That’s so gay: 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a gentle blast but behaves as needed

You’re probably not going to win any races or gain any new A-Gay friends based solely on the fact that you own and drive a Passat. In fact, it’s possible few will ever notice that you drive a Passat, except…

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid stretches extremes

When I first drove a Toyota Prius nearly two decades ago and envisioned a future full of hybrids, the Highlander crossover is not exactly what I had in mind. I mean, here is a full-size, three-row crossover loaded to the…

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2017 Ford Focus RS backs up bold color choice

Any car bold enough to wear Nitrous Blue paint and a wing on its hatch better be able to back it up. When its badges include “Ford” and “Focus”, one has to wonder about its fortitude. But, this is no…

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD, part 1: The top ‘Pro’ trim is a Texas-plus winner

You know you’re incredibly good-looking when even the straight guys call you handsome. That’s one of the words that Dan Edmunds, the big cheese at Edmunds.com, uses to describe the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. He likes this year’s midsized truck from Toyota,…

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2017 Range Rover Evoque rips off its top for summer [video review]

As summer approaches, we’re going to have many 80-degree days with clear blue skies and gentle breezes. And, you may be looking at your SUV thinking, “I sure wish I had a convertible instead of this hulking beast.” Apparently, the…

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In 2017, Jeep follows its all-new Compass [video review]

Jeep is one of the hottest automotive brands on the planet, building strengths not only from its iconic Wrangler, but also from crossovers like the Renegade, Patriot, and all-new 2017 Compass. Sure, each of these is among the most off-road…

2017 Fiat 124 Spider: more fun than a Miata

My frequent Gaywheels readers–you know who you are–recognize that I’m a big fan of fast cars and convertibles. Some of my past articles have chronicled that love of speed and top-down-driving-pleasure, and maybe my no-nonsense style. So, despite the fact that…

First drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas shows promise, but will the market go for it?

My editor Richard Read aptly noted in March how the first commercial for the brand new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is very heteronormative in its approach. As Dean Martin serenades us about The Birds and The Bees, we see a VW…

Volvo inscribes its future in the suave 2017 Volvo S90

What kind of future will Volvo have? That’s the question many asked nearly a decade ago when American Ford sold Swedish Volvo to Chinese Geely. The super sweet XC90 crossover was the first indication, and it was a stunner, taking…

That’s so gay: 2017 Lexus IS 350 is fun, flashy, and fabulous

Right up-front, you need to know that if you do not have the compact rear-end of someone like Anderson Cooper or Neil Patrick Harris, this car really will be a bear to drive. The seats in front are tight, just…