Category archives: Features

Driven: 2016 Lincoln MKX

2016 Lincoln MKX | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Lincoln MKX | Larry Edsall photos

So I’ve been driving a 2016 Lincoln MKX and two thoughts came to mind within my first few miles behind the wheel:

  1. Did someone purposefully set out to create a car with the least intuitive switchgear possible?
  2. When was the last time a Lincoln was something to be desired and not just a heftier Ford?

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS

1969 Chevrolet Nova SS

In hindsight, 1969 was one of the best design years for many American cars, such as Mustang, Camaro, Chevelle, Corvette and ‘Cuda, with some of the most iconic and recognizable muscle and pony cars of the era. In addition to the triple-C heavy hitters in Chevrolet’s lineup, there was the Nova SS.

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Driven: 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt: An EV without the range anxiety | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Chevrolet Volt: An EV without the range anxiety | Larry Edsall photos

The knock against electric cars has been the range anxiety you suffer the entire time you’re driving one. How soon will I use up all the electricity stored in the battery pack? When that happens, will I be able to find an electrical outlet? And if I do, how long will I be stranded there? How long will it take to recharge?

There’s enough to worry about when we drive without the added anxiety of the limited range of an electric vehicle.

Ah, but there is a solution. It’s called the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is the electric car you can drive without experiencing range anxiety. Continue reading

The Interview: Joseph Mast

Full area during Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 | Photos by Hans Marquez

Joseph Mast became the lead auctioneer for Barrett-Jackson in August, 2015, and has done three auctions since then, including Barrett-Jacksons 45th anniversary event in Scottsdale in January.

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Driven: 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad

2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad has room for 7 | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad has room for 7 | Larry Edsall photos

It would seem that the Dodge Journey might be the ideal vehicle for a young and growing family, or even for grandparents who get to spend quality time with their young and growing grandchildren.

The 2016 Journey Crossroad we drove for a week came with a feature we’d like to see on more vehicles. Each of the seat-bottom cushions in the outboard positions in the second row has a tab. Pull the tab and — voila! — the seat cushions springs up and back and forms a built-in booster seat for a child. Pull the tab again and you have a regular seat for a teenager or adult passenger. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Plymouth Cuda

1970 Plymouth Cuda

Whenever Chrysler decides to assemble a purpose-built performer whose main mission is to kick asphalt and take names, the results are usually spectacular. An excellent combination of power and handling makes this 1970 Plymouth Barracuda the Pick of the Day.

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The Interview: Jason McCormick

Cars on display before auction | McCormick Auctions Photo

McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Its auction February 26-28 in Palm Springs will be its 60th (the company does two sales a year, one in the spring and one in the fall).

The company is run by Jason McCormick, who was 14 when his father, Keith, started doing classic car auctions. Continue reading

The Interview: Ken Block

Ken Block next to the 2016 Focus RS | Photography by Jacqulyn Currey

Ford has produced the Focus RS for some time, but only for the European market — until now. At the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the first North American 2016 Ford Focus RS crossed the block and brought $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ken Block was there to talk briefly about the car and to help boost the bidding to benefit charity.

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7

Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7

If you watched the Super Bowl, you probably took note of the evocative and star-studded 60-second Jeep commercial during the half time break featuring Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum and the dinosaurs from Jurassic World. The Terminator even made an appearance. In addition to these more recognized figures, the commercial featured 60 portraits in total of other famous and ordinary people who helped shape Jeep’s 75 year history in addition to different Jeep models throughout its history.

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Driven: 2016 Toyota 4Runner

2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail  is setup for travel on or off pavement | Larry Edsall photo
2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail is setup for travel on or off pavement | Larry Edsall photo

So many automakers have moved their sport utility vehicles to unibody “crossover” architecture that I’d almost forgotten what it was like to drive a real body-on-frame model. Fortunately, Toyota still makes such a vehicle, what it calls a “full-capability SUV,” the 4Runner.

| Interior and cargo area photos by Toyota

Toyota has been producing the 4Runner for more than 30 years. Still at true SUV, the 4Runner rides on a truck-style frame and offers a 4×4 powertrain for true go-anywhere capability along with the capability of towing 5,000 pounds, whether it’s a boat or camper or ATV or motorcycle trailer. Continue reading