2017 Chevy Colorado, Mid-size excellence

Red 2017 Colorado pickup

The 2017 Chevy Colorado is a full size capable mid-size pickup. As small truck builders have expanded the size of their full size lines in all directions the need for a pickup that could maneuver in traffic, park in the city and haul a reasonable load was ignored. A few years ago makers began to offer mid-size pickups. Unlike the … Read More

The Cinderella Truck, 2001 F250 Power Stroke

2001 F250

The Cinderella Truck For the previous 12 years this 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty lived life as a farm truck. Battered by cows, assaulted by gates and fence posts, loaded with dirt, sand and fertilizer, hooked to livestock and hay trailers it earned it’s keep every day. There wasn’t an undamaged panel on the vehicle. The truck was retired last … Read More

2017 Honda Ridgeline, the Urban Pickup

White 2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline The Urban Pickup (Audio at end of review) I had the opportunity to briefly drive the 2017 Honda Ridgeline last October at the Texas Truck Rodeo and was looking forward to having it for a week to really get to know the pros and cons of the redesigned 2017 model. I was prepared to like it just … Read More

2017 Lexus ES 300h Luxury Sedan

Lexus black leather interior

2017 Lexus ES300h (audio file at end of review) If you spend a lot of time in your car and want one that won’t wear you out with the performance oriented driving experience so common in today’s mid-size luxury sedans the Lexus ES may be what you need. The Lexus ES 300h series is almost the perfect car if you … Read More

2017 Toyota Tundra 1794

Blue Tundra

2017 Toyota Tundra 1794 The 2017 Toyota Tundra remains unchanged again this year; its last significant update was in 2014. This truck was a pleasure to drive then, and still is. While Toyota’s light truck sales lag in a distant fourth place it is not because they don’t produce a dependable, stylish, and comfortable pickup. The Tundra, particularly the 1794 … Read More

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

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

NACE CARS 2016 DAY 2

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

NACE CARS 2016 DAY 1

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