The Way Home: 7,000 Miles in the 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Taught Me to Let Go and Enjoy the Ride

In the winter of 2002 I was thirteen years old. The world seemed like a dire place in the wake of 9/11, no one was flying and terrorism panic reached far and wide. I asked my dad if we could drive across the country that summer, and amazingly he agreed, eventually. What started as a whim turned into a two-month, 11,000-mile road trip across America and back.

Read part 3 from my 7,000 road trip from CA to NY and back on TheDrive.com


Here’s What a Lifelong, 850-Loving Volvo Family Thinks of the 2020 V90 Cross Country

When my family moved from the United Kingdom to New Jersey in 1993, our new car was a dark green Volvo 850 wagon. This car would be the one to deliver my sister and me to all manner of playdates, sports games, school dances, and even an occasional house party. This would be the car I decided to liberate from the driveway as an unlicensed 15-year-old delinquent, only to be caught by my parents as they walked home through the neighborhood. This would be the car my sister rear-ended someone in after her first time taking the SATs; she blamed it on being focused on the test. Sure.

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3,500 Miles in a Volvo V90 Cross Country: The Highs and Lows of a Coast-to-Coast Pandemic Road Trip

Night five on the road, somewhere outside Topeka, Kansas. That’s where reality seemed to hit. We had covered some 1,500 miles at this point, about halfway across the country, but the driving wasn’t the hard part. The hard part was at night in some roadside motel, when the headlines can’t seem to stay out of your thoughts. The place we came from was tightening virus restrictions and banning outdoor dining; the place where we were headed required a quarantine. In either direction, it seemed there was bad news.

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The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype Previews an Ultra-Sleek Compact

Honda just unveiled the 2022 Civic Prototype, a preview of a totally new design aimed at hooking younger buyers. We got a close look at the redesign, and spoke to Honda representatives about the automaker’s goals and inspirations for the eleventh-gen Civic.


The current, tenth-generation Civic is the second-best selling car in America, behind only the Toyota Camry. Honda touts the outgoing Civic’s popularity with Millennials and Gen Z, specifically citing the angular design as one of the car’s top selling points. Young buyers prefer the Civic’s unique styling over the competition, Honda spokesperson Carl Pulley told Road & Track.


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2001 Isuzu VehiCross Off-Road Drive: Finding Forgotten Treasure in a ’90s Halo Truck

Early on a cool California morning, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, I meet Julian Carmona and his 2001 Isuzu VehiCross. Some low clouds burn off just as we ease into the San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway-Vehicle Area

We pay the $8 fee to get dirty. The only way to enter the expansive sandy wash is a stream crossing—to Julian and his VehiCross, it’s barely a warmup. We trundle deeper into the canyon, the 3.5-liter V6 purring along while Julian gets into his history with this oddball platform that demands dirt and double-takes in equal measure.


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This Engine-Swapped VW Golf Rose From its Own Ashes

Like so many of my favorite stories, this one begins high in the San Gabriel mountains early on a summer Sunday morning. During my usual scan of the Newcomb’s Ranch parking lot, I spied a somewhat patina’d yellow Mk1 Volkswagen Golf. Despite the slightly rusted exterior, the interior looked extremely well cared for. As luck would have it, the owner, Narbeh Iranosian, walked out from Newcomb’s Ranch right then. This is where things got interesting.


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The Last Cheap 911

Early on a Sunday morning in the canyons above Los Angeles, the parking lot of Newcomb’s Ranch looks like a race track. A who’s-who of high-end hardware at the common coffee and breakfast stop usually has folks fawning over that newest, hottest ride in the lot. But one recent weekend, a bashed-up silver Porsche 911 was getting all the attention.


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Learning to Drive Stick-Shift on a Dodge Viper

Shaun Westbrook is like many of us. He grew up with car posters adorning his bedroom walls. Most car enthusiasts, without a second of hesitation, can tell you about the one car they pined for in their early years. A few of us have even been lucky enough to grow up and purchase that bedroom poster car.

Westbrook is one of those people. He found the 2001 Dodge Viper of his dreams. But he may have jumped the gun.


“When I arrived at the shop they had pulled the car out to the front of their lot,” Westbrook told me. “It was right there waiting for me. I didn’t say anything about not knowing how to drive stick, I think they just assumed I knew how. I didn’t want to put the sale in jeopardy. 


“They gave me the keys and showed me around the car, and then they left me alone, he said. “The first thing that happened was I couldn’t start the car.”


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Nissan’s First GT-R Wasn’t The Beloved Coupe, And It Wasn’t Entirely A Nissan Either

Sitting parked, this boxy four-door could easily be overlooked. But retrain your eye and go in for a closer look, as this 1969 Nissan Skyline has much more to share than your average Japanese sedan. 


Take a stroll around and soak up the furrowed brow and the sharp lines that shape this sharp body. A lower body flare runs into the rear wheel only to be picked up above and carried into the rear fender, like the slash from a katana. Slowly but surely, if you know what to look for, you’ll realize that this is one very special import. The fender-mounted side mirrors or the stainless-steel exhaust tip poking out from the rear fender hint at its subtle but very present aggression.


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1968 Volvo 142S: Sourcing The Perfect Platform For A Scandinavian Muscle Car

The first rays of sunrise bathe the two-door sedan in warm, golden light. The lowered three-box Volvo sports a suggestive rake in its stance, almost like a Scandinavian muscle car, though a 1968 142S isn’t what comes to mind when you think of torque and tire smoke. As the South Bay fog burns off, the owner of this red brick, Chris Persons, shares the curb with me to talk about his car and boil down the build in progress.


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This 1983 Audi ur-Quattro Is Preserving Rally History In Sunny Southern California

We’ve all seen the footage. Dust swirling off of an airborne Quattro wearing the stripes of Audi Sport, suspension fully extended, flames popping out of the exhaust. This is the stuff that muddy, snowy, wet rallying dreams are made of, in all their snarling, dirt-flinging glory. 


Being the first factory team to mate a turbocharged engine with a full-time all-wheel-drive system, Audi became a ascendant force in the World Rally Championship with the Quattro Coupe even before the famed Sport Quattros gave us the wildest variations. Two overall championship wins and more than twenty individual victories around the world between 1981 and 1986 made the Quattro, in any and all its variations, impossible to ignore in the history of the sport; for many younger car fans of that era, an Audi Quattro poster was essential bedroom decorating.


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