Car Culture: The Sunflower Trap

NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan – There’s a different take on the speed trap in my neighborhood. We call it “the sunflower trap” and it’s not about getting a ticket from the cops for having a lead foot. It’s about slamming on the brakes and impeding traffic as you come off of the highway and encounter what... Continue Reading →

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: Prius Parity?

It annoys me when automakers and car reviewers pigeonhole vehicles, suggesting they’re aimed at Baby Boomers or Millennials or some other monolithic group. Case in point: the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, an all-new gasoline-electric compact hatchback that takes aim at the Toyota Prius. More than one reviewer has called the Ioniq a good choice for... Continue Reading →

2017 Mazda CX-5: Peachy Standout

I’m often jumping in and out of test vehicles with my sister-in-law Jean Jennings, a longtime automotive writer and editor. So when she showed up at my house one afternoon last week, it was only natural for us to get behind the wheel of the redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV and go somewhere. (Hint:... Continue Reading →

2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Sister Act

My sister Claudia spent the last three years living in Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not permitted to drive and her family did not even own a car. So when she and her husband moved back to the U.S. in June after his work assignment ended, shopping for a new vehicle was high... Continue Reading →

2017 Chevrolet Trax and the Stalker

“I’m sorry for stalking you,” said the 50-something woman in the produce department of Busch’s grocery store in my hometown. “But I noticed that cute little SUV you’re driving and I wanted to ask you about it.” She was talking about the subcompact 2017 Chevrolet Trax Premier in Crimson Metallic that I was test-driving. I’m... Continue Reading →

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