Toyota Turns to Mazda for Help with Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is losing market share to the Chevy Colorado and Honda Ridgeline. This isn’t happening because people are losing interest in the venerable Toyota, but because Toyota can’t build them fast enough.

There’s a shortage of Tacomas at dealerships around the country, and buyers are turning to some very worthy competition instead of waiting for Toyota to catch up and deliver more trucks. This is a problem that’s new to Toyota, as decent competition in the midsize truck market hasn’t been a concern since… well… ever.

What’s Toyota’s plan to prevent more buyers from crossing over to competing brands?

Ask Mazda for help. Continue reading >>>

Gas Prices Rise as Car Prices Fall

Maybe you’ve noticed, but gas prices are going up again.

That’s bad news for drivers, automakers, and car dealers, but could be good for people in the market for a new car.

Low prices over the last couple of years have driven sales of trucks and SUVs while stifling sales of sedans and compact cars. If you’re one of the people who recently bought a big SUV, you might regret your choice once filling up the tank starts draining Benjamins from your bank account.

But there could be a great deal on a gas-sipper in your near future. Continue reading >>>

Nissan: The World’s Largest Automaker!

Over the last couple of years, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota have vied for the title of World’s Largest Automaker.

Last year, VW took the title by selling more cars globally than any other automaker and proudly wore the crown as the largest carmaker on the planet.

For the first half of this year, Nissan has quietly snuck up and overthrown the reigning king. Did anyone see this coming? Continue reading >>>

2018 Mustang GT Gets Scary Fast Acceleration

Zero-to-60 in less than 4 seconds used to be the realm of the most elite supercars. Today, though, the Ferrari LaFerrari can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds. Other supercars from Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Porsche have done it in 2.5 seconds.

While not comparable to street-legal vehicles, Top Fuel dragsters can reach 60 mph before their rear wheels even get to the start line. Needless to say, we live in a world where speed is king. Or at least, that’s what some automakers believe.

Take the upcoming 2018 Ford Mustang GT, for example, which can make the 0-60 sprint in a time that was once reserved for supercars only. Continue reading >>>

Does New Distracted Driving Law Go Too Far?

Drinking while driving is rightfully forbidden.

Texting while driving is equally dangerous and against the law nearly everywhere.

But how far should a state go in regulating what a driver may legally do behind the wheel? The state of Washington is testing those limits and has banned some pretty shocking activities while driving, and its citizens aren’t happy.

Who among us has ever enjoyed a coffee while driving? Or scarfed down a quick meal while on the way to a meeting or between errands? Ladies, have you ever applied makeup or even just a quick dab of mascara before arriving at work?

Those activities, or even just taking a sip of water to quench your thirst on a sweltering afternoon drive, are now illegal in Washington. Continue reading >>>

Tesla: The World’s Most Popular Automaker?

We can’t seem to escape news about Tesla lately. The company is dominating headlines on auto blogs and news websites across the Internet. If the story isn’t about a new innovation, idea, or product from Tesla, it’s about another car company trying to beat Tesla at its own game.

Never, in my lifetime at least, has one automaker demanded so much attention and inspired so much competition.

Here’s a rundown of stories, from this week alone, showing Tesla’s dominance over the automotive news cycle: Continue reading >>>

Buick Regal GS: Handsome, Strong, and Fast

I’m going to try to avoid mentioning grandparents in this post, because the days of Buicks coming with AARP cards are officially gone.

It’s taken a while to get to this point, though. In fact, the words “performance,” “sporty,” and “Buick,” were last used together 30 years ago when the Grand National GNX was intimidating Toyota drivers everywhere.

Today’s Buicks are evoking memories of the GNX and making folks forget about the automaker’s stodgy and drab past. Yes, the GM-owned automaker is now building some of the most attractive cars on the road—and providing the performance to go with it. Continue reading >>>

Could This Become the New Ford Bronco?

If you’ve never heard of the Troller T4, it might be time for you to copy and paste that name into a Google search and then marvel at the images staring back at you.

The Troller is a boxy off-roader sold in Brazil and built by a company now owned by Ford. For fans of the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender, and Ford Bronco, the Troller might look like the fantasy car you never knew existed.

And get this: One source has said the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco will look like the Troller, but “a 4-door version of that.”

How excited are you right now? Continue reading >>>

Accord Drops V6 in Favor of 4-Cylinder Turbo

The Honda Accord V6 was one of those cars that American families once loved for its comfort, reliability, responsiveness, and speed. It was a stalwart in the Accord lineup and the go-to choice for power-hungry parents.

You might have noticed the past tense I used just now. Over the last couple of years, people stopped buying the V6 Accord in favor the more fuel-friendly 4-cylinder version. Plus, the V6 engine in the Accord was basically a 20-year-old design that didn’t hold up to today’s emissions and performance standards.

With the unveiling of the new 2018 Accord, we’ve learned that the V6 is the latest casualty of turbo-powered 4-cylinders. While the Accord V6 is officially a thing of the past, there’s plenty to look forward to as the big Honda sedan morphs into the future. Continue reading >>>

The End of an Era: Viper Ending Production

In 1998 a friend purchased a used 1994 Dodge Viper. I’d never seen a Viper in person, and the car took my breath away. Its glistening red paint and exotic curves were unlike anything I’d seen on a car before.

I got more than my fair share of seat time in that car and am even proud to say I got at least one “Viper Kiss,” the infamous burn on the calf from the exhaust pipes mounted just under the doors.

As time went on, my taste in cars shifted more toward German engineering, but the Viper always held a special spot in my car-loving heart.

Next month the Viper, which has had a tumultuous past couple of years, will cease production and fade into the past as a relic of a gas-fueled era. Continue reading >>>