Dune: VW’s Buggy

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 7:20am

Reeling from a terrible year, Volkswagen packs tons o’ fun in a sporty mini CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com Not long after the Volkswagen Beetle migrated to America, some enterprising, sand-loving fool ripped off most of the body, jacked it up, installed off-road tires and headed for the beach… and consequently, the sand dunes. […]

Accel-ence

Posted on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:00am

Luxury meets power in rides from Cadillac, Lexus and Acura CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com Some gearheads revel in speed and torque. Some revel in styling and design. But you don’t have to choose between power and luxury if you choose one of these amazing cars — all achievable in the mid-five-figures (though you […]

Defiantly Fiat

Posted on 13 May 2016 at 7:30am

Fiat’s gas-sipping crossover proves unexpectedly exhilarating CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com One of my favorite car commercials is the recent one where a Viagra pill drops in the gas tank of a little Fiat 500, and a few moments later, it’s extended its length and girth to become the 500X four-door crossover. You can […]

My, oh, Miata

Posted on 22 Apr 2016 at 7:40am

Mazda’s signature car of the ’90s is back, redesigned and better than ever CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com When the Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, it was a sensation. Here was a lightweight two-seat, rear-drive roadster inspired by classic British and Italian sports cars, but built to exacting Japanese […]

Auto-indulgence

Posted on 11 Mar 2016 at 7:30am

Range Rover offers unheard-of luxury, with extras that will gobsmack you CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com You were probably, just this morning, standing in the driveway trying to decide if you’ll buy a Bentley Continental GT or a Cadillac Escalade. I feel you. Should you get that exquisitely-crafted and satisfyingly fast coupe or the […]

Meet the Nerdmobile

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 7:30am

Low on horses but big on heart, SmartForTwo is a couple’s dream ride CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com My crazy love for a Smart is well documented, but I’m one of those nerds who fell in love on a trip to Europe and couldn’t wait to order one when they became available stateside in […]

Test drive recap

Posted on 31 Dec 2015 at 8:00am

Our auto reviewer ranks the top new rides of 2015   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com Fifty-two weeks have come and gone, and during 2015, I reviewed at least that many cars — from fuel-sipping compacts to all-terrain behemoths. Here are my favorites (with base prices listed). 10. GMC Canyon. GMC launched a missile […]

The anti-Prius

Posted on 04 Dec 2015 at 7:30am

Toyota’s Camry Hybrid packs all the green cred of Honda’s enviro-friendly icon into a package totally lacking in smug CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com One of the funniest episodes ever of South Park is where they’re making fun of the supposed arrogance of Prius owners. There’s a “smug cloud” threatening the town because of […]

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 […]