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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI S w/ Performance Package review: More hot for the hatch

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI S w/ Performance Package review: More hot for the hatch

The Volkswagen GTI is now one year into its seventh generation. We first drove the 2015 VW Golf GTI in California but this is the first time for us to sample a GTI on our home turf. While our first-drive 2015 GTI was a top-trim Autobahn model, it did not have the Performance Package, which […]

May 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang track drive review: Flat-plane geometry and monster brakes

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang track drive review: Flat-plane geometry and monster brakes

There’s a sort of chicane, and the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang tags the curbing on the right and then the left and then there’s a straight ahead. Put the hammer down. There’s a slight rise so the next corner can’t be seen, but it’s a left and the braking points are marked with cones. The […]

May 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X road test: Still truckin’ after all these years

2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X road test: Still truckin’ after all these years

In the first four months of 2016, Japanese manufacturer Nissan had sold 28,904 Frontier mid-size pickup trucks in the United States, an increase of 15.9 percent over the January-April period in 2015. Considering the renewed interest in mid-size pickup trucks since the recent introduction of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and a major makeover […]

May 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking review: Playing the game

2016 Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking review: Playing the game

The coaches at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles studied the Mini playbook and came up with a game plan that crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s—literally—for a return of the Fiat brand to America. To wit: Start with an iconic European brand that’s vaguely familiar to Americans and draw on the brand’s heritage to introduce a […]

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Jeep Renegade Sport review: More enjoyable than you might expect

2016 Jeep Renegade Sport review: More enjoyable than you might expect

At first glance the 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport that arrived for my inspection seemed shockingly primitive —- no 4-wheel-drive, no automatic transmission, no navigation, no satellite radio, not even a rear-view camera. Oh, there were a couple of comfort and convenience features —- air conditioning, cruise control, power heated outside mirror —- but they were […]

May 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus first drive review: If you can make it here…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus first drive review: If you can make it here…

What can you learn driving the 201 Chrysler Pacifica for 15 minutes at 15 miles an hour? Quite a bit, actually, depending on where those miles are. Especially when that 15 miles per hour is a top speed—much of it standing still—but only if those miles are in Manhattan in the vicinity of the Lincoln […]

May 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Chrysler 200C review: A competitive mid-size sedan that got lost in the crowd

2016 Chrysler 200C review: A competitive mid-size sedan that got lost in the crowd

Let me put it this way: If the boss assigned you a 2016 Chrysler 200C as a company car you would probably be very happy with it. The mid-size family sedan is good looking, comfortable, quiet, powerful enough, and fuel efficient, It handles satisfactorily and, depending on options, is filled with technologically modern comfort and […]

May 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Lexus RX 450h F Sport review: Having it all, luxury, hybrid, and sport

2016 Lexus RX 450h F Sport review: Having it all, luxury, hybrid, and sport

In the beginning, hybrid automobiles were solely about economy, so much so that the original Honda Insight felt crude as an engineering senior project and “Toyota Prius” became the punchline for car enthusiasts’ jokes. Like vegetables, if it’s good for you, it can’t be fun. That’s not completely true anymore. Honda makes the CR-Z, a […]

May 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 GMC Terrain road test: 7 years later, it’s still going strong

2016 GMC Terrain road test: 7 years later, it’s still going strong

There have been updates, some of them significant, but the 2016 GMC Terrain is pretty much the same vehicle that first appeared in showrooms as a 2010 model. How do I know this? That’s because I first spent time in one of those 2010 compact crossover vehicles and recently put a few hundred miles on […]

May 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Audi TTS sports car fun at its finest

2016 Audi TTS sports car fun at its finest

The Audi TT exterior design is one that can be considered a bit polarizing, either you like it or you don’t. In most cases the design has been a winner with sports car enthusiasts. With a full redesign for model year 2016 the TT has become a bit more aggressive with, as usual for Audi […]

May 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Cadillac ATS 3.6 AWD Premium review: Looks aren’t everthing

2016 Cadillac ATS 3.6 AWD Premium review: Looks aren’t everthing

It doesn’t look different. Ah, but it is, just not in what you can see. The Cadillac ATS was introduced in the 2013 model year, and this is 2016. Normally that would mean a mid-generational update, a facelift or something. But here’s the 2016—with no changes to the bumpers, grille, trim or lights for the […]

April 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Infiniti Q70L road test: A luxury sedan wrapped around serious muscle

2016 Infiniti Q70L road test: A luxury sedan wrapped around serious muscle

After spending a week with the 2016 Q70L, Infiniti’s top-of-the-line sedan, I must say the experience came across as somewhat of a guilty pleasure. The guilt, or at least a trace of it, came from traveling a couple hundred miles to nowhere in a mid-size rear-wheel-drive sedan that returned an average of less than 19 […]

April 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
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