Nature vs. off-roaders

The fight over Surprise Canyon boils down to whether the rights of private property owners trump the protection of a fragile oasis on public land.

Turbo GTI sizzles, as sexy Sky fizzles

The turbocharged 2.0-litre FSI four-cylinder is a 200 hp, 207 lb.-ft. gem. It makes all the right noises, loves to rev and exhibits almost no turbo lag.

A to B at a decent price

No car was really bad this year, but I found some disappointments in a couple of hybrid models: the Saturn Vue Green Line and the Honda Civic Hybrid.

Charger: Safe, roomy, fast

As a dyed-in-the-wool car lover pretty well since birth, being able to spend seat time in any new car is a thrill for me. Having access to about 25 this past year – including the Mazda RX-8, Lexus I

Rio rockets Kia to top, will Mitsu follow suit?

Picking the best cars is often little more than ranking them by price. What's not to like about driving a Bentley Continental GTC convertible, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder or a Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG

Hot metal for Motown

Debuts set for next month's North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit include:

Midas shops can set own prices

I complained to the first shop and was told: Even though we are under the same Midas name, we are free to charge whatever we want to our customers.

Suzuki's little giant

Suzuki is counting on its new SX4's tall, hip to be square styling and bargain-priced all-wheel drive to move the compact five-door ahead of rivals such as the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.