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Nissan Sentra: Did Nissan Do Enough to Keep the Sentra's Competitive Edge?

The refreshed Nissan Sentra is no match for models such as the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze.

Luxury Sedan on a Budget: The All-New Hyundai Elantra

Forget all you thought you knew about a budget sedan, because the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is something completely different. It offers a winning combination of luxury features and value price.

What Happens When You Cross a Google Chromebook with a Lenovo Yoga?

Acer’s Chromebook R11 has some new display tricks and is an ideal laptop for children, the elderly and those who type on airplanes.

Volkswagen Goes Retro With a Surprisingly Cool Beetle Dune

If you want a VW Beetle that’s more rugged and anything but boring, salvation has arrived in the form of the Dune version.

Jaguar XF: The All-New Midsize Luxury Sedan Alternative

The redesigned Jaguar XF has interesting styling and will compete capably in the midsize luxury sedan segment.

3 SUV Winners for 2016: Unprecedented Style at Reasonable Prices

Kia, Mazda and Jaguar are offering new models that perform exceptionally and have great styling.

Nissan Challenges Pickup Truck Market With New Tow Master, Titan XD

Are you looking to tow between 8,500 and 12,300 pounds with your pickup truck? This abandoned space is now filled by the Nissan Titan XD diesel.

Range Rover's Secret for Getting Great Mileage From a Large Luxury SUV

How do you improve fuel economy by 32% without adding significant weight and cost, and without hindering performance? Range Rover's answer is diesel.

Toyota’s New Hybrid SUV Is a Bargain at Only $700 More

The RAV4 Hybrid may get even more than the 34 MPG advertised for highway driving.

Nissan Altima: A Good Car but Not Good Enough

Nissan’s best-selling Altima gets a mid-cycle refresh, but it is not as good as some of its competitors in the mid-sized sedan segment.

If Tesla Can't Beat the Competition in Netherlands, What About Elsewhere?

Eight plug-in cars outsold Tesla in Netherlands in November, while Tesla’s sales have been flat throughout the year.

Mazda Heads Into 2016 With Momentum
Mazda Heads Into 2016 With Momentum

11/20/15 - 08:07 AM EST

The Japanese auto manufacturer produces most of its 1.4 million vehicles near its Hiroshima headquarters.

Volkswagen's 2016 Passat Is a Peppy High-Tech Performer

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it an infotainment leader. It also has a great engine.

Kia's 2016 Optima Is One Sweet Ride and Shows How Far This Automaker Has Come

Kia Motors' new Optima midsize sedan is a top pick in its class. Here's an in-depth review, based on extensive testing.

Mazda Miata MX-5 Is a Trip Into the Past

The Miata MX-5 costs less than $30,000 and looks good, but it's not easy to drive in city traffic.

Mazda CX-3 Looks Good and Rides a Hot Market Trend

Mazda’s tiny CX-3 mini crossover is stylish and has user-friendly controls, but the engine doesn't match up to competitors in its class.

Italian-Made Jeep Renegade Has Flaws but Tons of Charm

The Jeep Renegade isn’t your car for freeway driving or fuel economy, but its cool design, user-friendly controls and off-road capability may trump those deficiencies for many drivers.

Volkswagen Touareg, Germany's Most Understated SUV, Has Aged Well

The Volkswagen Touareg SUV is in its last year of production before a redesign but has a smooth ride and great styling.

Ford’s Best-Selling SUV Impresses With Comfort, Handling

The Ford Escape SUV offers the most surprising quality among 100 cars tested. The SUV earns the highest recommendation.

Think You’re Holier Than Volkswagen? Be Quiet Already!

There's too much hypocrisy in recent criticism of Volkswagen. Do you ride on jet airplanes? Do you drive faster than the speed limit? Do you want to curb CO2 emissions?

Audi Introduces Its Latest Vehicle -- and It's Electric

The crossover SUV will arrive in showrooms in 2018 and have a 300-mile range.

America’s Best-Selling Luxury Vehicle Has a New Model

The Lexus RX is America’s best-selling luxury vehicle, so this all-new 2016 model is a big deal in terms of market importance.

New Toyota Prius Should Please Drivers and Investors

The 2016 Prius has new exciting interior details, but more importantly a whole new factory assembly technique underpinning it.

Does the Toyota Sienna Remain the Minivan King? Kia Sedona Mounts a Challenge

Toyota and Kia have the freshest minivans in the market. Which one is the best?

Buy the Jaguar F-Type When All That Matters Is Having Fun

The Jaguar F-type has a wonderful exhaust note while looking great -- but it lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

SUVs Increase Sales as Eco-Cars Fall in July

In July's U.S. auto sales stats, a curious tale emerges -- sales of SUVs are growing while sales of eco-cars are shrinking.

