BIG MAN RIDES: 2013 Buick Verano Turbo (James’s Car)


Buying a fast compact car from American and Japanese manufacturer usually means you have to buy a car that says look at me.   The colors are amped up and most have large spoilers to remind you this is not your pedestrian small car.  If the color and the spoilers weren’t enough the manufacturer usually add five or six badges to  remindContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2013 Buick Verano Turbo (James’s Car)”

2013 Ford Fusion has elegance, but also small flaws


The ambitious  2013 Ford Fusion comes tantalizingly close to setting a new standard for midsize sedans. A number of nagging little flaws hold it short of that, but there’s a lot to like about the elegant and advanced new Ford. In almost any other year, the new Fusion would be a jaw-dropping achievement. Arriving withinContinue reading “2013 Ford Fusion has elegance, but also small flaws”

The Class of 2013 (Which would you Take Home?)


  The Mid Size Class of 2013 5 of the 8 cars are completely new this year.  The elders, the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima are two years old and the Volkswagen Passat was introduced last year. Most of the cars are overachievers, the average hwy mpg is 35 .  Hybrid models get as much as  48mpg city.Continue reading “The Class of 2013 (Which would you Take Home?)”

2013 Honda Accord: When yawn meets YAWN!


Subaru, Toyota and Honda builds the most reliable cars on the planet.  Loyal owners trade their Legacy’s, Camry‘s and Accords for other Legacy’s Camry’s and Accords. The Camry and the Accord has been the first and second best selling car in the US for a number years.  Last year, Nissan’s Altima  moved in the second place.  This yearContinue reading “2013 Honda Accord: When yawn meets YAWN!”

Porsche Hybrid?


The * * * 2012 Porsche Panamera S turbo and hybrid are an immersion course in modern powertrain technology and a roadmap to where the whole auto industry is headed. The cars use electrification, light materials, charged induction, downsized engines and new transmissions to deliver power and efficiency that would have been inconceivable not long ago. Most ofContinue reading “Porsche Hybrid?”