Category: Automobile

2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.0L

Screwy language plagues the auto industry. “Titanium” and “Platinum” are no indication of the presence of those metals, “Limited” means unlimited sales, “coupes” often have four doors, “sport” has nothing to do with competition, and no collector buys a “Collector’s Edition.” But of all the whacked, dopey, lazily overused terms, nothing beats “Eco.” There’s Ecotec, EcoDiesel, Eco Assist, and...

2019 Subaru Ascent

It’s hard to distinguish between want and need, especially when it comes to cars. Subaru has spent decades convincing shoppers that they not only want all-wheel drive, plastic body cladding, and extra ground clearance but that they need these features, too. Sure, they aren’t strictly necessary for your daily commute, but what if someday you just want to take...

2019 Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline has earned our 10 Best award for mid-size pickup trucks two years running (unlike our approach to 10Best Cars honors, we categorize 10Best Trucks and SUVs by segment), beating out the likes of General Motors’ Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, as well as the popular Toyota Tacoma. So, naturally, we’ve been itching to put this excellent and widely versatile...

2019 Nissan Altima Prototypes

It may be hard to believe, but the Nissan Altima has had the same two engine options for more than 15 years. The current 2018 Altima uses the same basic 2.5-liter inline-four and 3.5-liter V-6 engines that debuted with the 2002 model. Code-named QR25DE and VQ35DE, these engines have received minor updates over the years, but a comprehensive powertrain overhaul has...

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The latest-generation Jeep Wrangler, in its most trail-ready Rubicon trim. Jeepers will recognize this Wrangler by its JL code name, as opposed to its predecessor’s JK nomenclature. This is worth noting, since Jeep is selling the old model concurrently with the new one and both are labeled as 2018-model-year vehicles. We have tested a two-door, stick-shift, base-model Wrangler JL as well as...

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Cabriolet

You know Mercedes-Benz’s E-class lineup strums the right nerve when we’re vouching for this four-seat convertible variant using its filial relationship to the lovely E400-badged station wagon. The entire six-cylinder E-class family—which also includes a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe as well as the AMG-badged E43 sports sedan—ascended to our 10Best Cars list for 2018, and for good reason: They’re...

2018 Buick LaCrosse

Old-school Buick luxury isn’t evident in every vehicle bearing the tri-shield badge, but, for better or worse, the LaCrosse has it in abundance. Its plush ride, heavily cushioned seats, and spacious interior provide plenty of comfort, but its run-of-the-mill driving dynamics play to its role as the near-luxury sedan of choice for the uninvolved driver. Technology offerings are comprehensive,...

6 Ways to Use a Torque Wrench

Buy and use a torque wrench to prevent common over-tightening problems and avoid expensive fixes later.With a torque wrench and the manufacturer’s torque value in hand, the problem is solved: A “clicker” torque wrench makes an audible click when you’ve reached the set torque, and with a “beam”-style wrench, you just watch the scale and stop at the right...