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, [...]

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. [...]