What test drive includes more than 7,000 miles of driving, potholes, jagged pavement, steep grades, misaligned railroad crossings and avoidance maneuvers? The one that wins you Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. This year, 26 contenders were assessed. The field was narrowed to the top eight “Of the Year” finalists who were evaluated against six criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, efficiency, value and performance of intended function. From there, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia rose to the top. But it wasn’t just any win. It was the first Motor Trend Car of the Year Award for an Italian car. “Motor Trend’s judges agreed that the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the new ultimate driving machine,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief. “Alfa Romeo developed a car that is perhaps the finest handling sedan on the market.”
It’s no secret that I love my truck. I write about it a lot. One of the things I like best about it is the color, because no one else has one like it. It’s Stinger Yellow. As you might imagine, not only does everyone see me coming, but they also definitely know it’s me because it is, in fact, the only yellow truck in town. Part of my disinterest in other truck colors, red and/or blue for instance, was the fact that I feel like I see them all too often. If you had asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have guessed that red was among the most popular of truck colors, but that is not actually the case. Working in conjunction with Performance Truck Products and utilizing data available on Cars.com, Spork Marketing recently created and released the infographic below depicting the most popular truck colors of 2017. “If you’d have asked me before we collected this data, I’d have guessed that red, blue and green were all equally popular. However, as our chart shows, green is significantly less popular than red or blue,” said Nate Dwyer, director at Performance Truck Products. “The popularity of white, silver and black trucks is definitely a result of fleet and commercial sales, as at least one of these … Read More
Recently I was chatting with friends of mine who live in Manhattan and they were marveling at the fact that just a couple of weeks ago it was 80 degrees outside. In November. In New York City. Keep in mind we were having this conversation as snow was falling all around us and we were shivering in the cold. Fall of 2017 did have some unseasonably warm temperatures. But today is December 1 and I’m afraid it’s time to face the music – winter, and all its glory, is right around the corner. I drove in a lot of winter weather that day I spent with my friends from NYC. Freezing rain, sleet, snow and then finally clear skies and frigid temperatures – I covered it all in just a few short hours. And I have to be honest, my husband and I have been slow to put our winter tires on our vehicles because the temperatures have been so mild. Luckily, I have plenty of experience driving in winter weather. But that doesn’t mean that the first time out each season, I don’t need to jump start my brain. Just a quick reminder of the basics before Old Man Winter gets a chance to give me a swift kick in the rear and send me headed in a direction … Read More
There are some things in life that you look at and say, “Don’t mess with perfection.” It’s rare. But it happens. That was how I felt about the Jeep® Wrangler. But then I said, “Self, let’s give this updated 2018 version a look and see what it’s got going for it.” Today, at the LA Auto Show, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is officially introduced to the public for the first time, and I am happy to say that much of what makes our beloved Wrangler the recognizable icon that it is will remain unchanged. The slotted grille, round headlights, removable doors, fold-flat windshield … these are all things that will remain standard features. What has changed? Modern technology. The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have more available safety and technology features. Later in the model year, two new engine options will also be introduced. Leave it to the Jeep brand to not only mess with perfection, but then make it, well … perfect-er.
