Wednesday, December 7, 2022
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2023 Nissan Rogue

5
The Nissan Rogue sells pretty well. This is hard - at first glance - to understand. It does not look very roguish, for one....

2023 Toyota Tacoma

26
There is exactly one mid-sized truck you can still get with two things together - a V6 engine and a manual transmission. The others...

2023 Lexus NX

0
If you’ve not heard already, the 2023 Lexus RX350 will no longer come standard with - or even offer - the 3.5 liter V6...

2023 Honda Ridgeline

11
Honda was the first to sell a mid-sized truck that isn’t one - the Ridgeline. And many people love that about it.  That it has...

2023 Mazda CX-30

17
As it happens, I was sent another crossover SUV to evaluate this week. And as it happens, this one’s also different in a number...

2023 Toyota RAV4

20
How do you decide which crossover to buy - given how similar most crossovers look? Well, you have to look under the skin.  If you...

2023 GMC Sierra 1500

7
Big trucks are bigly popular - probably because big cars are pretty much gone. Even the biggest ones - which are all high-dollar luxury...

Best – and Worst – of Times

44
Honda just announced the pending availability - for the 2023 model year - of the most powerful production car it has ever offered for...

2023 Audi A3

14
It’s an interesting fact that while small sedans have largely disappeared from the general market you can still find a number of them in...

2023 Chevy Traverse

18
There’s something disconnecty about a two-ton SUV powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine.  In fact, there are only a few two-ton SUVs that...

2023 Acura Integra

9
Certain models define a brand. What would Chevrolet be without Corvette? Ford - without the F150?  Acura once had a model like that. The Integra.  And...

2023 Nissan Titan

11
A number of new half-ton trucks no longer even offer V8 engines; the rest offer them as optional engines. Only one half-ton truck still...

Classic Cars

What You Can’t Buy for $2,700 Anymore

25
I have a model of a '71 Dodge Demon 340 Wedge - which is all I can afford these day. A real '71 Demon...

A Look Back for a Company With no Future

64
For the second year in a row, GM is selling nostalgia about the cars it used to make and hoping that will translate into...

What Happened to Pop-Ups?

25
Before there were pop-up ads, there were pop-up headlights. When they weren't on, you couldn't see them - because when they were off, they...

Re-Fixing It . . .

52
I sometimes wish I'd gotten the V6 engine that was optional when my 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up was built, because then I could use...

Memories Made

17
Over the course of nearly 30 years test-driving new cars,  I have driven thousands of cars. Many of them - especially lately - forgotten...

Cars You Used to See a Lot . . .

43
A very sound rule of thumb way to determine the goodness of a given make/model of car is to look around for them. If...

Elevators and EeeeeVeeeeeees

48
EeeeeeVeeees - especially Teslas - are very quick. But the experience is detached and anodyne. It quickly gets old. Or rather, nothing particularly exciting. The...

They Don’t Just Look the Same . . .

41
It's often said - correctly - that modern cars (mostly crossovers now) all look pretty much the same. But it goes deeper than that. Modern...

The Nexus of Sominex

44
The main reason people were more interested in cars, once, was because cars were more interesting, once.  This does not mean they were better -...

Once, We Were Interested

59
Why is interest in cars waning - among the young, especially? The ones who used to be the most interested in cars? There are many...

Doomed: Pontiac Fiero (1984-1988)

22
John Z. DeLorean, the eccentric but indisputably brilliant father of the 1964 GTO, also had a vision for a sexy, low-slung Pontiac two-seater. He...

Motorcycles

A Meerakuhl!

40
It’s helpful when your old bike breaks down at a buddy’s garage. Especially when your buddy happens to be an old bike fetishist, too....

2023 BMW K1600 GTL

11
Spend $50k on a new BMW car and you get a four cylinder engine. Spend half as much on a BMW bike and get a...

This BMW Still Has a Six

3
Actually, it still comes standard with one - and for about $26k to start. Most BMWs come standard with a four - and for...

A Little Therapy . . .

17
Owning a motorcycle is about more than just riding it. Caring for it is a big part of it. There are sound practical reasons for...

The Kz and the EV

48
Yesterday I did something I doubt anyone will be doing 46 years from now - at least, not with anything that's new right now. That...

More News You’ve Probably Not Heard

81
It’s hard to know what’s really going on when it’s not being reported.  Much less explained. One example of this is the not-reported news - which...

Your First Bike

17
There is an exception to the rule about not spending money in order to save it. That exception is the two-wheeled alternative to four-wheeled...

Fun Sometimes Costs!

31
There is a saying about horses for courses. It means: Don’t take a Cyldesdale to the Kentucky Derby. Nonetheless, it’s sometimes fun to do...

Helmets, Again . . .

31
I've tried several times to make clear my point of view regarding helmets, on both practical as well as philosophical grounds. Do they "work"?...

Air-Cooled vs. Water-Cooled Bikes

15
Lots of interest in motorcycles now - for practical reasons. They are a way of dealing with the doubling of the price of gas...

Helmet Laws Are Unsafe . . . and Worse

62
The other night, I went for an evening ride with my girlfriend  - neither of us wearing a helmet, which is no longer legal...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 12/06/2022

0
Here's the audio of this week's talk with my friend Bryan Hyde, host of the Bryan Hyde Show in Utah! We talked about "going...

