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, [...]

Butch vs. Femme

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:45am

Nissan Leaf versus Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: What a green ride says about you   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com At opposite ends of the eco-drive range are electric cars — like the best-selling Nissan Leaf — and fuel-sipping diesel pickups — like the new Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.  Each has its talents, but [...]

Sex on wheels

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 7:25am

XTS unites glitz and guts   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com Cadillacs are for rock stars: They’re glitzy, high-tech and fabulously sexy wherever they slink. Elvis practically gave them away as party favors; hip-hop artists use Escalades as their ‘hoods’ Chevrolets. Unlike competitors that are undergoing reinvention, Cadillacs are Cadillacs. But they can evolve. [...]

Miles to go

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 7:50am

Refueling becomes a distant memory with the carefree Fusion Hybrid   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com The Ford Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid, posts fuel economy near 100-MPGe, but it’s all so complicated, what with the cord and stuff. We don’t need all that complication. Most people don’t want it. But those same folks [...]

Wagons, ho!

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 7:55am

2 German turbo diesels — the flashy BMW 328d and the sturdy VW Jetta TDI — offer competing insights into fuel efficiency and fun   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com In the early 1980s, after their Pontiac Phoenix disintegrated, my parents bought an Oldsmobile Cutlass diesel wagon — woodgrain, burnt orange paint and all. [...]

Rings of fire

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 at 7:45am

Audi’s Q5 TDI: A hot rod for all seasons   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com We may hate to admit it, but hot roadsters are not ideal for all roads. Sure, they’re great for storming freeways or those special track days, but gravel, rough asphalt and downtown potholes are a no-go. Maybe instead, you need [...]

Caddy shock

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 7:45am

Tired of bad news coming out of Detroit? Here’s the good news: Cadillac   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com At a breakfast last year with Ed Welburn, the vice president of global design for General Motors, you could palpably feel the pride he takes in the re-birth of Cadillac. The iconic American luxury brand had [...]

Lookin’ fer love

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 7:25am

Sexy, versatile and compact, Mazda CX-5 seeks a long-term relationship CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com There are many great little crossovers roaming America’s freeways and clubways — so many, it may be difficult to tell the difference between that cute little Korean ride and the sexy American one. Combining the reliability of Japanese benchmarks [...]

Buckin’ Buick

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 8:20am

Forget the celebrity pitchman — the Verano Turbo has mad road skills CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer ……………………….. ’13 VERANO TURBO Buick. 250 horsepower, 2 liter Inline 4. 20/31-MPG city/hwy. As-tested price: $30,795. ………………………. Just because Shaq and Peyton Manning are getting to know Buick, doesn’t mean anybody else wants to. I mean, do we [...]