Drive! 2014: Our ability to accessorize

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 6:00am

Customizing a factory automobile can turn your car into your personal playground CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer As Clairee so smartly informed us, what sets mankind apart from the beasts is our ability to accessorize. It’s also one of the toughest tricks for any queen to learn. An Armani suit is suave, but only if […]

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 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 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 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 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’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 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 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 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 […]