The redesigned Nissan Maxima is like a new shoe. It looks sharp but feels better, and the more you wear it, the better it feels.
The Maxima is footwear that is both athletic and sophisticated, functional and stylish. You can schlep the kids in it, take it out for anniversary date night on the town, challenge its performance capabilities on the ...Read more
Here's something you don't normally hear: "Hey, honey, it's snowing. Let's take the Jaguar."
Certainly, a couple years ago, it would have been imprudent. While Jaguars have prodigious grip under most circumstances, their rear-wheel drive configuration is less than perfect in wintry Northern climes. After all, when the weather turns bleak, one ...Read more
Q: Our 2012 Lexus ES 350 has 35,000 miles on the odometer. At 25,000 miles, the dealership told me the tires needed to be replaced, but I declined. During the 30,000-mile service, done at a different dealership, the service adviser told me to replace the tires at the next service. To my eyes, the tires look fine, but ever since the weather ...Read more
After a year of record new-vehicle sales, automakers, dealers, and the banks and finance companies that issue car loans are jubilantly exchanging high-fives.
Analysts list several reasons for record sales of 17.5 million vehicles in 2015, including an improving economy and job market, low interest rates, cheap gas and growth in leasing.
Q: My wife and I recently purchased a 2007 Honda Fit with 103,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, the car gets crappy gas mileage: 22 miles per gallon in mostly city driving, 30 on the highway in warmer weather. The car appears to be in good overall condition, starts easily and runs smoothly. I've replaced the air filter and the spark plugs; neither...Read more
Back in the dark days of automotive history, fuel was cheap and plentiful and Detroit dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Then the Prius came along, offering the first practical hybrid solution, and became the bestselling car in California.
Almost a decade later, fuel is cheap and plentiful again, and a changed world awaits the latest iteration of the ...Read more
Google Inc.'s self-driving system, controlled by artificial intelligence, could be considered a car's driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In a letter posted on NHTSA's website, the agency responded to Google's request for interpretation of several federal safety standards as they apply to the tech giant's ...Read more
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata is a heaping helping of comfort food in the midsize sedan segment.
It has contemporary styling without trying to draw attention as a trendsetter -- though it is. Its functional format maximizes driver sight lines, ease of entry and exit and seat comfort in both rows.
The Sonata is available with two choices of four-...Read more
When normal people suddenly attack and murder, their defense attorney hires Dr. Michael Rose, a former cop turned forensic psychiatrist and his associate, Karen Scott to represent them in court. The inexplicable events mystify these experienced professionals, and together they seek a rational...
DETROIT -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding and upgrading its investigation into electronic gear shifters on more than 856,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.
At issue is an electronic gear shifter used to put vehicles in park, drive, reverse or neutral.
The NHTSA said it is concerned that the design of the ...Read more
Nine-speed transmissions are here to stay. They're being touted as a fuel-efficient selling point in vehicles such as the 2016 Honda Pilot, in top-of-the-line Touring and Elite trim levels.
But these transmissions are also something that might take some getting used to. One aspect of these "teething" pains can be seen in the behavior of our ...Read more
You skipped that second cup of coffee. You are running late. To make matters worse, your car won't start. Why? What can you do?
No-starts fall into two basic categories:
--The engine will not crank or cranks slowly
--The engine cranks, but does not run
NO OR LOW CRANKS
A dead battery is the No. 1 cause of a no-start. If the ...Read more
Land Rover has made its reputation by selling cars capable of fording rocky streams and climbing icy slopes to drivers who rarely face anything more challenging than a lentil soup spill in the Trader Joe's parking lot.
But the 2016 Range Rover Sport might be the best vehicle on the market for handling wicked winter weather -- in our accustomed ...Read more
Since its rebirth in 1998, the Volkswagen Beetle has been the subject of a key question for those possessing a Y chromosome: Are you man enough to drive one? Its Hello Kitty styling is a bit emasculating.
This is no small thing.
While the Beetle was originally created under the auspices of the Nazi party and engineered by Ferdinand Porsche, ...Read more
Q: I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup with 100,000 miles on the odometer. Around the 76,000-mile mark, I installed a Delco fuel pump and level sensor module, which together cost $1,300. One year later, the truck's fuel gauge started acting up.
After a fuel-up, the gauge stays on full for about 150 miles before its needle finally starts to ...Read more
As a follow-up to my column regarding nitrogen use in tires, this from John MacBain, Ph.D:
"Nitrogen obeys the same universal gas law as oxygen, hydrogen, and every other gas known to man. Both nitrogen-filled tires and air-filled tires will show exactly and precisely the same pressure sensitivity to ambient temperature changes. As to comparing...Read more
Continental Automotive Systems Inc. is recalling potentially faulty air bag control units that were installed in up to 5 million vehicles worldwide.
In documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Continental said the air bag control units have a power supply component that could corrode and prevent the air ...Read more
Toyota's Scion brand is going the way of Oldsmobile, Mercury and Tucker.
Toyota will scrap the youth-oriented nameplate. Certain Scions will be rebadged as Toyotas. Some Scion employees will continue to work for the parent company.
The Japanese car giant characterized the news as the end of a triumphant period in which the perky, inexpensive ...Read more
DETROIT -- Ford of Europe will reduce salaried staff, improve productivity and pare its vehicle lineup to ensure sustained profitability as part of continued restructuring efforts.
Ford is finally profitable again in Europe and wants to keep it that way with improved efficiency and cutting cost by $200 million annually.
"We need to be healthy ...Read more
DETROIT -- General Motors earned $6.3 billion in the fourth-quarter, helped by a large tax benefit tied to revalued assets in certain European countries.
That was more than five times the $1.1 billion net income the company reported in 2014's fourth quarter.
On a per share basis, GM made $1.39 for the fourth-quarter, easily beating the $1.21 ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Toyota's financing arm will pay as much as $21.9 million to black and Asian borrowers who paid more for auto loans than whites, settling allegations of discrimination by federal regulators.
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. in Torrance, Calif., had been under investigation by the Department of Justice and the federal Consumer Financial ...Read more