Cars Can't Swim - Driving In Flash Floods - Safe Driving Tips

  [MOST] CARS CAN’T SWIM… …BUT THEY CAN SURE FLOAT AWAY!   Metro Chicago’s North and Northwest areas got doused with rain last night and this morning.  Flash Flood warnings from the National Weather Service have been dispatched since last night and are continuing into this evening. Northwest Suburban Palatine received over 2″ inches of... Read more »

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive? - "Experience All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 Tour" Hits Chicago Lakefront This Weekend

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD: already among the "Sport-ier" mid-size crossover utility vehicles, this year's update adds flair.<br><br> Pricing starts at under $25k, with loaded Grand Touring AWD models hitting the $32,000 mark.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * WHAT: Mazda brings all new 2017 CX-5 crossover SUV for test drives on public streets. WHERE: Two Prudential Plaza 180 N. Stetson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Click following link for details on register for “Experience All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 Tour”... Read more »

2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat - Four Eyed One Horned Flying Purple Tire Eater - Quick Review, Video

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(Contributing Editors: Peter Stamatis; Susan Frissell: “Women With Wheels”, “ChicagoNow Girls Go Racing”) It’s Official: “Drive…He Said“ has now [nearly, since the recent announcement of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Demon] completed its mission of whetting Tire Shredding appetites. Two year ago we taunted readers with our version of a bona fide “Burnout” with a 2015... Read more »

2017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Dynamic - Unapologetic Nordic Sports Sedan Zag - Quick Review

2017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD: A "Passion Red" "Svelte Swede" zags against zigging Teutonic compact executive sedans. <br> <br> Now re-connected with all-wheel drive, this amply safety & driver assist endowed S60 T5 Dynamic is priced at $44,195. <br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) Perhaps from the influence of the fjords (inlets) along the coastline not far from their Gothenburg headquarters, Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo always seems to Zag as their Teutonic rivals Zig; Back in 2013 the brand raised industry eyebrows when... Read more »

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring - Spoiling Budget Enthusiasts' Glutes - Quick Review

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring: Possibly the most "Buff-looking" front-drive mid-size family sedan, in its most upscale trim, finished in Machine Grey Metallic, garners admiring stares from on-lookers;<br> <br> Priced at $34,530 it is among few in the segment imparting as much "Oneness of Driver and Steed."<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Peter Stamatis) Three+ years ago “Drive…He Said” heaped restrained praise:   “There, we said it. In spite of the [meh] interior styling, [flimsy trim and spartan appointments], we cannot immediately think of another family sedan for $21,000 out the door that... Read more »

2017 Toyota Prius Two Eco - Fourth Generation Godfather of Green - Quick Review

2017 Toyota Prius Two Eco in Blue Crush Metallic hue: <br> <br> 4th Generation Godfather of Green Driving evolves with new battery tech. more conventional packaging & standard driver assist tech in a $26,554 compact family liftback.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) Until the day comes when all roads are smart roads intermittently lined with magnetic inductive charging network or a network of liquefied hydrogen fueling stations…   RIGHT NOW, gas-electric hybrid powered vehicles are the name of mainstream green motoring... Read more »

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T - Lesson Learned, Exceeding Stated Promises - Quick Review

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T: 6th generation compact family sedan swaps oblique for more understated elegance. <br> <br> This Lakeside Blue Eco 1.4T DCT version is available monospec priced at $21,610.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) “A Penny Saved is a Two-Pence Dear ( aka Penny Earned)….” Benjamin Franklin, “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, 1732.   Two-Pence Dear: when Hyundai Motors America paid $355 Million in settlement fees for overstating Fuel Economy ratings on the previous generation... Read more »

2017 Honda Civic Coupe 1.5T Touring - Compact Double Door Alive & Kicking - Quick Review

2017 Honda Civic Coupe 1.5T Touring: the re-designed  2-door sporty notchback moves up a couple notches to a legitimate grand tourer; <br> <br> Priced starting at just under $20K for LX 2.0L 6 spd. manual trim, the tested fully kitted Touring 1.5T CVT runs $27K. <br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch, Unlike the “Star Trek’s starship Enterprise, car maker, Honda, “Boldly Goes On Alone Where Many Men Went Before.” For Honda is the “Keeper of the Coupe.”  At least the volume front-drive sedan-derived 2-door kind. As we recently assessed... Read more »

DHS 2017 Chicago Auto Show - 25 Should See Vehicles - Things To Do in Chicago

2017 Chicago Auto Show floor map McCormick Place
PRESENTING the “Drive…He Said” 2017 Chicago Auto Show 25 Should See Vehicles list, on display starting today at McCormick Place. * * * * * * * * * * * * DHS says consumers can get a real glimpse into that future of self-driving at this year’s Chicago Automotive Trade Association “Chicago Auto Show“.... Read more »

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD - SAV Signed By MX-5 Miata - Quick Review

Handsomely re-designed 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD is the "MX-5 Miata of 7-seat SAVs." <br> <br> Starting at $32,420, with (pictured) Signature AWD trim topping out at $45,215, the new Mazda CX-9 excises "blandness" from the family crossover utility vehicle .<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch, WISH: bringing home to the wife (or husband) & four kids a brand new deep Soul Red Mazda MX-5  repleted with a big white ribbon. PROBLEM: Then imagine the frying pan (or power tool) hitting you over the... Read more »