2018 dodge durango srt

Torque, towing, t’ree rows: Dodge Durango SRT

May 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Dodge Durango SRT has tons of torque and towing capacity, with three rows of seats to set it apart from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (née SRT). With all wheel drive putting power to the ground, the big SUV allows for instant acceleration on wet concrete — from zero, from […]

Behind Apple’s odd VW hookup

May 24, 2018 David Zatz 0

Apple recently announced that it was outfitting Volkswagen vans with autonomous driving gear, to shuttle employees around their campus, in what seems to be a timid first test of Apple self-driving gear. There are two big questions here… Why Volkswagen? Why such a small test? To start with the second […]

Toyota picking up dropped car sales

May 1, 2018 David Zatz 0

American automakers are dropping their traditional cars, and import companies are picking up the sales that are being left on the table — possibly led by Toyota. Dodge and Chrysler started the trend by dropping their compact and midsize cars (their large cars will continue). Then GM announced it was […]

Hybrids and muscle go together

April 27, 2018 David Zatz 0

Most car guys I know loathe hybrid-electric cars. You can probably blame the Prius — a hyper-efficient car that’s a bit dull to drive, like a four-cylinder Camry.  V8 afficianados, even if they only drive minivans, tend to get all worked up about the Prius, making rash assumptions about the […]

Ford to end U.S. sedan sales

April 26, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

On Wednesday, Ford announced a new, more aggressive cost-cutting plan that will have a significant impact on its U.S. product lineup. 110 years after it began production of the first mass-market automobile, the Model T, Ford is exiting the mainstream passenger car market in the U.S. and Canada. In the […]

BYD electric buses

Tesla doesn’t matter much — BYD does

April 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

Thanks to mis-steps on the part of Henrik Fisker, Elon Musk’s Tesla was the first major modern electric-car maker — but were they the most important? It seems unlikely. Fisker was close to making electric cars before Tesla, but ran out of cash; Tesla has yet to turn an annual […]

car radios

Car stereo bugs that drive me nuts

April 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Car stereos have the best sound and features we have ever seen. Scant decades ago, cars came with single speaker AM radios; today, we can play music from phones, pods, satellites, and thumb drives, ignoring AM and FM entirely. At the same time, we’ve lost a few things; many cars […]

classic vs new cars

Were classic cars better and cheaper?

April 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

My “parade car” is a 1974 Plymouth Valiant. I enjoy driving it, now and then, and it still runs beautifully. It has plenty of torque, so there aren’t any issues with lack of power around town, though highway ramps require a little planning. Built in Newark, in a plant which […]

Goodbye to the American car?

April 9, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required), Ford and General Motors are planning to kill off some well-known models in the near future. Ford, which has already moved production of the Focus to to its plant in Hermosillo, Mexico,  has announced that it will build […]