Car Reviews

What It’s Like to Fly First Class for the First Time

The first shuttle from the hotel to Philadelphia International Airport was full; every seat taken. Roman and I stand in misting air, waiting for the shuttle bus to make a lap of the airport and come back for another load of humans. I should have woken us up earlier. Force someone else to obey snooze-loose law. Other nervous passengers wait ... Read More »

LA-To-Portland and Back: Rage, Calm, Legal Weed, and Loaner Cars

Cars in L.A. don’t drive, they wait in line. I’m in a rented 2014 Toyota Corolla LE. The CVT transmission is holding a sustained 5,000 rpm shooting for a gap as we merge onto the 5 Freeway. Escape from L.A. Escape this horrible traffic. There’s a gap between a semi-truck and an indecisive GMC Yukon. The accelerator pedal is pressed ... Read More »

How the Specter of Bad Luck Shadows You in Every Traffic Jam

I was standing with Chris Hayes in a misting parking lot. He jingled keys to a horribly fast Ford Fiesta ST. Roman and I dodged every sadistic problem that the greater L.A. Region could throw at me, and here was a bearded night owl daring me to give L.A. traffic one last chance to bend me over a chair. I didn’t want ... Read More »

2016 Kia K900 – Review

The 2016 Kia K900 full-size luxury sedan remains an unlikely vehicle for consumers who associate the Korean brand with the small and inexpensive economy cars it launched in the U.S. two decades ago. But those buyers haven’t been paying attention; Kia now offers a line of smartly styled and feature-rich entries in a variety of segments. The K900 just takes ... Read More »

Music reviews: New albums from Dylan Joel, Toni Swain, Chewee, Adam Simmons and more

Toni Swain, who recently played in Sydney (yes, we should have got this review in time for that but, hey, life…) finds that spot in my musical love life marked Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne. While not the player the great Raitt is – that’s left to an impressive Roy Payne here – and not intensely pained in the manner ... Read More »

2015 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara review | first drive

It pays to take the arrival of a “new LandCruiser” with a grain of salt. Not a lot changes over the years withToyota’s off-road stalwart. The last genuinely new model launched in 2007, yet there’s still no sign of a true next-generation ‘Cruiser. Instead, Toyota has tweaked the range, focusing mostly on its flagship Sahara, which catches up on industry ... Read More »

Porsche 911 Carrera S (2016) review

The 911 is no stranger to change. It’s been fettled and tuned, restyled and evolved over more than half a century – ongoing improvements are a key part of this iconic sports car. They’re what’s kept it relevant, kept it alive. So it’s no surprise that Zuffenhausen has unleashed a mid-life facelift on the 991-generation of nine-eleven, ahead of the ... Read More »

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe (2015) review

Despite an ever-expanding product portfolio in all sorts of market segments, the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe is one of the two pillars of AMG, standing alongside the AMG GT, reckons boss Tobias Moers. The bonkers version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe stands for everything the company holds dear – very dear: big V8, incredible sound, rear-wheel drive. And being blooming ... Read More »

Nissan NP300 Navara (2016) review

We’re expecting no fewer than eight new pickup launches over the next two years and, following on from the Series 5 Mitsubishi L200’s debut over the summer, Nissan is second to show its hand. We’ve put the first brand-new Navara for a decade to the test on the dirt tracks of Mallorca. Starting over… The latest Navara incarnation has been ... Read More »

Toyota Prius (2016) review

The Toyota Prius is the world’s favourite hybrid, having found 3.5m homes since Toyota produced the first almost 20 years ago. But now everyone else is doing hybrids too, what has the original done to stay ahead? What’s new about Prius v4.0? This is the first car to use Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota Next Generation Architecture) that can be configured to ... Read More »