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 [...]

Get touchy-feely with your ride

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 9:35am

Styling, color and gadgetry take center-stage in these impressive interiors   Watch Project Runway long enough, and you’ll pontificate about construction, textures and contemporary style. I can almost hear Zac Posen sniping about a sloppy bias cut in my head. But from couture to Target, much of what you learn on runways translates to highways, [...]

Beefy but cuddly

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 9:25am

Keep on truckin’ like a Texan with these well-built road rulers   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer More than mere Louis Vuitton luggage for the prairie set, trucks are an essential part Texas life. These beefy beasts carry heavy loads, tackle rugged trails, pull pleasure crafts and coddle passengers in frigid cold comfort. Some are [...]

Little boxes, BIG loads

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 8:30am

These rides hit the trifecta: Well-priced, stylish and built to haul   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer It’s not the dimensions of the box, but the size of its load that matters. Many of us must economize to get by, but we don’t have to forego enjoyment or utility to get the car of our [...]

Full pockets

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 8:15am

Fashionable, fast and sexy describes all of these compacts   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer If you want to play hard with today’s compact autos, you better come packing full pockets. Fashion mall interiors and runway-stunning exteriors complement a pretty package under the hood. If you are looking for a little fancy date, unzip one [...]

Butch vs. Femme

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 8:00am

Toyota 4Runner versus Jeep Cherokee: Who takes the top bunk in this match-up?   CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer As two venerable SUVs are re-designed for 2014, their masters are locking in for a dramatic kick-down. In one corner: The Toyota 4Runner, a serious off-roader with urban manners. From another continent: The Jeep Cherokee, familiar [...]

What’s in a (car) name? Maybe a lot

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 10:00am

One has to wonder what in hell the Ford Motor Company was thinking when they named their product “the Probe.” If that’s not the gayest car name of all time, it is hard to imagine what is. Well, there are some others. Obviously Oscar Meyer’s Wienermobile is not only audibly hysterical, but dresses for fantasy. [...]