Panorama of Paris, featuring the Pont des Arts (bridge of arts) and just behind, the pont Neuf (new bridge) and the île de la Cité. The institut de France (french institute) stands on the right, at the end of the pont des arts. The towers of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral can also be seen on the far behind. (Photo by Benh LIEU SONG)

Homophobic Uber Cab Driver In Gay Paris Gets Le Boot

Paris is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, it’s the magnificent City of Light. On the other, locals eat mayonnaise on their fries. (Which they refuse to call “French fries”, even though you’d think it would be a source of national pride. Then again, they don’t call their frites “freedom fries” either, so maybe it’s a draw.)

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon: A Very Sexy Diesel

In the early 1980s, after their Pontiac Phoenix disintegrated, my parents bought an Oldsmobile Cutlass diesel wagon — woodgrain, burnt orange paint and all. It rattled like a Peterbilt, stunk like a truckstop, was anything but sexy, but sparked my affection for both wagons and diesels. I’m weird. While nothing you’d take to the club, it was efficient, perfectly-sized, and practical. Race ahead 30 years through a few trips to the gym and you get something like the BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon.

2014 Subaru Forester

That’s So Gay: 2014 Subaru Forester Gets A Makeover, Wows LGBTs & Straights, Too

Saturday Night Live’s openly-lesbian Kate McKinnon parodied tennis great Billie Jean King shortly after she was chosen to represent the U.S. in Sochi (Russia) at the Winter Games. As King, McKinnon proclaimed (as she laughed) that she would put all her lesbian chic on display in Sochi, to include driving a Subaru Outback through Red Square while Melissa Etheridge came blaring through the car speakers.

2014 VW Jetta

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 Turbo Shows There Really Are Second Acts In German Car Lives

At a recent full line VW drive event that we here at Gaywheels.com attended in Napa, we started our morning grabbing the keys to the vehicle that we expected the least from as far as thrills and surprises go. We chose to drive a manual transmission equipped 2014 VW Jetta in midlevel (and very affordable) SE trim with the all new VW 1.8 liter base corporate turbocharged 4-cylinder motor. But there is nothing basic at all about this new 170 horsepower/184 lb. feet of torque engine, dear readers, and no longer is the Jetta a bargain basement, built to price economy car with a faint hint of German sportiness about it.

2014 Jeep Patriot

Kinda Gay, Kinda Flat: 2014 Jeep Patriot Is A Wash (But Not Martha Wash)

Not so long ago, some people blamed us – the ‘gays’ – for taking a perfectly good word and ruining it. ‘Gay’ used to mean lighthearted, fun, happy. It still does, it just now has some other connotations that are, well, gay. Still, many are disgusted.

2014 Chrysler 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition

2014 Chrysler 300 SRT Is Bad To The Core

Back in 1955, the Chrysler C-300 cut a swath with its “Forward Look” styling and powerful HEMI V8 engine. It was essentially a NASCAR racer homologated for purpose with a limited run of street cars – a true muscle car, nearly a decade before the Pontiac GTO flashed its tail. Through decades, the Chrysler 300 has proven mighty muscular.

BMW 335i GT

BMW 335i GT xDrive Improves The Quintessential Sport Sedan

BMW’s 3-Series is the quintessential sport sedan, setting a tough standard that others struggle to attain. But, it is not perfect. While it’s a finely-engineered toy from behind the wheel, rear seat passengers are better left behind. And, luggage space? There’s usually enough, but sometimes not enough. A low ride height enhances handling, but makes stooping in less than elegant. There’s room for improvement.

2014 Toyota Corolla S

2014 Toyota Corolla Gets Its “S” Together

I was not a fan of the last-generation Toyota Corolla. It was an underdeveloped, over-hyped piece of boredom that relied more on the reputation of Toyota than its own virtues. The exterior was watered-down vanilla and its interior was about as blah. But, it went beyond aesthetics. The tall and narrow body allowed crosswinds to coax it into a gentle oscillation on the Interstate that its vague electrically-assisted power steering could not easily correct. Toyota should have done better.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Mitsubishi Sees A Mirage

Having left the Galant, Montero, and Eclipse behind, Mitsubishi is re-focusing itself towards plug-ins and compacts. It’s a dubious strategy given the insane competition from cars like the Toyota Yaris, Chevy Spark, Nissan Versa, and Ford Fiesta…not to mention the Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt. At least Mitsubishi’s newest sub-compact comes with a popular name and outstanding fuel economy.

2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR: A High (Voltage) Roller

It’s wasn’t by some random act that Cadillac invited us to drive the new ELR coupe in Palm Springs, California- the desert playground renowned for high style and mid-century design was chosen deliberately to serve as a backdrop for the new line of Cadillacs, and the ELR in particular.