much of a stretch to see Toyota’s Highlander as emblematic of today’s auto industry. Read more

Collector Car Corner: Writer ISO a Ford like Dad used to have

I am undertaking a retirement project to find a Ford truck as similar as possible to the first vehicle I drove, which was my dad’s Ford truck which I had to wait until age 8 to drive. Read more

New-Car Conveniences Consumers Crave

Until recently limited to only the costliest luxury models, an increasing number of cars and trucks in virtually all size and price classes are offering an array of advanced safety systems, including compact cars and even subcompact crossover SUVs. Apparently new-vehicle shoppers are apparently taking notice in a big way. … Read more

Free at Last!

Stop spinning your wheels - you’ll only be digging yourself into a deeper rut. That’s both a poster-worthy life lesson and the number one tip for freeing a car that’s mired in the snow or mud. Instead, start by disengaging your vehicle’s traction control system, which tends to work against … Read more

Clean Diesel

Q: Can you tell me what they mean when they say a vehicle is a “clean diesel” vehicle? A: A so-called clean-diesel vehicle is engineered to take advantage of the latest ultra-low-sulfur fuel that’s refined to have 97 percent less sulfur than with previous formulas. The lower sulfur count eliminates … Read more

Auto Autos

Percentage of car shoppers that are more likely to buy a new vehicle if it has autonomous features, such as auto braking, park assistance and collision avoidance. Source: Autotrader Read more

Readers’ winter weigh-ins

When I recently offered winter driving reminders, many reader emails followed. I’m encouraged that so many local drivers are applying careful thought to the process of negotiating slickened roads. L.B. relayed a tip for effective stopping at icy intersections, writing, “It’s something I sort of… Read more

Don Adair: Lifted Volvo brings off-road competence to luxury sedan market

Volvo makes history this year with a long-wheelbase version of its compact S60 sedan. The 2016 S60 Insignia is the first car to be built in China and sold in the U.S. Read more

Driving Chevrolet’s 31-MPG Pickup

Chevrolet recently made headlines when it announced that its Colorado midsize pickup - along with its near twin at GMC, the Canyon - would become the most fuel-efficient pickups in the U.S. when fitted with a new Duramax diesel engine. The Environmental Protection Agency rates both versions at 22/31-mpg city/highway, … Read more

Fiat’s Spider Weaves its Web

One of the more noteworthy new cars making the rounds at auto shows this year, at least as far as auto enthusiasts are concerned, is a brand new version of Fiat’s iconic 124 Spider convertible, last seen on U.S. shores in the 1970’s. Today’s low-slung Spider shares its underpinnings with … Read more

Child Seat Smarts

Q: I will be taking care of my grandchild for the next several months. He’s 9 - obviously too big for a child seat, but he’s small for his age. Is there any way to know if the adult seatbelts will do what they should do in an accident? A. … Read more