March 20, 2016 |
In 1996, Toyota fielded the first compact crossover - the RAV4. Twenty years later, it has answered the question - what have you done for us lately? - by building a new all-wheel-drive hybrid RAV4 that qualifies as the highest mileage AWD vehicle you can buy (it has EPA mileage ratings of 34 city and 31 highway, not bad for a two-ton ride). The new hybrid, available only in two upmarket AWD models, arrives in a fourth-generation RAV4 that was redesigned for 2013 and underwent an extensive mid-cycle refresh for 2016.
February 29, 2016 |
Question: My wife and I recently purchased a 2007 Honda Fit with 103,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, the car gets crappy gas mileage: 22 miles per gallon in mostly city driving, 30 on the highway in warmer weather. The car appears to be in good overall condition, starts easily, and runs smoothly. I've replaced the air filter and the spark plugs; neither had any effect. The tires are inflated to specs. The coolant temperature was 172 degrees when the car was warmed up. We have twice had it checked out by our mechanic and he finds no codes on the scanner.
September 14, 2015 |
Toyota pioneered the small crossover way back in 1996 with a Lilliputian cutie called the RAV4. Little did anyone realize at the time that so many people would eventually decide that compact crossovers like the RAV4, and their even smaller, subcompact brethren, were good ideas. Who would have thought that by 2015, these automotive bonsai would be registering redwood-sized sales? The gathering popularity of these little guys is partly driven by qualities they share with larger SUVs, namely utility and the bad-weather security of optional all-wheel-drive.
February 9, 2015 |
In the last millennium, I saw Volvos as the province of people who viewed cars as appliances, as the property of academics who wanted to appear above automotive infatuation. They struck me as safe, slow shipping cartons. That changed in this new century. They've become much more stylish and athletic. That sea change was particularly evident during the recent week I spent in the company of the 2015.5 S60 T6 Drive-E, Volvo's handsome and dynamic compact sedan. Drive-E is Volvospeak for a clever new engine that produces 302 horsepower from just two liters - and saves petrol in the process.
December 19, 2014 |
TWO FORMER PennDOT managers and eight inspectors were arrested today in an overbilling scheme that defrauded taxpayers of more than $1.2 million, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday. Alexander Morrone, 50, of Norristown, and William Rosetti, 36, of South Philadelphia, both former permits managers for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, allegedly took kickbacks from highway inspectors in exchange for ignoring phony time sheets and mileage reports, Kane said.
June 11, 2014 |
American Airlines and US Airways announced Monday that they will combine mileage balances for frequent-flier awards programs in 2015. No date was given. Starting Wednesday, US Airways Dividend Miles elite-level frequent fliers and American AAdvantage elite members will be able to upgrade on either airline within 24 hours of departure, on a "first come, first-served basis. " The upgrades will be offered on flights within and between the United States (excluding Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, and Central America.
March 10, 2014 |
This has been the winter of our discontent. Two to three storms a week, nearly breaking a 130-year-old snowfall record, have had runners training for spring races rocking in the corner clutching schedules full of miles left un-run. I've tried to gut it out in snow, ice, and bitter cold while training for the Charlottesville Marathon, and in exchange I have been hit in the face with snow that flew off a car and had my leg sliced open on an ice pile. And still I haven't been able to keep up with my training.
January 19, 2014 |
It looks as if the Malibu, Chevrolet's midsize sedan, has been "Civicked. " When the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic was roughly received by the automotive press, Honda didn't wait around several years for the usual mid-cycle refresh. It immediately went to work addressing the shortcomings and came out with a significantly revised version of its compact sedan the very next model year. Chevy has done the same thing with the Malibu it had redesigned for the 2013 model year after journalistic disappointment and disappointing sales left the GM division's marketeers feeling faint and nauseous.
September 8, 2013 |
The GMC Sierra had always been simply a re-badged Chevrolet Silverado. But that changed in recent years. GMC has made an honest effort to differentiate its full-size pickup from Chevrolet's - and it shows. True, both vehicles still share the same skeletons and vital organs, but they do have a different look and feel. The difference is particularly apparent in the redesigned 2014 edition of the Sierra 1500. For openers, the Sierra's front-end styling is entirely its own. The grille, lower fascia, bumper, hood, and headlights are all unique to the Sierra, as is the chrome window trim and the black touches on the fender flares.
June 10, 2013 |
When Mitsubishi fielded its first Outlander a decade ago, the Mad Men in marketing probably thought the name evoked an SUV in the trackless wilderness, boldly going where no crossover had gone before. But wait a minute, folks. According to my Random House Unabridged Dictionary, the first meaning of outlander is foreigner or alien, and the second is outsider or stranger. Clearly, these aren't associations a foreign automaker wants to encourage, and they hardly convey the user-friendly utility of the redesigned and much improved 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander.