Book Review: Icons and Idiots by Bob Lutz
Jul30

Book Review: Icons and Idiots by Bob Lutz

Autosavant readers generally tend to be more in tune with the car business than the average person is.  My wife has no idea who Bob Lutz is, but if I were standing around the water cooler at 100 Autosavant Plaza chatting with my colleagues, of course they’d know that I was referring to the former GM vice chairman, former Chrysler president, the father of the Viper and 1994 Ram pickup, the consummate car guy.  During his career, when the outspoken Lutz had something to say, people tended to listen, even if he was sometimes off base with some of what he said.

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Product Review: Handpresso Auto In-Car Espresso Maker
Jul30

Product Review: Handpresso Auto In-Car Espresso Maker

I have to begin this product review with a bit of a confession: I hate the taste of coffee and have never had a shot of espresso. That may perhaps make me the least-qualified reviewer in history of an espresso maker.

With that out of the way, I am quite good a plugging things into my car’s 12 volt power outlets (currently I am asking my car to power a radar detector, iPhone, and a dashcam that I’m testing) and do enjoy drinking lattes from time to time (as long as they have enough caramel and/or sugar). And hey, what’s one of two main ingredients in a latte? Espresso, of course. So I made a few lattes with it, but with hot milk and not steamed milk.

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Long Term Test: 2013 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD Update 1
Jul22

Long Term Test: 2013 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD Update 1

We have passed the six month milestone in my family’s ownership of the 2013 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD, so it’s time for a long-term test update.  My wife is the van’s primary driver, and she drives it quite a bit.  Her typical trips are around-town errands to take the kids to school, go to the grocery store, bank, pharmacy, or park – you get the idea.  She loves it, and now that we have put nearly 10,000 miles on it, she has become much more accustomed to driving it.  Overall, we’re still happy with the purchase, and some of the original complaints that we had with the van have melted away with more familiarity.

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GM Shelves Plans For Production Cadillac “Sixteen,” Presses On With 7 Series Fighter
Jun30

GM Shelves Plans For Production Cadillac “Sixteen,” Presses On With 7 Series Fighter

We’ve thrown a few barbs at Cadillac over the years for the brand’s slippage from the true Standard of the World to a brand that eventually sold a barely-upgraded version of the lousy Chevrolet Cavalier during the 1980s.  Cadillac is in a better place today than it has been in decades, but it’s still a luxury-brand als0-ran.  The 2008-2013 CTS helped, and the ATS is a credible entry-level offering, but to really take on the world’s best, it needs more than a midsize 5 Series competitor.

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Review: 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport AWD
Jun28

Review: 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport AWD

Apparently, Lexus is tired of its reputation as the purveyor of cushy, soft luxury cars.  Some buyers really do put a priority over comfort – not to stereotype, but they are typically older buyers.  If you believe the marketing of Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, however, nobody wants to buy a luxury car without sporting credentials.  Lexus’ response?  Offer an F Sport variant of its big LS 460.  Don’t fret, fans of comfy Lexuses – this big boy still offers plenty of comfort.  And cush.

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