Welcome to Lyons On Wheels

I’m Dan Lyons – a writer/photographer, with a specialty in automobiles, new and old.  I write new car reviews for the Times Union newspaper, and the Motor Matters syndicate.  I’ve penned six books on classic cars, and have over 180 calendars to my credit to date. 

As you browse through my site, you’ll find all of my new car reviews as they appeared in the Times Union.  Click on the links to any 2016-2018 car review, and they will open a two page, .pdf copy of the road test.  On 2015 and older reviews, the link will take you directly to the complete articles on the Times Union’s site.

My Links page gives you one-stop access to all of the automaker’s websites, for more information about new cars.  My test drives are currently archived back to the 2012 model year, if you’re looking for information about late model cars.  

You’ll also find some samples of my photography here, as well as news of any new projects that I’m working on (calendars, books, etc.).   Thanks for stopping by. 

New Car Reviews

2019 Volvo XC40

2018 Infiniti QX30

2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Featured Classic

1957 Dodge D-100 Sweptside

Dodge had a problem.  They were a day late and a dollar short.  Late, because Chevy was already out of the gate with the dressy, upscale Cameo Carrier pickup (and Ford was soon to follow, with their half car/half truck Ranchero).  Short, because there wasn’t enough money on hand for anything more than a modest makeover.

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1963 Chrysler New Yorker Salon hardtop sedan

Wrapping something old in something new is a time-honored practice for marketing.  That’s certainly true for automakers, where the economics of manufacturing simply don’t allow for all new products, every year.  True now, true then, and the lineup that Chrysler rolled out fifty years ago was a case in point.  The chiseled, conservative styling for 1963 was new, courtesy of designer Elwood Engel.  Beneath the skin, though, the cars were largely unchanged from 1962.  However, Chrysler showed uncommon  confidence in the carry-over.  At a time when extended warranties were largely unheard of, the company announced a five year/50,000 mile plan for their 1963 models, and in the process, caught the competition napping.

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What’s New

2018 Car Calendars

Check out the Calendars page for details about my six, car and truck titles for 2018.

The page has direct links to the publisher’s website (Tide-Mark Press), where you’ll find photos and a description of each title, along with purchase information.  

Latest Reviews

2019 Volvo XC40

2018 Infiniti QX30

2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan

2019 Jeep Cherokee

2018 Dodge Durango R/T AWD

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2018 RAM 1500 Limited Tungsten

2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Rio

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2018 Honda Fit Sport

2018 Lexus LC 500h

2018 Toyota Camry





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