Craig Cole
Born and raised in Southeastern, Michigan Craig was steeped in cars and mechanics from childhood, growing up around tractors, motorcycles and engines. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a keyboard. When he’s not providing AutoGuide with USDA prime content he’s out in the garage restoring his 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Some say he’s a changeling.

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Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective. For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working...
Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Like veteran 911 operators AutoGuide’s expertly trained staff is here to help at anytime, day or night… as long as they can respond via e-mail and at their convenience. Ask AutoGuide is our newest weekly feature and it’s off like a prom dress. Literally tens of people have written in asking for assistance in purchasing...
2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

With a flurry of new Lincoln product on the way, the 2013 MKZ is the first of this new breed. Can it get the brand back on the road to prosperity or is Lincoln a lost cause?

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Mustang Stampede Galloping to SEMA

Mustang Stampede Galloping to SEMA
Arguably Ford’s totally redesigned 2015 Mustang is one of the most exciting cars to come out in the last few years. Further hyping this important launch the company will have a whole heard of them at next month’s SEMA show. Ford will showcase more than a dozen modified Mustangs in Las Vegas. Cars will be...

EPA Makes BMW Correct MINI Fuel-Economy Figures

EPA Makes BMW Correct MINI Fuel-Economy Figures
Hyundai and Ford aren’t the only manufacturers that have been forced to revise their fuel-economy scores. Now BMW is joining this hall of shame. The German luxury brand is adjusting the consumption figures of four different MINI models to make them more accurate. The EPA performed a fuel-economy audit on these cars and determined that...

Real-World CAFE Performance Exceeds NHTSA Targets

Real-World CAFE Performance Exceeds NHTSA Targets
Corporate Average Fuel Economy, CAFE for short, is a series of regulations designed to improve the efficiency of vehicles sold in the United States. Automakers will be required to average 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. That may sound like an impossibly tall order but manufacturers have been slowly improving their efficiency each...

Mazda Official Auto Sponsor of South by South West

Mazda Official Auto Sponsor of South by South West
Mazda just announced that it’s become the official automobile sponsor of South by South West (SXSW), a music, film and interactive festival hosted annually in Austin, Texas. The Japanese company has signed on in this capacity for three years. Executives believe the event is a perfect fit for the “Zoom-Zoom” brand, which appeals to younger...

McLaren P1 GTR More Focused than Adderall Addict

McLaren P1 GTR More Focused than Adderall Addict
McLaren’s track-focused P1 GTR is currently under development but the company just released information about the car’s race-ready interior. This highly specialized machine is supposedly the most powerful track-only vehicle ever built by McLaren, brandishing a powertrain with 986 bhp. But aside from oodles of giddy up the car also features other enhancements designed to...

What to do After a Crash

What to do After a Crash
Like an addendum to Murphy’s Law, the unforeseen tends to happen when you least expect it; misfortune is like a lot like a combination ninja/cat burglar/stealth bomber. Glance away for a split second and BAM, something bad happens. Whether your dog sneaks a slice of pizza off your dinner plate or a friend’s printer stops...

Tuner Prepares 600-HP Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

Tuner Prepares 600-HP Hyundai Genesis for SEMA
Hyundai’s already powerful Genesis sedan is a blank canvas for tuners to alter however they wish. And with SEMA just around the bend you can bet this car will be well represented at the Vegas event, in fact one company has already boosted it to the brink of insanity. The folks at Toca Marketing Group,...

2016 Acura ILX Spotted Playing in the Sun

2016 Acura ILX Spotted Playing in the Sun
The other day Acura teased its upcoming 2016 ILX sedan by releasing a darkened photo of the car. It revealed next to nothing, but fortunately we can do much better than that; we’ve got an entire gallery of spy photos. The car was caught with its pants down so to speak, out in the blinding...

Euro Prius+ Gets Updated for 2015, Prius v to Follow?

Euro Prius+ Gets Updated for 2015, Prius v to Follow?
How exciting! The European version of Toyota’s Prius v has gotten a minor update for 2015. This fuel-sipping station wagon gets warmed-over styling, new color choices and revised equipment. Up front it’s graced with a reworked front end that’s punctuated with LED headlamps. It also gains a glossy black lower trapezoidal section and tweaked bumpers....

Finalists for Green Car of the Year’ Announced

Finalists for Green Car of the Year’ Announced
The folks at Green Car Journal have just released their list of finalists for the 2015 Green Car of the Year award. The group includes a surprising diversity of vehicles from several manufacturers. Green Car Journal has been honoring environmentally responsible vehicles since 2005. The winner will be announced at the L.A. Auto Show next...

Aston Martin Vantage Spied with Leaves in its Grille

Aston Martin Vantage Spied with Leaves in its Grille
The folks at Aston Martin are hard at work on their next generation Vantage sports car. Through back-door dealings and international subterfuge we managed to snag a passel of spy photos proving this point. The car can be seen getting a thorough workout on the race track. Dressed in black it looks as striking as...

Toyota Pushing to Fix More Vehicles with Defective Airbag Inflators

Toyota Pushing to Fix More Vehicles with Defective Airbag Inflators
Toyota is conducting a supplemental recall of some 247,000 vehicles to correct a potential airbag issue. Models affected by this latest action include the Corolla small car, Matrix hatchback, Sequoia SUV, Tundra pickup truck and Lexus SC coupe. The vehicles in question were built between 2001 and 2004 and feature airbag components manufactured by supplier...
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