AWD adds appeal to IS250’s small V-6

AWD adds appeal to IS250’s small V-6

Even with the added grip of all-wheel drive, we sometimes churned and skidded through the deep, soft snow during the New Year’s holidays aboard the 2015 Lexus IS250 AWD sedan. Jan and I on New Year’s Day drove to Sterling…

Hybrid sales slip; Camry is smooth

Hybrid sales slip; Camry is smooth

No matter how I drove the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid during a week in December – in town or out on the highway – it seemed to average 38 to 40 miles per gallon. That’s how it should be, I…

Dodge Charger aims AWD, V-6 at snow

Dodge Charger aims AWD, V-6 at snow

Dodge on and off over the years has built a strong performance image for its Charger. It’s been based on Hemi V-8s and rear-wheel-drive power. Let me tell you, though, with 8 to 10 inches of snow in the streets…

Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

“Happy New Year,” I shout from the driver’s seat of the 2015 Dodge Charger AWD to readers of my automotive columns. I opened year 2014 aboard the Nissan Rogue all-wheel-drive compact crossover and ended it this week in the full-sized…

Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

“The sportiest Camry yet,” Toyota says of its new 2015 XSE sedan. It does have a stiffened sport suspension and 18-inch wheels; in reality, though, it’s simply another model that reinforces Camry’s rank as one of the finest of family…

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Today, I review a ’15 on 12-13-14. It’s the Chrysler 200C all-wheel-drive midsize sedan, which posted the hottest sales gain in the auto industry last month. Whether the numerically based lead of the column is liked, or disliked, it is…

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

It’s a beautiful finish, in melbourne red metallic, which adds $550 to its cost. Impressive, too, is its interior, white nevada leather with red contrast stitching, and that’s an extra $1,450. It is BMW’s new 2015 X4 crossover hatchback, which…

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Happy Thanksgiving! How many turkeys can be hauled in the cargo area of the 2015 Honda CR-V? Talking frozen, dressed birds of 15 to 18 pounds, the number might be 40 to 50, depending on how they’re squeezed in and…

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

To adhere a “light on its feet” label to a tough-looking vehicle is a major step toward success these days in the automotive truck world. Ford, on a cold, windy morning this week, showed off its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup…

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Compliments seemed to follow this special new car all over the place. It’s the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe, which previously was designated the M3. BMW, though, has separated its 3 series four-door sedans from the coupes, which now are known…