The Wall Street Journal this week flashed a greed light to auto-buyers. The auto industry is expected to move 15.5 million vehicles this year, according to the newspaper, a level not reached since before the financial crisis in 2008.
Today, I'd like to share with you some amazing discoveries.
If I'm blessed with an average life span, I will live a good stretch of years in two centuries.
On a visit to test drive the redesigned Mazda 6 earlier this week, I encountered two young customers — a man and a woman — checking out the car in the Edd Kirby's Adventure Mazda showroom.
Dad, It's been 20 years since you left us, and I miss you more as the years go by.
Subaru clearly has younger drivers in its sights with the introduction of the all-new Crosstrek hatchback.
Put an electric razor under a down pillow.
When your family ranges in age from six to 54, finding a one-size-fits-all television show is hard. For our brood, "Duck Dynasty" on A&E does the trick.
When automotive journalists voted on the North American Truck/Utility of the Year earlier this month in Detroit, the retooled Ram 1500 took top honors.
My wife and I were standing in the checkout line at Walmart last Sunday when she held up an item from the magazine rack.
When I told a newsroom pal I was driving an Avalon from Capital Toyota last week, he quipped, "Oh, isn't that the car for retired school administrators?"
Do you need a password to get to heaven?
I was walking through the newsroom the other day when my cellphone jangled in my pocket.
Editor's note: Second of two parts. This week we continue on our quest to highlight some of the best new vehicles of the last 12 months. Today we round out our Top 10 picks with a look at five more cars and trucks.
I got an iPhone 5 for Christmas. It's cool — solid black and about the size of a Hershey bar.
Hooray for Hasbro!
I've been test-driving cars for years, but until last Tuesday, I had never had another driver pull beside me at a traffic light and flag me down.
I have a 1960s memory of a second-grade boy who, at about age 7, raised eyebrows in my hometown by climbing into Santa's lap at a Christmas party.
Time was, most modern sedans got redesigned about every five years — whether they needed it or not.
There's only a hair of difference between fearless and crazy. Vivian Tyler, 39, is a good example.
Like a good-looking spouse who also happens to be an All-American cook, the new Ford Fusion Hybrid gives you the best of two worlds — high style and fuel economy.
Over time, my signature has devolved into a dying-man's EKG, a little spasm of an "M" followed by a sad, flat line.
For the first 5 minutes after this week's test drive of the awesome 2013 Audi S6, I thought my personal car, a Toyota Camry hybrid, was broken.
Last week I cleaned out my desk in the Life department and moved to the rear of the newsroom to join the Opinion pages staff.
It's amazing how much refinement automakers are building into today's compact cars; especially when you consider they are direct descendants of the prosaic little econoboxes of the last third of the 20th century.
At exactly 8:29 p.m. on Nov. 6 — Election Night — an email alert popped up on my computer screen.
Cross a Toyota Prius sedan with a small SUV and what do you have?
Since 1995, the Times Free Press and the two premerger dailies here have together published 286 stories about water parks.
Sometimes ad campaigns for new cars are subtle, other times not so much.
As hurricane names go, Sandy is too soft for a killer storm. It's a name befitting a light-haired dog, maybe, or a girl cousin.
Nissan's redesigned 2013 Pathfinder is remarkably different than the outgoing model.
My two sons, ages 10 and 6, were both born in late October. Their Halloween-week birthday parties have always been a snap.
Wow. What's that gorgeous new car the neighbors down the street brought home this week?
When I returned from vacation last week, 2,348 emails were waiting in my inbox like baby chicks. Only 17 were important.
Quick: Think small SUV. Now, what leaps to your mind? Honda CR-V? Toyota RAV-4? Chevy Equinox? Ford Escape?
I hate the Dallas Cowboys.
The new Ford C-Max Hybrid, a compact wagon that gets 47 miles per gallon in the city, is sneaky cool.
The U.S. Census Bureau likes my family. I know this because they call us once a month. I get calls from a census lady who talks like she's from Bombay.
There is something about the full-throated howl of the Dodge Challenger R/T's Hemi engine that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and dance.
Every couple of years some of the world-famous Rockettes come to Chattanooga on a publicity tour.
Most car companies worry about what a car looks like on the outside, hoping to lure buyers with love at first sight.
Sometimes the odds are against you. Only 3,142 people have ever climbed to the top of Mount Everest. Only 2,671 people have swum the English Channel. J. Stephen Conn, a 67-year-old retired minister from Pikeville, Tenn., set out 17 years ago to do something even more rare.
Sometimes you slide into the driver’s seat of a new car and it feels like slipping on your favorite ball glove.
I specifically scheduled "family fun" from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday afternoon. Alas, fun did not happen. In fact, the afternoon was something of a train wreck.
If you're pulling for a General Motors comeback, then watch sales of the new-for-2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The midsize sedan from GM's bread-and-butter Chevrolet division is a good bellwether for the company as a whole.
If the 2012 presidential election were a hurricane, Tennessee would be in the eye.
Today, we look at a sturdy work truck with the heart of a Lexus.
On any given day, there are about 120 patients at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. Some stay only a few days; others remain for months. Most probably just want to get better and get out.
When I first laid eyes on this week's test car, a 2013 Ford Explorer Limited, I would have sworn it was jet black.
On a car ride home from Lowe's one night earlier this month, my 5-year-old son was in the back seat listening to a Lookouts baseball game on the radio.