Motor companies are pulling out all the stops to civilize their pickup trucks in hopes that we will buy more of them, decked out with more profitable goodies, and then—having been seduced by their comforts and conveniences—drive them daily, thus using ‘em up more quickly whilst parading them around as rolling billboards.
However, even my Colorado brothers-in-law no longer drive their full-size crew-cab pickups every day. For daily commuting, they’ve switched to smaller, lighter and much less space- and fuel-hoggish transportation. They save the Dodge, Chevy and Ford (one each) for towing the boat, hauling the camper, and fetching the occasional elk or deer carcass down from the high country.
Speaking of High Country: That’s what Chevrolet has branded its first premium truck, the $52,000 rig featured here. Considering that a regular-cab, rear-wheel-drive Chevy Silverado pickup with a 6-cylinder engine can be had for slightly less than half of that, the word “premium” truly applies.read more
Summer is just around the corner and, especially for those of us lucky enough to reside in the Southern U.S., this can mean sweltering temperatures. Keeping your car, truck, van, or SUV cooling properly is going to get more and more difficult as spring gives way to those scorching days of summer. Now is the time to begin some basic maintenance on your climate control system, paying particularly close attention to that air conditioning unit and its complex components.read more
Spring is coming, whether you are ready or not, along with all that it entails. Vacations, sporting events, camping, and other outdoor family outings; you can never have too much cargo space. Late model mini-vans give you the passenger and cargo space of a van with the driving feel of a car. It is truly the best of both worlds. Right now is a prime time to save loads money on a high-quality, low-mileage, used minivan. There are hundreds-of-thousands of great minivan bargains available in March, if you know where to look for them. Use internet used car websites like BestRide.com to help you find one for yourself.read more
Regardless of whether you are into getting the hole-shot on your opponent and blazing through the quarter mile, cutting through the curves in your local canyon, or gliding on the edge of chaos in a drift car, the rear-wheel configuration of the Nissan 240sx offers plenty of potential. Even if you want to restore an older car to factory specs, you can’t go wrong with a 240. Why? Because of its unique body design and drivetrain configuration. During an era when Japanese import cars were virtually all front-wheel driven, the 240 brought the benefits of lightweight import construction and rear-wheel drive to bear.read more
The accomplished design and engineering team at BMW can add yet another notch in the proverbial gun-belt; this time for the innovative new 2014 BMW 328i. It seems as though a major consumer research magazine has recognized this model as the best sports sedan for 2014. Not surprisingly, the 328i claimed the award ahead of such worthy contenders as the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, the Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Infiniti Q50. The 2014 Best Sports Sedan award is based on an overall rating for safety, performance, efficiency, reliability, appearance, and resale value.read more
Severe winter weather in the Northern U.S. has forced the big-three major automakers to extend money saving incentives on popular pickup truck models into March. That translates into a major influx of high-quality, low-mileage, used trucks into the used truck market. Whether you are looking to purchase a used truck for work or play, don’t miss this opportunity to save big on exactly the right truck at exactly the right price. Take advantage of used car websites like BestRide.com for the greatest selection and best price on a top-quality used car, truck, van, or SUV.read more
For the benefit of normal, everyday human car shoppers, we’re going to skip three-quarters of the Geneva auto show. We’ll ignore the one-off hypercars, zany concepts and any metal with six- and seven-figure price tags. We’ll discount any cars that don’t exist in great numbers or will never be sold in the United States. At this show — a party zone where price and value take a heated, massaging backseat to power and luxury — that means there isn’t much to write home about. (Of course, as we previewed the McLaren 650S and Ferrari California T, there’s plenty — and if you’re in the mood for complete coverage, head over to our friends at Car and Driver.)
Here are the top five debuts coming stateside.read more
A Blue Devil that is; you may have heard about the massive sinkhole that opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 12, 2014. This catastrophic occurrence claimed some of the most cherished rolling stock that has ever been called Corvette. Eight cars, to be exact, were said to be lost in the disaster. Nevertheless, there was one of these rare and valuable Corvettes particularly adept at surviving below the Earth’s crust because that is where devils dwell. Of course, I am referring to the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Blue Devil. It is the first of the eight ‘Vettes to be recovered from the deep dark recesses of the world beneath.read more
Since its inception in 2008, and an appearance in the top-selling Iron Man movie, the Audi R8 has captured the hearts of Americans from every walk of life. With a wide competitive rake and deeply etched lines the R8 looks every bit as fantastic as it performs, and that is saying a mouthful. The 2014 model year has seen marked improvements over previous models and we look for the R8 to get better end better as time carries on. The 2014 model is lighter; it features more defined trim level packaging, a mild aesthetic upgrade, and a new automated manual transmission for consumers who demand it.read more
The extreme performance edition of the popular Cadillac CTS is perfect for those who demand hair raising performance combined with luxurious trappings. If what you desire is blinding acceleration and top speed with the ability to hang in the corners and blow away most muscle cars, then this car is for you. Having said that I was prepared to rail on the Caddy about the lack of headroom, poor rear visibility (without using the rear view camera), and the small trunk, then I cranked the engine and I began to have second thoughts. As I pulled off the lot, dumped the clutch (yes, I did say clutch in a Cadillac) and floored the accelerator, I completely forgot all of those other little things. Who cares about head and trunk room and do I really need reverse anyway? Just leave me alone and let me drive.read more