The Honda Pilot has always been a strong choice for a midsize three-row crossover SUV. But Kia has recently introduced an all-new model known as the Telluride that it hopes will attract shoppers with its bold styling and value. The basics are similar. Both the Pilot and the Telluride roughly occupy the same amount of garage space, seat up to eight people, and come with standard V6 engines. But there are significant differences. Edmunds compares them to find out if the new challenger has what it takes to upset the status quo. SEATING AND CARGO SPACE Most Pilot and Telluride models have a middle-row bench seat and can seat eight, though the priciest models have captain’s chairs and can seat seven. Both are impressively roomy, but the Kia, partially because of its slightly larger windows, comes across as the airier SUV. The Telluride’s interior is also made from richer materials and is a little more interesting to look at. It has a longer wheelbase (the distance between the … [Read more...] about Edmunds compares the Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot
Published 10:49 am PDT, Monday, June 3, 2019 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Mechanic’s overblown advice is 50 years too late 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Dear Car Talk: I own a 2013 Chevy Sonic with a turbo engine. I love the car and it gets great gas mileage. I don’t drive like a grandma, but I tend to drive a little on the easy side in order to maximize my gas mileage. I get in the upper 30s to lower 40s mpg. My buddy, who is a mechanic, says that I drive my car too gently. He says driving the way I do does not let the engine get hot enough, and I need to periodically “put the pedal to the metal” in order to “blow out the carbon.” He says this is especially true with a turbo engine, as you need to “make the turbo howl” every once in a while. I know that taking too many short trips can cause problems with the engine not getting hot enough, but most of my trips are in … [Read more...] about Mechanic’s overblown advice is 50 years too late
Updated 1:10 pm PDT, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 O’Neill Dillon of Berkeley drives a 1990 Honda Civic. O’Neill Dillon of Berkeley drives a 1990 Honda Civic. Photo: Brian Feulner Buy photo Photo: Brian Feulner Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 O’Neill Dillon of Berkeley drives a 1990 Honda Civic. O’Neill Dillon of Berkeley drives a 1990 Honda Civic. Photo: Brian Feulner Buy photo Car fan surprised to fall in love with 1990 Honda Civic 1 / 10 Back to Gallery O’Neil Dillon is a retired physician from Berkeley. He attended UC Berkeley and UCSF School of Medicine, and he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service as a Peace Corps physician in Malaysia. … [Read more...] about Car fan surprised to fall in love with 1990 Honda Civic
Published 12:50 pm PDT, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Help: My battery is dead, my key is stuck! 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Dear Car Talk: I have a Pontiac G5, and my key got stuck in my ignition. I believe my battery is dead. If I replace the battery, will the key be released from the ignition? — Linda I’m not sure why the key was in the ignition when the battery died, Linda. Were you leaving it “ready to go,” hoping somebody would steal it? Anyway, your key problem may be related to the dead battery. There’s something called an interlock solenoid on your car that locks the steering wheel when you put the car in park. That solenoid is located near the shifter, in the center console. When you put the car in park, it actuates a pin that locks the steering wheel. If there’s no power at all, that solenoid won’t work, and you won’t be able to … [Read more...] about Help: My battery is dead, my key is stuck!
The idea of a Cape Cod Canal tunnel may be a joke for most local residents. But not for all of them. As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation conducted their multi-year study on how to best address the area’s seasonal traffic woes, officials couldn’t escape the idea of making it a reality. With traffic backups around the two narrow, aging bridges a summertime regularity, why couldn’t drivers have the option of sneaking under the canal instead? That’s the question many Cape Cod residents were seriously asking. According to MassDOT documents, the concept of a car tunnel — as well as a tunnel under Buzzards Bay connecting Marion and North Falmonth — was regularly submitted as a potential traffic solution by attendees during their public meetings, even as department officials repeatedly insisted that the idea was impractical. MassDOT officials even addressed the issue in the final draft of their report released this week, citing the high cost of … [Read more...] about Why MassDOT dismissed the idea of a Cape Cod tunnel