Toyota 86, the FR-S lives on

Subaru Boxer Engine with Toyota logo

2017 Toyota “86” The Sports Car formerly known as the Scion FR-S lives on as the Toyota 86. Toyota kept the popular rear wheel drive scooter, with minor changes, providing driving enthusiasts with a viable alternative to the Mazda Miata and the 86’s brother, the Subaru BRZ. First offered in 2012 as the Scion FR-S the Toyota 86 saw few … Read More


NACE CARS 2016 DAY 3 Day 3 of NACE CARS was the last day of training and forums and once again there was a full schedule. NACE CARS 2016 DAY 3 Day 3 of NACE CARS was the last day of training and forums and once again there was a full schedule. Whether you were looking for management or technical … Read More


Special Report from NACE/CARS Day 2 I had every intention of making several sessions today, but once I got into the Service Repair Leadership Forum at 7AM this morning I became caught up in the future of our industry and how I could better face what is coming. The program was divided into several panels starting with what many consider … Read More


Special Report from NACE/CARS 2016 NACE/CARS is an annual training and industry information event hosted by The Automotive Service Association. I have attended it several times over my career as a shop owner and this is by far the best one yet. Tonight I am sitting in the cool Anaheim breeze on the hotel balcony recapping what I saw and … Read More

2016 Chevy Colorado

Red 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71

In the mid-size truck offerings the Chevy Colorado diesel brings a lot to be considered. Our test vehicle was the 4 wheel drive Z71 edition that includes most of what the average truck buyer is looking for; off road capability, good highway performance and great connectivity. Standard safety items are; rear view camera, remote keyless entry, stability control, 4 wheel … Read More

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Avalon dash showing 40 mpg

2016 Avalon Hybrid Toyota has all but perfected hybrid technology and the 2016 Avalon Limited Hybrid is an example of the best that is available today. The Avalon is a full size sedan offering roomy comfort, high end amenities and excellent fuel economy in an affordable package. To find a comparable sized car in a true hybrid you would have … Read More

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid To me nothing says this is a solid car more than the thump of a well-made door closing. The doors on the 2016 Toyota Highlander Platinum Edition close with the reassuring sound of quality expected in a much higher priced vehicle. Not that the Highlander Hybrid Platinum is by any means cheap! Our test car priced … Read More

2016 Toyota Corolla S

2016 Toyota Corolla S

2016 Toyota Corolla S The 2016 Toyota Corolla S is the compact car for young America. Starting at under $18,000 the Corolla provides safe and dependable transportation with enough frills to keep most people happy. Corolla is the most popular car in history and celebrates 50 years in American, Our test car was the Corolla Special Edition with a retail price of … Read More

Lexus NX 300h

2016 Lexus NX 300h image

The 2016 Lexus NX 300h provides the entry point for compact luxury CUV’s from Lexus. Offering distinctive Lexus styling, comfort and dependability. The NX 300h also brings hybrid fuel economy. After a week long, 600 mile check drive our test car averaged 33 miles per gallon. That is dead on the number claimed by Lexus for combined performance. To achieve … Read More

Toyota Land Cruiser

2016 Toyota Landcruiser Image

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser This SUV is the pinnacle of Toyota’s offerings, providing first class luxury and unbeatable off road capability. The Land Cruiser is not for everyone, not at a base price of 84,000 dollars, but for those in the market for a high end full size SUV this is a must see. The first impression of the Land … Read More