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Test Drive: 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

This week, we’re driving the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, a compact crossover delivered in all-wheel-drive (AWD) dress with roomy five-passenger seating. Read more

Collector Car Corner: Who really won the first Daytona 500 in 1959?

With the 2016 Daytona 500 coming up in a few weeks and celebrating 58 years, I still talk with friends about that very first race in 1959 and the photo finish between Johnny Beauchamp and Lee Petty. Read more

Collector Car Corner: The worst car years of the 1950s

For whatever reason, and following a wonderful year of car design in 1957, most every manufacturer in my opinion added bulk, chrome, and even more weight and then ushered in the beginning of a fin era that would quickly get out offhand by 1960. Read more

Test Drive: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

It’s always more exciting when a test drive vehicle arrives and it really is an all-new model. 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

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

Collector Car Corner: The 1966 Mustang that didn¹t get away

“In April 1964 Ford introduced the Mustang, and one of my buddies and I were on a three-day pass and drove to Los Angeles in my old 1953 VW to see the new Mustang.” Read more

Test Drive: 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

This week, we¹re driving the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid that delivers 40-mpg average fuel economy. Read more

Collector Car Corner: Corsair vs. Edsel

“I really liked the Corvair articles you’ve written through the years, and am wondering how you feel about the Edsel? It was a new car, but failed miserably back in 1958. What are your thoughts when compared to the Corvair?” Read more

Collector Car Corner: Auctions and muscle car memories

“I was just reading your response to a gentleman from New Jersey about car auctions and high performance cars. Well, you can’t find a bigger auction fan than me as my attraction to cars started back in the 1940s at a car auction.” Read more

Test Drive: 2016 GMC Terrain

It’s the 2016 GMC Terrain we’re driving this week, arriving with AWD underpinnings in top line Denali trim. Read more

Test Drive: 2015 MINI Cooper

We’re driving BMW’s popular MINI Cooper this week, a front or AWD four-passenger sports car available in short and long wheelbase trims. Read more

Collector Car Corner: American built foreign cars, tires and the Vulcan 27

I enjoy reading your articles on collector cars and want to bring one to your attention that was built in Ohio many years ago. It is the Vulcan 27. I have seen one at local car show and it looked pretty good. Read more

Test Drive: 2015 Infiniti QX80 AWD

This week, we’re driving one of the biggest and most elegant full size SUVs on the road today, namely the 2015 Infiniti QX80 AWD. Read more

Collector Car Corner: Mercury for 1955 and 1956 can be solid choices for collectors

“I’m looking to purchase a 1955 or 1956 Mercury, hopefully a Montclair two-tone hardtop model. What can you can tell me about current pricing and what to look for in the Mercury models?” Read more

Collector Car Corner: Readers recall Crosley small cars

“Your column on the first small and compact American cars brings back my memories of the two-passenger Crosley, which was very small and came with a two-cylinder engine.” Read more

Greg Zyla: Test Drive 2015 Toyota RAV4

This week, we’re driving Toyota¹s 2015 RAV4 Limited AWD, one of the most popular compact SUVs in existence. Read more

Collector Car Corner: A short history of Bonneville Salt Flats

I’m from California and would love to know more about the Bonneville Salt Flats, one of motorsports fastest yet lesser known and covered divisions. Read more

Test Drive: 2016 Nissan Maxima SR

This week, we’re driving the all-new eighth-generation 2016 Nissan Maxima, featuring a fresh aerodynamic stance, improved interior and attractive entry price. 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