Car Stuff Podcast: Chevrolet Silverado, Ram Dakota & Green Solutions

Car Stuff Podcast: Chevrolet Silverado, Ram Dakota & Green Solutions
This week’s Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast kicks off with rumors about a new midsize pickup truck in the Ram lineup called the Dakota. The last time FCA had a Dakota it was in the Dodge lineup before Ram became its own brand. Though this is only conjecture right now based on a trademark filing,... Read more »

Feature Friday: Auto Stop/Start Engine

Feature Friday: Auto Stop/Start Engine
If you haven’t bought a car in the last few years, you might not be familiar with the blight called auto stop/start popping up in most cars today. So, it’s worth a quick explanation because if you’re in the market for a new car soon, you could be in for a rude awakening if you don’t... Read more »

2019 Audi Q8: Tech-forward offering from Audi is a tight fit for the city (but really cool)

2019 Audi Q8: Tech-forward offering from Audi is a tight fit for the city (but really cool)
From afar, I first thought the Audi Q8 was a Q3. I know there’s a huge size disparity between the two vehicles, but the steeply raked rear window, thick C-Pillar and higher beltline make this largest SUV in the Audi lineup resemble the smallest more closely than those in the middle.  However, though it looks... Read more »
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Car Stuff Podcast: Genesis G90, Electrification at Fiat Chrysler

Car Stuff Podcast: Genesis G90, Electrification at Fiat Chrysler
This week’s at-home Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcats kicks off with the news that General Motors has killed its car-sharing platform called Maven. Similar to something like Zipcar, Maven allowed people to rent vehicles by the hour, and the subscription fee included things such as gasoline and insurance. At its peak, it only ever operated in... Read more »

Feature Friday: Park Assist

Feature Friday: Park Assist
Because of living in Chicago, I’ve become a master parallel parker. I’m also damn good at backing into a garage or parking space. But not everyone is. For example, whenever my sister from Indy comes to visit, she always hands me her keys so I can park her car. For whatever reason, she just can’t do... Read more »

2020 Lexus IS: Nice car, needs update soon

2020 Lexus IS: Nice car, needs update soon
The Lexus IS enters the 2020 model year virtually unchanged, which has plusses and minuses. Some of the technology I don’t like (#trackpad) hasn’t filtered in yet, but some necessary items (IMHO) like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are absent. I like how it looks and drives, but the technology is what will make anyone who’s looking... Read more »
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Car Stuff Podcast: Kia Seltos, next-gen Mazda6 rumors, plummeting gas prices

Car Stuff Podcast: Kia Seltos, next-gen Mazda6 rumors, plummeting gas prices
This week’s Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast was another at-home edition. And we still didn’t have donuts. So, I wore pants that had donuts printed on them. It wasn’t the same. The #cardujour we discussed this week was the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos, It’s built on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, has two... Read more »

Feature Friday: Adaptive Cruise Control

Feature Friday: Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is another one of those wily features that often gets called different things depending on the automaker. I’ve heard it called dynamic cruise control, radar cruise control and intelligent cruise control — among other things. In fact, if there’s anything in front of “cruise control,” it’s likely some variation of adaptive cruise. In... Read more »

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback: A very city-worthy vehicle

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback: A very city-worthy vehicle
When you live in the city, a hatchback is one of the more perfect vehicles you can buy because of the flexibility and functionality. Though the hatch segment is starting to dwindle, you do still have a solid option with the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback. It’s refreshed for this model year, ditches one big fat... Read more »
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Car Stuff Podcast: Infiniti QX80, Ford's Covid-19 efforts

Car Stuff Podcast: Infiniti QX80, Ford's Covid-19 efforts
So, another week recording the podcast from home. And another week without donuts. I bought a donut pan, though, and if it comes in time, we’ll see if I can rectify that for the next episode. This week we discuss the Infiniti QX80, which is the big daddy SUV in the Infiniti lineup. Its seats... Read more »