Let’s take a moment to talk about the best cars, crossovers and SUVs I drove in 2018 and what you should be on the lookout for in 2019.
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Is a luxury car a luxury car because of the logo on the hood? Or because of the interior? Is it because of the way it coddles you? The gadgets it offers? The powerful engine under the hood? How about the quietness of the interior? If you could have all those things but none of […]
Thanks to an event called the Trail Trek Tour I had the opportunity to test a variety of every-day crossovers on some back-country trails in Virginia. The results were about as I expected but there were a few crossovers that did better than I thought. Why no Subaru? Why no Rogue? Why no X? The […]
Hybrid RAM? Hybrid Jeep? Say What? Although it’s a very mild hybrid system the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2019 RAM 1500 pickup both get FCA’s new eTorque system based around a belt alternator/starter system. In this video we dive into how this system works, what it is, what is isn’t and why you might […]
No all-new pickup truck would be complete without an all-new frame. In this video we dive under the skin and look at the frame, suspension components and talk about the new 2019 RAM 1500.
Mitsubishi’s Plug-In Hybrid AWD system is simple and yet at the same time requires a bit of explanation to fully understand. In this video we take a deep dive into the hybrid system. How does it work? When do you get 197 horsepower out of it and what is the e-4WD lock feature?
Compression ignition in a gasoline engine has been seen as the holy grail of engine technology by many engineers and for 2019 Mazda has finally made it a reality. While some may say that SPCCI (Spark Controlled Compression Ignition) isn’t true compression ignition I disagree. Mazda’s engineers took a pragmatic approach to the issues surrounding […]
For the 2018 model year Acura has tweaked their active lane keeping systems and adaptive cruise control into a system designed to help make slow-and-go or stop-and-go traffic less stressful. This is still a “hands on” assist style system but it does shoe the brand’s march towards more autonomous systems in the future.
Have you ever wondered what the collapsible / expandable / inflatable spare tire (made by Vredestein) that you see in vehicles like the Audi Q5 or Volkswagen Touareg look like when inflated? Then check out this video. While obviously not as useful as a traditional spare it’s better than not having one at all.
What is a range extender? Is the BMW i3 a hybrid? In this video we try to explain one of the least understood cars on sale in America. What is the range extender, why does it exist and what’s it like to live with one.