Neil Moore

Mitsubishi’s new three-cylinder Mirage starts at a low $12

Motoring: Big expectations for Mitsubishi’s smallest car

While Mitsubishi has been paring down its product line, they’ve added a vehicle that should deliver better numbers.

Mitsubishi’s new three-cylinder Mirage starts at a low $12
The redesigned Lincoln MKZ is a head-turner with its sweeping roofline

Motoring: MKZ Hybrid brings thrift to luxury segment

The new MKZ, with its swoopy lines, LED exterior lighting and split wing grille turned plenty of heads at auto shows I've been to.

The redesigned Lincoln MKZ is a head-turner with its sweeping roofline
With a wide stance and sweeping profile

Motoring: Fusion Hybrid delivers fuel savings without the sacrifice

The Fusion’s new, sleeker silhouette, sweeping character lines and thin roof pillars create an athletic profile.

With a wide stance and sweeping profile
With its wide stance

Motoring: Kia goes upmarket with Cadenza sedan

Today’s Kia models not only look sharper both inside and out, but benefit from better build quality and loads of tech.

With its wide stance
Call it a tall wagon or ‘mini’ minivan

Motoring: Ford’s C-Max Energi offers a greener people mover

I lack the patience for eco-friendly motoring…but my love for over-powered gas-guzzling V8s is challenged by my thrift.

Call it a tall wagon or ‘mini’ minivan
The 2013 Nissan Titan is a handsome full-size pickup truck with its big chrome grille and telescopic side mirrors

Motoring: Nissan Titan a full-size pickup contender

Toyota and Nissan have a reputation for building world-class small and now mid-size pickup trucks.

The 2013 Nissan Titan is a handsome full-size pickup truck with its big chrome grille and telescopic side mirrors
With a lower height than its predecessor

B-Class an attractive addition for Mercedes-Benz

The B 250 starts at the same price as its predecessor, but with a big jump in power, better driving dynamics and more standard content.

With a lower height than its predecessor
The eclectic Nissan Juke has received a variety of Nismo mods that include a larger lower grille to improve airflow

Motoring: Nismo turns up heat for NIssan Juke

Overall, this in-your-face exterior with lizard-eyed front end can be polarizing, but I like it.

The eclectic Nissan Juke has received a variety of Nismo mods that include a larger lower grille to improve airflow
Classic coupe proportions—long hood

Motoring: C-Class turns heads with two doors

But park beside the sedan's two-door sibling—the C-Class Coupe—and guess who steals the spotlight?

Classic coupe proportions—long hood
Although longer and wider than before

Motoring: Few compromises with BMW’s ActiveHybrid 3

In practice, most hybrids are a compromise between performance and fuel economy, with performance getting the short shrift.

Although longer and wider than before
Despite its compact size

Motoring: Practicality meets fun in BMW X3 SAV

Instead of relying on the milk of driver kindness, I tapped into one of BMW’s traditional strengths—power—to get a spot in traffic.

Despite its compact size
The 2013 Sequoia full-size SUV is large by any standard. In Limited Trim

Motoring: Toyota Sequoia Limited a heavyweight contender

After a week in this big rig, tapping the 5.7-litre V8’s vast reserves of power, I was hesitant to return the keys.

The 2013 Sequoia full-size SUV is large by any standard. In Limited Trim
The 2013 ES 300h makes a bolder first impression with the now signature Lexus spindle grille. The new model also has a longer wheelbase

Motoring: Lexus ES 300h hybrid gets bolder styling

In designing the ES 300h hybrid sedan, Lexus wisely chose not to fix what wasn’t broken, but sharpened its look and driving dynamics.

The 2013 ES 300h makes a bolder first impression with the now signature Lexus spindle grille. The new model also has a longer wheelbase
Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design gives the 2013 Elantra Coupe a deeply sculpted wedge silhouette. It also provides a bold first impression

Motoring: Hyundai Elantra Coupe gets top style marks

You get a well-equipped car in the base GLS with manual.

Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design gives the 2013 Elantra Coupe a deeply sculpted wedge silhouette. It also provides a bold first impression
The Alaska Highway cuts through Kluane National Park

Motoring: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans were game for Alaskan journey

The Sprinter quickly ate up the miles, smoothly, and with some expected jouncing over sections of badly heaved pavement.

The Alaska Highway cuts through Kluane National Park
Toyota 4Runner in its fifth-generation for 2013

4Runner shines on and off-road

Toyota, to its credit, never gave up on 4Runner’s off-road ability.

Toyota 4Runner in its fifth-generation for 2013

Turbo adds heat to Hyundai’s funky Veloster

During my time with the Hyundai Veloster, I had several friends who really liked its bold, curvaceous look. Others hated it.

The Honda Pilot received a new front grille last year. It complements the vehicle’s rugged

Pilot flies high among intermediate SUV contenders

With the passing of time, Honda's models have increased in size.

The Honda Pilot received a new front grille last year. It complements the vehicle’s rugged
Although not the greenest of vehicles at the show

Import auto makers paint LA green

Now, non-domestic manufacturers produce some of the most advanced hybrids, electrics and other fuel-efficient vehicles.

Although not the greenest of vehicles at the show
It’s no longer the new kid on the block

No shortage of ‘green’ tech from the Big Three domestics

At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show there was no shortage of shiny objects, even in the ‘green’ department this year.

It’s no longer the new kid on the block