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 [...]

Expect the unexpected

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:25am

A luxurious Hyundai? A soulful Toyota? Don’t be surprised once you’ve tried the new Genesis and RAV4 CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer What is a luxury car? Cars wearing the three-pointed star, chrome L, four rings, spinning propeller or family crests are obvious indicia. They’ve earned credentials (in some cases, for more than a century). [...]

Auto save

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:30am

Your car could be your wallet’s best friend … or its worst enemy   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer Cars are like children or pets — they need constant attention, and when they are taken care of, they will take care of you. But if neglected, then expect to drop even more cash on maintenance. [...]

Kid tested, mother approved

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 7:20am

Popes to parents to anyone in between will revel in the beauty of Mercedes’ ML400 CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer My mother drove my grandmother around in her Mercedes for years, so she knows what a world-class German car is like. But because my father worked at General Motors for 30 years, she’d never owned [...]

High Bimmer

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:25am

BMW’s sassy coupe CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer 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 the car you would enjoy thrashing wide-open [...]