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
The Toyota Prius is still the champ, and it has been for 20 years running. No other hybrid matches its combination of mileage and cost-to-benefit ratio. You can buy one for just over $23,000 -- about the same price as other midsized non-hybrid sedans and hatchbacks -- and it gets nearly twice the mileage of a non-hybrid midsized car. Unlike an ...Read more
One of the most successful luxury cars ever is the Lexus ES. Along with another Lexus -- the LS -- it ate Mercedes' and BMW's lunch and didn't leave a tip.
Lately, the Koreans -- the Kia-Hyundai conglomerate -- have been trying to do to the Japanese what they did to the Germans. This time, the car in the crosshairs is the Lexus ES.
The Cadenza...Read more
Subaru has at least four things going for it. With the exception of just one model -- the BRZ sport coupe -- every car it sells comes standard with all-wheel drive. This is particularly standout in the lower-priced sedan/wagon market, where Subaru's entry-level model, the Impreza, competes.
The Impreza is available in both sedan and five-door ...Read more
Protect the ButterfliesJ.D. Sherylyn B. Bailey
The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the ...
It's "not take it or leave it" for a change; the Hyundai Santa Fe is the only crossover SUV that comes more than just one way.
You can get it in a five- or seven-passenger configuration with any of the three different engines. It's also stronger and quicker, and it can pull more than most of its rivals.
The Santa Fe is a little larger than ...Read more
GM's Cadillac luxury line was slick and cool and, most of all, young ... back in its "Mad Men"-era heyday. After the late 1960s, the brand slowly and gradually began to gray. BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes became the "in" cars for those not close to being on their way out.
GM's first attempt at rejuvenation happened back in the late '90s with the ...Read more
Almost everyone knows the Subaru WRX STI, the all-wheel drive rally race drifter. Fewer are hip to the Ford Focus RS, which was inspired by the STI and designed for similar work -- and arguably does it better.
This vehicle is the stronger, much quicker all-wheel-drive-equipped enhancement of the Focus ST. There are almost 100 more horsepower, ...Read more
The Lexus RC is a radical coupe. It's got a turbocharger -- something Lexus hasn't put in any of its cars till now. And it's available with a V-8. That's pretty rad. So are the nearly useless back seats.
The RC is a compact-sized two-plus-two coupe based on the IS series luxury-sport sedan.
Like the BMW 2 Series and 4 Series (and other cross-...Read more
The 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman has two things the regular Mini doesn't: a passenger-friendly back seat and an optional all-wheel-drive system.
The Clubman is the Mini for those who need more interior room than the original. Unlike the original, it has four adult-usable seats -- not just four doors. There's enough legroom in the second row (34.3 ...Read more