Posts tagged "chicago"

Handicap placard = free parking

Handicap placard = free parking
Wait! What? Yes. Exactly. I just found out that with a handicap placard in my car because of my broken foot, I can park at most meters in the City of Chicago … without paying. Not that I’d recommend breaking your foot to get free parking, but I suppose if you have to gimp around... Read more »

Where are the highest national gas prices? Chicago

Right now, the state average for gas prices is hovering around $4.12 gallon. Nationally, you’re looking at an average of $3.86 (according to In the city of Chicago, however, we’re looking at $4.27. But I have to tell you, in driving around Chicago this weekend, I saw prices upwards of $4.50. … For regular.... Read more »

2012 Fiat 500: Mini's first true competitor arrives

2012 Fiat 500 The very first Fiat 500s arrive in the US this week in the form of a special “Prima Edizione” model. This is the first new Fiat to be sold in America since 1984. I spent a considerable amount of time sitting in this car during the Chicago Auto Show, and though I... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show: Saturday Morning Special

Chicago Auto Show: Saturday Morning Special
This year the folks at the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (also known as the people who put on the Chicago Auto Show) are offering a “Saturday Morning Special,” which will include a personal tour and early entry to the show on Saturday, Feb. 19. As it so happens, I’ll be one of the tour leaders... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show: 2012 Acura TL

So, we showed you a sneak peak of the tail end of the Acura TL last night, but what we all really want to see is that grille. Did it get any better for 2012? Yes. Though a couple of my tweet buddies would beg to differ. I mentioned that it wasn’t as ugly, yet... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

New for 2012, Dodge launches not only a redesigned Charger (thank you!) but also an SRT8 model that has the potential to blow you away. In this new model, we’re looking at a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that delivers 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. But rather than me prattling on, check it out... Read more »

Win a Toyota Prius at the Chicago Auto Show

All you have to do is go to the Chicagoland Toyota Dealer’s Facebook page and enter the Toyota 2011 Chicago Auto Show Prius Giveaway contest. It’s really that simple. Of course, there are things you can do to stack the deck. Such as getting friends to enter the contest as well, liking the Toyota dealers... Read more »

Today's Rave: Infiniti QX56 Around View Monitor

Infiniti Around View Monitor The Infiniti QX56 is one big puppy. With a length of 208.3 inches and a turning radius of 41.6 (ouch!) inches, it’s not an easy vehicle to maneuver in tight spaces. So, the QX isn’t quite my idea of an urban vehicle. Thus the standard Around View Monitor is key. The... Read more »

Today's Rave: Mazda6 blind spot monitoring

Sometimes on test cars I discover features that I didn’t know I wanted until I miss them when they’re gone. Blind spot monitoring on the Mazda6 was one of those features. Here’s another small thing that makes the world of difference in an over-trafficked locale like Chicago. If you are simply maintaining your position in... Read more »

Toyota Avalon is ho-hum nice

I recently had the chance to test a Toyota Avalon, and I have to say it met with mixed reviews. There was nothing particularly wrong with the car … but nothing was exceptionally right either. The particular faves included: Suave LED taillights Spacious trunk Nice and roomy interior Decent MPGs But that’s about it. There... Read more »