Automotive Industry and Car Reviews

Old automotive pages from 2007 and Before

Audi A3 – Little Wagon, Ho!

A3: it’s small, it’s a wagon and, as usually happens when I live with an Audi for a spell, it tore at my heartstrings to give it back.

Pilot—ing a Straightforward, Unassuming Honda SUV

Though its name may be inspired by the high flying world of aviation, Honda’s Pilot SUV is a decidedly down-to-earth vehicle. And though it may come off as a tad bland, it’s really just a straightforward, no nonsense imagining of the eight passenger SUV niche.

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - Full Story

Dodge Dakota Deigns to Drink Differently

Talk about making a fuel of yourself. The Dodge Dakota midsized pickup is a heavy duty beast that for 2008 is capable of driving right past the gas pump – and straight to the ethanol one.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - Full Story

Chevrolet Crafts a Winner with New Malibu

Its name has been around for decades, but it seems like decades since the Malibu moniker was applied to a really interesting and compelling car. But it has now: Chevy’s Malibu is a car that deserves respect.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - Full Story

New “Baby Benz” Blends Luxury, Comfort and Technology

Mercedes-Benz’ C class is the most affordable of the German carmaker’s sedan line, but that doesn’t mean it feels like an entry level vehicle.
It is, after all, a Mercedes. And that means even its lower end cars are upper echelon in the grand scheme of things. So it is with the new C.

Hybrid Highlander Flings Gas Pumps Away

Toyota’s revamped 2008 Highlander is a nice “crossover,” kind of like a stretched RAV4. It’s comfortable, well-built and with plenty of features. But it’s also quite big, with three rows of seating available and plenty of room for hauling your stuff.

By Jim Bray - Friday, February 1, 2008 - Full Story

New Volvo Crossover Worth a Look

Before I give you my impressions of Volvo’s newly-redesigned crossover, I’d like to correct some misinformation I disseminated in my piece on the Mazda Tribute a few weeks ago.  I wrote that it has disc brakes on all four wheels, which isn’t true: it has front discs/rear drums. I apologize for this sloppy reporting – though on the other hand it also helps to make my point that it’s time the Tribute were dragged into the 21st century.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, January 20, 2008 - Full Story

Groovy Gadgets for Gearheads

Horntones. I don’t know if it’s the greatest gadget for the car since the turbocharger – or the worst example of a company chasing profits at the expense of public good. One thing I do know is that it made me laugh so hard when I first discovered it that I just had to share it with you.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, January 20, 2008 - Full Story