Weekend Wheels: Think of Cadillac’s athletic CT4 as a four-door Camaro

For starters, it rides on pretty much the same rear-drive chassis, or platform, as Chevy’s muscley Camaro two-door coupe and convertible.  Yep, there’s a little bit of Camaro in every CT4. Elvis, who loved his Cadillacs, would have been proud. Or maybe not. Less impressive, and definitely not in keeping with Cadillac’s old “Standard of […]

Weekend Wheels: Land Rover’s new Defender is the coolest 4X4 by far

It’s the new off-roading benchmark, the ultimate go-anywhere-and-everywhere vehicle.

Weekend Wheels: The new Corvette Convertible is the best ‘Vette yet

If Chevy’s all-new mid-engined Corvette Stingray Coupe wasn’t already tempting enough, this latest retractable hardtop convertible version is the veritable icing on the mince pie.

Bentley’s new Flying Spur is a 207mph magic carpet ride

To drive. Or be driven. That’s the dilemma.  Do you slide behind the wheel to pilot the world’s fastest four-door sedan — 207mph flat out? Or luxuriate in the back, watching the world whoosh by as the massaging, reclining, heated-and-cooled seats do the pampering? Either way you’ll be overjoyed. This is the spectacular duality of […]

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Weekend Wheels: Hyundai’s new 54mpg Sonata Hybrid

Hybrids. Remember those? Not so long ago they were up there with iPod Shuffles and BlackBerrys as the cool thing to have.  Today? Eh, not so much.  Remember when we couldn’t get enough of Toyota’s wonky-looking Prius? Back in 2012, we bought 236,000 of the things. Last year, sales had dropped to 69,000.  There’s a […]

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Weekend Wheels: Taking flight with the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Wait, what happened to the bump? I clearly saw the gnarly, Detroit-style pothole looming fast. Waited for the ker-thump as a tire dropped into it. Waited for the thudder-judder in the steering. What happened was… nothing.  Here, perched oh-so-stately behind the wheel of the all-new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, it seems minor irritations like blacktop lumps […]

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I took a thrill ride with Super Mario at the St. Pete Grand Prix — and lived

I’m strapped into the back seat of a screamin’ IndyCar race car. In front of me is my chauffeur, an 80-year-old Italian called Mario. Yep, that one.

Weekend Wheels: Kia's new gold-standard Seltos sport-ute

Unless you’ve been living in a yurt in the Gobi Desert for the past two years, you’ll know that when it comes to mid-size SUVs, the Kia Telluride rocks.  This thing has scooped more gongs than Garth Brooks at the CMAs, more MVP awards than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the NBA.  The tally includes Motor Trend […]

BMW's M235i xDrive Gran Coupe delivers the fun

Now this is a first. Let’s take a play-in-the-mud sport utility and turn it into a sports sedan.  Give me that again? In its seemingly neverending quest to fill every niche in the automotive marketplace — well, perhaps not the pickup and minivan markets — BMW has given us the cute, but somewhat confusing, 2-Series […]

Weekend Wheels: Mazda’s CX-30 is a little bundle of joy

Looking for a pint-sized SUV that’s more fun than a day at Disney and more grin-inducing than The Incredible Hulk ride at Universal? Look no further than Mazda’s feisty CX-30. This $30,000 bundle of rolling joy stands out from the typical box-on-wheels compact SUV with its one major attribute: The thing is a joy to drive. […]