In defense of the Dodge Avenger

Time has been unkind to the Dodge Avenger. Though, to be fair, so have most things. Chrysler’s mid-sized ‘sports’ sedan offering hit the new car market in 2008 and was produced until 2014. Sporting an un-sporty front-engined front-wheel-drive layout motivated by an equally yawn-inducing variety of four and six-cylinder engines the Avenger was meant to be

Car Review: 2002 Mazda Miata Special Edition

Few cars stand unopposed in their market segment. For those looking for an inexpensive, reliable, purpose-built sports car with the engine in the front, drive wheels in back, truly spectacular handling, and can only have one car the Internet Meme Machine is quick to point out, the answer is always Miata. In 1990 the small Roadster

The Crapcan Miata Part 2 — I Prefer Duck Sauce

The term “rice” is an interesting phenomenon. Originating as the phrase “rice burner” it referred to, with hardly-subtle racial undertones, Japanese motorcycles that were modified garishly in an attempt to convey the idea of higher performance than the cycle was actually capable of. Eventually it changed to refer to Japanese cars as well, and then

Why I Fly

It’s 4:05 PM on a beautiful Thursday afternoon in Wichita, KS.  I’m sitting in seat 23A on an Embraer ERJ-145 watching YouTube videos while I wait for us to push back from the gate to head south to Houston, TX.  We were supposed to leave at 3:05.  We boarded at 3:30. ‘The maintenance crew should