Drive! 2014: The Goldilocks effect

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 7:30am

Some pickup trucks are powerhouses, some are sporty … and some are just right CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer Trucks are like a certain nursery rhyme where one is too small, one is too large, but right in the middle, one is just right. Of course, some of us prefer smaller bowls of porridge or [...]

Drive! 2014: Simply the best

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 6:30am

Our preview of the best new models for 2015 CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer This time every year, automakers roll out their hottest new automobiles for the upcoming year. Some will set performance standards on the track while others tackle extreme off-road obstacles or are built for beauty. No matter the size of your purse [...]

Drive! 2014: Best under 30

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 6:15am

You don’t need to spend a fortune to drive in style CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer All gays have two incomes and are rich, right? They all drive Bimmers and shop at Nordstrom? Yeah, well, not quite. Many of us struggle to make car payments, but don’t want to drive ugly, under-equipped cars. Given these [...]

Drive! 2014: Our ability to accessorize

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 6:00am

Customizing a factory automobile can turn your car into your personal playground CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer As Clairee so smartly informed us, what sets mankind apart from the beasts is our ability to accessorize. It’s also one of the toughest tricks for any queen to learn. An Armani suit is suave, but only if [...]

Sound investment

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 7:35am

After years of trying, Chevy Sonic finally scores with barnstorming compact CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com With the Sonic, Chevrolet went from worst to first in the sub-compact segment. Finally, after decades of trying, a small car with big bowtie badges was leading the pack instead of being embarrassed by it. Through the first [...]

Safety with style

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 5:50am

Volvo’s reputation for craft obscures its bona fides as an appealing ride CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer _________________ ’15 S60 T6 Volvo. 320 hp., 2.0 liter Turbo-4. 24/35-MPG city/hwy. As-tested price: $47,925. _________________ Back in January, I drove the updated Volvo S60 during a preview in Las Vegas. Whether cruising The Strip or slapping down [...]

Butch vs. Femme

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 5:45am

Chevy SS versus Chrysler 200: Real muscle confronts gay muscle CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer There’s gay muscle — like the kind you get working out in that air-conditioned cruise-by gym downtown — and real muscle — like your dad earned working in a hot factory or heaving bales of hay on the ranch. Gay [...]

Coupe d’etat

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

BMW’s sassy 428i puts the x-factor into xDrive   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com Since the iconic BMW 2002 evolved into the 3-Series nearly 40 years ago, the little coupe has been the sassy prince of the Munich-based dynasty. Small, sporty, refined and with just the right amount of attitude, the 3-Series coupe was [...]

Is this the world’s best automobile?

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

Mercedes-Benz unleashes the S63 AMG, and American roadways may never be the same   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com In 1991, when I was a high school senior, a teacher walked in and asked how much the new V12 -powered Mercedes 600SEL cost. I said, $126,000. He grinned and nodded. That was the price [...]

Peaceful Accord

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 at 7:25am

Honda Hybrid offers stellar mileage in appealing package   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com The Honda Accord Hybrid has racked up its share of awards lately — 2014 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award, Green Car of the Year, “top safety pick” by the IIHS, and one of About.com’s Best New Cars of 2014. If human, [...]