Category archives: Features

Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

The front-wheel-drive Renegade seemed more of a city slicker than a trail runner | Jeep
The front-wheel-drive Renegade seemed more of a city slicker than a trail runner | Jeep

Also see second opinion (below) by Larry Edsall

You might call Jeep Renegade the cute Jeep. Or the city Jeep, designed for urban drivers who want a compact SUV with a bit more style and panache than the common run of popular little crossovers.

It is a Jeep, after all, which Larry notes below is emblazoned everywhere lest you forget that this Italian wagon boasts a direct lineage from your grandfather’s World War II workhorse. Or not. It really is a stretch. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1958 Chevrolet Impala hardtop

The ’58 Impala was restored just 300 miles ago, the seller says
The ’58 Impala was restored just 300 miles ago, the seller says

The model year 1958 was a strange one for Detroit, with both General Motors and Ford introducing full-size cars that were essentially stylistic dead ends. And 1958 was the year that GM divisions really slathered on the chrome for top models; even Chevrolet Corvette featured a bunch of chrome flare. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Navigator’s styling was updated for 2015 | Bob Golfen
Lincoln Navigator’s styling was updated for 2015 | Bob Golfen

When you really think about it, doesn’t it seem strange that some of the most luxurious and prestigious vehicles these days are basically large trucks? Sure, there are some glorious sedans and crossovers, but for the major statement of having arrived, it takes a luxury truck. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S convertible

2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is beautiful from any angle | Larry Edsall photos
2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is beautiful from any angle | Larry Edsall photos

Is the Bentley Continental GT the largest and most luxurious sports car or is it the sportiest of large luxury cars? After a few days and a few hundred miles behind the steering wheel, I’d say it is both. It is the largest and the most luxurious, and it is the sportiest, especially when a touch of a button folds the top away, leaving nothing but the open sky overhead. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Ford Fiesta ST and 2015 Ford Focus ST

Focus and Fiesta ST models are ready to challenge the autocross course | Larry Edsall photos
Focus and Fiesta ST models are ready to challenge the autocross course | Larry Edsall photos

Interesting how much you can learn about a car even in a very short drive. Of course, it helps if that short drive involves a very tight autocross circuit that allows you to push the car toward the edges of its limit. Well, OK, at least to the edges of your limits as a driver. Continue reading

Rick Cole sets modest goal for his next Monterey sale

Bigger isn’t necessarily better, at least not at this point in Rick Cole’s life.

Not quite three decades ago, Cole launched the first collector-car auction on California’s Monterey Peninsula, where that sale joined the Monterey Historic auto races and the Pebble Beach concours d’elegance in what was a comfortable classic car weekend. Continue reading