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  • Prius is still king of fuel sippers, but its dated looks could use an overhaul

    Hear the words "green car" and chances are the Prius comes to mind. Toyota's distinctive wedge-shaped icon has become the de facto poster child for the hybrid movement, and a status symbol for the eco-conscientious.It wasn't always so.Two decades ago, fuel was plentiful and "cheaper than bottled water," according to …

    August 21, 2015

  • New CTS-V is an arrow through the heart of BMW
    Killer Cadillac

    Elkhart Lake, Wis. - OK, BMW, I have a message for you from the good folks at Cadillac. It's not a verbatim quote, more a rough paraphrasing or, perhaps more accurately, an unspoken mantra. But, discussed openly or just Vulcan mind-melded through Caddy's entire engineering department, the message is as …

    August 14, 2015

  • Jeep's powerful Grand Cherokee SRT delivers muscle-car thrills
    Pavement pounder

    Once again, I'm conflicted. While my deep-seated inner motorhead snickers over the muscle-bound Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT like a schoolboy who's just heard a dirty joke, an equally rooted history with Jeep products has me preserving my moral outrage. Well, sort of.Here's the beef, which I articulated the last time …

    August 14, 2015

  • Micra: $10,000 for a brand new car complete with warranty
    Cheap and cheerful

    The Nissan Micra and I go way back. In fact, it was the very first car I'd owned entirely on my own. The baby-blue, 1986 Micra wasn't much to look at, leading one of my friends to proclaim it "even uglier than a Yugo." Nevertheless, I learned a lot about …

    August 14, 2015

  • Disco drives like car, off-roads like a beast
    Double threat

    If ever there was a poster child for having first impressions swept away by reality, the Land Rover Discovery Sport might be it. Walk up to it, drive it in daily driving and you'll marvel at its on-road prowess. You might even dismiss it as the best-looking Honda CR-V you've ever …

    August 7, 2015

  • Fresher and more muscular Tucson puts Hyundai at forefront
    Leader of the PACK

    Ding-dong, the family sedan is dead -- and it's vehicles such as the Hyundai Tucson that are going to drop the proverbial house on it. Completely redesigned for 2016, this new machine is stylish, peppy, efficient, capable, and packed with features. It's the third leg of the Hyundai crossover stool …

    July 31, 2015

  • Mercedes' all-new GLC crossover will easily build on the GLK's success

    STRASBOURG, France -- As part of the Mercedes-Benz GLK's launch before its 2008 Detroit auto show debut, a prototype version had a cameo in the seminal chick flick Sex and the City. There is no sneak peek this time for the second-generation GLK, just a completely new look and a …

    July 24, 2015

  • Despite its age, Mazda's mid-sized warhorse still has its charms

    Mazda's description of its venerable CX-9 borders on elegance in its simplicity and truthful brevity: "The largest vehicle in the lineup, the CX-9 is an intermediate SUV that seemingly towers over its Mazda brethren in size and maturity, yet behind the wheel feels just as sprightly and acts just as …

    July 24, 2015

  • Which is the better city truck, GMC Canyon or Toyota Tacoma?
    Urban haulers

    Way to go, Canada! According to the latest figures, Canadians are buying new vehicles like never before. Despite a low-value loonie and even lower oil prices, 2014 was the best year for new car and truck sales in this country and 2015 is shaping up to be more of the …

    July 24, 2015

  • Porsche's slinky, manual-only Boxster Spyder is one of the finest droptops money can buy

    MONTECATINI TERME, Italy -- Porsche has a storied Spyder history -- you only need to think of the oh-so-seductive and talented 718 Spyder as a reminder -- and the new Boxster Spyder is that car's spiritual successor. While it may not yet have the 718's pedigree, it's a cracker nonetheless. The …

    July 23, 2015