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

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

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

Interview with Dr. Jody Hall – Changes in steel that make your vehicle strong and safe

Steel is one of the oldest materials used in the production of automobiles, but advanced engineering has created more than 200 grades of steel that perform differently for a myriad of needs in the vehicle manufacturing industry. Strength, safety and even the ability to repair frame and body components after damage are all considered in this complex production process. Listen to … Read More

Lynn fell in Love with Lexus – The Lexus LF-FC Concept

Lexus Press Release – Reprint, because I could not get past just staring at the photo! With a high output hydrogen fuel cell and electric motors powering this all wheel drive luxury concept the Lexus LF-FC immediately stole my heart. Add the integration of no touch hand signals that will control your audio and climate systems plus advanced automated driving … Read More

Auto makers are reducing maintenance intervals

From our Good Friend and Co-host Lynn Beckwith, That Car Lady Beckwith’s Car Care For quite a while we saw auto makers lengthening maintenance intervals between oil changes and many other maintenance items. Some of this is justified as chemicals and fluids have improved dramatically. Unfortunately, they went a bit too far and started to see increasing wear issues, even to … Read More

Crash Safety Ratings 101

Do you get confused by the Crash Safety Ratings? It seems as if there is always some news about this car or that winning or losing in a safety test. The car you heard about last week doing so poorly in a test may get great reviews this week for another test. What is the deal? The first thing to … Read More

American Titan

American Titan

The American Titan A few weeks ago Lynn and I were invited to Columbus Indiana to tour the Cummins Diesel Engine Plant and see the production line for the new 5.0 liter V8 diesel that will be in the all new, all American Titan pickup beginning later this year. This is an American truck. It was designed in San Diego … Read More