Twenty years since designer Michimasa Fujino first sketched the HondaJet concept in 1997, the fuel-efficient little airplane is in full production, offering a low-cost alternative to other private jets. Well, low-er, anyway, since these planes are still over $5 million, making access to one for testing or reviews … let’s call it: limited. That’s where […]
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After a week with the Chevy Volt, I pronounce it brilliant. It may just be the perfect car for the times.
With the CR-V in the body shop I needed a ride, and Mazda delivered with a 41 MPG Mazda 3 sedan. What did I think of the sporty 4 door? Find out …
When it was introduced in the late 90s, the original Honda CR-V was an innovative car-based SUV that promised to combine an SUV’s all-weather capabilities and high seating position with a car’s fuel economy. It was a formula that was wildly successful, and which spawned rivals like the Toyota RAV-4, Hyundai Tucson, and- depending on […]
It’s big, it’s roomy, it floats down the highway like an ocean vessel, and it gets 40 MPG. Is there to NOT love about he 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?
There’s no point in beating around the bush on this one. I really, really liked the little red 2015 Toyota Yaris SE I test-drove last week. There were a few things, small things, that kept it from being perfect. For the first time since we started using this “car dating” format, though, this was a […]
After just a few days with the 2015 Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car, I have come to realize that range-anxiety is a very true and real thing.
Chicago’s brutally cold winters make minced meat out of most cars, so how will the 2015 Kia Soul EV fare in the Windy City? Find out.
The 2015 Kia K900 is bigger, nicer, faster, and more powerful than the last Maserati Quattroporte I drove back in 2011, and gets 30% better MPG, too!
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 is packing 311 HP and gives back 30 miles for every gallon of gas – but is it the real deal, or another Korean pretender?
The 2015 Nissan Versa SR is no reborn SE-R, but it’s not bad. Still, is this reasonably sporty, and roomy hot hatch worth the price for young families?
When Toyota dropped off the Barcelona Red Prius Five, I was a bit confused that I wasn’t going to be driving the Prius V. “I thought you were dropping off the van one,” I said to the driver. “You know which one I’m talking about? The Prius ‘V’?” “That’s what the last guy (who drove […]
Mazda is celebrating 25 years of automotive awesomeness with the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which I got to drive in and around Chicago all week.
Last week, I drove the new for 2014 Acura MDX Sh-AWD more than a 1000 miles … or, I guess I should say it drove ME! Find out what I mean in this review.
My time with the excellent 2014 Lexus RX450h was cut short, but it was fun while it lasted! There’s a good reason it’s the best selling car in its class!
The one where I drive a 2014 Honda Civic around Oak Park and complain about Frank Lloyd Wright, Unitarians, expensive parking, and that I miss my old Si.