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2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

When hybrid cars first appeared almost 20 years ago, their main draw was that they used much less gas than other cars. They were...

2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru’s Outback wagon is known for being able to get you there - just not very quickly. It was one of the first high-riding...

2020 Hyundai Sonata

When you can’t sell practical anymore, it’s time to start selling something else. Mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata used...

2020 Cadillac XT6

Cadillac already has a three row SUV  . . . so why make another one? Probably because it needs a different kind of three-row SUV....

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

People who buy economy cars don’t especially care that lots of other people are driving the same car; if anything, it’s confirmation that they...

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road

The bad news is you can't get a V6 in the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Which is a shame, because with that V6 - which...

The Not-So-Modern Car

It's surprising how much hasn't changed over the past 25 years. New cars start right up; don't stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years....

2020 Mitsubishi EclipseCross

Given that the Mitsubishi EclipseCross is priced higher than its better-equipped rivals - models like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V - and given...

2020 VW Arteon

Top-of-the-line cars used to almost always be sedans, but that layout has fallen out of favor because of the modern sedan’s comparatively small trunk...

VW Arteon Look-See

Here's a quick look - and some random thoughts - about the VW Arteon; more to come! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing - and that’s probably the main thing which accounts for its enduring popularity as the...

Raced a Tesla

I raced a Tesla yesterday. It was a tie - but I won. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to elucidate. I was in a brand-new...

Classic Cars

It Could be Bad . . . But Sometimes Isn’t!

A good friend of mine called me a couple of weeks ago, worried about her '92 Toyota truck. The transmission was acting up. She...

Retro Interview with Bill Porter

About 20 years ago, I sat down with former Pontiac Chief Designer William “Bill” Porter in New York City. Over breakfast, he discussed his...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

They don’t make ‘em like they used to - and in many cases, not at all. Have you ever wondered what happened to them?...

Ode to the Air Cooled

No new cars - and just a dwindling handful of new motorcycles -  have engines that rely on the air to cool them. Technically, it's...

Things You Can’t Do in a New Car

New cars can do all kinds of things - even drive themselves. But there were all kinds of things you could do in the...

Reader Question: Can We Build The Perfect Car?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I want to build a car from a good set of bones. I want...

Reader Question: ’78 Z28 is Worth How Much?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I have a '78 Z28 that I bought new on April 7, 1978. I...

Reader Question: Modded Muscle Cars?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! George asks: You've written about problems finding tires for your muscle car because of the limited...

The Rear Wheel Drive Resurgence

Two things once defined American cars. They were almost always rear-wheel-drive - even the economy cars - and they sometimes could be had with V8 engines. Or...

Leaving Well Enough Alone

I could improve the reliability, traction, handling and braking of my antique muscle car - update the thing - but that would miss the...

Tempus Fugit

The other day, I found myself behind what - to me - is a relatively new and certainly modern Mustang GT from the mid-'90s...

Motorcycles

The DeadWire

People aren’t getting much of a charge out of Harley’s first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire . . . literally. Owners - and there aren’t many -...

Reader Question: Home for Old Kaw?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Fred asks: I've been a reader for years (but a slacker on donations). I used to...

Cycle Therapy

There are sound, practical reasons for owning a motorcycle that transcend fantastic gas mileage and low buy-in cost. I speak of the therapeutic aspects of...

Little Stinker Emerges!

Yesterday was one of the first warm/dry days we've had up here in The Woods of southwest Virginia, so I decided to step away...

Motorcycles in the Saaaaaafety Crosshairs

Motorcycles are the last vehicles still largely free from Uncle’s asphyxiating grasp. That is about to change. The unelected regulatory apparat known as the National...

Does Biker Deserve Death Sentence?

You may have seen the video below that documents a road rage incident which occurred the other day in California. A motorcyclist is riding adjacent...

2018 BMW  K 1600B

Motorcycles aren't subject to Uncle's fuel-efficiency fatwas. Not yet. Which explains why BMW is putting its sixes in its bikes  . . . while removing them...

Motorcycles Can’t be Automated

What happens to motorcycles in a world of automated - not autonomous - cars? Don't you hate that slippery shuck and jive? "Autonomy" means independent;...

The Not-Disposable Bike

Just as there was a sweet spot for cars - a moment in time when they were just modern enough to start perfectly every...

VW May Dump Ducati

Apparently, Volkswagen Group is considering selling off Ducati as the automaker seeks to streamline operations to fund a strategic overhaul after the emissions-cheating scandal, two people...

App Before You Wrench

Back in the day, when your bike wasn’t running right, you had to wrench to figure out why. Now, you can tap an app...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED January 22, 2020

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian politics...

