The snow leopard is a big cat like the jaguar, except it is built to deal with snow.
The Jaguar F-Pace is the snow leopard of Jaguars. It has more than twice the ground clearance (8.3 inches) of an XJ sedan or an F-TYPE coupe. It comes standard with road-clawing (paved or not) all-wheel drive. And it offers a diesel engine with high gas mileage...Read more
It's odd that the sportiest car in its class has less engine than the others. The car is the Mazda6, and it only comes with a four-cylinder.
Meanwhile, you can get a V-6 engine in midsized rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
But it's not all dreary news.
You can still get a manual transmission in the Mazda6, while ...Read more
What if you need a three-row crossover SUV but don't want to drive a bus?
You might be interested in the Toyota Highlander. It's got room for eight, but it still fits in the garage.
It's also one of the few vehicles in this class that doesn't come standard with -- or even offer -- a turbocharged engine. And that is by no means a bad thing.
The Prius has a rival that no one seems to know about, probably because Kia hasn't done much to market its hybrids.
It's the Kia Niro. And if you've seen one, you probably assumed it's yet another mini-crossover SUV. It certainly looks the part. It even has roof racks. But it doesn't offer all-wheel drive.
Instead, there's a hybrid-electric ...Read more
If something works once, odds are decent it will work a second time -- or so Hyundai hopes.
The Korean automaker wants to repeat history -- Lexus history, specifically. It has launched a new luxury line, the Genesis, that it hopes will do what Lexus did almost 30 years ago: undercut the established luxury car brands on price while offering cars...Read more
The hardest cars to write about -- and buy -- are crossover SUVs. Which do you pick? There are so many, and they're so alike. It's like shopping for refrigerators.
Volkswagen's Tiguan is an exception to this rule. It's smaller than the others in its class, but it has more engine.
Its early models could even be ordered with a manual ...Read more
Coupes have the right lines, but it can be awkward to take more than one person along for the ride, even if the car has four seats.
Hyundai decided to split the difference by adding a third door to create the Veloster. It looks like a coupe from the driver's side (with just the one door).
What It Is
The Veloster is a compact three-door (and ...Read more
Is there room enough on the market for two of basically the same thing? It all depends on what the differences are ... especially under the hood.
What It Is
The Fiat 124 Spider is an Italian-bodied two-seat roadster based on the Mazda Miata, with which it shares a common platform, suspension layout and most critical dimensions (including the ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
Chrysler, the company that invented minivans, is the last of the Big Three to still have a minivan in its lineup. GM and Ford long ago retired form the field, effectively ceding this market to the Japanese and Koreans.
The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna pretty much own the segment now, with the Kia Sedona and Nissan Quest cleaning up most of ...Read more
The new Volkswagen Atlas could swallow a Beetle. It is the biggest VW ever built in America and proof (if you need it) that big is in and small is out.
The Atlas is nearly as long as a Chevy Tahoe, and like the big Chevy, it can seat as many as seven in its three rows.
What It Is
The Atlas is VW's new full-size crossover SUV.
Prices start at...Read more
Comebacks are never easy, but they are doable. Ask Cadillac.
Not so long ago, GM's luxury car division was on the mat, the count at seven or eight. Cadillac had lost its mojo and traded it for Metamucil. Its cars weren't even gaudy anymore, just old.
Then there was an ether-fed cold start.
Over the course of about 10 years, beginning in the ...Read more
There is a Moore's Law for cars. Like computers, they get faster -- and cheaper -- with each new generation.
BMW's new 5 Series is case in point. It is now almost as large as the 7 Series used to be, and it offers many of the goodies that are available in the current 7 Series.
People eyeballing the 7 Series may cast more than a passing a ...Read more
Jeep backs up the rugged looks with the off-road goods, and not just with the Wrangler and the go-anywhere Grand Cherokee but also the entry-level Compass.
The Compass is Jeep's compact crossover SUV -- a notch down in size from the Cherokee but not lacking in Jeep capability.
Though based on a front-wheel-drive layout, like other crossovers, ...Read more