Auto reviews

  • On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    For the first time since 2003, Volkswagen dealers have a minivan offering in the USA. Wearing another African-desert based name, the Routan is a credible performer in a shrinking automotive segment.Strangely, Volkswagen — the originator of the whole small-van genre — sources its North American van from Chrysler Corp. Back in 2005, Volkswagen made the

  • Kyle Busch Sweeps Richmond

    RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch celebrated his 24th birthday by winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Richmond this past weekend. Busch made his final charge to the front moments after a restart on lap 349 in Saturday night’s Crown Royal 400. He got by Carl Edwards for second place on lap

  • On The Road Review: Kia Soul

    Webster’s Dictionary describes ‘soul’ as the “spiritual principal embodied in human beings”. Can a cute, boxy, sub-compact car have ‘soul’? Webster’s Dictionary describes ‘soul’ as the “spiritual principal embodied in human beings”. Can a cute, boxy, sub-compact car have ‘soul’? Korean automaker Kia certainly thinks so, as it has named its latest front-wheel-drive small car

  • “Old Man” Martin Winds Up in Victory Lane

    PHOENIX — With his win in the Subway Fresh Fit 500, Mark Martin became the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver 50 or older to go to victory lane. The other three were Harry Gant (52), Morgan Shepherd (50) and Bobby Allison (50). Martin started from the pole and led 157 of 312 laps. “I

  • On The Road Review: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    Most drivers today think of quirky-looking small cars when they envision hybrid-powered vehicles. Originally conceived in Japan — where the streets are tiny, the crowds massive, and resources are strained — the first Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hybrid cars were technological tour-de-forces designed to create a futuristic yet practical halo car that would lend

  • Logano Wins Nationwide Series Race at Nashville

    LEBANON, Tenn. — Joey Logano slipped past teammate Kyle Busch with nine laps to go and hung on to win Saturday’s Nashville 300 Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. The victory was Logano’s first of the season and second of his young career. The 18-year-old also won last year at Kentucky Speedway. “It’s been awhile,”

  • On The Road Review: Ford Escape Hybrid vs. Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Part 1

    Alternative-powered automobiles are taking center stage for many consumers as various technologies vie for what our next primary power source will be for individual travel. Alternative-powered automobiles are taking center stage for many consumers as various technologies vie for what our next primary power source will be for individual travel. Currently, hybrid-powered vehicles accounted for