February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day and cars go together like peanut butter and jelly, like the Dowager Countess and wisecracks, like horsepower and torque. It's the first time I've been so honored to have Driver's Seat fall on this special day, creating an opportunity to tackle the notions of romance and cars. To that end, here are some useful - if in some cases fictional - questions from folks driven crazy by driving. Dear Car Guy: What one option should I make sure I have in my car to keep my marriage intact?
September 13, 2012 |
Infiniti JX35 AWD: This is the crossover Volkswagen's Touareg wishes it was. Price: $52,205 as tested; $41,550 base price. Marketer's pitch: Choose to be inspired. (My own) conventional wisdom: Expensive machines that are heavy on gizmos, light on feeling. Reality: Some pretty cool and useful gadgetry in a smart package. Gizmo-heavy? The first thing that caught my eye was seeing my garage in the backup camera. The Around View Monitor shows drivers not just what's going on behind them, but a view of all sides of the JX35.
July 13, 2012 |
In a bid to become this era's James Dean, teen throat Justin Bieber is vroooming his cool $100,000 Fisker Karma headlong down the highways of L.A. Each report ups the speed. Accounts now have him rocketing down the roads at 100 m.p.h. on Friday. He was duly pulled over, for the second time that week. Bieb's team says it was only 80, in flight from paparazzi. He even made a 911 call afterward to complain about the other drivers. Jimmy Kimmel played the call on his show. Canadian boy in the big U.S. city, it all goes to your head ... and right foot.
March 11, 2012 |
I got the horse right here, The name is Paul Revere . . . Can do, can do - From "Guys and Dolls" Your first thought is, Lord but he's big. Freight train big. And that white blaze that runs down his forehead, it reminds you of a lightning bolt. Could it be an omen? Is this, at long last, The One? Steady there, Pilgrim. Throttle back. We know you're ready to fall in love all over again, that you've been standing out here in the rain waiting forlornly and forever and a day for the next Big Red. But it's not fair, and you ought not to be saddling this one with all your Secretariat expectations.
December 21, 2011 |
It makes perfect sense that the man who directed Pixar's The Incredibles, and won a best animated feature Oscar for his trouble, is behind the camera on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The Tom Cruise franchise, about a crack team of special agents who save the world by performing impossibly impossible acts of deception, detection, and derring-do, has become a kind of cartoon anyway. No one really believes that Cruise's Ethan Hunt and his gang have inner lives, or even outer lives beyond the machinations of the mission at hand.
August 10, 2011 |
2012 Honda Civic EX Navi: All new. All the fun of a . . . Civic. Price: $22,775, including destination charge, and that's with all of the typical features including, as the name implies, navigation. (A Civic sedan can be had for $15,805.) Conventional wisdom: Honda = reliability, not excitability. As for this redesigned model, Consumer Reports was less than pleased. "Compared with its predecessor, the 2012 Civic is less agile and has lower interior quality.
April 17, 2011 |
She has scored with such consistency that sometimes it's easy to take for granted the efforts of Cherokee's Melissa Arthur, or any other noted lacrosse scorer. Yes, teams frequently hit double figures in goals, as lacrosse is a sport in which they come in bunches. And Arthur, who has 193 in her career, has done her share of scoring, but that doesn't mean it's easy. What it means is that she has had to elude quite a bit of tight marking, just to get the opportunity to score. Since she has been a varsity player for four years, was a standout on a state-title team as a sophomore, and made an oral commitment to Rutgers by the middle of her junior year, Arthur hasn't been able to sneak up on any opponent.
April 16, 2011 |
She has scored with such consistency that sometimes it's easy to take for granted the efforts of Cherokee's Melissa Arthur, or any other noted lacrosse scorer. Yes, teams frequently hit double figures in goals, as lacrosse is a sport in which they come in bunches. And Arthur, who has 193 in her career, has done her share of scoring, but that doesn't mean it's easy. What it means is that she has had to elude quite a bit of tight marking, just to get the opportunity to score.
April 7, 2011 |
Once Kate Poppe's cleats find their place on the pitching rubber, there's not much that bothers her. Not the unusually cold spring weather that had many spectators wrapped in blankets Wednesday. Not the slight drizzle that came and went. And not the bases-loaded, one-out jam she smoothly worked out of in the first inning of her two-hitter against visiting Coatesville, as Bishop Shanahan earned a 4-1 win in a Ches-Mont League game. With a mixture of pitches, Poppe kept the Red Raiders off-balance, striking out 12, including four that were caught looking.