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Kia Introduces a Clown Car for the 21st Century

A white 2022 Kia Carnival is shown with a clown on its roof, parked outside of a circus tent.
I’ve always said the auto industry is a big tent: there’s room for all and something for everyone beneath its wide, striped canvas structure. People challenge me on that from time to time, and I’m always forced to demonstrate exactly what I mean. Sometimes that’s difficult to do, as the auto industry can seem a bit insular....

We’re Getting the Band Back Together! We Just Need a New Car!

A red 2021 Chevy Equinox is shown parked in front of a black and white band photo after winning the 2021 Chevy Equinox vs 2021 Ford Escape comparison.
Here at The Lemon, we look for news in all the places the regular folks at NBC, CNN, Fox, or The Onion don’t. We look towards you, our fans, our followers, our friendly critics for the best stories you have to offer. And just when we thought we’d seen all of the best stories, we got this...

My 4th Grade Teacher Secretly Moonlighted as a Used Car Salesman

A 4th grade book list and a teacher at a Cincinnati used car lot are shown.
As you navigate your way through what we call life, there are times when you pause, reflect, and learn something new from your past. This happens to everybody, and there are no exceptions. For example, up until a certain age, you probably believed in Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. In some cases, it is just the...

Safety Features are Taking the Fun Out of Driving

A decal is shown on a rear window that says 'rub some mud on it, walk it off'.
There is a movement that formed several years ago on the relatively unknown social media platform RotorHead that has enjoyed a surge in popularity as of late. RotorHead is a place where car enthusiasts gather and discuss everything about cars and car culture. Some time back, a discussion began about modern safety features found in vehicles at...

Fiat 500: Adorable City Car or Italian Death Machine?

A close up shows a wide-eyed man laying on a pillow and a black used Fiat 500 perched on his head.
Dear reader, if you know anything, then you know this: I’m the only one out here, working hard every single day, who will tell you the truth. Everything else is lies, propaganda, and advertising; only I have your interests at heart and want to ensure you can keep living your best life and being your authentic self....

5 Secrets Car Dealerships Don’t Want You to Know

A salesman is making a silence gesture while a couple is shaking hands with a salesman in the background at a car dealer.
Friends, as one of my loyal readers, you no doubt have come to trust me and rely on me to tell it to you straight. As such, let me start by saying this: car dealers want your money. They want to sell you a vehicle and get as much money out of you for it as they...

GM Opponents Advance the Science of Excuseology

A man in a suit and tie is standing in front of the GM building holding his hands out.
Thanks to the continuing high value provided by used GM products available at local used car dealers, those who find themselves outdone by the owners of these vehicles are pushing the very limits of Excuseology. Excuseology, or the science of coming up with and stating excuses, has long been an important field of study...

The Mysterious World of Mitsubishi

A hooded figure is shown with a Mitsubishi logo for a face, after leaving a used car dealer near you.
The automotive world is full of surprises. Take, for example, the Phoenix-like rise, fall, rise, fall, and rise again of electric vehicles (maybe this time the idea will stick). Or recent revelations that some manufacturers, such as Jeep and Ram, have been placing “Easter Eggs” in our vehicles, leading drivers to crawl around their vehicles, looking for...

Huge Leak: Major Info about the Apple Car

A black and white image shows the Apple iCar .
Whether you’re interested in auto news or simply have ears and eyes, you’ve probably heard some sort of scuttlebutt about an Apple Car in the works. Dubbed by some as the “iCar,” there are more rumors about it swirling throughout the media and auto industry news outlets than anything else I can ever remember seeing. Everyone wants...

Introducing the Ford Chassis Cab Insurrection Edition

A blue truck full of Stouffer's meatballs is parked in front of a group of protesters.
Friends, as you well know, I consider myself an unassailable bastion of automotive journalistic integrity and a man that can eat an unreasonable number of meatballs in a single meal. Especially smaller, cocktail meatballs, like as appetizers. Find me some small meatballs in sauce – particularly a zesty Asian-inspired BBQ sauce using hoisin – and I’ll sit myself down...

