2012 Hyundai Accent

I’m driving along in the all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent, enjoying the crisp handling, hearing the solidness of the body structure, and appreciating how the powertrain does its thing. Then it hits me, “This is the entry-level Hyundai!” It is a suave little fuel-sipper that won’t put you out on the street – unless you want to be.

2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe

I enjoy the Nissan 370Z, but its hyper-tweak personality can wear me out. Revving the engine to a scream and lighting up the tires makes me giddy, but constantly getting thrashed by the suspension is a bit much. I can think of a number of more entertaining ways to get thumped that don’t require a sports car. Coffee down the front of my shirt, throbbing headache, sore – never mind. There’s not even a rear seat. Point is, I could go for sports car fun without all of the sports car drama.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The idea of taking the suburb-conquering, Rubicon-busting Jeep Grand Cherokee and turning it into a star of your weekend track club is somewhat akin to putting sneaks on L. L. Bean and asking him to win the New York Marathon. One has to wonder, “What’s the point?”

The Best Of The 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Casey Williams

Last week, Richard Read gave his picks for the best of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show last week, and earlier today, Nick Kurczewski had his say. Now, Casey Williams is putting in his two cents. Hey, we’re nothing if not opinionated. Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the page.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO

Chevy’s Malibu will be “lightly electrified” when re-designed for 2013. “What in batteries does ‘lightly electrified’ mean,” you may ask? Apparently, “hybrid” was too much for the last Malibu to live up to. Its system was expensive and did little to wean the car off fossil fuels. Re-booted and uplifted, the 2013 Malibu ECO with eAssist benefits greatly from junk, err lithium-ion batteries, in the trunk.

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…