Category archives: Features

Driven: 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5

Nissan notes that for the 2016 model year, its mid-size Altima features the company’s new “Energetic Flow” design language that launched with the Murano and Maxima. Also for 2016, Nissan has introduced the Altima SR model which it calls an “affordable sports” version of the car with “enhanced handling, unique exterior and interior accents.”

Sounds great, except the Altima 2.5 SL I’ve been driving doesn’t offer much in the way of energetic flow from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler revolutionizes the minivan with 2017 Pacifica version | Larry Edsall photos
Chrysler revolutionizes the minivan with 2017 Pacifica version | Larry Edsall photos

Ford and General Motors have abandoned the genre, so is the minivan still relevant? Chrysler, or FCA as the automaker is now known, certainly thinks so, and it invested some $2 billion in re-inventing the family-friendly van it launched several decades ago and in which a generation or two of Americans grew up.

No longer is there a Plymouth Voyager or even a Chrysler Town & Country, and the Dodge Grand Caravan is on its way out as well. Replacing them all is the new-for-2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The new name, well, actually a somewhat familiar name, is used to underscore the fact that this isn’t your traditional soccer mom’s minivan but a new and even revolutionary vehicle, in some ways perhaps as revolutionary as that first minivan back in the mid-1970s. Continue reading

Classic Profile: 1909 American Gadabout

An Edwardian party out for a drive in a 1909 American Gadabout | Photo courtesy of the author
An Edwardian party out for a drive in a 1909 American Gadabout | Photo courtesy of the author

The distinctive cars of the American Motor Car Company (1906–1914) of Indianapolis, Indiana, have gained a bit of notoriety as of late, achieving some of the highest prices paid for an Edwardian-era vehicle at auction.

These sales are all related to the company’s American Underslung models with their advanced low-profile suspensions. But when the company was established, they hired Indianapolis local Harry C. Stutz, who would design a very handsome large-displacement touring car in the prevailing style with a traditional suspension, such as the 1909 American Gadabout shown in this period photo. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI SEL

2016 VW Golf at Zion National Park | Larry Edsall photos
2016 VW Golf at Zion National Park | Larry Edsall photos

And still champion!

After several decades as the world’s best-selling car, and in many ways not only taking that title from Henry Ford’s Model T but becoming the spiritual successor as well to the car that put the world on mechanically powered wheels, Volkswagen’s Beetle no longer could be made viable as a safe or efficient vehicle. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Ford Mustang GT500

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1967 Ford Mustang GT500

Recently, Classic Car News shared that the 1967 Mustang was the most popular search on ClassicCars.com for the month of March. In the article, Kevin Marti, a Ford expert and author of the Marti Report documents that verify the histories of Ford vehicles, said he attributes the popularity of the ‘67 Mustang to Eleanor, the name of the star-car in the 2000 remake film, Gone in 60 Seconds, featuring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.

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Driven: 2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali

2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali is division's second best-selling vehicle | Larry Edsall photos
2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali is division’s second best-selling vehicle | Larry Edsall photos

It’s no surprise that the full-size Sierra pickup truck is the best-selling vehicle at GMC dealerships. Though I was surprised to learn that the second-best seller at those stores isn’t the big Yukon sport utility or the smaller but still three-row Acadia crossover, or even the Canyon mid-size pickup.

The second-best seller in the GMC lineup is the division’s smallest vehicle, the Terrain, a compact (though its design makes it look larger) crossover with seating for five and, in its upscale Denali trim, a lot of luxury features that may be why the Terrain is selling so well. Continue reading

Historic reunion: Indycars return to Phoenix

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Scott Dixon leaving the pits during the race | Hans Marquez Photos

The month of May will be consumed by the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, fitting because the event long ago earned its title as “the greatest spectacle in racing.”

But before heading back to Indy, the racers were in Phoenix last weekend for another historic event, their return to a race track that was specially built for their style of competition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Chevrolet Sprint custom V8

Fat back tires are the only giveaway that  there's something up with this 1988 Chevy Sprint
Fat back tires are the only giveaway that there’s something up with this 1988 Chevy Sprint

It is widely accepted that a sleeper car has various mods to make it a high performance vehicle while nothing on the exterior of the car would indicate that it was anything special.

Our Pick of the Days is a 1988 Chevrolet Sprint, an econo-box minicar that has been transformed into the ultimate sleeper car, retaining its unassuming stock exterior but packed with a shocking amount of muscle. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction. 

Introduced at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 330 GTC filled the gap between the sporting 275 GTB and the more luxurious 330 GT 2+2. The 330 GTC merged a number of desirable aspects from other Ferraris of the time and was molded into a very well-rounded automobile.

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