Car Reviews

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.

2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review

Luxurious yes, but still a truck at heart.

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

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.

Colbert Gets Chosen, The Principle, Pet Clones, Normcore

All the trends that have been trending online this week.

The announcement that Stephen Colbert has been chosen to succeed as host of CBS' Late Show drew gasps of delight from just about everyone online this week, despite the fact that almost no one watches late night TV anymore, and despite the fact that Colbert's character of the phony Republican is property of Comedy Central and definitely will not be making the move to CBS with the host.

Recallmageddon: Toyota Recalls Six Million Cars

Never mind recall themes, the theme is now recalls.

We apologize for the onslaught of recall-related news in the past few weeks. However, with the typical pre-auto-show lack of automaker-supplied news, and with GM currently being fed to the lions in Congress, that's the topic du jour. And before it gets better, it'll get worse. Just this week, Toyota announced a recall that covers six million vehicles worldwide.

Honda's New Crossover, Fiat's New Tranny, Dodge's New Muscle

Your auto news roundup for the week of 04/04 - 04/11.

It's not the Civic Type R, but it's the next big thing - a miniature crossover that will sell like hotcakes. Seriously. Honda's filling a gap in its U.S. offerings with the Fit-based Vezel crossover. However, according to Automotive News, it will likely come to the states bearing the HR-V name, in order to solidify its relation to the CR-V. Let's just hope that Honda doesn't rename the Pilot to the PR-V, or else we'll have plenty of jokes to make once that hits the market.

Road Salt Contributes to the Latest Ford Recall

Big Blue Oval must have been feeling left out of the recall race.

Even though spring is on the way, winter is still rearing its ugly head in different forms. This time, the salt we use to keep our roads clear of ice has been contributing to some corrosion issues for Ford, a problem they've faced in the past, albeit on different models. Between that and a new seatback recall, Ford's looking at about half a million vehicles that need to head back to the dealership.