Beautifully Designed, Notable Homes in Palm Springs

Cruising through the desert city with Buick, where comparisons between houses and cars can be drawn

When discussing the many places that automotive designers mine for inspiration, none seems to come up so frequently as Palm Springs. The small desert city has a giant reputation in the design world—mainly known for its many striking mid-century modern homes and civic buildings. From Richard Neutra‘s Kaufmann House, Albert Frey‘s Frey House II, to John Lautner’s Arthur Elrod House, these homes defined an era. …

Road Trip: Perth to Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia

On the hunt for wine, untamed landscapes, and the perfect surf break down under

Many people who visit Australia stick to the continent’s well-worn East Coast—from Melbourne to Sydney, the Gold Coast or up to the Great Barrier Reef. But there’s tremendous value all over the country—and one of those less-traveled places is Western Australia. If your time and budget permit, we suggest flying to Perth (the state’s capital) and renting a car to embark on an extraordinary road trip. Leaving the city behind, …

Driving to the Arctic Circle in Mazda SUVs

Conquering threatening terrain and a race against time to experience this remote corner of the world

A car in our caravan of Mazdas careened into a snow drift, the sun wouldn’t emerge for another 30 days, and we were still hours from Inuvik—the last Canadian city before the banks of the world’s northernmost ocean. Welcome to the Arctic Circle. Temperature: -22 Fahrenheit. The Mazda CX-5 SUV, wedged face-first in the pristine snow, cuts a cartoonish figure against a peaceful backdrop of …