True story: It was 2004, and we were in England on vacation: four Hitchcocks, two in-laws, and a fun and roomy diesel Volkswagen crossover/minivan thing. At the time our kids … Continue Reading Wagons Ho! Eight sub-$10K Estates to Chase Away the Minivan Blues
Anyone who has spent any time perusing TTS can tell that we are generally partial to German cars – or at least European, as I do like the occasional Italian.. … Continue Reading Fleet Update: Turning Japanese
Part of being a TTSer is coveting the strange, unusual, abnormal, underappreciated, etc. – automotively speaking. One of our favorite pastimes in the TTS offices is to peruse classified ads … Continue Reading Five Cars You Can Buy Today that Your Neighbor Doesn’t Have
So spring (or summer, apparently) has sprung – at least in the Mid-Atlantic region, but also throughout much of the rest of the country, from what I hear. What that … Continue Reading Top Down Fun: Nine Convertibles for Ten Grand or Less
One of our favorite sayings around the TTS offices is that “nostalgia is a funny thing.” Meaning, often times we recall the cars of our past with a special fondness, … Continue Reading 1985 Honda Prelude EX: Disposable Sports Car #10
For some, the 1980s were a time of opulent excess, Reaganomics, and Gordon Gekko. For the vast majority (or as we call them these days, the 99%) they were a … Continue Reading 1985 Honda Accord Hatchback: Love the 1980s? Have I got a car for you!!
My wife and I were married fifteen years ago this year – the happiest years of my life. We’ve had two wonderful children, seen each other build healthy careers, and … Continue Reading Find them for Yourself: Where do the Cool Cars Come From?
A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting next to the U.S. brand manager for Audi’s motorsports program on an overnight flight to Munich. He was off to … Continue Reading Dieseling Down: Why Can’t I buy the Diesel Car I Want in the US?
I have owned the 1993 Miata for exactly a week, and I am pleased to report that so far is so good with it – that is to say there … Continue Reading Fleet Update: Bonding with the 1993 MX-5 Miata
Having learned to drive in an old Alfa Romeo Spider, I have always been partial to two-seat roadsters. One of the best feelings in in my world is carving the … Continue Reading 1993 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Disposable Sports Car #4
Around the late 1970s and early 1980s, small, affordable, two-seat sports cars were a dying breed. Sure, you could still spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new Porsche … Continue Reading 1983 Mazda Rx-7: Disposable Sports Car #3
Full disclosure: I owned one of these – a 1988 – for about three years many moons ago. I really wanted a Mercedes-Benz 560SEC or a BMW 635CSi, but at … Continue Reading 1990 Acura Legend LS Coupe: The Best parts of the Best Coupes of the 1980s
From yesterday’s UK Guardian newspaper: “Mind-reading car could drive you round the bend” This being a blog loosely focused on cars and driving, it seemed almost obligatory to flag this … Continue Reading Whatever Happened to *Driving*? Nissan’s Mind-reading Car Adventures
I don’t care what my brother-in-law says, Miatas are damned good at being sports cars. I go back to the old C&D philosophy that a car’s “character” usually equates to … Continue Reading 1991 Mazda Miata BRG: Channeling my Inner Lesbian
Unlike my poor friends in the L.A. basin, here in Northern Virginia we still have an HOV-lane exemption for Hybrid cars. Those who got in before 2006 can drive in … Continue Reading The best Hybrid for a Car Geek….?
We all have our obsessions. For some it’s certain music or bands, for some it’s sex, for some it’s work, for some it’s cars. There are a lot of other … Continue Reading Obsession… It isn’t just stink.