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 Volvo S60 and 2015 Mazda MAZDA6

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.

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.