Urban crossover artists

Posted on 06 Nov 2015 at 7:20am

You don’t need to spend a fortune to drive in style CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer Even in Texas, there’s a limit to the size of our ranches. That ginormous SUV is not going to fit in the tight garage of your urban loft, apartment, or bungalow. Any of these new eight urban-size crossovers provide [...]

Pump that ride

Posted on 06 Nov 2015 at 6:30am

Previewing 2016’s best models CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer From redesigned versions of familiar rides to entirely new speedsters, 2016 is sizing up to be a club dance of excitement for autos. There are even plug-ins from unlikely sources — luxury crossovers and affordable sub-compacts. Check out the highlights. High fashion Mercedes-Benz GLC. The butch-square [...]

Trend setting

Posted on 06 Nov 2015 at 6:15am

Technology often drives  automotive innovation. Here’s what the future of driving will look like CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer Maybe you’re old enough to remember when every car had a cassette player in it, and how delighted you were when you could get one with a CD player. Nobody cares about CD players now. Automakers [...]

True stars

Posted on 06 Nov 2015 at 6:00am

Classic cars are considered classics for a reason. We look at some iconic hotties that have be reimagined for 2016 CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer We use the term “star” too much. Celebrities come and go (a draw today becomes yesterday’s tabloid trash), but true stars endure while evolving their style. They’re classic hotties. The [...]

Form & function

Posted on 16 Oct 2015 at 7:20am

Mercedes-Benz’s iconic silhouette houses a serious performance vehicle CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com Since the mid-’50s, Mercedes-Benz sports cars have been some of the most desirable in the world. We’re talking about the 300SL Gullwing, McLaren-developed SLR, SLS AMG Gullwing and now, the AMG GT-S. All have been sexy as sin, but from styling [...]

Butch vs. Femme

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 8:10am

VW Jetta versus Dodge Challenger: Brains versus muscles CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com What kind of guy are you? Do you go for the gregarious, muscle-bound jock with a kind heart (like the Dodge Challenger Hemi) or the introverted gent with smooth style and efficient manners (the VW Jetta 1.8T)? That’s the dilemma, automotively [...]

Simple pleasures

Posted on 04 Sep 2015 at 7:25am

Chevy’s stripped-down Silverado can still pack a punch CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com There’s something about a pickup truck that causes even the most colorful club queen to find her inner lumberjack, but buying one often requires stupid coin — what with all of the intoxicating saddle leather, slick touchscreens, crash avoidance systems and [...]

A King Ranch not for chickens

Posted on 17 Jul 2015 at 7:30am

Ford’s Expedition King Ranch Edition gets gussied up for 2015 with a turbo-charged V6 … and a Texas twang   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com With marriage equality now a reality nationwide, chances are a lot of couples will be seriously considering settling down, getting hitched and even starting a family. And that well could [...]

Putting the ‘class’ in C-Class

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 7:35am

MB’s 4th generation C300 refines a new classic CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com With each generation, Mercedes claims the C-Class is more sophisticated, more upscale … just more of everything. That was true when the 1994 C-Class replaced the 190E and it’s true again now, as the fourth-generation supplants the third. You often hear [...]

Forever changed

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 7:35am

BMW’s i8 is sex on wheels CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer During a photo shoot, parked at Redondo Beach near L.A., it took the folks at BMW almost two hours to shoot five minutes of usable video. It wasn’t because the team was incompetent — it was just that people just kept coming up, snapping [...]