Chevy Cruze Hatchback

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

When I saw the 2017 Cruze Hatchback on my drive list I was prepared to dislike the car even before setting my backside in it. I was more than a little surprised when I found the car not only bearable, but a good ride and a functional choice for those needing a small crossover. The Cruze was redesigned last year … Read More

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Spider with top down

2017 Fiat 124 Spider, Italian sports car on a budget The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a fun and easy car to drive. Even those of us who don’t exactly qualify as performance drivers can feel the excitement of this sporty runabout. However, Fiat didn’t forget that most of our time behind the wheel would not be on twisty roads … Read More

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 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

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

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