Diaper Report: 12/6/2022

35
Some of you may recall Gourmeltz - the Fredericksburg, VA restaurant that refused to close its doors or "mask" its customers during the height...

Occasional Use Vehicles

67
There are a couple of things to be worried about with regard to electric vehicles - assuming you like electric vehicles - that have...

Lightning is Coming . . .

32
Ford is sending me an F-150 Lightning (the electric version of the F-150 half-ton pick-up)  to test-drive this week. It should be an interesting...

Going for a Swim

38
Just before the Titanic went under, the rear end went up higher - possibly giving those in that end of the ship a false...

Mannequin on Wheels

52
Many people do not want an electric car - period. Irrespective of its range, cost or time to recharge. Exactly what is wanted, by...

What Can’t be Hacked

32
There are two great things about cars keys that aren't electronic keys. Three things, actually. Wait. Four things. The first is that they last decades, assuming...

Monkeywrenching

24
A few weeks back, most of my truck's exhaust system fell off. I decided to save back some money - a financial survival skill...

Diaper Report: 12/2/2022

114
As anyone could have predicted, Diapers are being pushed again. Are being mandated again. Interestingly, by the military - in the state of Arizona. ...

Saving it Back

62
When the government takes your money - whether via the robbery called “taxation” or via the subtler form of theft styled “inflation” - there’s...

Going No Faster – in Cars That Can, Safely . ....

24
Cars have changed a lot over the past 50 years. Speed limits - and how people drive - haven't. Fifty years ago, most cars still...

Latest Radio: David Knight Show 11/30/2022

0
Here's the audio of my talk yesterday with David Knight! We talked about Panem - from The Hunger Games - for real, as well...

Cycles

What’s in the Box?

31
Normally, my old bikes start right up - even if I haven't started them in awhile. This latter being a regular thing during the...

A Meerakuhl!

40
It’s helpful when your old bike breaks down at a buddy’s garage. Especially when your buddy happens to be an old bike fetishist, too....

This BMW Still Has a Six

3
Actually, it still comes standard with one - and for about $26k to start. Most BMWs come standard with a four - and for...

A Little Therapy . . .

17
Owning a motorcycle is about more than just riding it. Caring for it is a big part of it. There are sound practical reasons for...

The Kz and the EV

48
Yesterday I did something I doubt anyone will be doing 46 years from now - at least, not with anything that's new right now. That...

More News You’ve Probably Not Heard

81
It’s hard to know what’s really going on when it’s not being reported.  Much less explained. One example of this is the not-reported news - which...

Your First Bike

17
There is an exception to the rule about not spending money in order to save it. That exception is the two-wheeled alternative to four-wheeled...

Fun Sometimes Costs!

31
There is a saying about horses for courses. It means: Don’t take a Cyldesdale to the Kentucky Derby. Nonetheless, it’s sometimes fun to do...

Air-Cooled vs. Water-Cooled Bikes

15
Lots of interest in motorcycles now - for practical reasons. They are a way of dealing with the doubling of the price of gas...

Helmet Laws Are Unsafe . . . and Worse

62
The other night, I went for an evening ride with my girlfriend  - neither of us wearing a helmet, which is no longer legal...

Night Riding

22
Some things are better done in the dark. Riding a motorcycle, for instance.  At night, you do not have the sun in your face. You...

New Car Reviews

2023 Nissan Rogue

5
The Nissan Rogue sells pretty well. This is hard - at first glance - to understand. It does not look very roguish, for one....

2023 Toyota Tacoma

26
There is exactly one mid-sized truck you can still get with two things together - a V6 engine and a manual transmission. The others...

2023 Lexus NX

0
If you’ve not heard already, the 2023 Lexus RX350 will no longer come standard with - or even offer - the 3.5 liter V6...

2023 Honda Ridgeline

11
Honda was the first to sell a mid-sized truck that isn’t one - the Ridgeline. And many people love that about it.  That it has...

2023 Mazda CX-30

17
As it happens, I was sent another crossover SUV to evaluate this week. And as it happens, this one’s also different in a number...

2023 Toyota RAV4

20
How do you decide which crossover to buy - given how similar most crossovers look? Well, you have to look under the skin.  If you...

2023 GMC Sierra 1500

7
Big trucks are bigly popular - probably because big cars are pretty much gone. Even the biggest ones - which are all high-dollar luxury...

Best – and Worst – of Times

44
Honda just announced the pending availability - for the 2023 model year - of the most powerful production car it has ever offered for...

2023 Audi A3

14
It’s an interesting fact that while small sedans have largely disappeared from the general market you can still find a number of them in...

2023 Chevy Traverse

18
There’s something disconnecty about a two-ton SUV powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine.  In fact, there are only a few two-ton SUVs that...

2023 Acura Integra

9
Certain models define a brand. What would Chevrolet be without Corvette? Ford - without the F150?  Acura once had a model like that. The Integra.  And...

Looking for a Jump Box Stocking Stuffer?

0
Every once in awhile I get sent a gadget to try out and tell people about. Here's the latest - a 3000 amp lithium-ion...

Going for a Swim

38
Just before the Titanic went under, the rear end went up higher - possibly giving those in that end of the ship a false...

What Can’t be Hacked

32
There are two great things about cars keys that aren't electronic keys. Three things, actually. Wait. Four things. The first is that they last decades, assuming...

Monkeywrenching

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