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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2015 Jetta Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS

2015 Jetta Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS
Volkswagen’s popular Jetta sedan just earned Top Safety Pick+ honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety. Thanks to a recent structural upgrade that included strengthened A-pillars and reinforced door sills, plus the addition of new crash-prevention technology, the car earned a good rating in the demanding small-overlap test, up from marginal before. This is...

Used LaFerrari on sale in Dubai for $3.4M

Used LaFerrari on sale in Dubai for $3.4M
Ferraris are expensive. New ones, old ones, broken ones and rolled ones, they all cost a dumpster-load of cash to acquire. And the brand’s latest flagship supercar underscores this rule with a big, fat permanent marker. A shiny black “used” LaFerrari is gone on sale in Dubai. This beauty has an asking price of 12.5...

GM Recalls Natural Gas-Powered Vans

GM Recalls Natural Gas-Powered Vans
Another day, another GM recall. This time the Detroit-based automotive giant is working to fix issues with some natural gas-powered vehicles. Models affected by this action include 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. Obviously this call-back affects versions powered by compressed natural gas, CNG for short. SEE ALSO: GM Recalls Another 8.4-Million Vehicles...

Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Dealer Arrival Begins

Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Dealer Arrival Begins
Good news midsize pickup fans! GM just announced its latest entries in the segment, the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, are shipping to dealers starting today. Both of these “right-sized” trucks slot in underneath their respective brands’ full-size models, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that...

Why are Diesels More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines?

Why are Diesels More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines?
Diesel. To many American drivers the “D” word is something of a mystery. It’s associated with construction equipment, tractor trailers and hillbillies “rollin’ coal” in their modified pickups, spewing more black smoke than a burning pile of used tires. But these stereotypes have about as much in common with today’s clean diesels as lobotomies do...

10 German Vehicles NOT Built in Germany

10 German Vehicles NOT Built in Germany
Cultural stereotypes aside, Germany is known for its advanced technology, engineering prowess and top-quality manufacturing. The land of beer, bratwurst and BMW is especially famed for its automobiles, which are renowned the world over for their driving dynamics and Autobahn-proven performance. But many of the cars and crossover manufactured by Teutonic firms aren’t actually built...

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Lexus RC 350 F-Sport

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Lexus RC 350 F-Sport
Lexus executives are keen to reinvent the brand. Toyota’s platinum-clad luxury division has earned a well-deserved reputation for quality and reliability, but the car-buying public at large also perceives it as being pretty dull. In an effort to “youth-inize” its somewhat geriatric image, product planners are working to make the lineup more exciting. And one...

Can I Repair a Popped Tire?

Can I Repair a Popped Tire?
Few drivers appreciate the importance of tires until they’re stranded on the side of the road with a flat. The truth is every mile we drive depends on these rubber donuts. In spite of their importance tires are surprisingly vulnerable; even a tiny puncture can keep you from going anywhere. Fortunately many failures can be...

Touring the Hagerty Insurance Private Car Collection

Touring the Hagerty Insurance Private Car Collection
Nestled in the untamed wilds of Northern Michigan, or more specifically the charming mini-metropolis of Traverse City, is a world-class collection of vintage cars you’ve probably never seen or even heard of before. Informally referred to as The Hagerty Garage, this eclectic group of vehicles is comprised of about 25 autos plus a handful of...

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Dodge Viper GTS

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Dodge Viper GTS
It’s big, it’s bad and it’s a Dodge once more! The Viper is a mean machine from the folks in Auburn Hills. But what’s it like driving this SRT-tuned super snake? Hit the jump for more. ...

10 Amazing Options on the 2015 Corvette Z06

10 Amazing Options on the 2015 Corvette Z06
Even with “just” 460 hp on tap the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a beastly machine. Like a jet fighter at full afterburner this ultra-high-performance car can blast from zero to 60 miles an hour in just 3.8 seconds. Giving imported rivals a red, white and blue middle finger it stickers at 29 miles per gallon...

Top 10 Cars for Older Drivers

Top 10 Cars for Older Drivers
Last week we pointed out some of the most geriatric cars on the market, vehicles that are stodgy, dated or otherwise un-cool. In the process we totally lampooned senior citizens, making fun of them every chance we had. But with this Top 10 we’re setting aside our comments about hemorrhoid cream and adjustable beds to...
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