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 [...]

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 [...]