The 240 Greatest Achievements of Japanese Automotive Technology

If you ask the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, the greatest milestones in their industry range from the ABS system on the '71 Nissan President to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI... and 238 more. » 7/18/10 6:30pm 7/18/10 6:30pm

VW Saveiro Tears Up Brazilian Countryside On Cryptic Boot-Delivery…

Do you need four-wheel drive (or even rear-wheel drive) to go crashing around on dirt roads? As I learned putting hundreds of miles on fire roads in the Trinity Alps behind the wheel of a CRX, hell no! » 4/24/10 11:00am 4/24/10 11:00am

Like A Billiard Ball, The Nanjing MG 7 Will Look Good Bouncing Off…

Note to marketers: you probably don't want to carry the poolroom metaphors too far when you're applying them to an automobile. » 3/07/10 1:00pm 3/07/10 1:00pm

The 2002 Chevy Avalanche: Begging For a Knuckle Sandwich!

Like, there's this weasely-looking little guy, ya know, and he wants change for a dollar. So, like, I changed my SUV into a truck and took his money! Yeah, I totally made him my bitch! » 2/27/10 7:00pm 2/27/10 7:00pm

Just Like Them 60s Racin' Mercuries: The 2003 Marauder

We really, really wanted the 2000s iteration of the Marauder to be as badasstical as its NASCAR forebears (or at least the admittedly bloated yet still fantastic X-100 Marauder), but its Grand Marquisness was a bit too apparent. » 2/07/10 6:00pm 2/07/10 6:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Based on anecdotal evidence, we assumed that the P71 Crown Vic would be one of the top five most reliable LeMons cars, because that 4.6 Modular engine never breaks, but in fact it came in 13th place out of 38. » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Ford Escort

What's the most reliable LeMons Ford? The Escort, which (just barely) beat out the Crown Vic Police Interceptor. Though its ranking here got knocked down by the large number of bottom-third failures, you've got an excellent chance of driving all weekend when you go with the little front-drive Ford (and, yes, we're… » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Mazdas Other Than RX-7, Miata

Most Mazda racers enter Miatas or RX-7s, but you're actually better off- statistically speaking- with a Protege, 323, or other Mazda. 626s haven't done so well, but otherwise Mazdas have done great. » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Scirocco

Check out that near-perfect three-way split for the VWs! That means you just never know how you'll do when you bring a Golf or one of its cousins to a LeMons race. Will it grenade the engine? Maybe! Will the electrical system poop out? Could be! Or will the car keep buzzing around the track all weekend? It's happened! » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Honda Prelude/Accord

"But, but-" you're probably saying about now, "The Prelude and Accord are different cars!" Not for our purposes! Subject to all the head-gasket maladies of their smaller Civic siblings, but without the nimble handling, the Prelude and Accord have been notable mostly for LeMons mediocrity so far. » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Nissan Sentra

The Sentra SE-R is one of the few cars in this analysis that had its results skewed in a big way by BS Penalty laps. That's due to the huge rash of SE-R cheating we've seen in the last year or so. Still, Sentras have been pretty good at busting suspension parts and nuking engines. » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Ford Mustang

Do LeMons Mustangs tend to overheat, crack heads, and fry brake calipers because their teams are cheating so hard? Don't ask us! All we know is that LeMons Mustangs have a pretty bad reliability record… but at least they've done way better than the Camaros! » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

Halloween Hood Scoop Overload: Ohio Dakota!

The Dodge Dakota is a fine truck, but it lacks… something. How about a black-and-orange paint job and the entire galaxy of J.C. Whitney hood scoops? Oakland resident W1ngnut spotted this truck while visiting Ohio. » 1/02/10 3:00pm 1/02/10 3:00pm

UDMan Drives The Sprinter, Gives It Thumbs-Up

I've long admired the super-efficient Sprinter van, but never quite understood the constant shifting of marques under which it was sold. Dodge? Mercedes-Benz? Freightliner? Truck expert UDMan to the rescue! » 12/05/09 10:00pm 12/05/09 10:00pm

There's Nothing Wrong With A 1965 Ford Cortina That A Honda S2000…

Well, you need a few things in addition to that Honda F20C to get that Cortina set up properly. A full roll cage helps, as does a completely hot-rodded suspension. Welcome to Jeff's Garage! » 10/31/09 5:00pm 10/31/09 5:00pm

Engine Of The Day: Toyota JZ

After we had Engine Of The Day Overload last weekend, I got the usual flurry of emails pointing out the really important stuff I'd overlooked. One engine kept coming up, though: the mighty Toyota JZ! » 10/25/09 3:00pm 10/25/09 3:00pm

Engine Of The Day: Buick V6

If we ever get around to doing an Ultimate Engine Survivors list (to accompany the Survivor Cars list), this engine will surely be near the top. 47 years and counting! » 10/10/09 5:00pm 10/10/09 5:00pm

Engine Of The Day: Nissan VG

With 20 years of service, installation in dozens of different vehicles, and an excellent racing record, the Nissan VG definitely deserves Engine Of The Day honors. » 10/04/09 1:00pm 10/04/09 1:00pm

500 Old Cars And Trucks Down On The Streets Of Alameda, California

More than two years after the first street-parked Alameda car in this series, we've reached the 500 mark! 1919 to 2000, Chevrolets to Rolls-Royces, econoboxes to muscle cars: all here! » 9/27/09 6:00pm 9/27/09 6:00pm