Automotive Design for the Cars Universe

Automotive Design for the Cars Universe Words by Brian Griebenow Photos provided by Disney / Pixar Studios I have a passion for design, or rather…Design. During my years as a designer of industrial manufacturing machinery, I sought simple  solutions and efficient execution. One of my cherished gifts from my wife is a beautiful coffee table book about legendary industrial designer Brooks Stevens. I also have a mental list [...]

By |2020-05-30T17:24:26-05:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Automotive Reviews|Tags: , |

2020 Lexus IS 300: Still a solid sedan, but time for an update

We won’t lie, the Lexus IS is in need of a tech update, and the engine lineup doesn’t quite make sense. But fun-to-drive dynamics and attractive styling mean we like this petite lux-level sedan any way.

Yesterday’s Car of Tomorrow, Today

Yesterday’s Car of Tomorrow, Today Words by Brad Olson Photos by Jennifer Jensen I recently spent a day behind the wheel of Tesla’s Model S…a P85+ to be more precise. This is not a unique experience as many well-healed buyers now own the Model S, and according to sales reports, the company is selling more every week. On the other hand, the Model S is deceptively different than [...]

By |2020-05-09T20:01:31-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Automotive Reviews, Tesla|Tags: , , |

2020 Volkswagen Passat: Conservative design will wear well

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat gets a redesign, inside and out. But rather than a drastic change, this midsize sedan evolves an already-classic design. With comfort and a sub-$24K base price, the Passat is a nice place to start shopping if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive, yet “grown up” vehicle.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback: Functional, handsome urban cruiser

Though the Honda Civic Hatchback lacks the movie-star looks of its Type R sibling, it falls on the warm-fuzzy side of the spectrum with solid reliability, excellent fuel economy and just the right amount of maneuverability for urban driving.

She said, she said: 2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport

Sometimes we get a test vehicle that inspires violently opposing opinions among our staff. The 2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport is one such vehicle, so we offer a full review with a brief counterpoint. So, is the Lexus NX a poorly tricked-out Toyota RAV4 or a comfortable vehicle that only shares a platform with the RAV4?

By |2020-05-10T17:10:53-05:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: Automotive Reviews, Lexus|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

2016 Volvo S60 Polestar: Pole Dancer

The Rebel Blue paint signifies something special in 2016 Volvo S60 Polestar, even though the actual styling looks normal. With 345 horses under the hood and 80% stiffer springs, we found this vehicle to be a hoot to drive – both in the city and on wending canyon roads.

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