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2016 Acura MDX sheds weight, adds tech to remain a premium pick among luxury crossovers

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to drop a few pounds and gain three new gears. I’m pretty sure I’d be nimbler and feel more energetic. I’d be quicker and more efficient. I’d be just as comfortable and no less luxurious. And so… Read more

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Driving with busses

An email from a city bus driver indicated that drivers do “stupid stuff” around busses. G.F. claimed he will compile some of those episodes and eventually forward them to me. He hasn’t sent them yet, but in the meantime, I can speculate on a few…. Read more

The Most Preventable Car Thefts

Despite automakers’ most novel schemes to make today’s cars more theft-proof, common sense is unfortunately still not among a model’s standard features. Witness the fact that a growing number of auto thefts are being caused by owners who leave the keys inside while parked. The National Insurance Crime Bureau in … Read more

Front Seat Sleep

Q: For many reasons, including a need sometimes to sleep in my car and sometimes haul really long things, I have decided it’d be really great to have an SUV or hatchback with a front seat that folds flat (as the back seats do). I’ve never seen one. Do they … Read more

Pedal Problems

Approximate number of preventable automobile crashes caused each year by drivers that mistake the accelerator for the brake. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

More traffic, better drivers

During my drive to California in May, contrasts to our northwest driving experiences became evident. Approaching Los Angeles, I experienced the biggest difference: multiple freeways with multiple lanes. There’s a theory that more lanes allow improved traffic flow — a concept that may have been… Read more

2015 Kia Sedona focuses on value, quality and versatility

We were badly outnumbered as we piloted our Kia Sedona deep into Southern Utah’s red-rocked vacationland. Read more

Small SUVs Poised to be Top Sellers This Year

Small crossover sport utility vehicles are set to unseat midsize sedans as the biggest selling segment in the car business this year for the first time in history, according to the auto information website TrueCar. Sales were up by 15.6 percent in the first quarter of 2015, led by the … Read more

Here’s Comes the Self-Driving Semi

How would you feel if you knew that big semi-trailer truck in the lane next to you was driving itself? Welcome to the future, as truck maker Freightliner’s new Inspiration Truck recently became the first autonomous big rig licensed to operate on public roadways, specifically in Nevada. Still in its … Read more

USB Shortage

Q: It seems crazy to me that with all the attention carmakers are giving to technology, there seem to be no cars with USB ports for backseat passengers. If you’re traveling with three or four others, it’s kind of dumb to have to take turns plugging in your phone. Has … Read more

Riding High

Number of consecutive months that new trucks and SUVs have outsold cars. Source: Edmunds.com Read more

2015 Genesis: Hyundai’s luxury player

A few things we know about Hyundai: it’s relentless, it dreams big and it does things in whole measure. Read more

Our crazy obsession

I’ve often quoted an old friend, W.W., who said, “People are funny, aren’t we?” By that philosophy, he included himself in the peculiarity of human behavior. Regarding motor vehicles, his sentiment is certainly evident. Judging by America’s network of pavement alone, our vehicle obsession is… Read more

Test Drive: 2015 Acura TLX

Following a continuing theme this year is yet another test drive of an all new vehicle, notably the 2015 Acura TLX sedan. Read more

Collector Car Corner: ‘Unusual’ American Motors engine?

I was at a car show recently and spied a group of people peering into the open hood of a 1965 Rambler American, so I thought I would check it out. Read more

Family Friendly

There was a time, back in the late 1980’s, when the minivan was the family vehicle of choice in America. Chrysler ignited the minivan explosion with its Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager in 1984, and by the time its rivals had caught up with equally accommodating people-movers of their own, … Read more

States With the Highest and Lowest Car Insurance Rates

While auto insurance premiums are largely based on a motorist’s driving record, two otherwise equivalent drivers will find they face drastically different insurance rates based solely on where they live. According to Insure.com in Foster City, California, those living in Maine ($805), Ohio ($843), Idaho ($877), Iowa ($886) and New … Read more