Sunday, December 4, 2016

2017 VW Jetta

Channeling Mr. T, I pity VW. The company has been Hiroshima'd by the fallout from the diesel "cheating" scandal. But the nuking was its own doing. Not the...

2017 Chevy Camaro (Pirate Review)

GM didn’t want me to test drive the new Camaro - I've been excommunicated as a politically incorrect heretic - so they’ll probably be surprised...

2017 Lexus NX300h

Hybrids have become a harder sell - because gas has become an easier buy. At $4 a gallon (and sweating the possibility of $5 or $6...

2017 VW Passat

Last year, VW nixed the so-so-fuel-efficient (but simple and inexpensive) 2.5 liter in-line five that used to be the Passat's standard engine in favor...

2017 Lexus GS450h

How much is a (roughly) 10 MPG improvement worth to you? How about $12,940? That's the price spread between the hybrid GS450h and the non-hybrid (but...

More Electric Car Kool Aid

I had planned to review the new Chevy Bolt electric car based on a test drive - but GM has rescinded my privileges for...

2017 Subaru Outback

All-wheel-drive is very popular. But all-wheel-drive-equipped wagons are fairly hard to find. They are harder to find for about $25k to start. Impossible to find with...

2017 Chrysler 200

Chrysler's in real trouble - but bad news for them could be good news for you. Fiat - which fronts the operation - has decided...

2017 Lexus RC Coupe

For Lexus, the RC is a "radical coupe." Radical looking, certainly. And it offers a V8. Circa now, that's pretty rad. You may have noticed these are disappearing...

2017 Nissan Titan (not XD)

Maybe you know the story of the WWII-era Japanese battleships Yamato and Musashi. They were the largest, most powerful battleships ever built - 72,000...

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Well, you haven’t got much choice. But - sometimes - that’s not a bad thing. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, for instance. It is one of just a...

2017 Nissan Armada

Well, they all do it. Sell lesser - and nicer - versions of their big SUVs. For less - and more - money. GM has the Chevy...

Life in Hock

We live in a society driven by debt. Cars, for example, have become hugely expensive (even on the low end) relative to what people can...

The Self-Driving Catch-22

There are laws in many states forbidding “distracted” driving - but what about the laws that encourage it? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has...

It’s Not Just VW…

Usually, when a Porsche gets permanently parked it's because it's a treasured museum piece -  retired from heroic deeds on street or track (sometimes both)....

The “Mainstream” Media Isn’t

 You have probably heard someone refer - accurately - to government (rather than public) schools. We need more such clarity. More such honesty. It deprives them -...

The Quacking of Ducks

Here's the trouble. Most people can't read... and so, can't think. Not quite literally, perhaps. But, meaningfully. They have been taught - very deliberately - to...

Trump vs. the Zampolits

If the Clovers are in a panic, it is probably time to get happy. And they are very panicky, indeed. About (cue Emperor Palpatine...

What it Costs Us

What just happened (Friday) tells us much about what Trump must do on Monday. Thirty thousand people just lost their jobs - as opposed to...

On The Razor’s Edge

It is good that Hillary lost - obviously. But it may prove to be the worst thing that could have happened. Depending on what Trump does...

And Now Cummins. . .

It takes a lot for a major car company or engine manufacturer to deliberately circumvent a regulatory fatwa. As policy. Not a "rogue engineer." The...

Happy News!

  Ding dong the dick is dead. Clarence Ditlow - styled as the "foremost advocate of automotive safety" (italics added, bear with) by The New York...

Chrysler Kaput

Fiat has put a hit out on Chrysler. Kissed both cheeks - then one right on the lips. Tonight, you sleep with the fishes. Well, maybe...

More Government “Help” For Electric Turduckens

One of the many problems with electric cars is that places to “refuel” them are neither convenient nor common. You can plug in at...

Hero About to Get Away With Murder?

A bomb is about to go off. Michael Slager, the former armed government worker (cop) who was video recorded shooting an unarmed man in the back...

The Cheap Drive

I wrote the other day about stepping off the debt escalator. About the freedom that comes with not having to make payments. Car payments...

On Air With Bill Meyer, 12/1/16

Here's the audio clip from yesterday's appearance on the bill Meyer Show in Oregon. We talked about self-driving cars, which really means cars driven...
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