Articles in Behind the Wheel

6 Tips for Summer Driving

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It’s that time of year again, when the sun shines bright and people across the country embark on vacations with their friends, families, and loved ones. While there may not be any snow to deal with on the road, there are still numerous factors that can make summer driving a challenge. Indeed, U.S. Department of Transportation data shows that summer is the most dangerous driving season, with an average of …

2015 Honda CR-V Touring – First Drive and Review

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When the SUV first arrived in my driveway, I looked at it thinking, “this is a Honda CR-V?” A recent refresh of the vehicle’s exterior gave it a less utilitarian, more modern look and I was soon to find out that the changes weren’t skin deep. It’s still somewhat of an enigma – the front more resembles a wagon while the back screams SUV – but it’s all designed with …

2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door – Review and Road Test

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Minis are cute, and they are also much fun to drive. The small car, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, first reached the motoring public in 1959 and immediately was considered an icon of automotive design. With BMW’s 1994 takeover of Rover, it acquired the Mini brand and BMW completely redesigned and enlarged the car to provide typical BMW handling characteristics accompanied by a sufficient dose of Freude am Fahren, the …

2015 Buick Regal GS – Review and Test Drive

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My parents often spoke wistfully of an Opel they had owned when I was a child. It was an Opel Commodore sedan, a larger and more luxurious version of the Rekord. It had gotten them out of trouble more than once (apparently my father made a wrong turn and drove up a goat path once) and achieved a kind of mythic status in their eyes.
Why didn’t we have Opels available …

Dear Reader: Please Wear a Seatbelt in the Back of a Taxi

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The crash that killed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, highlighted a largely overlooked safety issue in travel: many people do not wear a seatbelt when in the back seat of a car.  The Nashes, who were ejected from the back seat of their taxi while returning from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to their home, were not wearing seatbelts.
While almost all states in the …

Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

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NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
On Wednesday, the first press day, multiple automakers showed a mix of large luxury and performance vehicles from Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln as well …

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

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OK, class, please pay attention now. The new Golf SportWagen, which is known as the Golf Variant in its home market and the Golf Estate in the United Kingdom – and was previously called the Jetta SportWagen in the States – is now available for your driving pleasure. Got that?
Given how much fun the Golf is to drive, even lacking wood paneling, we were optimistic about the SportWagen and weren’t …