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2014 Ram Promaster 1500 review: The box the boxes came in

2014 Ram Promaster 1500 review: The box the boxes came in

And now for something completely different. At least different from what most people—including us—drive from day to day, except for plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen and such who need to take their office on the road, and assorted delivery services. This different drive is the 2014 Ram ProMaster. It’s a new breed of van—at least […]

January 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna: Rooms To Go

2015 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna: Rooms To Go

If there exists a better shuttle between home and airport than a minivan, I haven’t seen it. With its big-box volume, low step-in height and (relatively) easy access to its third row, a minivan is just the ticket for holiday get-togethers when most of the ‘together’ is arriving from out of town. For this year’s […]

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford C-Max Energi road test: Surprisingly fun to drive, inexpensive to operate

2014 Ford C-Max Energi road test: Surprisingly fun to drive, inexpensive to operate

  You say you’re not familiar with the car that Ford calls the C-Max Energi? Can’t blame you. I haven’t seen more than a handful myself. But, to simplify matters let’s just agree that the C-Max Energi is Ford’s alternative to Toyota’s plug-in hybrid. Surely, you know what a Prius looks like. Anyway, none of […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lexus IS 350 C convertible road test: A fair (and foul) weather friend

Lexus IS 350 C convertible road test: A fair (and foul) weather friend

So what if you live in a place where the winds often howl, the temperatures plummet, the rains pound or the snows stick. Whenever the sun shines and the mercury climbs, all it takes is the push of a button and 20 seconds later you and your 2014 Lexus IS 350 C  Convertible are cruising […]

January 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review: C’mon get happy

2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review: C’mon get happy

Subaru is an interesting brand; it’s perfectly content to sit out of the limelight as grab enough attention to be successful. While Ford, and GM and FCA fight it out year after year for total dominance, Subaru (much like Kia) continues to plod along, slowly climbing in sales. I’ll bet if we asked you where […]

January 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 3.6 Performance review: Like the sedan never was

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 3.6 Performance review: Like the sedan never was

You know that feeling when you’ve been perfectly pleased with the way things have been, and then something changes…and it’s like the former never existed. That’s what we thought when we saw the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. We had been wholly satisfied—enthralled even—with the 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan. We liked the way it looked, the […]

December 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 BMW M235i Coupe review: Answering the ‘why’

2015 BMW M235i Coupe review: Answering the ‘why’

The world doesn’t understand cars like this. Oh, there’s a relatively small coterie of hardcore enthusiasts who understand the 2015 BMW M235i, but most will look at the compact coupe—a two-seater for all practical purposes—and see a small car with a big price tag and say “Why?” We’ll tell you why. Our driving notes start […]

December 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mazda’s CX-9: Three rows, six cylinders…and nine model years

Mazda’s CX-9: Three rows, six cylinders…and nine model years

The Mazda press release for its CX-9 describes the 3-row CUV as the ‘elder statesmen’ of the Mazda lineup. And while not sure if I think Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid or Dick Cheney when reading that, I’m helped by the photo caption, where I’m told the “CX-9 looms large above the plucky Mazda2…and almost aloof […]

December 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: sleeping better at night

2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: sleeping better at night

We are a country of worriers. We worry if we have enough money to cover the mortgage each month. We worry if the cat gets sick. We worry when we have to fly internationally. And we especially worry when a loved one is driving on the freeway. At night. In bad weather. We know most […]

December 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
2016 Kia Sorento SXL 2.0T AWD first drive review: Upping the notch

2016 Kia Sorento SXL 2.0T AWD first drive review: Upping the notch

Think of the new 2016 Kia Sorento as the Korean carmaker notching up its game. Well, yes, again. But for the third generation of Kia’s crossover, it means bigger, stronger and a lineup of three engines, and it’s improved in just about every way. It’s something that shows up behind the wheel. The 2016 Kia […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
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