Category archives: Features

Driven: 2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot with The Strip of Las Vegas in the background | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Honda Pilot with The Strip of Las Vegas in the background | Larry Edsall photos

Honda says it’s new and third-generation 2016 Honda Pilot can provide seating accommodations for as many as eight people. Or as I demonstrated during my week-long test drive, enough room for a driver; a full-size double bed (pillow top) mattress; a card table; an office chair; a wet/dry shop vac; a couple of oversized air mattresses; assorted pillows, blankets and sheets; a garage broom; a coffee maker; clothes; and a computer bag and some snacks.

That’s what I was able (with help from a neighbor) to pack into the new Pilot for a drive from Phoenix to Henderson, Nevada, to help my daughter’s family move into its new home before the moving van arrived with their furniture. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Chevrolet Corvette

1988 Chevrolet Corvette

The Genius Garage, a non-profit organization, was developed to give the best and brightest students the opportunity to show potential employers and partners what they are capable of doing while giving them the best transition from the academic world to their professional careers via building and racing cars.

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Skoda celebrates 50th anniversary of breakthrough coupe

Skoda's 1000 MBX was introduced at Geneva show 50 years ago | Skoda photos
Skoda’s 1000 MBX was introduced at Geneva show 50 years ago | Skoda photos

Tatra may be the most famous of Czechoslovakian automakers, but it is Skoda that celebrated the cult-car status and 50th anniversary of its 1000 MBX coupe at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

The 1000 MBX DeLuxe was introduced in March 1966 at the Geneva show. The car was a roomy five-seater with its 1.0-liter engine mounted behind those passengers. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale is always a great mix of cars of different types and eras and very much is a reflection of the cars that will be on display come Sunday at the concours d’elegance. This year is no different with RM offering a amazingly diverse and interesting collection of cars.

Of the 100 cars on offer, I picked these I would most like to park in my garage:

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Pick of the Day: 1962 Lincoln Continental Presidential limousine

1962 Lincoln Continental

A lot of enthusiasts collect cars that have helped shape their personal history, whether a significant moment in life, something they admired as a child, or the car a mom, dad, or grandparent drove. Cars have always had an impact on society and history, but it’s not every day a collector will find a car that played host to a U.S. president and thus had a role in the nation’s history.

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Great Race teaching great lessons to high school students

Dysart High School students next to their 1967 Mercury Cougar | Photos by Nicole James

For over 30 years, pre-1972 antique, vintage and collector cars have competed in the Great Race, a competitive but speed-controlled endurance road rally that takes place each year on over 2,000 miles of public highways across the United States. For some participants the $150,000 in prize money is motivation to compete while others do it for the driving experience and to witness so much of the American landscape first hand.

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Driven: 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo
2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

The turbocharged version of Kia’s Optima isn’t for everyone, but those with certain needs will appreciate what this car offers.

Say you’re a driving enthusiast, but on a budget, and with a family, and with a horrible daily commute.

The 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo might just be the car you need, and want. Continue reading

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