Why Apple and Google Are the Biggest Story in the Auto Industry Right Now

Major automakers are launching cars that will have infotainment systems using Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The New Hot SUV in Hollywood: Range Rover Sport

The world's most beautiful SUV is also the best at handling. However, you may want to wait for the diesel version in the fall.

Ford vs. Mercedes: Dueling Visions About Transportation’s Future

Mercedes thinks our future is in SUVs. Ford’s futurists emphasize bicycles, but in reality Ford sells SUVs and pickup trucks, too.

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson Is Wrong About Tesla’s U.S. Sales

The industry’s best estimates suggest Tesla’s North American sales were up 57% in 2015, contrary to what AutoNation Mike Jackson said on CNBC.

Jaguar Land Rover Rejuvenated With Diesel and Intel 'Infotainment'

Jaguar Land Rover is adding diesel engines to all of its vehicles except one in the U.S. market. But will the new infotainment system measure up?

Scion’s Two New Budget Cars Are Sweet but Have One Big Flaw

Scion’s two new budget cars are nice, bit unlike competing GM’s cars, they lack some key personal technology features.

Ford F-150: Why It's Not Just for Blue-Collar Workers

Ford’s F-150 pickup truck powers your laptops, smartphones and SiriusXM connection better than other vehicles, making it a great choice for technology-dependent professionals.

This Mercedes Luxury Limo Gets Better Mileage Than a Toyota Prius

The plug-in hybrid version of Mercedes' S550 luxury sedan can achieve 100 mpg if you plug it in often enough, but be prepared to lose some trunk space.

Why Tesla Might Miss Its 2015 Sales Goals, and Why It Might Not

What does Tesla’s June quarter delivery number mean relative to expectations and, more importantly, in relation to the 2015 and 2016 sales outlook?

Buy This Brand New 'Ferrari' for Just $55,000

The owners of Ferrari now offer you a bargain if you’ll take it with an Alfa Romeo badge and lose four cylinders.

Top 10 New Cars on the Market Today
Top 10 New Cars on the Market Today

06/18/15 - 03:00 PM EDT

Out of nearly 150 new car models I tested in the last year, these are the best top 10 cars and SUVs for the money.

Kia Reinvented the Minivan Into a Stylish Luxury Car, Boosting Sales to Record Highs

A minivan that looks like an elegant luxury car inside and out? Yes, that yielded Kia an annual growth rate of over 400%.

Don't Buy a New Car Today for One Very Important Reason

The resale value of a new car will suffer if you buy it before Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available for it. Don’t make the mistake of buying now.

Audi A3 Sales Continue to Surge in 2015
Audi A3 Sales Continue to Surge in 2015

06/01/15 - 11:30 AM EDT

Audi A3 shows record sales increases, and the diesel version can yield around 50 MPG on the highway.

General Motors' Infotainment Challenge to Tesla With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

GM has announced Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to be a standard feature on its cars, starting with 14 Chevrolet models this upcoming model year.

Nissan Rogue Is the Automotive Industry’s Unsung Hero

Nissan Rogue grew U.S. sales 22% in 2014 and 32% thus far in 2015. What’s behind this amazing success story of 200,000 cars sold in 2014?

How Tesla Would Raise $3 Billion More for Second Gigafactory for Stationary Storage

An imaginative take on how Tesla could justify needing another $3 billion from investors.

Test-Driving Tesla’s Model S P85D: Touchscreen Fits Bill, 'Insane Mode' Thrills

Tesla's luxurious P85D matches and beats the competition in several categories, but a cheaper car might still be better for you.

Subaru Forester Lags With Terrible Infotainment System

The Subaru Forester has an attractive body and great potential, but the experience is ruined by a poor infotainment system.

The Jaguar XJL Portfolio Is a Great Car but It Faces Stiff Competition

The Jaguar XJL is a good alternative to Mercedes S550, BMW 750 and Lexus LS for the back seat rider, whether CEO or head of state.

Are Tesla’s Short Delivery Times a New Sign of Low Demand?

The delivery lead times for Tesla’s cars are unusually short for custom-made cars in the auto industry. Why?

America's Best-Selling Car, the Toyota Camry, Has Gotten a Lot Better

In the middle of 2014, Toyota did something unexpected: completely re-tooled the Camry, America's best-selling car. And it's much better.

5 New Cars From the New York Auto Show That You Can Actually Afford

NY Auto Show sees attractively priced high-volume cars launched by Nissan, Volkswagen, Chevrolet and Mitsubishi.

Google’s New $349 Chromebook 15 Laptop From Acer Is Worth Buying

Google gets Acer’s help in attacking the high-resolution 15.6 inch screen laptop market with the market’s first $349 Chromebook.

