Posts from ‘Technology’

Apr
11

1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS

As far as automotive fads go, four-wheel steering (4WS) is one of the more technically sophisticated examples. Beginning with the 1988 model year, four American-market Japanese models were available with 4WS: the Honda Prelude Si, Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, Mazda 626 Turbo, and Mazda MX-6 GT Turbo.

Apr
04
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Consumer Guide First Spin It’s still not often you see the words “Sport” and “Hybrid” in the same sentence – let alone in the same name – but the concept is growing in popularity. And few companies are leveraging the principle of using an electric motor’s instant low-speed torque to augment the high-end power of a gas engine as thoroughly as Acura.

Mar
30
2015 Kia Soul EV

Our long-term Kia Soul EV on the charger. Can you tell it’s cold outside but warm inside? Probably not.

One of the downsides of electric cars — as noted in our previous Kia Soul EV long-term update — is that cold weather really cuts into the driving range. That’s likely due in part to the battery being less efficient in cold temperatures, and certainly to the fact that creating heat from electricity is an extremely inefficient endeavor.

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Feb
01
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt in Orange Burst Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin In the world of electric vehicles, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt might well go down as a game-changer.

Jan
19
Waymo Pacifica

Google’s “Waymo” autonomous-vehicle initiative includes evaluation of 100 specially equipped Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

As seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Fleet Academy training exercise designed to test the character of cadets. The Maru simulation forces cadets to choose between ignoring a dire request for assistance by a stranded ship (the Kobayashi Maru), or staging a rescue of the ship–despite strong indicators that the distress call is a trap set by an enemy.

Dec
07
2017 Dodge Challenger GT

2017 Dodge Challenger GT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge division issued a press release today introducing the Challenger GT, an all-wheel-drive variant of the brand’s performance-oriented coupe. The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT starts at $34,490 and comes standard with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Nov
23
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR: Proving that small crossovers are a big draw.

2016 LA Auto Show LogoPerhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.

Nov
09
2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist

2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist

Fact: Chevrolet has produced three generations of hybrid pickup trucks.

Fact: The most recent Silverado Hybrid is, by far, the most compelling example.

Bummer: Unless you live in California, you can’t buy a new hybrid Silverado.

Nov
07
Chrysler 360-inch V8

Chrysler 360-cubic-inch V8

Big is a relative term. In regards to American passenger-car engines, “big” in the early Seventies meant 460 cubic inches from Ford; 440 cubic inches from Chrysler; and 454, 455, and even 500 cubic inches from General Motors.

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