Car Reviews

2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD

Competent Japanese luxury.

2014 Audi Q5 TDI Review

Audi's wagon-on-roids gets TDI'd

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

A sensible crossover is hard to find. Here's one.

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Started from the bottom, now we here.

Behind the Wheel with Sarah

The Daily Driver

Our auto journalists give daily impressions of the cars they drive.

2015 Mazda MAZDA6 and 2015 Volvo S60

Weekly Car Porn, April 16 '14

For those of you who know what sexy really is.

For those of you who like to drool over ridiculously good-looking cars, you are not alone. Car Porn is's weekly series where we bring you 10 swoon-worthy automobiles every Wednesday that will always be easy on the eyes and get you through the rest of the week! Happy hump day, if you know what we mean!

Buckets and Buicks

We chat college hoops and car marketing with Sandra Moore.

Buick is no stranger to sponsoring major sporting events, like the Final Four, and we caught up to Buick's Marketing Director, Sandra Moore, at the Final Four in Dallas to talk about Buick, the state of the brand, college basketball, and her Texas roots.

The Both, Nas, Ben Watt, Check E. Weiss

New music releases for the week of 04/15 - 04/21

The Both is an unlikely-seeming collaboration, only because the backgrounds of the two artists' are so different. Aimee Mann rose to fame as the singer for 'Til Tuesdsay, possibly one of the worst bands ever to emerge from the 1980s "new wave" scene (although she came up in Boston's punk rock scene). Ted Leo did time in numerous latter-day punk bands before making a name for himself with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

Mercedes Plans to Help First Responders

Rescue Assist will make everybody's job a little easier.

Cutting into a car with the Jaws of Life isn't exactly easy. It's easy in the sense that the tool can quickly make its way through a car's outer shell to rescue a trapped individual. However, once you realize that modern cars are loaded with high-voltage wires, explosive airbags, and all sorts of other dangers, it can become a risky proposition. That's what Mercedes-Benz is trying to fix with its Rescue Assist program.

Buying American? Think F-150 or Corvette

If you have to be patriotic with your car, there's an index for you.

The "Made in America" index hasn't much mattered in the automotive industry for a long time. Cars that most folks think of as very "American" - such as the Chevy Camaro - might be built in other countries (the Camaro gets built in Canada), while bread-and-butter cars for foreign automakers - such as the Honda Accord - are often built in the States. The Accord is built in Ohio, for example.

Dexter Romweber Rolls On

Ex-Flat Duo Jet on his rocking collaboration with sister Sara

You're not going to find anyone nearly as fascinating as Dexter Romweber in music today - if ever. After all, he's the only rock 'n' roller to freely drop Baudelaire and Bo Diddley's names in the same conversation and have it make sense. The former Flat Duo Jets front-man and punk-abilly journeyman has again joined forces with sister, Sara Romweber (Mitch Easter, Lets Active, Snatches of Pink) on drums and delivered the stunning Images 13 (Bloodshot)

Never Mind LEDs, BMW is Moving to OLEDs

BMW takes an idea from the hippies and goes organic.

BMW has been a leader in vehicle light technology for some time. Their "Angel Eye" design, first seen on the E39-generation 5-Series, sparked such an interest in headlights that other automakers quickly moved to create unique daytime running light (DRL) designs using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Now, BMW is ready to head into uncharted territory once again.

Could Solar Panel Roads Power Our Country's Electric Grid?

Solar Roadways project: an intelligent, decentralized power grid.

Imagine if our country's 2.6 million miles of paved road were covered with solar panels that could withstand wear from vehicles while simultaneously creating an intelligent highway system that powered our electrical grid. It might sound like a longshot, but it's the futuristic vision of Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based company founded by husband and wife duo Scott and Julie Brusaw, and they recently made a major breakthrough in the development of their project.

Bang for Your Buck: Chrysler 300 SRT

Checking out a new car's competition from the used-car market.

It's no surprise that buyers often compare both new and used cars. For a given price point, the market for potential cars explodes once you start looking away from new cars alone. Yes, you might give up the warranty, but if you're looking for something unique, used cars provide a good value ... provided you pick the right one. Bang for Your Buck takes a look at a handful of awesome used cars you could get with the money you'd spend on the new car we've tested recently.

Don't Be an Idiom: Cloud Nine

Exploring the origins of everyday words and phrases.

Many popular idioms involve the sky ("head in the clouds," "walking on air," "sky high"), and many others involve numbers ("seventh heaven," "dressed to the nines," "perfect ten"). Sky idioms tend to be fairly straightforward, but not so much when it comes to number idioms.

Mercedes and Honda Score High in Brand Image

All the typical players are present for Kelley Blue Book's awards.

Kelley Blue Book is a great way to waste a few hours determining whether or not your car is even worth selling (your author is facing an uphill battle with his Civic). But that's not all they do. KBB actually works with new-car buyers to determine which brands are favorable in the public eye. That's the idea behind the company's Brand Image Awards, and as you might expect, some very familiar names stand atop the rest.

Land Rover is Building an Invisible Car ... Sort Of

Now there's an off-road reason to shove cameras into your car.

Land Rover has always been king of off-road vehicles. No other utility-vehicle manufacturer has given its full range of vehicles so much potential in the dirt; hell, even the Beverly-Hills-friendly Range Rover Evoque has decent off-road chops. It would stand to reason that the Tata-owned OEM would continue to push the envelope when it comes to non-tarmac driving. The transparent bonnet is proof that Land Rover is doing exactly that.

Wicked Tech: Narrative Clip Captures Your Life in Pictures

The tiny, wearable camera logs your life in 30 second intervals.

In 2012 six Swedish entrepreneurs took their idea for a mini camera that constantly documents your life to Kickstarter. To say it was a success is an understatement. They reached their goal of $50,000 in just five hours and by the end of their campaign had raised a whopping $550,000. Well, the device finally started shipping in November of last year and is on the market for anyone interested.

Windows in the Car: Microsoft's Response to CarPlay

Redmond will not leave smartphone integration to Apple and Google.

Not too long ago, Apple unleashed its CarPlay beta on the world. Plug your iPhone into a supported vehicle, and the infotainment screen will shift to a decidedly-Apple interface. It's a move that's supposed to move your smartphone to the in-car screen, not only for increased capability, but also for reduced distraction on the road. Of course, Apple isn't the only mobile platform, and so its competition wants to get in on this game, as well.