Dodge Hornet R/T Review: The Perfect Small Hybrid for the Daily Commute

Dodge Hornet R/T

Dodge is marketing the new Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid electric crossover as something that is a blast to drive, and it is a ton of fun to drive (as that segment goes). However, that ad campaign doesn’t really address the fact that it is a fantastic daily commuter vehicle – with all of the latest … Read more

Evolution of the Modern Dodge Charger LX/LD – My First and Last SRT Hemi Test Cars

Dodge Charger SRT - 2010 to 2023

Over the course of the past 15 years, I have been fortunate to have tested every trim level of the modern Dodge Charger. Growing up a Dodge drag racer and diehard fan of the brand, the most exciting aspect of writing new vehicle reviews was that I might get to drive the latest and greatest … Read more

Flashback: Minivans they never made

Eagle minivan

Back in the 1980s, as Chrysler was working on its second-generation minivans, the company acquired AMC—and Lee Iacocca created a new brand, Eagle, to sell Renaults, Mitsubishis, and such. Eagle was designated as a pricier, sportier brand than Dodge or Plymouth—and hence it nearly got a pricier, sportier minivan before cooler heads prevailed. Motales featured … Read more

Three tiny Mopar recalls for two problems; elsewhere, three H-K recalls, some bad airbags, and loose nuts

2023 Ram ProMaster

Stellantis issued three recalls for two problems last week; 24V289 and 24V291 both covered Jeep Grand Cherokees (2022-24 for the former and 2023 for the latter), because the rear view camera image may not display. The first recall covers just 8 vehicles whose coax cable might be loose; dealers merely have to secure it. The … Read more

2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce Review: Cruising the Countryside in Sporty Luxury

2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce

Many online discussions about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio focus on the hot Quadrifoglio, which makes sense from an enthusiast’s standpoint, as the 505-horsepower Ferrari V6 is an absolute delight. However, most Stelvios are powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, so when planning an 800-mile road trip, I happily accepted the offer to test a … Read more

Jeep announces Safari; new Jeep Beach series

2024 Wrangler and Gladiator Jeep Beach models

As Jeep prepares for the 58th Easter Safari at Moab, where it launches new concepts and new performance parts, the marque is also launching new “Jeep Beach” models. These are partly an incentive for customers to move up to the 4xe system, which provides 21 miles of electric range at 49 MPGe; they can also … Read more

Status report: Grand Cherokee Hurricane, Hemi, and four-banger

Jim Morrison piloting Grand Cherokee

When the Hurricane Six engines were first unveiled, a company executive said that the long-awaited twin-turbo straight sixes were to be optional in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as appearing in the Jeep Wagoneer. 2023 models came and went without this option; and then the 2024s arrived, and while the Wagoneer went Hurricane-only, the Grand Cherokee stayed mostly as it was.

2025 Dodge Challenger powered by Hurricane engine spotted, and this isn’t it

2025 Dodge Challenger first rendering attempt

A new Dodge Challenger prototype has been spotted within the company, according to a stellpower source. Over a year ago, a different source said the “LB” body Challenger would boast a choice of Hurricane straight-six or full-electric power; a “4xe” style setup is also possible, and the Pentastar V6 could well make a comeback as a low-cost entry-level engine to keep the starting price low. Another low-end option would be the Hurricane Four.

Retro Friday: diesel slant sixes

1977 Slant Six

When the fuel crises of the 1970s hit, American automakers were unprepared. Once Chrysler saw that big car owners were dropping their V8s in favor of newly-available slant sixes to save fuel, they authorized a two-barrel slant six to make the smaller engine more satisfactory—but could they go further? Chrysler had more than one slant … Read more