When does 450 horsepower seem kind of ... limp? When you're behind the wheel of something with more than 700 horsepower.
That's the difference -- or one of the differences -- between the Ram 1500 TRX and its chief rival, the Ford F-150 Raptor.
What It Is
The TRX is the answer -- in triplicate -- to the Ford F-150 Raptor, which, for a...Read more
The Genesis GV80 does not have a V-8, as its name seems to suggest it might. But it does have something else that's getting hard to find in a crossover SUV -- especially in something that costs less than $50,000 to start.
Unlike most of the other models in its class, such as the Lexus RX, the Acura MDX and the Audi ...Read more
You used to be able to get a V-6 in a Honda Accord sedan. But now that one's a four-cylinder-only sedan.
The good news is, there's a new sedan made by Honda that's available with the strongest V6 Honda ever put into a sedan.
The bad news is, it's not being sold under the Honda label.
It's the Acura TLX sedan -- which means you'll be ...Read more
Buying a hybrid is beginning to make economic sense again, because the price of gas is going up again. Which can make up for the higher buy-in price of the hybrid.
And maybe even more.
How much you save -- or don't -- ultimately depends on how high the price of gas goes. Right now, it's looking like it'll be at least $3 by Memorial Day, and it...Read more
They don't make the great cars anymore.
Cars like the original (rear-engined/air-cooled) VW Beetle, for instance, which many consider to be the greatest car ever made, if the standard for greatness is a car almost anyone could afford to buy -- and for that reason put almost everyone on the road who wanted to be on the road.
Hence, the...Read more
It used to be easy to review trucks.
They were the most basic vehicles on the road, built to work and not to be comfortable. There was a body on a frame with a bed in the back and you picked the length and the number of doors -- and that about covered it.
Now, selecting those things is just getting started.
How about an onboard generator that...Read more
In the 1970s, there was something called the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, or UJM. Whether you bought a Honda or a Kawasaki or a Yamaha, the motorcycle was essentially the same. They all had an air-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, spoked wheels, five-speed transmission and (usually) the same general "stance."
The same is true today with ...Read more
Electric cars are being aggressively promoted, but the technical problems remain significant. While their range on a charge has increased, they still can't travel as far as a gas-powered car -- and recharging them takes much longer than refueling a gas-engine car.
Audi's solution is to combine the two until these issues can be sorted out. ...Read more
Here's an oddball thing: Fiat -- the Italian small car brand -- currently sells only one new car, the 2021 500X.
That makes the brand and the car synonymous, almost.
Can Fiat -- the brand -- survive when it's only got one car to sell?
Time will soon tell.
What It Is
The 500X is a subcompact-sized five-door crossover with standard all-wheel ...Read more
Getting three rows of seats without getting something big -- or pricey -- isn't easy.
Because there aren't many.
In fact, there's just one right now: the 2021 VW Tiguan.
The other two compact-sized crossovers previously available with three rows of seats no longer are. Dodge dropped the Journey, and Mitsubishi isn't currently selling the ...Read more
It's interesting to take note of evolving definitions and standards. In 1990, the Honda Civic sedan was categorized as a compact, but by today's standards, it would be considered a subcompact and a much smaller car than the 2021 Nissan Versa sedan ... which is categorized as a subcompact sedan by today's standards.
The Versa's got a larger ...Read more
A few years ago, BMW stopped selling two-door versions of its 3 Series ... by calling the two-door versions of the 3 Series the 4 Series. When you add an M to 4, you get a high-performance two-door version of BMW's 3 Series sedan ... which isn't an M4, the much more expensive but fairly similar otherwise ultra-high-performance two-door ...Read more
It used to be that most trucks came with big V-8s, leaf springs and solid axles. If you want such things in a new truck, you'll want to look at a heavy-duty truck such as the Ford F-250.
What It Is
The F-250 is what a truck used to be: heavy-duty in all its variants. Every F-250 comes standard with a big V-8, and you can get it with an even ...Read more