This morning I walked out of the house to a few inches of snow and ice on the road, and a big-ass Dodge Ram diesel to drive. But my normal ride is a 1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon, shod with four Glacier Grip snow tires. In 25 years of New England driving and over 30 cars, I’ve only had one front wheel drive car, and one four-wheel drive vehicle. A lot of us grew up with rear drive, and once you get it figured out, it makes driving in the snow something you look forward to, rather than dreading. In short– the notion of FWD and AWD supremacy in the snow is a myth.
There’s all kinds of buzz about Terminator 5 in the news. Already, there is plenty of speculation about who will be cast as Sarah Connor, and who Arnold Schwarzenegger will battle in his major return to film, after running the State of California for the better part of a decade. Whoever gets cast, director Alan Taylor – who helmed Thor: The Dark World this year – has big shoes to fill if the driving scenes are going to be this good:
Yesterday, Audi announced that it would officially be building a baby SUV – the Q1 – to expand its lineup. It’s exciting any time Audi has a brand new model, but there are quite a few unique things about the Q1 we’re looking forward to:
It’s apparently “Cyber Monday,” meaning if you didn’t stand in line like a derelict for a $39 DVD player at Best Buy, now’s your chance to buy some cool gifts. We’ll have some great car-centric gift ideas throughout the month of December, but for now, you…er…we mean your KIDS are going to love these awesome RC cars on sale in 2013.
The idea of having to get anywhere near a shopping center on Black Friday is painful to even think about. A day after we gather to remember what we are thankful for, millions of people ditch that thankfulness in favor of rabid consumerism. It’s going to be a battle out there, and these kick-ass assault vehicles will get you anywhere you need to go this Friday.
When the topics of conversation turn power and towing capacity, the pickup market is loaded with capable hauling machines. To show you what we’re talking about, here’s a look at five pickups that are anything but your grandad’s trusty ol’ work truck. Each is powerful, capable and well worth owning, and each will haul ass as well as a load of lumber.
The latest generation of the Subaru Impreza debuted back in early 2011, as a 2012 model. That means we’ve been waiting about two and a half years for the updated WRX that was sure to follow. Today at the LA Auto Show, we got our first live shots of the all-wheel-drive performance sedan, and we like what we see.
The small truck market in the US died somewhere in the early 2000s, with trucks like the S10 and the Ford Ranger just barely able to keep up. Since then, mid-size trucks have thrived overseas, entrants like the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma have grown, and so have their full-size counterparts. It’s time we had a sensible, mid-size pickup that doesn’t break the scales or the bank.
There’s a lot to be said for buying a car that retains its value over time, but if your most significant reaction to the car in your driveway is to stifle a yawn, maybe resale value isn’t all there is to owning a car. That was always the problem with the Kelly Blue Book list of cars with best resale values, which was updated this week at the LA Auto Show: It used to be filled with nothing but Camrys. Now it’s got at least a few interesting models to choose from.
Jeep has been building the Wrangler as fast as people have been buying them. The venerable 4×4 has been flying out of dealerships, and to keep the market for the beloved SUV, Jeep continues to roll out special edition Wranglers. The latest is the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition, and it’s one mean looking Jeep.
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