Pre-emptive Hut! Hut! Hut!

A Virginia man named George Wagner and his wife were the object of a pre-emptive Hut! Hut! Hutting! the other day. The man had apparently...

GM Woke

If Bruce can transition into Caitlyn then GM can do basically the same thing - with the difference being Bruce probably paid for his...

Chester the AGW Molester

Chicago taxpayers are on the hook for $300,000 to settle a sexual abuse/assault case. It is the second case against the same armed government...

Concealing That You’re Carrying?

Today is the day tens of thousands of people will gather in Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to register their contempt...

The End of Tesla’s Useful Idiotness?

After years of looking the other way, the government is suddenly looking very closely at Tesla. Elon Musk’s Useful Idiot services may no longer...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/ KMED January 18, 2020

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Medford, Oregon! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

Our Worser Half

Government is like a bad marriage you can’t get out of. An arranged bad marriage you didn’t even once upon a time think was...

Minding Your Mood

Memory seats are nice. But how about mood minders? In-car sensors that assess your state of mind via eye movements, facial expressions, gestures -...

A Pair of Hut! Hut! Hutters!

Here's local news coverage from Mesa, AZ about a pair of armed government workers - all kitted out in their Tacticooled gear - who...

The Tractor Backlash

John Deere, like Ford and GM and all the rest, is forced by the government to build tractors as complicated as new cars -...

The Orange Don

The Iranian general "taken" out by the Orange Man may have been a bad man. Probbaly,he was a bad man. But what about our...

Cycles

Reader Question: Is Motorcycle Culture Dying, Too?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Dex asks: I think Harley is dying because Harley riders are dying. Whenever I see a Hog,...

Reader Question: Air-Cooled Bikes in the South?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Bill asks: I hope you'll take a moment to answer this question for me. For many...

The DeadWire

People aren’t getting much of a charge out of Harley’s first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire . . . literally. Owners - and there aren’t many -...

Reader Question: New Motorcycles?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Kenny asks: I haven't seen anything much by you about the latest bikes. Have you given...

Pharaonic Totems

I had an older friend once who owned a couple of classic cars he never had time for. He worked, so they sat -...

Reader Question: Home for Old Kaw?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Fred asks: I've been a reader for years (but a slacker on donations). I used to...

1975 Kawasaki S1 Saaaaaaafety Ride!

Here's a quick thumb in the eye to Uncle - the government - which demands I wear a helmet for saaaaaaaaaaafety, on the bizarre...

MOCs and Conceptual Thinking

When someone does something wrong, punish everyone who hasn’t done it yet. This is the new American legal doctrine - which seems to be based...

The Fleeting Feeling of Freedom

Every now and then, I do something "risky" and illegal, to remind myself what it was like when we were still relatively free. I roll...

Little Stinker Emerges!

Yesterday was one of the first warm/dry days we've had up here in The Woods of southwest Virginia, so I decided to step away...

Reader Question: Obscure Honda Bike Parts?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! John asks: Do you know of a source for the four hard chrome plated "collars" in...

New Car Reviews

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

When hybrid cars first appeared almost 20 years ago, their main draw was that they used much less gas than other cars. They were...

2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru’s Outback wagon is known for being able to get you there - just not very quickly. It was one of the first high-riding...

2020 Hyundai Sonata

When you can’t sell practical anymore, it’s time to start selling something else. Mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata used...

2020 Cadillac XT6

Cadillac already has a three row SUV  . . . so why make another one? Probably because it needs a different kind of three-row SUV....

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

People who buy economy cars don’t especially care that lots of other people are driving the same car; if anything, it’s confirmation that they...

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road

The bad news is you can't get a V6 in the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Which is a shame, because with that V6 - which...

The Not-So-Modern Car

It's surprising how much hasn't changed over the past 25 years. New cars start right up; don't stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years....

2020 Mitsubishi EclipseCross

Given that the Mitsubishi EclipseCross is priced higher than its better-equipped rivals - models like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V - and given...

2020 VW Arteon

Top-of-the-line cars used to almost always be sedans, but that layout has fallen out of favor because of the modern sedan’s comparatively small trunk...

VW Arteon Look-See

Here's a quick look - and some random thoughts - about the VW Arteon; more to come! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing - and that’s probably the main thing which accounts for its enduring popularity as the...

Reader Question: The Automotive Jenga Tower?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Graham writes: I think the clock is ticking for GM. The Hummer is a Hail Mary...

Reader Rant: Close Calls!

Here's the latest reader rant, along with my reply! Ron writes: I always enjoy your articles and even though I'm 74 years old, I still...

Reader Question: On Slow Going?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Garth asks: I expected you would mention how "drivers," while waiting for oncoming traffic to clear...
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