10 Best Affordable and Attractive Cars at the New York Auto Show

The New York Auto Show wasn't all about super-luxury and high-end performance cars.

How Mercedes' Futurist Predicted the Fall in Gasoline Prices, Rise of SUVs

Mercedes' in-house futurist made a perfect call on the key 2014 trends driving U.S. auto sales: gasoline prices and SUVs vs. hybrids.

Subaru’s Amazing U.S. Growth Story Is Driven by Its Legacy

Subaru is setting industry-leading U.S. sales records this year.

Volkswagen Looks Set to Unveil Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car in November

Volkswagen may soon join all the other major automakers and launch a hydrogen fuel cell car, but the consumer economics for hydrogen fuel cell cars look like an uphill battle.

Audi A3 Diesel Could Be Ultimate Road-Trip Champion at 63 MPG

Wahlman drove the 2015 Audi A3 diesel 834 miles on one tank -- just 13.2 gallons -- for a record 63 MPG. Is this the ultimate road trip car?

We Test-Drive BMW's New Hybrid Sports Car: Here's What We Found

The BMW i8 is BMW’s $147,000 answer to Tesla and Porsche, except it’s also a very different -- and more rare -- car. Here's what it's like to drive it.

GM's Triple Assault on Tesla -- Including a Range-Topping Cadillac Plug-In

GM confirms three new plug-in electric cars, including a pure EV and a range-topping Cadillac luxury sedan.

No, Tesla Does Not Outsell the Mercedes S-Class in the U.S. or Globally

Claims that Tesla outsells the Mercedes S-Class linger on. But in 2014, the Mercedes S-Class outsold Tesla handily. Here's what you need to know.

Using Tesla Math, GM’s Buick Unit Should Be Worth $1.1 Trillion

Like Tesla, Buick manufactures luxury sedans. A comparison of the two companies' sales and valuations suggests one of these companies is wildly overvalued.

Tesla Chief Elon Musk's Curious Dance With Toyota

Recent musings by Elon Musk about perhaps cutting another deal with Toyota, don't seem like a positive for Tesla stock.

In Challenge to Intel, Nvidia Busts Out in Chromebook

Nvidia's graphics chips had been confined mostly to high-end PCs. Now they're in a new Chromebook made by Acer.

GM's Spark EV Underwhelming, but Electric Motor Could Threaten Tesla

The Chevrolet Spark EV isn't as impressive as its competitors, but its powerful electric motor could be the heart of a more exciting car in the future.

BMW’s Electric Car Crushes Tesla on the Sales Charts

A new report details the simple fact that in August BMW's electric car sales in the U.S. were 70% larger than Tesla's.

The LG G3 Smartphone: Is Bigger Better?
The LG G3 Smartphone: Is Bigger Better?

09/03/14 - 09:04 AM EDT

LG’s new flagship Android smartphone is the G3, but the one I still recommend is LG’s own Nexus 5.

Subaru Outsells Tesla 100:1 in the U.S. in July; Launches First Hybrid

Subaru vastly out-sells and out-grows Tesla in the U.S. market. How does its first hybrid offering perform?

Google Fires Latest Laptop Missile Into Microsoft’s and Apple’s Hull

The new Asus 13-inch Chromebook for $230 is the outstanding laptop value in its class.

Testing America’s Best-Selling Diesel Car, the 42-MPG VW Jetta

The best 'regular car' in the market today is Volkswagen’s small diesel.

Want a Hydrogen-Fueled Car? It'll Cost You Double

Why bother with hydrogen cars if they will cost more than gasoline and diesel cars? Stay tuned for an orgy of subsidies.

Kia Sales Got Soul While Tesla's U.S. Sales Are Superbad

Kia Soul U.S. sales are up 23% so far this year while Tesla’s U.S. sales decline. What gives?

Dodge to Tesla: Eat Your Heart Out
Dodge to Tesla: Eat Your Heart Out

08/04/14 - 08:55 AM EDT

Dodge may surprise you by delivering superior performance compared with the Tesla at half the cost.

BMW Launches Its Own, Free Supercharger Network for Electric Cars

Challenging market leaders Nissan, GM and Mitsubishi, BMW launches the buildout of a free supercharging network for its electric cars.

GM Isn't Alone in the Race to the 200-Mile Electric Car

New rumors don’t change my view: GM will have two different plug-in electric car platforms in the next one to three years.

BMW's Supercharger Plan -- Tesla Not Included

A new electric car fast-charging network for metropolitan areas: The non-Tesla auto companies could join together for an investment.

What Would a Tesla-BMW Deal Look Like?
What Would a Tesla-BMW Deal Look Like?

