No one knows who invented the shoe, but not surprisingly, it caught on.
The crossover is another such idea -- and we know whose that was.
Back in '98, Lexus took a car -- the ES 300 sedan -- gave it a lift kit and all-wheel drive and hey! Presto! The RX 300.
It's obvious now. It was radical and brilliant back then.
It gave people ...Read more
The thing that Volvo used to sell, safety, is something everyone sells now. Which is why it's smart for Volvo to start selling something else.
How about a high-performance compact wagon with a turbo and supercharged engine -- and almost 400 horsepower -- that can go from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds?
P.S. It's perfectly safe, too. ...Read more
Impractical convertibles seem to do OK. The practical ones, not so much.
The Toyota Camry Solara, the Chrysler 200 convertible and the Volvo C70 convertible all withered away for lack of interest, like unwanted timeshares -- notwithstanding back seats that were both present and usable by adults as well as trunks large enough to hold more than a...Read more
Every successful car company has a sell -- something that defines it, makes its cars different. Volkswagen's main sell is that it's a German brand, like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It's also related to Audi, which is a German luxury brand.
This means that VW models like the 2018 Golf have much in common with Audi models like the A3. Well, except for...Read more
Minivans were once the rage. Then along came crossovers. They are similar in layout and road manners but sexier in appearance. Then, minivans receded. Ford and GM stopped selling them altogether. So it's brave of Chrysler to bring out a brand-new one because there's a lot riding on it.
What It Is
The Pacifica is Chrysler's full-size minivan.
When you go to a five-star restaurant, you expect a great steak, but it's surprising when the bill turns out to be reasonable.
The Mercedes E400 cabriolet is like that great steak you thought would cost more than it actually did.
What It Is
The E400 cabriolet is the convertible version of the Mercedes E400 coupe, which is the two-door version...Read more
When everyone makes a crossover SUV, how do you make your crossover SUV stand out?
First, you split the difference between compact-sized crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 and mid-sized crossovers like the Honda CR-V. You give it a roomy back seat -- and a roomy cargo area -- but a small overall footprint. Next, make all-wheel-drive standard. It's ...Read more
The one thing wrong with the Miata -- for some people -- is something Mazda just fixed. That thing is the Miata roadster's convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top, including some people who really like the Miata.
Soft tops, though they are much improved in terms of protection from the elements, still don't offer much in the way of ...Read more
The Windsor Diaries Book One: Victorian ScoundrelStephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 for Britain's Great Exhibition. Alice soon discovers ...
It's hard to say no to cute, especially when cute is also inexpensive and practical.
Fiat's 500 microcar is all three of those things at once. To no surprise, it's beginning to outsell its main rival, the BMW Mini Cooper -- which is also cute but costs thousands more.
What It Is
Like the Mini Cooper hatchback coupe, the Fiat 500 is a ...Read more
The Disco is back. Not the Bee Gees; the Land Rover Disco. And it brings back something that is very hard to find in a luxury SUV these days: your choice of a supercharged gas V-6 or a turbodiesel V-6. Plus, it has an adult-friendly third row without the supersized exterior footprint to go with it.
What It Is
The Disco fills the slot in Land ...Read more
Some reviewers snicker that the Mini Countryman isn't very mini. They're right and wrong at the same time.
Compared with the original Mini Cooper hatchback, the Countryman is enormous -- almost 2 feet longer and nearly half a foot taller. But it's still pretty mini compared with most compact-sized cars. As the largest of all Minis, it ...Read more
Usually, when you pay less, you get less. But the Nissan Armada gives you more for less. This includes the same standard V-8 engine that's under the hood of its luxury-badged and luxury-priced twin, the Infiniti QX80, which also happens to be the strongest standard engine available in this class of vehicle.
Rivals like the Chevy Tahoe are much ...Read more
Bears don't look like they can move fast, but then you see one run ...
The Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG midsized vehicle is kind of like that. It's a big galoot -- 5,000 pounds at the curb. And not only does it run; it runs faster than anything less than a new Corvette, a car that's 2,000 pounds lighter and has the disadvantage of looking like it can ...Read more