First EV Road Rally to be Held Inside New York State Capitol

A man with an eco warrior forearm tattoo is shown standing excitedly in front of the New York State capitol building.
The New York State Capitol building a classic example of Gothic architecture perched atop State Street Hill in Albany. For the past year, this wonderful building has been closed to visitors out of an abundance of caution as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that has sickened over one million New York residents and claimed the lives of another...

A Triumervate of Aquatic Excellence: the 2021 Malibu’s New Spokespeople

A white 2021 Chevy Malibu is shown on the beach next to Ariel, The Deep, and Aquaman.
Chevrolet has recently announced its new spokespeople for the 2021 Chevy Malibu.”We’re just so excited for all the Malibu has to offer this year, we just knew it deserved some special attention,” says Chevy’s VP of Marketing, Chad McEnany. “So we have not one, but three spokespeople just to talk about how great the 2021 Chevy Malibu...

The Future of Commercial Vehicles

A street sign is shown at the intersection of past and future with a city scape in the background.
As a journalist, a man of the world, and an expert in all things automotive, I like to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry and track what’s going on. While so-called “consumer” vehicles are fascinating, to be sure, the commercial side of the industry is often overlooked despite how much innovation goes on there. If you’re...

Auto Dealers Asked to Volunteer Used SUVs For Mobile Vaccination Fleet

Dr. Fauci is shown with his arms crossed in front of a 'used SUVs for sale' retrofit vehicles.
The race to COVID-19 herd immunity hit a few speed bumps recently as chronic vaccine shortages plagued the country and anti-vaxxers got way too much media airtime, throwing a monkey wrench in billionaire Bill Gates’ nefarious plans to microchip the planet’s population in a lifesaving vaccine under the guise of a fake virus. That’s when the Federal...

Hold GME: One Man’s Story

Three early 2021 events are shown: Adam Johnson stealing the podium, Bernie Sanders wearing mittens, and Game Stop being handed a pile of money.
By the end of 2020, I thought nothing could surprise me anymore; then we had 31 days of January, and now I don’t know what to think. From insurrection to poetry, from Bernie Sanders’s mittens to a renewed respect for science, and of course, there was Reddit and Wall Street. I didn’t expect to see random lunatics on the...

The 2021 Ford F-150 and the 2021 Ram 1500: How Do I Tell Them Apart?

A close up shows a confused man trying to figure out the difference between the 2021 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Ram 1500.
I know what you are thinking; they have the name written on the side, so that's probably a good first indication. But what if you can't see the badges? How do you tell the 2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Ram 1500 apart? I'm not sure you can. I wouldn't go as far as to say they are the same...

Boddums Up: GMC Sierra or Ford F-150?

A man is reading a paper while a spaceship is beaming light over him.
Hello readers, and welcome back, once again, to my award-winning series in which I take letters from you, sent to me, and provide answers to them. While I was going to pick five or six emails at random for this one, I noticed something odd while looking at some of the messages I’ve received. One particular email really stood...

The Lord of the Compact Crossovers: The Two Transports

The silhouettes of the Fellowship of the Ring characters are in front of a Ford dealership.
As a woodland elf, there is only one thing I love in this world. That’s getting the best of dwarves. While my people sought to create a well-rounded compact crossover that can safely transport a Fellowship to the likes of Mordor, the dwarves also set out to create their own version. The results were the 2021 Ford Escape vs...

Auto Industry Driving Divorces in the New Millennium

A couple is behind a broken heart with a key because the auto industry is contributing to divorce in today's live auto news.
Friends, today I’m here to talk to you about something most people seem to be ignoring: divorce rates in the US are on the rise. In fact, one expert I spoke to said they were “skyrocketing” at such an alarming rate that in another 10 or 20 years, people will likely be getting divorced before they even get married....

European Auto Executives Call Grand Cherokee “Unfair”

A well dressed man is giving the middle finger next to a Jeep emblem.
Several executives from European automakers have recently asked for FCA to suspend production of its 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, to give them appropriate time to build cost-competitive vehicles. Their issues largely lie with the Trackhawk high-performance variant outdoing their more expensive SUVs. While the executives of the various companies seem to have coordinated their statements, the Jeep response has...