8 Awesome Looking Steering Wheels in Attainable Cars
Designing a great steering wheel is no mean feat: it needs to first and foremost serve the practical purpose, since it is the only means for the driver to input steering lock, but at the same time it needs to be nice to hold and, last but not least, also be nice to look at.
Steering wheels in older cars used to be so elegant, with their thin rim and thin prongs - they always look like they suggest you can drive the car with your fingertips. That’s obviously not a safe way to hold onto the wheel, but it looks really nice, especially if it’s a wood rim with exactly three polished bare metal spokes.
But since the advent of airbags, manufacturers have struggled to integrate the safety device into the wheel hub and also make everything look nice and tidy. It’s only in recent years that steering wheel look and feel has improved, and now you can go out and buy just a regular car with a nice looking helm.
This piece is only about regular (attainable) cars because there was never a time when you couldn’t get a nice wheel on an uber-expensive luxury car or supercar, regardless of how bad the times were - boutique manufacturers simply didn’t put an airbag in it and relied on fancy materials for wow factor. The fact that you can get a really nice wheel in just a regular car these days really improves their interior ambiance (especially for people who are into sportier cars) and also generally improves the driving experience. There are plenty of these out there today (thankfully), but I’ve tried to pick out my favorites in cars available right now for reasonable money.
Cars that should be dead for 2019 but aren’t
Some cars become so popular that they end up being produced under license for decades. The most common examples include the Volkswagen Beetle and Microbus/Type 2, which remained in production until 2013 in Mexico and Brazil. Another example is the Caterham Seven, which still carries the legacy of the original Lotus Seven, launched in 1957.
But while the Seven was thoroughly updated and features modern underpinnings and technology, cars like the Beetle and Microbus remained rather spartan and eventually had to be axed due to safety and emissions regulations. But due to more relaxed rules in certain countries, some very old cars are still in production today. Here’s a list of vehicles that shouldn’t exist in 2019, but you can still buy them.
The Best Cars to Roll With in the Middle of a New Year’s Snow Storm
Imagine this: you’re driving to your friend’s house on New Year’s Eve, and you get stuck on the way due to a snowstorm or a blocked road. You end up stuck for a few hours or until the next morning. You definitely won’t be cold if you have enough gasoline to keep the engine running, but things will become boring fast in an old vehicle without comfort and entertaining features.
Whether you’re alone or you have company, you need a few modern features to keep you busy until the storm passes or a rescue team comes to unblock the road. It’s obviously too cold outside, so you need to say inside. Hot drinks aren’t an option, but certain cars will keep you entertained or provide plenty of room to stretch out. Let’s find out which cars are the best to spend New Year’s in.
Cars Discontinued in 2018
The end of the calendar year is usually the time when we look back upon the greatest vehicles unveiled over the last 12 months, while many outlets create rankings for the best cars in various segments. But we tend to forget that many cars also go out of production each year. In 2018, we saw quite a few important nameplates go into the history books, with some to follow suit in early 2019.
Ford and Chevrolet are the leaders here, with both companies discontinuing sedans and other cars in favor of crossovers. Lincoln also replaced two familiar models, while Cadillac is ditching an entire range. Alfa Romeo, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Toyota also join the list of automakers that are either replacing or killing nameplates in the United States. Let’s see what vehicles we won’t be able to buy in North America soon.
These are the most powerful three-cylinder engines in new cars
Three-cylinder engines are normally associated with city cars whose main brief is to get you from point to point while using as little fuel as possible. Outright performance is not hugely important, nor is the way the engine sounds since all that matters for a three-pot is to be cheap to build, run, and maintain.
But the perception of three-cylinder engines seems to be shifting as more and more powerful units make their way to the mainstream automotive scene. Some of them are even finding their way under the hood of proper performance cars, and if this isn’t a clear indication of a shift in perception of such engines, then I don’t know what is.
This is our list of the seven most powerful three-pot power plants currently available in any car (and one model you can have it in), in ascending power order.
7 Best Used Compact SUVs from 2016
Compact SUVs are the way to go these days. They are neither bulky like ladder-on-frame SUVs nor nimble like soon-to-be-extinct sedans. Compact SUVs are targeted to people from all walks of life; a performance SUV for the young-blood, a spacious SUV for families, and so on. Even the price bracket is huge. In this list, we have listed the best compact SUVs from 2016 that you can purchase on the used market.
10 of the Ugliest Concept Cars from 2018
We’re in the last legs of 2018, and while the year has been filled with some of the coolest concept cars we’ve seen in a while, it also had its fair share of atrocious anomalies the likes of which we hope we never see again. It’s a little harsh, sure, but some of these automakers didn’t do themselves any favors by rolling these out without getting input from people who probably would’ve told them that their concepts needed a do-over. But alas, these concepts are here to stay, and we’ll forever be reminded that, at various points in 2018, we were subjected to their ugliness.
Best Used Midsize SUV from 2016
Mid-size SUV is the most practical option for families these days. They have sedan-like handling with a lot more space, they are tough, can haul more than enough luggage for those long trips, and can also be taken on unfamiliar terrain with little risk. The only problem with them is that they are priced high. So, what do you do? You buy a two or three-year-old used SUV for around half the price than what it retails at new. SUVs are built to last; so you don’t have to worry about the longevity, and we have stressed enough on the benefits of pre-owned cars in previous articles. Here is a list of seven best SUVs from 2016 that you can buy.
