Hooniverse Asks: Which brand that doesn’t have an off-road model should add one?

goodyear grabber olds 442

I’m fascinated by off-road versions of production vehicles. Ever since the Ford Raptor arrived, it feels like a few automakers are getting a bit more serious about properly playing in the dirt. Sure, Jeep and Toyota have been doing it for a long time, but the Raptor took things to a new extreme. Which automaker […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite not-necessary optional feature?

cadillac night vision

I love night vision in a car. It’s so unnecessary for 95% of car owners and it feels like you’re driving a stealth military vehicle. It’s almost a gimmick. Almost, as it could be pretty useful in areas that are extremely dark and wildlife can roam out of the forest. But in a city area […]

Hooniverse Asks: What stereotypical stuff have you experienced with your car?

montero and the jag

This morning I buckled my daughter into her seat. I set her backpack on the front passenger seat. Then I climbed into the driver’s seat of my old Jag and turned the key. BRZ-BRZ-BRZ-BRZ-CLK-CLK-CLK-CLK. It wouldn’t start. I believe the alternator needs a swap as the voltmeter in the car typically reads a touch low […]

Hooniverse Asks: Can you navigate without GPS?

Remember I was asking you about automotive events in which you’d like to compete? In that post, I mention a Land Rover event trying to capture some of the essence of the OG Camel Trophy stuff. Well, I’m participating in the Land Rover Trēk event next week. Part of this means I need to know […]

Hooniverse Asks: How should a cheap new car be equipped?

Last week I drove the new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross. I cannot yet tell you anything about it (Autotrader video review lands tomorrow). But by the very nature of the type of vehicle, you can probably ascertain a fair bit about it. This has me thinking though… how do you think automakers should equip their […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the easiest car fix you’ve ever done?

Yesterday afternoon I shared a quick car fix as our Last Call post of the day. It involved swapping an inexpensive relay in order to regain the use of my turn signals. Simple, yes. But effective and pleasing at the same time. That’s because car repair sometimes borders on maddening, especially when you’re an inexperienced […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite trail rig?

Rory Irish Moab recovery

This beast started life as a 1982 Chevrolet pickup. It became a mud truck. Then it was switched up for rock crawling. Today, it’s a unique rescue rig that plucks other people out of trouble in Moab. Owner Rory Irish uses his Trail Mater to help others in literally tough spots. Under the hood, this […]

Hooniverse Asks: What tech do cars need that they don’t already have?

W223 Benz door light

Today I’m driving a 2021 Mercedes-Benz S580. It’s for that paying gig I have over with Autotrader where they let me make the talkies. As a total MB fanboy, I knew I was going to like this thing. But as a fan of tech things in general, this car is insane. It’s fitted with a […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite livery of all time?

john player special

My answer here is easy; it’s the black and gold of the John Player Special livery. Even today, I’m a sucker for products in that color scheme. It doesn’t even have to be car-related, as there’s a new mountain bike helmet I want simply because it’s black and gold. My plan is to eventually have […]