Auto reviews

  • Always use your turn signal, and here’s why

    Dear Car Talk: My husband insists that he does not have to use turn signals if he is in a designated turn lane. I disagree, and we argue about this whenever it happens. Under other circumstances, he gets mad when other drivers don’t use their directionals, and he is vocal about it. What do you

  • On the Road Review: Chrysler 300C AWD Sedan

    On the Road Review: Chrysler 300C AWD Sedan gallery

    Decades after full-size cars used to rule the marketplace, automakers continue to produce credible four-door sedans to meet consumer demand for roomy, comfortable cars for four or more passengers. The players list is short now; Chevy’s Impala leads in sales, far ahead of Toyota’s Avalon, Buick’s LaCrosse and Ford’s Taurus. Yet FCA/Fiat-Chrysler, with two entrants,

  • On the Road Review: Volkswagen GTI

    On the Road Review: Volkswagen GTI gallery

    Anxious to drive Volkswagen’s latest generation-seven GTI, the sporty version of the Golf, VW’s top selling car in the world, I had been making subtle hints all through fall as both a 2015 GTI and a diesel TDI were known to be in the press fleet. Just before Christmas, one of Santa’s Elves delivered a

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Highlander XLE

    On the Road Review: Toyota Highlander XLE gallery

    The three-row crossover wagons class is another growing segment in the domestic auto industry with seven primary rivals fighting for customers moving away from minivans and truck-like SUVs, but still want space, utility and (usually) AWD traction benefits. Four of these rivals are within fractions of each other in size, profile and interior arrangements: Honda

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Tremor

    On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Tremor

    When you dominate the full-size pickup truck segment as Ford does, you have some latitude, and some pressure, to create unique trim lines and models to keep the masses interested in your product. This week’s Tremor is one such product. The Tremor model is a basic two-door regular cab truck with a short-bed box —

  • On the Road Review: Honda CR-V

    On the Road Review: Honda CR-V gallery

    After decades of negative publicity about Ford Explorers, Chevy Tahoes and the whole SUV phenomenon, there is barely a peep from the pundits about today’s top selling crossover wagon/SUVs. Is it because the four top selling wagons in America today are all compact class offerings — led by this week’s Honda CR-V — or is

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Sedan

    On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Sedan

    While mainstream compact and midsize sedan sales stagnate, luxury-logoed sedans are selling well. Crossovers, of all configurations, are selling well, too, while pickup trucks surge, again. Some of the appeal of luxury cars has to be that they are more affordable than ever. The average new car transaction price in America has climbed to almost

  • On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger SRT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger SRT

    For the weeks either side of Halloween, some Detroit muscle showed up to put the trick-or-treat season in true perspective. For this driver, it turned out to be a real treat to drive three of America’s hottest tricks. First came the previously reviewed Corvette Stingray, which was followed by the updated Dodge Challenger SRT. At

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

    On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

    Chrysler’s Jeep Division is a huge portion of the company’s current revival. With only five models — all crossovers/SUVs — this truck focused lineup has recorded 30 percent sales growth this year alone, over 160,000 units of additional production. That level of growth exceeds the total combined sales of Infiniti and Lincoln. The Jeep brand