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Volvo V50 T5 AWD

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Nobody asked me,but . . . There are only two words that adequately describe the new 2005 Volvo V50: total transformation.  It starts with a great new platform that provides Audi-like solidity and sportiness, continue...

2005 Mini Cooper Sidebar

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Why Cooper?  Add a John at the beginning and a Works at the end and you have your answer.  Since the 1940s, John Cooper Works has produced celebrated racing cars, notably the front-engine C...

2005 Mini Cooper

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Nobody aske me, but . . . More Fun than a Cooper full of  . . . Here are some factoids to ponder about the Mini Cooper S.  True or False:  It’s the most fun you can have sitting down.  It’s the sedan answer to the ...

2005 Ford Mustang

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Except for the retro late-Sixties styling—some people love it, I happen to think it looks too Sixty-ish—there is very little else not to like about the all-new 2005 Mustang.  It has class...

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . As an acknowledged and unabashed punmeister, I got an enormous chuckle out of Ford’s description of the 2005 Escape Hybrid: “Escape charges [my bolding] into the 2005 model year with a fres...

2004 Toyota Prius

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Repeat after me: “The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle and does not have to be plugged in.” Once again, “The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle and absolutely never ever has to be plugged in ...

Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata

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Nobody asked me, but . . . The Mazdaspeed Miata is right off the auto show circuit and WheelsTV.tv got one of the first drives in this hot, hot, hot convertible sports car. What’s not to love about the Miata, the...

Dear RSW:

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Nobody asked me, but . . . This column is long overdue . . . but hopefully not overdone.  It results from a growing frustration with current automotive design trends and culminates in two days spent viewing the lates...

Cayenne Crossing

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Nobody asked me, but . . . When the wind is gusting to 60 mph, peering over the North rim of the Grand Canyon would normally be near the bottom of my “before I die, I want to . . .” priority list.  But how often does...

Miscellaneous Rumblings

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Nobody asked me, but . . . When I was at Road & Track magazine, I wrote a column called Miscellaneous Ramblings.  That column subsequently disappeared from the pages of the magazine, but I am still around writing...