Car Reviews

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

More proof that you can't manufacture muscle.

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

Big-body fun without breaking the bank.

2014 Toyota Prius Review

Mission-focused hybrid does what it sets out to do.

2014 BMW M235i

A not-so-quiet riot.

The Daily Driver

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

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2014 Fiat 500C

The Most Versatile Airplane

Fish, camp, and explore, all with the MVP Aero.

As our means of transportation continue to evolve, we expect more and more out of the machines we rely on to get us from point A to point B, be it planes, trains, or automobiles. While we're still figuring out how to design a mash-up of these methods for a super vehicle, individually, planes and cars are making huge strides, from cars that park themselves to versatile aircrafts that do more than simply fly.

Small Cars with Big Power

Mini Cooper JCW gets a power bump, and we take a peek at its rivals.

Big power in a small car is almost always a good way to generate lots of smiles. Minis have been known for their handling prowess, but now the company wants to go a little more nuts with the top-line John Cooper Works (JCW) edition of the Mini Cooper. AutoWeek reports that the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the current JCW cars will be replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

7 Cars to Own Before You Die

Put these cars on your automotive bucket list.

Whether you've just discovered you're middle-aged, or you just hit 30 and want to get a jump on that automotive bucket-list, there are a few "must-own" cars for everyone. They are staples of automotive perfection for one reason or another. Driving one of these is great but owning one is better. If you've never had the pleasure, it might be about time to sell that minivan or sedan and grab yourself a used one of these on the cheap.

Bang for Your Buck: 2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio

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

This week, our control is the 2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio. It's a "retro" car, in that it's built to resemble the Fiat 500s of old. It sports a hopped-up 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the gnarliest exhaust note south of $200,000. And, since this is the Cabrio model, it sports a power-retractable cloth soft top for some fun in the sun. Quite the package, don't you think?

Don't Be an Idiom: Carpool

Exploring the origins of everyday words and phrases.

Carpool is one of those interesting idioms that seems to have simply been appropriated from another meaning because it sounds good. A carpool is not a pool of cars, it's actually a pool of passengers. In our current usage, a "carpool" involves subtracting cars, not adding them.

J.D. Power Picks the Most APEAL-ing Cars

A wide swath of automakers takes home high praise.

People, especially auto writers, love to talk about the "emotion" inherent in a vehicle. Sure, your car gets you to and from work, but does it do so in a method that you find even remotely exciting or appealing? If you've been the kind of person to assign emotional value to your driving experience, you'll be excited to see the results of J.D. Power's APEAL study.

50 Shades of Grey, Auschwitz Selfies, and James Garner Dies

All the trends that have been trending online this week.

Women, betrothed and unspoken for, have been hot and bothered in anticipation the film version of 50 Shades of Grey. This week the trailer was released and met a lackluster response, Baton Rouge to Burma. Nothing says validation more than a college diploma, especially when it's from one of the nation's most reputable universities, University of California- Berkely.

5 GM Cars to Not Look Forward To

Not everything new is destined to be good. Such is life.

Recently, Automotive News released a series of articles outlining its vision for GM's five-year automotive product roadmap. It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of the U.S. domestic market through the end of the decade. We've already looked at the five most exciting cars to come out of this collection, but now, we're going to spend some time with some of the announcements that are, well, not so good.

Military-Grade Aluminum? 7 Vehicles That Should Use It

Ford's 2015 F-150 has it. Who else should jump on board?

Ford just announced its decision to make the 2015 F-150 out of "military grade" aluminum. By doing so, Ford has cut the weight of its flagship vehicle by 700 pounds. This is pretty significant in terms of manufacturing, because aluminum is harder to stamp and takes substantially more energy to turn into a vehicle, as opposed to steel. Are they setting the bar with a commitment of this magnitude? How much of an impact will this have on on the auto industry?

5 Tools Every Motorist Should Own

If you don't have these basic tools, go buy them. Now.

Far too often, I come across a car owner who doesn't own tools. If you want to captain a ship, you'd better learn to sail. If you want to work in a kitchen, you have to learn to cook. So why has learning to operate a car or truck not carried the same importance when it comes to tool usage?

Wicked Tech: The Projection Watch

Why read a watch when it can project the time on to your hand?

It's been quite a while since man had to use rudimentary methods for telling time. We've come a long way since staring up into the sky or determining the changing positions of shadows on a rock. But where is the future of time-telling headed? Apple's iWatch patent was just recently approved, revealing details of the gesture-controlled device. But one company is already a step ahead of the game, or so they think, with the creation of a projection watch.

Porsche's New Car, Tesla's New Car, Hyundai's New Award

Your auto news roundup for the week of 07/18 - 07/25.

Was the 2014 Porsche Cayenne just not enough for you? Well, get excited for the 2015 version, then. Porsche's big crossover receives a slightly upgraded exterior, but most of the fun is taking place under the hood. There will be four variants of 2015 Cayenne to start with: The Diesel occupies the cheapest slot, followed by the V-6-powered Cayenne S, followed by the all-new Cayenne S E-Hybrid PHEV, finishing with the turbocharged V-8-packing Cayenne Turbo.

Five GM Cars to Look Forward To

The General's got some tricks up its sleeves.

Recently, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for GM's five-year automotive product roadmap. It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of the U.S. domestic market through the end of the decade. There is a lot of potential in the pipelines that Automotive News outlines, and while not every bit is exciting, there are more than a few things on that list that tickle us in just the right way.

Future Tech: Quantum Computers and 5-D Storage

The next great evolution in technology is drawing near.

This week, computer hard drive manufacturer Western Digital announced its new 6TB hard drives, news that would have been pretty impressive if it hadn't come out around the same time as the announcement of the 5-D 360TB drive recently developed by scientists at the University of Southampton in England or the latest development in laser technologies that promises to move us one step closer to quantum computing.