Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

Mark Phelan

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

Finding an electric vehicle charging station shouldn’t be game of hide-and-seek

Compared to gas stations, finding an electric vehicle charging station is a sadistic scavenger hunt. Here's how to fix that. → Read More

2022 Toyota Tundra pickup brings hybrid power and cloud-based nav system to the Truck Wars

The 2022 Tundra is new from the ground up, a long-awaited replacement for Toyota’s first full-size pickup, which debuted as a 2007 model in 2006. → Read More

2022 Lexus NX SUV boasts 36-mile plug-in hybrid, connected navigation and more

The new NX should join its big brother — the RX — as the mainstays of Lexus’ lineup in a post-sedan, increasingly electrified auto industry. → Read More

2022 Ford Maverick packs big value, features and hybrid power into a little pickup

The Maverick is a potential winner for everybody from first-time buyers to homeowners looking to right-size their mulch haulers → Read More

Electric 2022 GMC Hummer pickup delivers outsize power, performance and technology

How the Hummer EV pickup tackled everything from rock crawling to the crab walk. → Read More

Famous race cars to thunder around Pontiac track at inaugural American Speed Festival

The centerpiece of the weekend is a tribute to the legendary Can-Am race cars, which became famous for unlimited engine power and technical innovation. → Read More

2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with hybrid engine, 12,000-pound towing capacity

Toyota reworks its big pickup to offer more power and towing. → Read More

VW ID4 becomes a force to reckon with as electric SUV adds power, AWD

The ID4 AWD also adds fun to a compact sedan developed to win mainstream buyers from the unexciting Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. → Read More

Mega supplier for auto industry predicts massive sales boost for electric cars by 2025

Growing electric vehicle sales may lead to some surprising new business for Magna Automotive, its CEO says. → Read More

I expect to be disappointed by 2023 Acura Integra — and here's why

The new Acura Integra should be a dramatic looking, fun to drive and affordable small SUV. But I expect it will miss its opportunity to stand out. → Read More

Canyon OvrlandX concept pickup takes GMC into luxury overlanding country

A lift kit, solar panel, snorkel and stainless steel bed cap are just the beginning for new extreme off-roading, 'glamping' concept pickup. → Read More

The new Honda Civic is the best small car you can buy — and nobody is surprised

Value, features, style and performance keep Honda's compact where it's been for most of the last 50 years: On top → Read More

Gas cans 101: Or how not to set yourself on fire during a blackout

Why are so many gasoline cans so hard to use? More important, how do you pick a can that won’t turn you into a walking wick? → Read More

Hit Lincoln Navigator SUV adds 2 new Black Label packages, hands-free driving for 2022

Lincoln's hit SUV adds smart features and more luxury, including streaming video and an interior inspired by Manhattan's Central Park. → Read More

Motor City Car Crawl shows the potential of summer auto shows

MC3 was downtown Detroit’s first big event in well over a year. Businesses and the public were clearly eager for it. → Read More

Theft from vehicles spiked during the pandemic: Here's how to protect your belongings

Thefts from vehicles spiked in 2020, but drivers can do a lot to avoid being a target of opportunity. → Read More

Theft from vehicles spiked during the pandemic: Here's how to protect your belongings

Thefts from vehicles spiked in 2020, but drivers can do a lot to avoid being a target of opportunity. → Read More

2022 Nissan Frontier pickup looks to pump up sales with ‘hardbody’ looks, safety features

The Frontier’s tough throwback styling beefs up a pickup that had faded into competing midsize pickups that were updated or replaced with new models. → Read More

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup is terrific, but who will buy it?

The radically different 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is looking for a new kind of pickup customer – if they exist. → Read More

2022 GMC Sierra one-ups Tesla with two new hands-free highway maneuvers. I liked them both

the two new features promise to make towing and long highway drives safer and less tiring for drivers/ → Read More