2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Taking a bite out of the baby ‘Back 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru taking the Legacy station wagon, adding all-wheel-drive, jacking it up, and posing it as a crossover seemed the craziest thing since the AMC Eagle, but has gone down in business annals as one of the shrewdest moves ever. The…

2016 Volkswagen Golf Sport Wagen (photo by Jeff Stork)

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a keeper

I readily admit that the Golf Mark VI platform is one of my favorite platforms and I have indeed referred to it as the “Mary Poppins of Compact Cars” — practically perfect in every way. German personality throughout, spirited handling,…

2016 Chevrolet Volt (photo by Jeff Stork)

2016 Chevrolet Volt: More refined & full of pleasant surprises

The auto industry certainly moves at a fast pace, but this week is the first time a test car has gone obsolete while I was driving it. It seems that Chevrolet is so eager to get the 2017 Volt out…

2016 Volkswagen Beetle (photo by Jeff Stork)

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: More power, more value

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been behind the wheel of the Newer-Than-New Beetle, so when VW offered up a convertible, I readily agreed. I’ve spent time behind the wheel of all the previous iterations but hadn’t yet…

North Carolina in LGBT rainbow colors

Honda issues third attack on HB2, but defends doing business in North Carolina

Honda has just issued a third statement about North Carolina’s HB2, the hateful, transphobic, homophobic, so-called “bathroom bill” that was signed into law by GOP Governor Pat McCrory to address a problem that doesn’t exist. As you’ll see below, the…

2016 Nissan Maxima (photo by Jeff Stork)

2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car

It’s hard to believe the Maxima nameplate has been with us so long- first appearing on a stretched six-cylinder version of the 810 way back in 1981. So far back, in fact, that the Maxima nameplate predates the Nissan one…

Firestone Firehawk

Product review: Firestone’s Firehawk all-season performance tire is indeed impressive

A performance tire that is also all-season sounds a bit odd, if not fake. When it comes to tires, all-season tires can be a smart way to go, assuming you live in a climate where the temperature extremes are not…

2016 Infiniti QX50 (photo by Jeff Stork)

2016 Infiniti QX50: A few inches can make a big difference

Thanks to Infiniti’s random model name generator, the old EX35 crossover is now called the QX50, and is not to be confused with the old FX50 which is now called the QX70 5.0. Have we got that straight? Let’s start…

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

That’s really gay: 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn Edition is perfect for track or commute

Let’s face it, you ideal fem / butch types: sometimes all you want to do is speed – and a lot of it. Sure, you can’t afford to have just a race car that you can race every weekend. You…

2016 Chevrolet Colorado (photo by Jeff Stork)

2016 Chevrolet Colorado: The Undiesel

Compact pickups have come a long way since the days of the Lil’ Hustler. You remember the Lil’ Hustler –the compact Datsun pickup which, along with the Toyota Hilux, created the market for compact pickups back in the 60s, to the…