07/17/14 - 06:00 AM EDT

Here's the case for BMW to announce a supercharger deal with Tesla -- or with someone else -- very soon.

Lexus Launches SUV That Runs Exclusively on Gasoline!

Lexus offers a new, aggressively styled 'small' SUV that isn’t that small.

Evaluating Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Gamble

Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell car will take several years to catch on, but so what?

Nissan LEAF: Revisiting the World's Best-Selling Electric Car

The Nissan LEAF has been improved a lot, and now offers superb quality feel and usability. Small wonder it is the best-selling electric car.

How GM Could Spin Off a $400 Billion Business

Using Tesla's valuation multiples, GM's large SUV factory in Texas could be worth $400 billion.

Here's Why the Google I/O Conference Is Good for Google's Stock

Google's developers conference was not just about new features. It was also about initiatives that lower product prices, expand the size of the market and increase market share.

Audi '15 A8 Is a 868-Mile-Range Tesla-Killer, and Diesel Is the Secret

The overall luxury and interior comfort of the Audi A8 is to the Tesla Model S what Buckingham Palace is to a Burger King.

Why Big Car Companies Don't Really Care About Tesla

Tesla's 35,000 cars per year is too little revenue, too little profit, in relation to how it is affecting the big automakers.

The Reason Tesla Met With BMW Is...
The Reason Tesla Met With BMW Is...

06/13/14 - 06:00 AM EDT

Tesla opening up its charging network takes away the rationale for the premium multiple on the stock.

Porsche Electric vs Tesla: And the Verdict Is...

Porsche's attempt to compete with the other plug-in electric cars comes up short. The Panamera lacks in smoothness.

Apple Desperately Copies Google's 2008 Features but Passes on Innovation

Apple is half a decade behind the curve while simultaneously falling short on every expectation.

Is Google Crazy for Selling a Desktop PC at $350? Definitely Not

Google partners with LG to deliver a 22-inch desktop PC with everything included for $350 or less. Read it and weep, Apple.

Could Nissan's Electric Minivan Crush Tesla's Model X?

Nissan's electric minivan enters service with Google on a test basis. I drove the first car on U.S. soil. Here's what I've learned.

Google Is the New Smartphone King, Despite What Apple Might Think

LG takes the smartphone to a whole new hardware level: 1440x2560 pixel resolution. In a 5.5 inch display. That's much more than a new TV.

Electric Cars Won't Make Your Air Any Cleaner

Regular new gasoline/diesel cars are already so clean that electric cars bring essentially zero air quality benefit.

Audi Q5 Is the Enthusiasts' Diesel SUV
Audi Q5 Is the Enthusiasts' Diesel SUV

05/20/14 - 06:00 AM EDT

Premium diesel power on stilts. The smooth, elegant, sporty-handling and very powerful Audi Q5 SUV.

Will BMW's i5 and i9 Electric Really Arrive in 2015?

One source tells me BMW's i5 and i9 electric cars will arrive already in 2015, and be different variants of SUVs/crossovers. I'm slightly skeptical but it's worth discussing.

The 2015 VW Golf Is a Grown-Up, Premium, 42-mpg Delight

The all-new 2015 VW Golf diesel has a large upscale interior, drives extremely well, and reduces pollution by 40% over the 2014 model alone.

Volkswagen Launches the People's Electric Car

With its first electric car for the U.S. market, the VW eGolf sets out to challenge market leader Nissan and its Leaf.

Now We Learn Why Facebook Acquired Oculus

Facebook's Oculus immersive glasses make for a perfect companion to the new Parrot BeBop drone: A flying spy camera for every Facebooker.

3 Ways Consumers Overestimate Their Electric Cars

Enthusiastic electric car buyers often aren't comparing their new car against a brand-new gasoline or diesel car, but rather against something older.

Driving the Mercedes Electric Car, All for $42,375.00

Mercedes' first relevant electric car takes aim at BMW i3, but consumers will also compare it against Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt.

The Great Debate -- All-Electric Cars vs. Plug-In Hybrids

For most people, plug-in hybrids win over pure electric cars. But neither provide cost payback or environmental benefit over basic gasoline/diesel cars.

What Does It Take to Sour on the Electric Car Experience?

Chargers that are always taken all the time have created a nightmare for owners of pure EVs as opposed to plug-in hybrids

New York Auto Show: And the Winners Are...

The three winners from the NY Auto Show were the 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, Nissan's free electric car charging card, and the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid SUV.

Nissan Turns Up the Heat in the Electric Car Race

Important updates on Nissan's electric car plans include swift battery improvements, a plug-in hybrid car and much more.

Chrysler 200 Is Detroit's New Midsize Sedan Star

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 has the most luxurious, tasteful and rational interior of any car in its price class -- $23,000 to the low $30,000s.

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