Car Reviews

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 EcoDiesel

Cohesive, but rough around the edges.

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.

Behind the Wheel with Sarah

The Daily Driver

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

2015 Volvo S60 and 2015 Mazda MAZDA6

Dodge Announces a Brilliant One-Year Lease Plan

How to build hype for 2015 without losing sales in 2014.

Dodge is in a bit of a pickle. It will be announcing the 2015 Challenger and Charger, two muscular throwbacks, at this week's New York Auto Show. However, the vehicles won't be on sale anytime soon thereafter, meaning that Dodge is potentially alienating buyers of 2014 models, who would likely hold out a year for a refreshed model. In order to fix that problem, Dodge has announced a new lease plan that should satisfy everybody involved.

2014 New York International Auto Show: Day Two

The festivities at the Javits Center wrap up today.

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is ending today, and along with it, auto-show season is also closing. Don't worry, it will start anew in the fall in Los Angeles. Until then, here's a look at all the action from the second day at NYIAS. The big news of the day came from Dodge.

Toyota is Replacing Some Robots with Humans

How can we build better robots without knowing more ourselves?

We're slowly moving towards a Matrix-like relationship with assembly-line robots, where we serve our overlords above all else. Many assembly lines are like that, where human employees do little more than give the robot its parts, pausing only to call a supervisor when the machine breaks down. Toyota's worried about this method of running a line, though, and so it's decided to remedy the situation by replacing some of those robots with actual people.

If Grammar Nazis Ruled the World

Correcting the grievous atrocities committed against the language.

Grammar Nazis. Annoying, aren't they? Those self-righteous pricks who go around pointing out how borderline illiterate we are. Thank god we've all collectively agreed to compare them to history's greatest monsters rather than, you know, learn to talk good and write proper.

Volvo is Working on Inflatable Car Seats

If this works, forget lugging bulky car seats around.

A while back, your author was asked his opinion on crossover SUVs by a couple of his friends - a married couple expecting their first child. He was stunned, as both expectant parents owned relatively new four-door family sedans. Why, he asked, would you want a crossover? "Car seats" was one of the answers.

BMW Bolts, Volkswagen Trannies, Ford Misfires

Your recall roundup for the week of 4/10 to 4/17.

BMW has an active recall on almost half a million vehicles, due to an issue with an engine bolt. It affects vehicles all over the world, all of which are equipped with the N55 inline-six engine that includes both VANOS and Valvetronic systems. Evidently, bolts holding the VANOS unit in place might loosen up, sending the engine into a low-power "limp mode" or throwing a check-engine light. Worst case scenario, the car will either stall out or not start up at all.

2014 New York International Auto Show Afternoon Roundup

Here's what happened on the first afternoon in New York.

The 2014 New York International Auto Show rolls on, with debuts a plenty at the Javits Center. We'll get to those - and a couple left over items from the morning - shortly. But first let's talk a bit about the New York show. Once an afterthought, the New York auto show now matters, as the Chicago show has suffered some decline in new product reveals.

2014 New York International Auto Show Morning Roundup

Here's what happened on the first morning of the New York Auto Show.

As if New York City didn't get enough attention, the automotive world is focused on the Big Apple for the next day or two as the 2014 New York International Auto Show takes place at the Jacob Javits Center. With that in mind, here's a recap of what happened this morning on the city's West Side. From cute-utes to mid-size sedans to sports cars, New York has something for you.

Reese Witherspoon to Launch Lifestyle Site

Joins Gwyneth Paltrow in the mission to sell us stuff we don't need.

As if Gwyneth Paltrow hasn't GOOPed all over us enough, Reese Witherspoon is joining in on the trend of celebrities running "lifestyle" web sites. Celebrities such as Paltrow and Jessica Alba already have such sites, but now it's time for the Legally Blonde star to join in on the fun.

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.