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Toyota FJ Cruiser road test: Rugged all-terrain vehicle nearing retirement

Toyota FJ Cruiser road test: Rugged all-terrain vehicle nearing retirement

It is almost time to say good bye to the Toyota FJ Cruiser  When the last of its  2014-model off-road vehicles has been sold, the Cruiser will officially be put out to pasture, so to speak.. This undoubtedly does not come as good news to  many of the faithful, who have recently bestowed upon it […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Review: The fun, fabulous ’50s are back!

2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Review: The fun, fabulous ’50s are back!

October 1957 was an extremely busy month in the United States, with lots of big news being made. On the 4th, the Soviet Union sent Sputnik into orbit, launching the Space Age. On the 8th, the Dodgers confirmed that they were leaving Brooklyn and heading to Los Angeles, and on the 30th, a Buzzardette was […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye review: Drop the ‘e’ and nobody gets hurt

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye review: Drop the ‘e’ and nobody gets hurt

Can we please drop the “e”? We know that Dodge is hyping its heritage with the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, and that heritage dating to the Sixties includes the cloying use of the “European”—or is it that the Olde English—way to spell “rally.” But no, it really isn’t. So can’t we, while keeping the […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport first drive review: For what it is

2015 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport first drive review: For what it is

It’s important from the start to understand exactly what the Volkswagen CC is…and isn’t. It isn’t a Passat. It isn’t a Jetta either. Although a four-door, the VW CC isn’t a straightforward sedan like the Passat or Jetta, the two models that make up the overwhelming percentage of Volkswagens sold in the U.S. It is, […]

October 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Sedona first drive: For people who need more room for their stuff rather than their egos

2015 Kia Sedona first drive: For people who need more room for their stuff rather than their egos

 Yes, it’s true. The people-mover portion of the automotive market is one of the few moving down the ladder instead of up. The minivan segment has been seriously maligned with a case of “unhipness,” and families jumped ship as fast as the captain on the Titanic when the next cool thing (crossovers) came along. The […]

October 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack review: Packing 6.4 liters of scat*

2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack review: Packing 6.4 liters of scat*

The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is getting all the press, and at 707 horsepower, it certainly deserves a paragraph or two. But Dodge won’t sell very many of those. More significant to the man on the street, we’ll posit, is the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. At only 485 horsepower, it’s much more practical. Riiiiight. […]

September 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lexus RC coupe preview: Sporty, sexy,  high-tech and high-performance

Lexus RC coupe preview: Sporty, sexy, high-tech and high-performance

The winds of change have been wafting over Lexus over the past seven years and a fresh gust will soon arrive.  Ready for its debut are the RC sports coupes, and they will be available in two levels of excitement, the hot RC 350  and the scalding, track-ready RC F. The mission for these coupes […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Soul EV + first drive review: Hamsters on tiptoes

2015 Kia Soul EV + first drive review: Hamsters on tiptoes

According to Carl Sandburg, it was fog that comes in on little cat feet, sits on silent haunches and then moves on. According to Kia, it’s the Soul EV that comes and goes silently.  And perhaps on little hamster feet. That’s silently for the 2015 Soul EV because the battery-electric vehicle is one of the […]

September 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Buick LaCrosse AWD Premium review: Wi-Fi and more

2015 Buick LaCrosse AWD Premium review: Wi-Fi and more

  There’s style, and then there’s style, and that’s what the 2015 Buick Lacrosse has. A while back, we sampled the 2012 Lacrosse and found a pleasant All-American, a long-legged tourer, consummate commuter and classic day-to-day suburban sedan. For the traditionalist, it’s a superb manifestation of the American sedan. Nothing has changed. In fact, we […]

September 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford Fiesta EcoBoost vs. All-New Honda Fit: Fit to be tied?

Ford Fiesta EcoBoost vs. All-New Honda Fit: Fit to be tied?

Alexandria, VA – If there is one overriding impression during the first two weeks of a long-term stay in the D.C. area, it’s the overwhelming number of small cars in D.C. and – comparatively – the relative dearth of them in my home state of Texas. And, as you might guess with its preponderance of […]

September 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
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