G.R. Whale

G.R. Whale

G.R. Whale has been breaking parts since the ’60s and writing about it since the ’80s, beginning at Four Wheeler Magazine and since published in more than 25 outlets on cars, trucks, aircraft, boats, commercial and recreational vehicles. An IAMA technical writing award winner, he holds a degree in communications, did a brief stint in automotive PR, serves as an off-highway driving instructor and is the Editor-at-Large at Truck Trend. Whale lives outside Los Angeles with speed-freak family and would rather be cooking, rallying or sailing than using any keyboard.

Reviews by G.R. Whale

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    2015 Dodge Charger

    Extensively revised for 2015, Dodge Charger is America’s four-door muscle car, full of presence and in some cases fury. It looks mean but rides well, is quite practical from a room...

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    2014 GMC Acadia

    Like the related Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia can seat seven or eight, depending on configuration, and haul a big pile of cargo. Inside and out, the Acadia is similar in...

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    2016 Honda HR-V

    The 2016 Honda HR-V was revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show only hours after Mazda introduced the CX-3 that HR-V will compete against. These very compact crossovers are about...

  • 2015 GMC Canyon

    2015 GMC Canyon

    All-new, the 2015 GMC Canyon is a scaled down Sierra offering two engines, two cabs and two bed lengths. The percentage lower or smaller than the Sierra depends on what you’re...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

    2015 Chevrolet Colorado

    Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-sized pickup for people who do occasional hauling, tow light trailers, or need four-wheel drive to reach their favorite sporting site. Narrower and lower than a full-size...

  • 2015 Ford F-150

    2015 Ford F-150

    The Ford F-150 offers something for everyone interested in a light-duty pickup, be it for independent business like contractors or landscapers, fleet buyers, or as a second car. Interiors range from...

  • 2015 Kia K900

    2015 Kia K900

    The Kia K900 is Kia’s first rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan brought to the North American market. Proven in the home market where it’s called K9 (like Audi A6, etc.) it comes here...

  • 2014 Dodge Durango

    2014 Dodge Durango

    The Dodge Durango’s 2011 redesign qualified as a wholesale advance on its predecessor and 2014 sees noteworthy advances in Durango evolution. The 2014 Durango is more than merely competitive, offering a...

  • 2014 Ram ProMaster

    2014 Ram ProMaster

    The Ram ProMaster marks Chrysler’s first full-size van since the Dodge B-van that carted so many people to airports and religious retreats. Although ProMaster is new to the American market there...

  • 2014 Ram 1500

    2014 Ram 1500

    For 2014, Ram 1500 is available with a diesel engine, making it the first half-ton pickup to offer a modern, clean diesel engine option (though there was a light-duty diesel option...

  • 2014 Ford Super Duty

    2014 Ford Super Duty

    The Ford Super Duty pickups offer a pair of stout engines and can tow bumper-pull trailers that weigh up to 18,500 pounds or 24,700 with a fifth-wheel setup. Their bold, broad...

  • 2015 GMC Sierra HD

    2015 GMC Sierra HD

    The GMC Sierra HD rolls into the 2015 model year looking like a new truck: The 2015 GMC Sierra HD gets new sheetmetal, a new cab, and interior and infotainment systems...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD

    2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD

    The Chevrolet Silverado HD (and GMC Sierra HD) is the least truck-like of the heavy-duty pickups. Apples to apples Silverado HD usually has a better ride, more precise steering and quieter...

  • 2014 Toyota Highlander

    2014 Toyota Highlander

    The Toyota Highlander is completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. A three-row crossover sport-utility vehicle, Highlander has seats for seven or eight assuming at least a couple are kids, decent...

  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB

    2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB

    A long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover goes on sale early this year, including a luxurious and exclusive Autobiography Black model. Eight inches is the magic number at Range Rover, that...

  • 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

    2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

    Where celebrities hanker to be seen in Los Angeles, Jaguar introduced the new Coupe version of the F-TYPE so they can't be seen as easily as in a convertible. The spiritual...

  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is all-new for 2014. The 2014 Range Rover Sport aims to match Range Rover's flair with driving dynamics more suitable to a big premium sedan...

  • 2013 Ram Heavy Duty

    2013 Ram Heavy Duty

    The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty models, the 2013 Ram 2500 and 2013 Ram 3500, have reset the bar for pickup truck towing and further advanced the luxury heavy-duty pickup. Changes applied...

  • 2013 GMC Sierra HD

    2013 GMC Sierra HD

    GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickups are well suited to real-world use and abuse. They can haul tons of brick and cement and tow the concrete pump, then turn around to be...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD

    The Chevrolet Silverado HD is the least commercial of the heavy-duty pickups, with a smoother ride, more precise steering, and more carlike interior, yet its capability is on par with the...

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