Automotive, Car Reviews

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

Audi A6 V8 – Another Seductive Sedan

It’s another one hit out of the park for Audi and its A6.

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

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

Jeep Rubicon Offers an Off-road Blast from the Past

Talk about retro!

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

Detroit Dukes It Out on Streets and Screens for Pony Car Supremacy

Will movie tie-ins prove to be Detroit’s silver “Bullitt”?

Hollywood and Detroit have a long history of sleeping together, whether it be via movies about cars or movies that feature cars prominently.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Full Story

Mazda SUV A Tribute To Days Gone By

Mazda’s Tribute small SUV is one case in which the manufacturer’s famous “zoom zoom” slogan doesn’t quite apply. It’s probably because the vehicle is a victim of time – it’s from a time now past.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Full Story

Audi A4 – Sweet Sedan

Once again, Audi has made me lust after one of their vehicles.

Earlier this year, I spent a week in an Audi A6 Avant wagon, and was ready to kidnap it and spirit it far, far away where the Audi folks would never find us.

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story

New DVD’s Profile Who’s and Coppola’s Amazing Journeys

A pair of new DVD’s provide some fascinating insight into a couple of icons that, while vastly different, have both been influential in today’s popular culture.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 10, 2007 - Full Story

Ford’s New Taurus is No Bull

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re Ford it could be a lot.

After the company announced that last year’s Five Hundred would be this year’s Taurus, a name hearkening back to what they undoubtedly thought were better days of the 1980s and 1990s, I had to chuckle.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, December 8, 2007 - Full Story