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
Ford F-150 gets closer to launch with release of horsepower, torque, tow and haul numbers
Ford has been absolutely masterful in both feeding the media pipeline with broad information and maintaining suspense about the  the 2015 F-150 pickup.  Now, as the launch date — still officially unannounced — gets closer, real data is being released.  As promised, the engineers and designers have reduced weight... Read more
IMPORTANT: Recall list grows for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Graco
Recalls have become a way of life. One reporter has noted that because they are happening so frequently consumers are ignoring them. Not smart. Don’t ignore a recall notice if your vehicle or child seat is on this list.  If you have purchased your vehicle used, it is particularly... Read more
Toyota brings TRD Pro trucks to outdoor professionals
Outdoor writers are a tough audience. They drive their trucks and SUVs into places that sportsmen want to read about and experience.  It is their stock in trade.  No wonder Toyota brought the 2015 TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner to the national outdoor writers conference in McAllen, TX... Read more
2015 Ford F-150 gets the torture treatment and lives (well) to tell the tale
Every day, I am asked questions about the new F-150 truck and most of them are about toughness, durability and whether the new 2015 model will be wimpier than its predecessors. Rest assured that the team at Ford Truck wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize their position as the top... Read more
Another week of huge GM recalls: is your vehicle listed here?
There has to be a better way…or maybe not.   General Motors continues to parcel out recall notices with a new bunch (2.42-million vehicles) today and 2.7-million late last week.  I suspect there is a strategy here since GM has its new first-ever tsar for global quality, a new... Read more
2014Toyota Texas Bass Classic combines world-record bass haul with truckmaker’s corporate committment
Lake Fork has a reputation that other inland lakes envy.  Bass are plentiful and can be HUGE. The setting is extraordinary and locals live to fish.   It is no wonder that the 2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic returned there this year to the joy of the 50 professional... Read more