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2018 Mercedes C 350e Hybrid

Don’t buy the hybrid version of the Mercedes C Class for the money it’ll save you. Tell that to your wife. Buy it for the...

2018 Hyundai Sonata

Two years makes all the difference. Two years ago, the Hyundai Sonata had out-Camry’d the Camry and out-Accorded the Accord. It had achieved at least...

2018 Infiniti Q50

Infiniti’s cars are not named well. The Q50 sedan, for instance. Neither the letter nor the number seems to stand for anything identifiable about...

2018 Toyota Corolla

Technically, the Toyota Corolla is an entry-level compact sedan - a notch down in size and price from the mid-sized, mid-priced Camry sedan. Well, when...

2018 Kia Rio

Kia and Hyundai are - today - like Ford and Mercury used to be. Well, Mercury no longer is at all. But once upon...

2018 Chevy Camaro Turbo

Muscle cars, by tradition, are supposed to have big V8s as their centerpiece attraction. But what happens when a four cylinder makes as much...

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

It’s hard to make an economic case for any converted hybrid right now. This means all hybrids on the market right now, except for...

2018 Mazda CX-9

One of the oddities of our era is that cars are getting bigger - and heavier - but engines are getting smaller. It's because the...

2018 Lexus NX300

No one knows who invented the shoe - but not surprisingly, it caught on. The crossover is another such idea - and we know whose...

2018 Volvo V60 Polestar

Volvo’s got something pretty much no one else has - a high-performance compact wagon. It’s the Polestar version of the V60 wagon, 367 horsepower and all. You...

2018 Nissan Versa

Last year, the average price paid for a new car was about $35,000. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay $35k to drive...

2018 VW Golf

Every successful car company has a sell - something that defines it, makes its cars different.  VW’s main sell is that it’s a German brand,...

Sessions vs. Trump . . . vs. Us

Without consent, what have you got? Just force. The Constitution articulates the principle of consent - that “the people” agree to its terms and conditions -...

The Trumpian Two Step

One step forward - one step back. Maybe both - posssibly, neither. There is a rumor that Trump is considering “action” to at least delay the...

The Last Redoubt?

Some of you may remember station wagons. Before SUVs and crossovers - before minivans - station wagons were the family car of choice for millions...

Dirty Oddie

Go ahead - make my day. Back in 1971, Clint Eastwood’s character said it on screen - and people were shocked. But it was just...

The Cure

Imagine how different cars would be if people had to pay for them - as opposed to financing them. Debt - which is what financing...

California as the Boss of Us

Bad enough that we’re ordered about by the government in Washington. But what about this business of being ordered about by the government of...

Beautiful Lies

People are fascinated by the German Nazis much more so than they are by the Soviet Communists. Ever wonder why? Both system were organized death on...

Mazda’s Solution That Works . . . If Uncle Will Allow...

If you were counting calories, would you exclude the deep-fried shell of the taco you’re planning to eat? Probably not - unless you weren’t really...

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie… and Big V8s, Too

2018 may be the last year for Chrysler as we have known it. Dodge, too. These two sell the automotive equivalent of lawn darts...

Blown Away . . . for Not Complying

In addition to "officer safety," another de facto capital offense in this country is "failure to comply." This past fall, a Northern Virginia man named...

An Even Playing Field

Electric cars aren’t just subsidized - they’re not taxed the same way that non-electric cars are.  Their fuel - electricity - is the obvious...

Who Profits From The Loss of Our Privacy?

Who owns the data culled by your car? And - more to the point - who is profiting from it? And why aren't they cutting...

We’re Offering Safety…

In November, General Motors' Cruise automated test vehicle attracted unintended media attention when it froze behind a taco truck during a press drive. Between traffic cones,...

Latest Reader Question (Feb. 16, 2018)

Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply: Brennan asks: Do you foresee any companies like Dodge building a car like the Challenger or...

More Stifling by You Know Who . . .

You may have noticed something new about our friend goo-guhl. They have made it pretty much impossible to directly download images - any image...
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