Monday, April 23, 2018
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2018 Honda Accord

Sedans used to be the mainstays of the market - mostly on account of their being practical. Four doors instead of two. Then along...

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Let's talk about a hybrid that makes some sense for once. It's the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Wait. I know. It hasn't got electric motors - and...

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel

Two things used to be almost givens in trucks - or at least, available: Manual transmissions. And diesel engines. Usually, they were available together. Today, it’s impossible...

2018 VW Passat

As I type this review of the 2018 VW Passat, almost 400,000 of its fellows sit baking in the California desert - punishment for...

2018 Ford Expedition

Sometimes, splitting the difference hits the sweet spot. The Ford Expedition is bigger - and roomier - than a Chevy Tahoe. But it's not as...

2018 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous - but then, so is my orange 1976 Trans Am. Both are over-engined, exuberant, garish - and so, glorious. Both also...

2018 VW GTI

The  VW GTI hatchback sedan doesn't look like a Corvette, but it reminds me of one. Not a new one. My high school buddy’s 1978 L-82...

2018 Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

One of the reasons the Germans lost the Battle of Britain almost 80 years ago ties into the problem with plug-in hybrids today. Range on...

2018 BMW M550i

What’s better than a BMW 5 Series with an M on the trunk lid and a twin-turbo V8 under its hood? How about two 5...

2018 Hyundai Sante Fe

Unlike other crossover SUVs, the Hyundai Sante Fe comes more than one way. Shorter - or longer. Two rows - or three. It also comes with more...

2018 BMW X3

Two things are getting hard to find in a compact crossover - in new cars, generally: six cylinder engines - and a rear-drive-based layout. The...

2018 Toyota 86

It’s an interesting thing about the Toyota 86 - and the Subaru BRZ. Not that they are basically the same car sold two different ways....

Porsche Evildoer Arrested

It's been reported that Joerg Kerner, Porsche's chief of powertrain development, has been SWATTED by armed (German) government workers for suspected "cheating" on the...

Vehicular Narcolepsy

People aren't asleep at the wheel - they are unconscious behind the wheel. The Safety Cult has done its vile work, turned most people...

Those High Octane Ethanol Mandated Blues

High-octane fuel isn’t for every engine. Some engines need it - but others do not. Millions of other engines. Feeding those engines high-octane fuel is a money-waster....

When the Meter Feeds on You

You used to feed the meter. Soon, the meter will feed on you. It will also know exactly who you are and where you...

The Orange Snipe Hunt

Back when I was a Boy Scout, I experienced something called a Snipe Hunt. It was a hunt for a nonexistent beast - a...

Three Wheels Bad

You probably haven’t heard of Paul Elio - probably because his car company hasn’t been the recipient of your tax dollars, nor the prostrate...

Restricting What’s Not Regulated . . .

Engineers are becoming like magicians - pulling improbable things out of their hats. The difference is, it’s not a trick - and they haven’t got...

The Next Insurance Offer You Can’t Refuse

The insurance mafia has made book by making insurance mandatory. The customer hasn’t got much room to haggle when he can’t say no. Imagine what car...

“hero” Called by Anonymous Busybody

I found the following video - taken by a news reporter in her car - and thought it was worth a word or three....

Soy Boy Politics

It’s barely four months into the year and already, armed government workers have shot to death 294 people. This is more than twice as...

The Electric Cars Which Might Have Been

Mandates and subsidies have not only distorted the market for electric cars, they’ve distorted the design of electric cars.    Instead of being designed to...

A Lump Under the Rug

The other day, GM announced it would no longer report monthly sales figures. Instead, it would hold on to those numbers internally and only...

Video Rant: 2018 Ford Eco Sport

Here's a look at Ford's new (to the U.S.) mini-me crossover SUV. Unfortunately, we won't get the diesel engine European buyers of this thing...

Porsche Evildoer Arrested

It's been reported that Joerg Kerner, Porsche's chief of powertrain development, has been SWATTED by armed (German) government workers for suspected "cheating" on the...

Latest Reader Question (April 20, 2018)

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply: Paul asks: What president was responsible for the gas shortages of the '70s and what's the best...
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