White Lady Drives Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps; Chaos Ensues

Darlena Cunha had it so good in 2008 for a white woman from an affluent suburb with a college degree: She and her husband earned $120k, twins on the way, a house worth $250k. Then the market crashed, husband lost his (journalism) job, and the preemies needed costly formula. Their solid middle class income now clocked… » 7/10/14 3:40pm 7/10/14 3:40pm

Mercedes Pop-Top Camper Makes Living In A Van Look Tastefully Fancy

Tired of finally getting a potential mate to come home with you, only to be shut down when they realize you live in a crappy van? Sucks, doesn't it. You need a Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo; it's got the vagabondy swagger of a classic top-popper, with a three-pointed star to on the grille to prove you live on wheels by… » 7/10/14 12:14pm 7/10/14 12:14pm

A 50-Year-Old Regulation Stops Us From Getting Cool Headlights

I recently learned that Mercedes-Benz, official automaker of drivers who put tissue boxes on the rear shelf, has updated the CLS for the 2015 model year. This is great news, and I invite you all to join me in expressing our collective excitement by asking the following question: They still make the CLS? » 6/23/14 3:34pm 6/23/14 3:34pm

The Coolest Details of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is the marque's flagship, the vehicle that every other car aspires to be. Its exterior lines have been given an elegant smoothing-over in the face of the previous generation's explicit flared-fender aggression. But, as we learned with the 2014 Porsche Cayman S, the devil's in the… » 6/20/14 4:33pm 6/20/14 4:33pm

Sports Activity Coupe: A Niche Too Far?

At first I liked it, something very different, not seemingly practical, but cool and unexpected. I like it when a major manufacturer goes out on a limb and tries something that doesn't exist on the market and actually follows through with it. I am of course referring to the BMW X6. First displayed in 2007 as a concept… » 5/31/14 12:39pm 5/31/14 12:39pm

My 1984 Mercedes Benz 300TD, reviewed

The discerning buyer who needs to fit many dogs in the back and four people up front in the lap of, mid-range, luxury. That is who buys a Mercedes 300 wagon. Fitted with a turbo and adorned with the finest vinyl to keep the backs of the occupants firmly adhered to the MB-Tex as to avoid falling out of the seat.… » 5/31/14 8:53am 5/31/14 8:53am

Iconic Mid-Century Cars, as Reviewed by Legendary Writer Ken Purdy

One of mid-century America's great automotive writers was Ken Purdy. So regarded is his work that every year the International Motor Press Association presents the Ken Purdy Award to an outstanding writer covering the automotive world. Before his passing in 1972, Purdy wrote numerous articles for Playboy and we… » 5/04/14 1:28pm 5/04/14 1:28pm

The Nurburgring, a Screaming Wife, and a Failing Saab.

The Nurburgring isn't so much a race track as it is an insane German roller coaster that you can fall off of at any moment. My wife, Kelty, sitting next to me, screaming for 11 minutes straight intensified this effect. Except, instead of a roller coaster scream she was screaming like she suddenly found herself on the… » 4/22/14 8:22pm 4/22/14 8:22pm

Mercedes Reportedly Wants To Bring Back The Maybach

We said goodbye to Daimler's ultra-luxury Rolls-Royce and Bentley competitor, Maybach, way back in 2011. That was mostly because nobody outside the rap and the Russian gas games wanted one, for various reasons, including that they looked a bit too much like a Mercedes. Now the Maybach may be coming back. » 4/21/14 12:20pm 4/21/14 12:20pm