If ever there were a disruptor in the chain of traditional thinking, it is the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. It is not likely this British purveyor of luxury automobiles needs a luxury-performance off-roading all-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle. But the F-Pace will become an elite recruiter for a new generation of Jaguar.
The F-Pace is not merely a ...Read more
I take back all the snarky quips I made when I first saw the Land Rover Evoque convertible at its L.A. auto show debut last year. It looked high-sided, bricklike and awkward. "Who would take this luxury trinket off road?" I muttered, while eyeballing its tall back end. It seemed like a piece of pricey jewelry surely headed to extinction in the ...Read more
2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T: A contemporary commuter with a 600-mile range
With a cruising range of around 600 miles, the VW Passat 1.8T is a logical replacement for all who once loved their diesel-powered Passat.
I just finished a week in a Passat 1.8T R-Line, which is one step up from the base model. The tester's $24,795 starting price is a ...Read more
The Escape is a cash calf for Ford as its biggest seller next to the F-Series pickup trucks, its cash cow.
So it's no wonder why Ford keeps its compact-class Escape updated and with access to a range of advanced safety and driver-aid technologies. It brought out a freshened 2017 Escape with some customer-derived tweaks and improvements and ...Read more
Living small is a lifestyle choice you understand or just don't get. Little houses, small portions and living within our means today can all seem so un-American.
But the Germany-infused British stalwart Mini brand is a counter-statement and a backbone of doing more with less. Its small cars are cultural icons and teacups of transportation in a ...Read more
The 2017 Jaguar XE: Style and Performance in the Compact Class
You can almost hear the purring within Jaguar. The brand is launching its fourth and fifth vehicles this year in two of the more popular segments.
The F-Pace compact SUV is speedy with sporting proportions. And the XE sedan, today's tester, is Jaguar's first compact sedan. The "...Read more
The Subaru Forester is a sensible vehicle in the crossover segment that's gone crazy for flash and drama. The fourth-generation Forester is a simple recipe of utility, style and above all, function. The 2017 model has been given a significant "midcycle refresh."
On the outside, there is a new grille, bumper and headlights. Interior updates ...Read more
What do you do after visiting the RV dealer "just to look," but a 24-foot travel trailer follows you home, and you don't own a vehicle powerful enough to pull it? You start doing homework, as a friend of mine did when she bought such a rig for retirement travel.
Vehicle choices are limited when it comes to having the heft and grunt to pull ...Read more
Fenton's DeathS. Elizabeth
Emm and Francine grew up with Fenton. He was their neighbor, best friend and big brother all in one. Fenton thought he loved both his friends equally but one day as a young man he realized he had to make a choice. But what would his choice do to the 3. And then...Fenton died. Fenton's Death ...
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 is a leading light in the charge toward electrified vehicles. The redesigned and re-engineered E-Class sedan and wagon are now the most advanced vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the carmaker says. Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class is longer by 1.7 inches, with a wheelbase that is longer by 2.6 inches...Read more
The Toyota Avalon flies under the popularity radar as a comfortable car with American-class roominess. It's also the only large-midsize sedan sold as a gasoline-electric hybrid.
Toyota sells about a billion Camry sedans a month versus a tenth of that number of the slightly larger Avalon sedan. But the Avalon might actually be a value purchase ...Read more
Come and listen to a story about a man named Wally, a humble travel pioneer with wanderlust in his heart.
Wally Merle Byam was born on the July 4, 1896, in Baker City, Oregon. He would find himself pretty much alone in the world at a young age, but moss would not grow under his feet. To make a long and captivating biography short, Byam loved ...Read more
Cadillac's new full-size CT6 sedan certainly isn't "old Cadillac." It seems to be trying very hard to be a competent German car, and it succeeds in some ways. But while I like this Caddy's sharp exterior styling, the inside seems more like an upscale Chevrolet, although it is luxurious in a sport-tuned way.
These may just be observations of ...Read more