Though crossovers and SUVs dominate the new car market as the Sedanocalypse closes in around us, some four-door cars will always be fine. The Toyota Camry is one of them. It may have lost its U.S. sales crown to the RAV4, but no one should worry about its future. Especially after today, when Toyota announced it should get better at handling poor weather. Advertisement Toyota says the Camry is getting optional all-wheel dCamry All-Trac of the early 1990s. Sadly, no, that name is not making a comeback, which seems like a marketing misfire to me. To make up for this mistake, I suppose, the bigger Avalon sedan is also getting AWD Toyota said both sedans get an in-house developed Dynamic Torque Control AWD adapted from the system on the current RAV4. Both AWD models will come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 202 horsepower, or 205 HP on the Avalon and Camry XSE. The AWD system can send up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels in case the front ones start … [Read more...] about The Toyota Camry And Toyota Avalon Are Getting All-Wheel Drive
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SCHAUMBURG, IL—In an ultimately futile act some have described as courageous and others have called a mere postponing of the inevitable, existentialist firefighter James Farber delayed three deaths Monday. "I'm no hero," Farber said after rescuing the family from a house fire on the 2500 block of West Thacker Street, and prolonging for the time being their slow march toward oblivion. "Like any other man, I am thrown into this world, alone and terrified, to play a meaningless role in an empty life. In my case, that role happens to involve charging through towering blazes to pull helpless individuals from a sea of flames before they suffocate or are burnt alive." Advertisement Added Farber, "That hardly makes me a paragon of virtue." At 2:30 a.m. Monday, the alarm sounded at Farber's station house, causing the despondent firefighter to emerge from a deep malaise and, though still absorbed by the sense of dread that has preoccupied him since youth, respond promptly to the … [Read more...] about Existentialist Firefighter Delays 3 Deaths
I have never written a cookbook or even a cooking blog, so it’s impossible for me to say with complete authority that cooking writers have more fabulous lives than other people. Some of them say the trial-and-error process is filled with more error than success and that there are times when they don’t feel like cooking and that their lives amount to nothing more than barely-controlled chaos, but none of this comes through in the finished product. It’s all beautifully composed shots and adorable children and bucolic wildlife. It’s true that Mandy Lee’s new cookbook, The Art of Escapism Cooking, is also full of beautifully composed shots that made me hungry even after I’d just finished eating dinner, because, honestly, her Buffalo Fried Chicken Ramen looked better than anything I will eat this month. But the wonderful and refreshing thing about the book is its overwhelming negativity. Advertisement Escapism cooking, Lee explains in her … [Read more...] about Escapism Cooking
It doesn’t feel like 2019 should be the year of fried food. Aspirational “wellness” goals rule everything around us, encouraging us to ditch booze, sugar, sugary booze, and any breakfast that doesn’t include chia seeds. Paradoxically, air fryers have over the past two years become the sought-after small kitchen appliance, often mentioned in the same reverent tone as Instant Pots. Dig deeper, though, and it’s clear air fryers aren’t antithetical to our dietary efforts—they guarantee the best of all possible worlds. “They’re really promising you the moon,” says Kimberly Janeway, a multimedia content creator with Consumer Reports, which has tested roughly two dozen air fryer models. “The whole allure is the promise that they deliver the delicious crunchy taste of fried food using little or no oil. Some of the claims are—I’m looking at some now—‘great taste with 75% less fat,’ ‘crispy … [Read more...] about Do air fryers deserve the hype?
If you’d asked me three years ago which wireless earbuds to buy for the gym, I would’ve laughed and laughed and laughed. The entire category was so hilariously bad back then, how could I recommend anything? Well let me tell you friend: a lot has changed in the best of ways. Historically, the problem with wireless earbuds hasn’t been sound quality. It’s been comfort and convenience. The truly minimal wireless earbuds tend to fall off your head or feel like you’re wearing heavy stones in your ear canals. Other styles required a clunky neckband that improved comfort and battery life but also made you look like a goon. Don’t even get me started on easy-to-lose proprietary chargers. Advertisement All together, these problems made wireless earbuds virtually useless for an active lifestyle—and it’s still a challenge. But after testing out some of the best reviewed wireless earbuds on the market right now, I was thrilled to learn that some of … [Read more...] about The Very Best Wireless Earbuds for Active People