Kia Optima Offers Infiniti-Level Style

Thanksgiving weekend in Southern California. More specifically, a car rental parking lot at LAX.

To my left was a dark gray 2017 Kia Optima, a 178-horsepower 4-door midsize sedan with knockout good looks and impressive highway fuel economy.

On the right was a blue 2017 Toyota Camry, promising plenty of comfort and reliability.

In the middle was a silver 2017 Ford Fusion, a car with sleek design and a high-quality interior.

If you had free access to the keys of each of these cars for a long weekend in Southern California, which would you take?

The Kia was my choice. How does the Infiniti work into this story? Read on, dear friends. Continue reading >>>

The Off-Road-Only Roxor May Hit U.S. In 2018

Image Courtesy of DC-Design

Image Courtesy of DC-Design

Cars sold in the U.S. come from all corners of the globe, and there are very few differences in quality, regardless of a vehicle’s country of origin.

The first Japanese import came in 1958, when the Toyopet Crown debuted here to very little fanfare. Few would have guessed that the little Japanese company, which we now know as Toyota, would have massive manufacturing facilities in this country and change the face of the U.S. and world auto industry.

It would be nearly thirty years before Hyundai, made in Korea, launched a car for the U.S. market. Now, the automaker is a household name.

We’ll see if Americans will learn to love a new import – this time, from India. Continue reading >>>

Corvette ZR1 to Challenge Porsche 911 for Fastest Time Around the ‘Ring

Chevrolet Corvette.

Does it get any more American than that? Sure, we could include the cliché baseball and apple pie, but it’s the Corvette that might best define what it means to be an American.

Like many Americans, the Corvette tries really hard to be good looking, could probably stand to lose a few pounds, and can’t quite keep up with its fancy European peers.

The new Corvette ZR1, however, might finally be the car to outshine its European counterparts.

Well, maybe not all of them. Continue reading >>>

BMW and Chevrolet Double Down on Electric SUVs

BMW X7 iPerformance Concept

BMW and Chevrolet are changing the world of transportation, but not in the way we might have thought they would.

Both companies are driving us toward an electric future, and both have just taken epic steps to help solidify their choice of EVs as the cars of the very near future.

More specifically, both have selected SUVs and crossovers as the electric cars of the future. Continue reading >>>

Could a Pickup Spark the Comeback of Mitsubishi?

America must have a soft spot in its collective heart for Mitsubishi.

Theoretically, the company should have gone the way of Suzuki years ago, yet it still hangs on in the U.S. market and has proven itself as a scrappy little brand that is liked by just enough people to keep it running. As you may remember, Nissan purchased a 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi last year, and a U.S. rebirth for the brand would fit with CEO Carlos Ghosn’s goal to turn that alliance into one of the top three automakers in the world.

Could the addition of a few more vehicles bring the small Japanese automaker back to glory? Continue reading >>>

New Toyota Supra Won’t Be a Toyota

The new Toyota Supra may be the most highly anticipated car since the return of the Chevy Camaro.

Theories regarding what it will look like and what will power it have captivated the Internet for a good 18 months. Maybe even since the Supra was discontinued all the way back in 2002. We now know it’s coming back, but will it be co-developed with BMW? Will it be a hybrid? Gas only? Electric only?

Will it be a Z4 with Toyota badging?

All we’ve really known for sure is that the new Supra will, 100 percent, no-doubt-about-it, have a Toyota badge. Because it’s a Supra.

The Supra is a Toyota legend and was, for many years, the top-performing car in the Toyota stable. It has Toyota blood flowing through its arteries. The Supra coming back as a Toyota is as safe a bet as the Camaro was to return wearing its bowtie.

But, as it turns out, there are no guarantees in life. Continue reading >>>

This Land Cruiser May Be the Best-Looking SUV Ever

The Toyota Land Cruiser, with more than 50 years of history, remains one of the best-looking SUVs on the road.

Maybe that statement doesn’t include the most modern versions, but the classic Land Cruisers, up to model year 2007, were commanding and exotic. Bulky but grand. Stately and grandiose.

The early ones, as in the 1960 through 1984 models, are fully fledged collector’s items and resemble the classic Jeep Wrangler. Properly restored, those older models can demand a pretty penny on the collector’s market.

As far as modern Cruisers go, the 100 Series is, to my eye, the best-looking SUV on the road that doesn’t wear an Audi badge. There’s something special about that retro boxiness.

Even if you’re not a fan of Cruisers, it’s worth checking out this updated 1981 FJ40 Series and ogling the modern awesomeness it has become. Continue reading >>>

Mazda’s Kai Concept Could Preview Upcoming Mazda3

Mazda used its home market’s auto show to wow the automotive world with a concept that’s likely to become the best-looking hatchback on the market today.

The Kai concept, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show last week, is a preview of what to expect from the upcoming Mazda3. That long hood and sculpted body are unlike any other hatch available and invoke the spirit of Grand Tourers from the past.

Why, however, would Mazda give this concept such graceful rear-wheel-drive proportions when it’s on a front-wheel-drive platform? There are other indications that the concept isn’t quite ready for prime time, but they’re minor enough to be modified for an upcoming production version. Will it happen? Continue reading >>>

Newest BMW Crossover: The Sedan of SUVs?

She said she didn’t want an SUV, but who doesn’t want an SUV?

Sport utility vehicles, crossovers, sport activity vehicles, and other variants of the high-riding 5-door vehicle class have all but closed the coffin lid on sedans.

Why buy a 4-door low-riding sedan with a traditional trunk if you can get a roomier cabin with a view that can also haul your Costco treasures with less fuss?

I thought everyone, and I mean everyone, was eschewing sedans for sport utes and crossovers. Everyone, apparently, except for a friend who said she was interested in purchasing our 2013 Subaru Legacy after I mentioned it was for sale. Well, either that or she wants to wait for a new car she just heard is coming down the pipe: a brand new just-announced BMW X2. Continue reading >>>