Category: Car du Jour

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Lane departure assist

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Lane departure assist
Ford is doing some amazing things with technology these days. I was able to visit their proving grounds in Detroit in December, and got a sneak peak at self-driving cars and futuristic collision avoidance technology. While many of the features we previewed are something from the future, there are some items that are available on... Read more »

2014 Fiat 500L: Phenomenal front-facing visibility

2014 Fiat 500L: Phenomenal front-facing visibility
When I first sat in the driver’s seat of the Fiat 500L, I was a bit put off by the split A-Pillar. I’ve seen them before in smaller cars, and they never seem to do anything for me. But in the mini SUV, they did something awesome: Increased visibility in an area that might be... Read more »

2014 Chevrolet Traverse: Photo gallery

2014 Chevrolet Traverse: Photo gallery
Do you need a vehicle that fits 7 passengers? Then, you absolutely have to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse. I had this “car du jour” over Christmas and had the ability to fully test the 7-passenger rule. While we found the first 2 rows were very comfortable with captain’s chairs, the third row was... Read more »
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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cross-traffic alert awesomeness

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cross-traffic alert awesomeness
Meaning no disrespect, but a lot of Chicago drivers suck. They’re texting, talking on their phones or just plain selfish. So, when a car is backing out of a parking space in lot, these drivers either don’t see the reverse lights or don’t care, and then they continue to barrel through the parking area at... Read more »

2014 Mazda6: Midsize Mazda done right

2014 Mazda6: Midsize Mazda done right
Finally! After my first round of driving the Mazda6, that’s all I could think. Finally, Mazda has made a midsize car I like. Finally, the engine noise isn’t obtrusive. Finally, a car worthy of the Mazda moniker. Finally … Lest you misinterpret, let me say it plainly: I really liked the 2014 Mazda6. From the... Read more »

2014 Kia Cadenza: Seat extender rave

2014 Kia Cadenza: Seat extender rave
I recently had the chance to drive the all-new Kia Cadenza, and it was chock-full of all the whistles and bells you could possibly imagine on a car. Including heated seats and steering wheel, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring to name a few. But this little button had to be my favorite. Do... Read more »
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2014 Kia Soul: Five surprising things on the all-new model

2014 Kia Soul: Five surprising things on the all-new model
By now, you’ve probably seen the new Kia Soul ad featuring a sleeked out, slimmed down hamsters and Lady GaGa’s “Applause” song. While I thought the ad was funny, and I blogged about it, I didn’t really get the full import of the commercial until I drove the 2014 model. This next-gen Soul might look... Read more »

2014 Mazda6 gets Zoom-Zoomier with Skyactiv

2014 Mazda6 gets Zoom-Zoomier with Skyactiv
I am a huge fan of Mazda. Huge. I love the Zoom-Zoom philosophy combined with the incredible functionality of the cars in its lineup. The Mazda2 is a great city car. The CX-5 is both functional and fun as a crossover. And the Mazdaspeed3 is on my short list of cars I want to buy. In... Read more »

2014 Toyota Venza: Photo gallery

I drove the 2014 Toyota Venza last week and loved it so much, I actually told my parents, who were in the market for a new car, to go test drive it immediately. Which they did. They loved it so much, they bought it on the spot. Seriously. Even though I told them to sleep... Read more »
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Toyota Entune apps are a good idea ... in theory

Toyota Entune apps are a good idea ... in theory
During the Chicago Auto Show this  year, I was on a social media panel, and they asked me what I thought the future of social and autos would be. My answer: Apps. Being able to automatically check in on foursquare or Facebook while driving. Being able to have tweets read to you over the speakers.... Read more »