Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

by Jonathan Spira
Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

Apple recently released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 14, which includes significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
We tested the latest version of Apple CarPlay over the course of a month with an Apple iPhone …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Look around as you’re driving and you’ll notice, if you haven’t already, that crossovers and SUVs rule the roads.  They’re everywhere and they are no longer a compromise to drive.
When Acura took the wraps off the first generation of the MDX at the annual New York Auto Show in 2000, …

Review and Test Drive: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is a supercar for all seasons, one that can be driven top up or top down, regardless of the weather.  It brings this range of performance to the under $100,000 class with excellent comfort and head turning design.
Need one say more?
Indeed, let …

Buick Brings Back Storied ‘Electra’ Nameplate for EV Concept Car

by Paul Riegler
Buick Brings Back Storied ‘Electra’ Nameplate for EV Concept Car

General Motors’ Buick division resurrected the storied Electra nameplate for a concept electric SUV introduced in China this week.
The Electra nameplate was used on a series of full-size petrol- and diesel-powered luxury models from 1959 through 1990.
The concept car, designed in Shanghai at GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, was …

VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

by Paul Riegler
VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

Volkswagen launched and began production of the ID.4 compact SUV, the automaker said Thursday.
The ID.4 is the second model in the beleaguered automaker’s planned family of electric vehicles that will make up the majority of its lineup across the globe. The new SUV is built on VW’s modular MEB platform …

California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

by Paul Riegler
California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

The state of California will effectively ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles by the year 2035 as it attempts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
Governor Gavin Newsome issued an executive order Wednesday that bans the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles in trucks …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

We last looked at Lexus’ flagship LS in standard LS and LS Hybrid guise late last year and this summer turned our sights towards their more powerful sibling, the LS 500 F Sport AWD.
Now in its fifth generation, the original Lexus LS, launched in the same year that the marque …

Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

by Paul Riegler
Lucid Air Electric Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range Revealed in Silicon Valley

Lucid Motors launched its first vehicle, the Lucid Air, on Wednesday, which was also World EV Day.
The Air, built on the automaker’s LEAP or Lucid Electric Advanced Platform, will have an industry-leading range of 517 miles (832 kilometers) with the extended-range option.  The launch edition – dubbed the Lucid Air …

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

by Paul Riegler
Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

Labor Day. One’s thoughts run to barbecues, beach, and blowout sales at appliance stores and car dealerships.
Something is missing, however, this year, namely those loud, boisterous commercials by car dealers and appliance salesmen touting never-before-seen savings.  As a result, car and appliance buyers are in for a disappointment.
In recent months, car …

As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 16 Years

by Kurt Stolz
As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 16 Years

As Americans take to the roads this holiday weekend, the pandemic not withstanding, low gasoline prices are fueling more driving than ever.
On Friday, as the Labor Day weekend started, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.22, $0.34 lower than last year’s price, according to a survey …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

The Chevrolet Bolt, Detroit’s answer to the call for electric vehicles with sufficient range as to be useful for more than short trips and commutes, made its debut not at one of the major auto shows but at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
That alone should be telling.
The Bolt is assembled …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

The last thing one might think of is that the world needs yet another mid-size SUV.  The folks at Kia clearly thought it did, and, after a little over a week with the new 2020 Kia Telluride – the largest vehicle Kia ever produced for the United States – we …