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Subaru multi-tool: The XV Crosstrek

Subaru gets up and dirty for trail riders with its XV Crosstrek, a compact, all-wheel-drive five-door hatchback.

December 05, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Maynard's Garage | On The Road


Enjoy Santa Barbara on the cheap

SANTA BARBARA - If there is a more beautiful city in California than Santa Barbara, we have yet to find it. Broad beaches are set against lush vegetation and a hilly landscape that is nestled just in front of the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains. An abundance of Spanish architecture completes a panorama that could just as well be a beautiful city on the Mediterranean.

December 05, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


2013 Sentra: A solid bet

TRACY – When it comes to looking at a new car, the 2013 Sentra might be considered a solid bet.

November 28, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Volvo Rebel: S60 T6 R-Design

The 2013 Volvo T6 R-Design is the top-end halo sedan with all-wheel drive "instant traction." And instant traction is good for this 325-horsepower, turbocharged inline six-cylinder with a healthy 345 foot-pounds of torque that pours out briskly from 3,000 to 3,600 rpm. Volvo says that translates to 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

November 28, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Maynard's Garage | On The Road


A touch of Denmark found in California

If bakeries and beer gardens are high on your list of vacation amenities, you couldn't do better than a visit to Solvang, the Danish-inspired theme community just a half-hour drive from Santa Barbara. Of course there is much more, but food is a great place to start.

November 28, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Gift guide to full-size tablets

NEW YORK (AP) - Tablets are at the top of many wish lists this holiday season. But what to get? The choice used to be pretty limited, with the iPad dominating the latecomers. But this year, the field is more even, as tablets from Apple's competitors have matured. In addition, Google and Microsoft are diving in with their own tablets, providing more choice.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway accidents by more than half, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


Infiniti JX: SUV stance, crossover finesse

The Infiniti JX is the three-row, seven-passenger alternative for those who do not need the big, truck-based Infiniti QX SUV for heavy-duty family duty and towing.

November 21, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road


Ford to bring smaller 3-cyclinder engine to US market in 2014 Fiesta

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


Doing Christmas shopping in the wine country

The best kind of Christmas shopping is the kind that is fun. While some people actually enjoy going to the malls and standing in cash register lines 10 people deep, the really smart shoppers – in our opinion, anyway – are those who make the shopping experience a memorable occasion which they can remember with fondness.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


Optima SX turbo: Sleek & aggressive

The newly redesigned Kia Optima SX turbo is considered one of the best family sedans on the market.

November 15, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Aging drivers present new transportation challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Baby boomers started driving at a young age and became more mobile than any generation before or since. They practically invented the two-car family and escalated traffic congestion when women began commuting to work. Now, 8,000 of them are turning 65 every day, and those retirements could once again reshape the nation's transportation.

November 14, 2012 | | On The Road


Ford debuting Transit Connect Wagon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - It looks like a minivan. It has sliding doors like a minivan. So why isn't Ford calling its new seven-seater a minivan?

November 14, 2012 | | On The Road


Pasadena offers more than just Rose Bowl events

Springtime may not be the most likely time to think of Pasadena -- known worldwide as the site of the spectacular Rose Parade every January – but this Southern California city offers a surprising mix of attractions that makes it an ideal getaway just about any time of year.

November 14, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Pathfinder makes ‘next Gen SUV’ crossover

The all-new Pathfinder went from a mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle to a crossover.

November 08, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


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