Ford announces fuel numbers for F-150 — best among all gas-powered pickups
Ford today released its long-awaited fuel efficiency numbers for the 2015 F-150 pickup, staking claim to the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings in the gas-powered 1/2-ton pickup segment.  The new trucks started rolling off the line about a week ago, and should be arriving in dealer showrooms. The ratings... Read more
2014 Active Lifestyle Vehicle winners named
The automotive/truck community has its awards season just like they do for Hollywood movies or recognition-worthy music. It’s exciting, exhausting and loaded with joy and disappointment.  The difference is that nobody gets to walk the red carpet. Last month, I had the opportunity to be a judge for the... Read more
Urgent: More than 200,000 vehicles in Ford recall today
It’s a new month and the first of November’s recalls are by Ford. They include some 2014 and 2015 model year, as well as older vehicles. It seems that Ford, like its competitors, is using a quick recall strategy, and that will keep the number of recalled vehicles down,... Read more
Urgent recall for airbags covers almost 5-million vehicles
A huge recall for defective airbags is again in the news and I still do not understand why the U.S.government has not taken a strong stand against the manufacturer, Takata Corporation.  I generally like the regulators to stay out of much of the automotive industry, but this is a... Read more
Ford rules as F-150 is named 2015 Truck of Texas
Ford’s bet on a completely redesigned F-150 paid off handsomely this weekend as the Texas Auto Writers Association rewarded the all-new vehicle with the highly coveted 2015 Truck of Texas commendation.  The company’s full line also regained its spot as the Truck Line of Texas, as almost 70 journalists... Read more
First Drive: 2015 Ford F-150
Last week, I drove the the new Ford F-150 pickup at the media launch, and I’ve got to say that this half-ton which will step into the #1 vehicle spot in the nation is more than just a worthy successor. It is a real game changer. For starters, let’s... Read more
The Recall Rumba: has a recalled vehicle has been fixed and August recalls
For months this column has been clogged with recall information.  I suspect that this pattern will not change anytime soon.  Frequently, as a result, I am asked whether this means that today’s cars and trucks are built more carelessly, have more defects, or are just plain worse than their... Read more
Gibbs Quadski XL: It might just be the best outdoor vehicle you lust after
It won’t haul your boat to the fish camp or get you to the hunting ranch, but the Gibbs Quadski XL will handle everything when you get there, on land and on the water.  An amphibious vehicle is an extremely effective ATV that, when driven into the water, becomes... Read more