The real Porsche Panamera is unveiled,2008 is going down as the worst car year in a generation, another navigation device gets an Internet connection, and we pass on the Lexus RX400h. Listen now: Download today's podcastSHOW NOTES
The cheap car price wars are heating up with Hyundai's announcement that it is dropping the price of its Accent GS three door to $9,970, knocking the $9,990 Nissan Versa 1.6 from its short-lived position as the least-expensive car in America. With a single $20 separating the two vehicles, let's take a look at the specs and see how cheapskate champions compare.
Starting under the hood, both vehicles are equipped with 1.6-liter four-bangers. Nissan's 107-horsepower engine is just edged out by the Hyundai's 110-horsepower mill. Both qualify as Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) … Read more
With the body of a 1950s station wagon, what's the Ford Flex doing on a car technology site? The answer is inside, as this retro-wagon features the best infotainment system currently available. Mention an album name, and the stereo will start playing it. Say a street name, and the car will show you how to get there, on a route that avoids any bad traffic. Get low on fuel, and the car can tell you where to find the cheapest gas. It even gives you a weather forecast, movie times, and sports scores.
As for the drive quality, well, … Read more
We were disappointed to see that our 2009 Honda Civic LX-S was practically devoid of much of the cabin tech that we like to see on the dashboard of our test vehicles. There was neither Bluetooth hands-free nor GPS navigation. There wasn't even a trip computer that calculated fuel economy. Even the Honda Fit has a mpg meter.
The Civic is one of the most oft-modified cars in the world, so we decided to upgrade ours. Because of the heavily proprietary nature of the Civic's base audio system, swapping the receiver for an all-in-one unit was out of … Read more
Porsche's upcoming Panamera, err, wagon (or as I like to call it, the Cayenne for acrophobes) has been revealed in all of its officially photographed glory.
Based on the specs released by Porsche, the Panamera is slightly longer than the Cayenne and much shorter vertically. In the photos, we can see the dual-element headlamps with integrated turn signals, which were introduced on the new 911 and continued on the freshly minted Cayman and Boxter. We also see the air dam-located daytime running lamps. The profile is decidedly Porsche, albeit a bit distorted to make room for the two additional … Read more
We just saw the unveiling of the new for 2010 Mazda Mazda3 sedan at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, but curiously, the 5-door hatchback was missing in action...until now.
Mazda has released details and photos of the all-new Mazda3 5-door hatchback, which it plans to showcase at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3, 2008.
Bologna being a European show, Mazda has shared details about the newly-developed 2.2-liter turbodiesel, which we won't be getting in the States (for now). The 2.2-liter oil burner will be offered in two tunes, a high-power 182 horsepower version and … Read more
BMW's not real big on hybrids. The company is willing to wager its bread-and-butter car in a diesel bet. Brian Cooley takes a look at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2010 Lexus RX450h has a revised power train and a slick new iDrive killer called "remote touch." We check it out at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
At the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche subtlety redesigned the Boxster and the Cayman, but made sure that the two cars stayed true to their roots.
Finally, the Z stops looking like a beetle that ate too many Oreos. We take a look at the 2009 Nissan 370Z on the floor of the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.