We Drive The 2018 Lexus Nx 300 F-sport, Ask Us Anything

We Drive The 2018 Lexus NX 300 F-Sport, Ask Us AnythingThe NX isn't the newest Lexus crossover, but for 2018, the two-row compact model gets some welcomed upgrades for its third birthday. Most noticeable is its name; gone is the 200t nomenclature and present is the new NX 300 designation. Not surprisingly, the name has nothing to do with engine displacement or power specs.

2018 Honda Ridgeline | Pocketknife Pickup Is Up For Anything

2018 Honda Ridgeline | Pocketknife pickup is up for anything

BIRMINGHAM, MICH. — The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is up for anything. It's well-rounded and offers just enough capability for most pickup buyers. That's stating the obvious, but after a few weeks behind the wheel of the Ridgeline, I'm impressed with Honda's balanced approach to the ultra-competitive midsize truck segment. I call it the pocketknife pickup. It's smaller than full-sized monsters like the Ford F-150 and its rivals, but the Honda punches above its weight. Here are three observations after ruminating on the Ridgeline, which joined the Autoblog long-term fleet, this winter.

It has plenty of capability:

For everyone who simply wants but doesn't absolutely need a pickup, this will get the job done. It's a sentiment we've expressed since our First Drive review back in 2016. I tossed an oversized recliner from the late '90s into the back of the Ridgeline, no problem. Picture one of those overstuffed things on which you probably watched Home Improvement or zoned out to Pearl Jam back in the day. I tied it down snugly and there was plenty of room left over, should I have needed to haul something else.

The new @therealautoblog long-term test vehicle, the @Honda Ridgeline, moved a recliner across town today. No problem. Liking this pickup a lot already. pic.twitter.com/C5pvJp7QC1 — Greg Migliore (@GregMigliore) January 1, 2018

Haptic Vr System Makes Anything Feel Squashy

Haptic VR System Makes Anything Feel SquashyPetanko Roller, developed by Yasuaki Kakehi's research group at Keio University, is a haptic virtual reality (VR) system that makes familiar objects feel squashy, like clay.

"This system provides the virtual experience in a three-stage process. First, it recognizes the shape of an object. It can recognize familiar objects and your face. Then, you run the roller device over the object shown on this display.