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Auto Word: 2016 Camaro Redesign Digs Deep for Power, Pleasure

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Billet Bullet: 2016 Camaro Redesign Digs Deep for Power, Pleasure

A 1,200-mile road trip that touched on four states over 2-1/2 days allowed some good "soak" time to get familiar with the 2016 Camaro SS. Chevrolet's "Find New Roads" media drive -- in a nationwide PR blitz through many regions of the contiguous 48 states -- was Chevy's way to ...Read more

Auto Word: Subcompact Mercedes GLA a Sly Beauty With Issues

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

SIn the fast-paced, urban landscape, the subcompact crossover has emerged as a gateway to a calm experience in heavy, workday traffic. These glorified wagons move at a tough pace to get through the mean and busy city streets. They then go home to fit into just about any legitimate parking space.

The GLA250 is sold in front or all-wheel drive (...Read more

Auto Word: Smaller Footprint of 3-Cylinder Focus Has Rewards

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

I am about to share something you may not believe until you experience it. And I wouldn't blame you. But Ford's 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine is a mighty minion.

It is Ford's smallest engine around the world, and is available in the subcompact Fiesta and compact Focus sedan (today's tester) or the five-door hatchback. This turbocharged and ...Read more

Auto Word: Cadillac ATS-V Sedan is a Friendly Weapon of Mass Attraction

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Cadillac ATS-V is a weekend weapon of mass attraction and a thoroughly accommodating daily driver -- a sprint car for the daily commute.

This fat-fendered fist of fun originates from the compact-class ATS sedan or coupe -- and then pushes limits, which I tested on many laps of the Circuit of the Americas during a media drive.

The ...Read more

Auto Word: Subcompact Jeep Renegade Is Tenacious, But Almost Too Sophisticated

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Jeep Renegade is no outlaw, and actually, it's quite friendly as an urban off-road alternative.

This new subcompact Jeep crossover shares Fiat 500L architecture and builds on it with a complete Americanization of Jeepness, including Easter eggs.

The five-seat Renegade is sold in four trim levels in front- or all-wheel drive with two ...Read more

Auto Word: New Audi TT Is a Social Roadster

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Whoever came up with the idea for Audi's virtual cockpit is a genius. This digital instrument cluster replaces traditional gauges with a foot-wide display screen with sharp, colorful graphics. It even simplifies Audi's Multimedia Interface, which had been a two-step process to find and get whatever you were seeking.

The MMI controller (on the ...Read more

Auto Word: Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe Is Painless Power Play

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Mercedes-AMG GT is a disruptor in the segment of luxury sports cars. It is in catch-up mode, but it has the attention of anyone driving a Porsche 911 Carrera, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type or any other two-door, two-seat power player in the price range of $100,000 to $200,000.

The GT is luxury class, but it is the AMG influence that steers it ...Read more

Auto Word: Honda Pilot's Radical Redesign Adds Size, Quality and Some Complication

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2016 Honda Pilot has been completely re-engineered and carved into a new sleek body style with a sophisticated, new all-wheel-drive system.

Honda's largest SUV continues with three rows and seats for seven or eight. The ground-up redesign is 3.5 inches longer but 300 pounds lighter than the 2015 model. The added size went to rear legroom, ...Read more

Auto Word: Mazda CX-3 Poised With 'Predator' Styling

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The models and moods are many in the neo-popular car segment of subcompact crossovers. Suit your style with at least eight choices, including the Nissan Juke, Chevy Trax, Buick Encore, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V and Mini Countryman. And today's tester, the Mazda CX-3, which just went on sale.

Mazda says styling and drivability will ...Read more

Auto Word: BMW's 4-Door Gran Coupe Has Attitude for an Active Lifestyle

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

"Gran Coupe" is a flouncy nameplate for a flinty BMW four-door that is a 4.4-inch stretch of the 4-Series (two-door) coupe.

Despite having four doors, it is tagged a coupe because of its arching roofline. And while the four-seat Gran Coupe is based on the 4-Series two-door, it also has the foundation of the 3-Series sedan (same length and ...Read more

Auto Word: Honda HR-V is The Hustler

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Honda's new HR-V is a little hustler of a crossover and particularly well-Americanized for how motorists use and connect with their cars.

It is another new entry in the popularity contest for these cute wagon-like things, which include the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3, Chevy Trax, Jeep Renegade and Nissan Juke. And there are luxury ...Read more

Auto Word: Mazda-Sourcedv Scion iA Subcompact Is a Handy Enabler

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

When my children were growing up, I was the last to know that this week they hated apples when last week they asked for more.

Whether apples or cars, the preferences of young people can change faster than a turbo can spool up power. And this is the buyer group that Scion targeted when it launched its fast and flippant brand of small cars in ...Read more

Auto Word: Chevy SS Offers Old-School Performance From a Contemporary Global Contender

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Think of the 415-horsepower Chevy SS as a four-door Camaro and a prime reason why speed shops are having to revise their business plans.

This full-size sedan is a factory muscle car with finesse and swaggering force. Right off the car hauler, it doesn't need (much) tweaking to help it be all it can be. Its foundation is the rear-wheel-drive "...Read more

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