Archive for May, 2019

Honda Passport Elite

2019 Honda Passport Elite in Lunar Silver

2015 Audi Q52019 Honda Passport AWD Elite

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 295

Fuel Used: 19.5 gallons

Classic Ads From 1985

1985 Buick Electra

Which of the following events was more jarring? The addition of Elmo to the cast of Sesame Street, or the introduction of a front-wheel-drive Buick Electra? Both events, coincidentally, took place in 1985, and both events were met with a certain amount of grumbling.

Mazda CX-9 Signature

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature in Soul Red Crystal

2015 Audi Q52019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 366

Fuel Used: 16.1 gallons

2019 F-150 Reguar-Cab Short-Bed

2019 Ford F-150 with a regular cab and short bed.


It took a recent conversation with an old friend to jog my memory. But the more she talked, the clearer my recollections became. There was a candy bar sold in the mid Seventies called Seven Up, and I had purchased many of them back in the day.

2019 Nissan Murano SL in Sunset Drift

2019 Nissan Murano SL in Sunset Drift

2015 Audi Q52019 Nissan Murano SL AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 345

Fuel Used: 17.2 gallons


Cuba is something of a paradise for old-car spotters. This 1951 Chevrolet four-door sedan is just one of thousands of vintage automobiles still in faithful use as daily-driver transportation.

My wife Kristin and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this year, and we decided that we needed to take an out-of-the-country vacation as part of that celebration. We were looking for somewhere reasonably close, to minimize flight time and the jetlag that usually goes along with it. Kristin is fond of Latin American countries, bird watching, and rugged-outdoors adventuring, and she speaks enough Spanish to get around quite well. Me? I really love old cars. Cuba checks all those boxes, so it was a natural choice.

2019 Volvo V60 T6

2019 Volvo V60 T6 Inscription in Denim Blue Metallic (a $645 option)

Quick Spin

2019 Volvo V60 T6 Inscription

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 519

Fuel Used: 21.3 gallons

1980 AMC Eagle Sedan

1980 AMC Eagle Sedan

I’ve long believed that if American Motors had been able to muster the capital to fully redesign its cars sometime around 1980, the company might have lasted well into the Nineties, maybe longer. Instead, AMC management—at the time already working with the company’s soon-to-be partner, the French automaker Renault—played a hunch, and built a line of full-time AWD passenger cars off of a long-serving existing platform. The result helped buy AMC a few more years, but in the end wasn’t enough to save the company.

2019 Subaru Forester Touring

2019 Subaru Forester Touring in Horizon Blue Pearl

2015 Audi Q52019 Subaru Forester Touring

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 357

Fuel Used: 12.6 gallons

2019 Nissan Kicks SR

2019 Nissan Kicks SR in two-tone Monarch Orange Metallic with Super Black roof (a $595 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 Nissan Kicks SR

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles Driven: 365

Fuel Used: 9.8 gallons