2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550

My partner thinks the CLS is sexy – he calls it the “moon car” – while I appreciate its accentuated rear fenders, a throwback to mid-century Mercedes-Benz “Adenauer” sedans, and grille lifted from any number of sporting Mercedes since the 1955 300SL Gullwing. It looks smokin’ on its set of 18-inch AMG alloys. Some people don’t understand the CLS, but the ‘four-door coupe’ bodystyle has been copied for cars as diverse as the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7, Volkswagen CC, and Hyundai Sonata.

Italian Fiat 500 Comes To America

Life was pretty boring at Chrysler dealers after the retro-cool PT Cruiser hit the skids. If you wanted a compact car, well, good luck. There were none to be had, at least in Chrysler showrooms.

2012 Nissan 370Z Roadster

When the previous-generation Nissan Z was delivered to me for the first time, the gentleman who handed me the keys was wearing a half-cup of coffee. As I soon discovered, the sport suspension package was stiffer than the Ingalls’ Conestoga on Little House on the Prairie. By the next morning, I was also sporting a mocha latte. I hoped the latest 370Z Roadster would be kinder on clothing.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Finding the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta’s Truth Here’s what we have to find out: Is the re-designed 2011 Jetta the great new car Volkswagen claims it is, or just an Americanized version of its former self? There’s no denying sales are…

2012 Infiniti M56 AWD

A unique spin on Japanese luxury Luxury is not just about showing off with an old-world brand.  There’s also exquisiteness in style, technology, and exciting performance.  The Infiniti M56 has all three. Long, flowing front fenders and hood, a coupe-like…

2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Elantra hits it I won’t tell you which one, but I was recently driving a competitor to the all-new Hyundai Elantra when discussing it with an auto-writing colleague. I mentioned how unimpressed I was with the big-name compact I was…

2012 Volkswagen Passat

The Passat shows volks its big wagen. Volkswagen has something big to show you, and it can even be viewed online. No, it’s not the “Mini Vader” Super Bowl commercial, although it’s pretty bitchin’! You can also forget about naughty…

2011 Dodge Caravan

Dodge Creates the “Man Van” So, I’m walking through a mid-century furniture show with my partner and neighbor when I see this big wooden box on metal legs. My neighbor is quick to point out that it is a Herman…

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

You’re walking down a dark alley coyly looking for the door to a house of ill repute when a 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid stealthily sneaks up behind you. Its dark metallic paint is glimmering under the street lights. You couldn’t…

2011 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler Turns 60 No vehicle is more American than the Jeep Wrangler. Opening a photo album from across the decades, it would be hard to imagine G.I.s in World War II crossing Europe without their Jeeps. After coming home,…