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Thom Taylor

Worst

Forbes’ Top 32 New Cars to Avoid

It’s that time of the year for Forbes’ “New Cars To Avoid” list. Is This Valid? Cars are a lot better than even 10 years ago, but there can still be some sorta-semi lemons in this year’s crop. The issues can range from dated designs to plunging resale values. Reliability can still be an issue, while …

Cars

2019 Buick Regal Continues Sedan Sales Slide

The continuing crossover/SUV zeitgeist expands unabated, with still more casualties along the way. Buick Regal is the latest to show signs that the sedan apocalypse is inflating. Regal sales decreased by 34% in 2019 Q2 compared to 2018 Q2. Total sales in 2019 through July are 6,393. The competition The Acura TLX, Regal’s direct competitor …

Luxury

What’s Going On Over At Jaguar?

Two things are causing Jaguar to bleed red ink at the moment. Brexit, that pesky unknown no one can predict, and crawling to the electrified dance. Still, the British automaker does have lots of new products ready to spring on auto enthusiasts. Jaguar looks to soon be replacing every model it currently produces. In addition, …

SUVs

2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Toyota RAV4 crossover its highest safety rating.  It checked off every safety category the IIHS has to get the “2019 Top Safety Pick” rating. Those safety categories cover specific items under umbrella headings for crashworthiness, crash avoidance, and child seat anchors. Within each of these …

Trucks

Ford’s 7.3-Liter V8 Is a Low-End Torque Monster

America’s best selling truck will soon have the largest displacement gas-powered V8 engine available in any truck. Ford just announced the new 7.3-liter V8 will be powering Super Duty pickups and commercial vehicles up to their big F-750 Medium Duty trucks and stripped chassis for motorhomes and other aftermarket customers. Features The engine’s compact architecture …

SUVs

A Blazing Mess For Chevy’s New Blazer

There are a lot of people upset about the new Chevy Blazer. But for wildly different reasons. Some say it’s another example of GM squandering an iconic brand by labeling a weak-sauce crossover as “Blazer”. Many were hoping Chevy would take the brand seriously—as seriously as Ford takes the Bronco brand. They wanted to see …

Cars

These Are the 20 Most Stolen Cars

Fast Dodges and big-hauling pickups are the vehicles of choice for thieves these days. As USA Today reports, a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute lists the top 20 vehicles most likely to be stolen. Topping the list is the Dodge Charger with a Hemi engine. Joining the list at number two is …

Electric Luxury

2020 Porsche Taycan Set to Outsell the 911

In this brave new world of auto electrification, one of the most highly anticipated 2020 cars is the Porsche Taycan. “Highly anticipated” is an understatement. Porsche just announced that 30,000 pre-orders (at $4,000 each) have already been received for the as-yet-unseen all-electric Porsche. That’s some serious demand! What’s more, as Bloomberg reports, the Taycan is set …

SUVs

Surprise! SUVs Are Up, Minivans Are Down

What the station wagon was to baby boomers has now transferred to Gen Xers and the ubiquitous minivan. While SUVs and trucks continue taking a bigger chunk of North American sales, the lowly minivan is on the skids. And you thought it was only happening to sedans? Nobody wants the “soccer mom” identification, just like …

Luxury SUVs

2020 Cadillac XT5 First Look

The Cadillac SUV and crossover product cadence is in overdrive as the XT6, XT4, and XT5 will soon be hitting dealerships. Caught short-handed as consumer demands shift from cars to SUVs, Cadillac is playing catch-up to meet this trend, along with debuting new sedans making for exciting times at GM’s luxury flagship. With the new …

Cars Fastest

Want a 2020 Corvette? They’re Almost Sold Out

You better hurry if you’re dying for that 2020 Corvette new-car smell in your driveway—they’re almost sold out! Just days after its premiere and still months before production begins, GM’s design chief Michael Simcoe let slip (or maybe not…) while attending Michigan’s Concours d’Elegance this weekend that C8 Corvette orders are almost at capacity. While …