Santa’s Favorite Red Factory Car Paints
When it comes to cool factory car paints, there are plenty to choose from nowadays and even more if we look in the past. But what if we restrict it to just one color? After all, it’s Christmas and almost everything about this season is red, including Santa’s coat and sleigh. The answer is that there are quite a few cool red hues to choose from. Better said, Santa has plenty of choices for his garage.
While black, white, and silver make up the holy trinity of popular car colors in 2018, red remains in the top 10. It might not be as popular as it used to be a few decades ago, but the fact that automakers keep rolling out exciting shades of red is proof that people are still buying. Let’s have a look at Santa’s favorite red factory paints ever offered.
What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2018?
We all know Santa uses a reindeer-powered sleigh to move around, but what if he’s also a gearhead? I mean, he’s been around long enough to witness the evolution of the automobile, I’m pretty sure he likes them and drives a few cars in his free time. But what would he drive for Christmas in 2018?
Choosing just one car is extremely difficult so I went with five. A vehicle for a different purpose. Truck and SUVs to haul goods, a sedan to relax in the back seat, a sports car for a bit of fun, and a vintage car simply because Santa seems to be a classy guy. Let’s see what Mr. Claus will drive this year for Christmas in the list below.
The Best Vehicles from 2018 For Holiday Road Trips
We’re literally a few days away from Christmas. It’s hard to imagine what most of you are doing, though I suspect that you’re either scrambling to buy Christmas gifts or you’re preparing for the Christmas family vacation. I understand the pressure that comes with either of the two scenarios, though I will confess that I fall into the latter category. I’m preparing the Christmas family vacation, too, and, as you might expect, I’m gearing up the family SUV to prepare for the long road ahead for the family reunion. With that in mind, I picked out the best vehicles for the Christmas family vacation with the hope that if you have any of these rides, you can take the road this holiday season with confidence.
The best vehicles for Christmas shopping
The winter holidays are all fun and joy once you’ve set up the Christmas tree and invited everyone over, but before you do that, you obviously need to buy everything on that shopping list. That includes presents, food, and everything else you need for the holidays, and they all need to fit in your trunk unless you want to make more than one trip.
You obviously need a pretty big trunk, so I went ahead and compiled a list of the best vehicles for Christmas shopping. Large SUVs are best recommended for the job, but you can also consider wagons and minivans. Yes, there aren’t many wagons to choose from in the U.S. nowadays, but if you’re not a fan of SUVs, there are few large sedans that offer decent trunk space. Let’s have a closer look at what you can use.
A new year is upon us, and it’s time we look at the best and worst of things that came our way. 2018 was, without a doubt, the year of the SUV, and there have been more than enough to quench any thirst for them that we may have had. Of course, we’re all journalists here, so we have a slightly different perspective than most people do - you included. With that said, we also get to experience the cream of the crop. We get to know them inside and out, inward and out, top and bottom. For a small period of time, each one of them burrows into our lives like a bad fungal infection that we just can’t shake. And, that’s why we’re here to present you with the best and most important SUVs presented in 2018. If you’re in the market for a new high-riding people hauler, look no further - your next ride is probably on this list.
Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.
The 7 Best New Cars of 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, we decided to take a look back at the best cars presented this year. There’s a little something on this list for everyone, including models like the Mercedes A-Class, Hyundai i30 N, and even the Hyundai Niro EV. But what is it that makes these cars (and the others we’ve chosen) the best new cars of 2018? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
The electric cars that will revolutionize the market in 2019
2018 was a banner year for electric vehicles. Throughout the year, we’ve seen more EV’s debut than any other time in auto history. It’s a clear sign that EVs have moved beyond the point of being novelties. The sudden rush among automakers to develop electric cars isn’t a niche endeavor anymore. It’s become the key to the future of the whole business. So if you thought that 2018 was a big year for electric vehicles, 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for the segment. Just about every relevant automaker has its hands on the EV pot, right there with startup companies that are looking for relevancy in an industry that’s become as competitive as it’s ever been. Priorities are shifting in this business if they haven’t shifted already. 2019 will be the year when a lot of these automakers show off the fruits of their labor, including these eight models that could revolutionize the whole segment and plot the long-term course of the industry.
10 of the Coolest Concept Cars from 2018
2018 has been a crazy year for concept vehicles. We’re used to seeing “traditional” concepts sporting traditional powertrains, and while those concepts still arrived in abundance this year, automakers mixed their offerings up to introduce what we like to call “new-age” concepts that tout electrification, autonomous driving technology, and over-the-top power and performance numbers. We saw a lot of those concepts, too. The specs and features of these concepts may be arbitrary and far-fetched, but their features point to where automakers are spending their time and money with an eye towards the future of the industry. Picking this year’s coolest concept cars was more challenging than in past years, but we were able to narrow it down to 10 concepts that, we believe, best embodies the year in the business that’s about to come to a close.
Top 13 Subcompact SUVs Ranked from Best to Worst
If you are in the business of finding the best subcompact SUV, I am quite sure that you have at least peaked at the rear seats trying to figure out how much use you could get from them. Well, I’ve compiled a list of 13 subcompact SUVs, crossovers, or whatever you call them, and ranked them by the rear seat room. Sure, this is not the most important measurement to find out which one is the best subcompact SUV, but it is an important factor for sure.
Power, consumption, or the cargo room in the boot are as important. And yes, I included that too. So, without further ado, let’s see what 13 of the most important subcompact SUVs bring to the table in the U.S.