Automotive

Automotive, Car Reviews

Saturn’s Looking for a Few Astra-Nuts

The Saturn Astra, according to a radio commercial in my neck of the woods, is the top selling car in Europe.

Really? It’s certainly not a “disAstra”, but the bestselling car of any sold in all of Europe? I don’t get it.


Mercedes Takes Drivers Around the Benz

Take some world class cars from one of Germany’s top marques, add a day on a road course race track learning and honing your driving skills, and what do you have?


Ford Sharpens its Focus

It has just about everything you could ask for, including the kitschy Sync.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, June 14, 2008 - Full Story

Springtime for GM in Foothills Country

With the grass finally rizzing in my area, it’s safe for companies that make outdoors-oriented stuff to show off some of their latest wares without worrying excessively about getting snowed out.


Gran Turismo 5 Prologue – Say Goodbye to Productivity

If you’re a car nut and you buy this game, forget about getting any work done. You might as well start looking up marriage counselors in the phone book, too.

And this isn’t even the full game!


Acura TL Type S – Luxury Sport That Can Deafen

You could call the 2008 Acura TL Type-S “a TL with more a-PL”.


Acura RL – Top Drawer Amenities, Quiet Grace

Who’d have thought a state-of-the-art luxury sedan could be schizophrenic?


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.


Ford Escape Hybrid – Cheap on Gas, With Room to Haul

The unit I drove may have been a pretty “Light Ice Blue Metallic” color, but to Ford its Escape Hybrid is all green.


Catching the Vibe, West Coast Style

They called it the “Catch the Vibe”  Challenge, and it was definitely challenging.

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

Variations on an Automotive Theme: Honda Civic Hybrid, Acura CSX Type S

What’s even better than a garden variety Honda Civic? How about a gas-sipping hybrid or a souped up, luxurious version.

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

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

Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Lexus LX 570 – Awesome, Times Two

They’re big, brawny and luxurious – and can go nearly anywhere. But are they any good?

Well of course they are – this is high end stuff!


Lexus GS 450h – No Slowpoke Hybrid, this!

Love may not be quite as wonderful the second time around. But it’s still pretty good!


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.


Reborn 2009 Toyota Corolla Still Screams “Value”

It has an all-new body, more room inside, and many other upgrades, but at heart it’s still a Toyota Corolla. And that should please millions of people.


Is Sporty New Coupe the “Altima-te” Nissan?

Take a popular mid-sized sedan, weld two doors shut and what do you get?

By Jim Bray - Sunday, February 24, 2008 - Full Story

The 2008 CTS – Cadillac’s Terrific Sedan

Remember when calling something “The Cadillac of (whatever)” really meant something? Those days may be dawning again, if the new Cadillac CTS is any indication.

By Jim Bray - Monday, February 18, 2008 - Full Story