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2015 Volkswagen Passat TDi SE w/ Sunroof first drive review: Better with a better TDi

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDi SE w/ Sunroof first drive review: Better with a better TDi

The Volkswagen Passat gets better every year, and although we’re awaiting a full refurbishment of the Jetta next year—the traditional mid-run updating with changes to the front and rear aspects, some juggling of interior appointments and perhaps some mechanical updating—the 2015 Volkswagen Passat gets one new feature that will make VW’s sedan buyers not want […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Mini Cooper S review: Different…but the same

2014 Mini Cooper S review: Different…but the same

We know the Mini. You know the Mini…or if you don’t, take 48 seconds and watch this. We’ll wait. You’re back. We bring all this up because the Mini Cooper, the one arriving in 2001 under BMW’s ownership,  is entering its third generation—yes, already—and there are significant changes. Not that most people would notice the […]

September 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Golf Boys…one good, one bad…well, you know the story

The Golf Boys…one good, one bad…well, you know the story

Sunset at the Ranch Howdy, pardner. So glad you stopped by. Set a spell, and let me get you some sarsaparilla. It’ll cool ya right down. People in town said you was riding West, visitin’ towns, on the look out for a good yarn. Well, I got one for ya. I know I’m just a […]

September 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Nissan NV 200 Taxi Review: More than fare…

2014 Nissan NV 200 Taxi Review: More than fare…

Near downtown Dallas, I’m at an intersection in the middle of rush hour – a classic misnomer if ever there was one. In the next lane sits a nondescript Chrysler minivan, its faded yellow paint quietly speaking to it intended mission: soliciting fares. As you’d guess, it’s not even in ‘fair’ condition, with bald tires […]

September 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring: One for the road (on or off)

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring: One for the road (on or off)

Subaru is one of those automotive manufacturers that fly quietly under the radar, making great cars, doing great things for the world, and pleasing the most loyal customers in the industry. Its lineup of eight vehicles includes everything from the sporty and highly acclaimed BRZ, to the wild rally beast WRX STI, to the competent […]

September 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Buick Regal road test: Comfortable, capable and luxurious

2014 Buick Regal road test: Comfortable, capable and luxurious

You say you would like a sporty new mid-size sedan that speaks with a German accent but your wallet screams “Nein!” every time you check the prices of the three premier brands from across the Atlantic. Well, then, how about a Buick? No, I’m not kidding.  I am referring specifically to the  all-wheel-drive 2014 Buick […]

September 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible review: Sublime

2015 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible review: Sublime

It was once said that if you give an Englishman a piece of sheet metal, he’ll do something silly with it. While that was once semi-true—there were exquisite D-type Jaguars to go with the amusingly plump 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster—it no longer applies. Survival of the fittest, however, means no more silly cars from Jolly […]

September 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review: Young, adult and (still) novel

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review: Young, adult and (still) novel

On a bicycle, ‘fit’ isn’t a component; it is the component. Whether you’re spending $80 for a junkyard dog or $8,000 on the slickest bit of carbon fiber, if the bike doesn’t fit you must, uh, quit. Almost as essential as good fit are the points of contact: handlebars, pedals and seat. If bars or […]

September 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab Denali 4×4 review: Six-point-six liters worth of big

2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab Denali 4×4 review: Six-point-six liters worth of big

Here’s a surprise, not. The 2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab is big. It’s big even with the “short” six-and-a-half foot bed—an eight-footer is available. The “short” bed’s wheelbase 153.7 inches. For perspective, a Chevrolet Spark is 144.7 inches one end to the other. And while we’re at it, the name is long, […]

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Chrysler 200C AWD review: Still impressed

2015 Chrysler 200C AWD review: Still impressed

We were impressed by our first drives in the Chrysler 200 series, and after spending a week in the 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD, we’re no less so now. The Chrysler 200 is, of course, the new mid-size Chrysler, a notch below the Chrysler 300 series, a replacement for the Chrysler 200 that ran from 2011 […]

August 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
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