If you ventured out in the mad rush of Black Friday and can now sit back, knowing your holiday shopping is complete, congratulations! If, on the other hand, you were like me and avoided the madness, you may still be contemplating what you are getting for those on your list in the days ahead. But Cyber Monday is just around the corner and you know what that means! No crowds. No craziness. Just quiet shopping from the comfort of wherever you happen to be. Now, let’s cut to the chase – if you’re reading this, you are likely familiar with the FCA US LLC brand lineup. You either own, have recently owned or would like to own one of the many great Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram or FIAT® vehicles. So, why not own the gear that goes along with them? Luckily, each of the five brands offers clothing, gear and gadgets galore. Did your kids come home at the onset of either the PopSocket® or Fidget Spinner craze (maybe both) and announce that they just had to have one? And did you, initially, roll your eyes at the latest fad, but then realize just how handy those little PopSockets are and find yourself wishing you had one of your own? Or catch your significant other picking up the fidget spinner … Read More
According to AAA estimates, about 89 percent of the millions of holiday travelers on the road will be traveling 50 miles or more to reach loved ones. So, when you’re one of 45+ million trying to reach family and friends, how do you make the traveling adventure better, more fun, easier and potentially safer for all involved? You incorporate a few quick and easy holiday road trip hacks, of course! Take these, for example. Ensure you have the best apps loaded to assist in your travel needs BEFORE you leave. Some of my personal favorites include: Gas Buddy can guide you in finding not only the cheapest prices, but also the closest gas station if/when the need arises Sit or Squat is ideal for, well … other needs Waze is great for redirecting around traffic jams that pop up while en route Hands-free is key. Ensure whatever method you are using (even if it’s the person in the passenger seat) is up to the task. Plastic cereal containers make great travel trash cans. Keep a couple extra liners in the bottom of the container for quick changes during pit stops and you won’t waste time pulling wrappers and straws out from between the seats once you reach your destination. Shower caddies make great organizers. Create activity centers for the kids … Read More
Ram trucks stand out among the crowd with some of the hardest-working, longest-lasting trucks on the road today. The Ram brand also offers some of the best-looking, most luxurious trucks. Available options and special editions make Ram trucks much more than just a work truck. It’s a comfortable everyday driver that easily transitions from the work site to a night on the town. Recently, Ram trucks announced the final special edition release for the 2017 calendar year – the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport. “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep® and Ram Brands. “Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.” The Hydro Blue Sport goes on sale November 2017, but don’t delay. Production will be limited to only 2,000 units.
Soon 3,300 lucky owners will receive their street-legal production drag car. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon. With the capability of achieving 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon holds the fastest quarter-mile at a staggering 9.65 seconds. This time was certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The NHRA then immediately banned the Demon from competition.
Recent storms that rolled through New England sparked an interesting (and passionate!) conversation around traffic signals and power outages in our household. As my husband attempted to make his way to a job nearly 45 minutes away, he crossed the path of several traffic lights that were out. Treating them as if they were a four-way stop, he watched in amazement as others flew through the intersection, as if they had a green light. Those behind him got angry, some even going around and flying an old-fashioned Jersey wave in his direction as they passed. But wasn’t he doing the right thing? Isn’t a power outage, or a malfunctioning traffic signal supposed to be considered a four-way stop, as a matter of safety? Of course, I got online and started looking and, according to DriversEd.com, that is, in fact exactly how drivers should treat what DriversEd.com refers to as a “traffic signal blackout.” If all traffic signal lights are not working because of an electrical power failure, you must stop at the intersection and then proceed when you know other turning and approaching vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians have stopped. A blacked-out traffic signal works the same as a four-way stop intersection. But I found other items that suggest differently. For example, when a storm wreaked havoc in the state of … Read More
Remember the days when a truck was just a vehicle for work? A power horse to get the job done? These days our trucks are all that and so much more. With all the power, payload and towing capacity that we need, we’re also turning to our trucks as our daily drivers, our family vehicles and our night-on-the-town luxury rides. So, it only makes sense that truck design has stepped up to meet these needs. The lineup of Ram Special Editions are where muscle meets pedigree. If you’re looking for a hard-working, sophisticated truck, this is where you begin. 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn® Southfork Edition Premium. There is no better word to describe the 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn® Southfork Edition truck. You’ll appreciate every interior detail from the stitching to the galvanized metal accents. Available in a 1500, 2500 and 3500, you can have your power and your luxury, too. 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Touted as the Ram truck lineup’s most luxurious truck ever, the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten exudes elegance. Comfort and style are the heart of this truck’s design with its beige leather seating, blue accents, suede headliner and brushed metal interior accents. (It’s also available with a classic black interior that includes black leather seats.) 2018 Ram Harvest Designed for work on the farm and available in … Read More