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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,...

2018 Mercedes E400 Cabrio

When you go to a 5 star restaurant, you expect a great steak - but it’s surprising when the bill turns out to be...

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

When everyone makes a crossover SUV, how do you make your crossover SUV stand out? First, you split the difference between compact-sized crossovers like the...

2017 Mazda Miata RF

The one thing wrong with the Miata - for some people - Mazda just fixed. That thing being the Miata roadster's convertible top. Not everyone...

2017 Fiat 500

The market for really small cars like the Fiat 500 has never been really big in this country - land of (usually) inexpensive gas...

2017 Land Rover Discovery

The V8 is long gone - probably for good - but the Disco is back. Not the Bee Gees. The Land Rover Disco. No V8, though...

2018 Mini Cooper Countryman

Many reviewers snicker that the Mini Countryman isn't very  . . . mini. And they're right - and wrong - at the same time. Compared...

Thou Shall Not Pass . . .

This country is painted over with double yellow bars - a sort of rolling-ribbon prison, from which escape is not possible. Legal passing zones...

The Wave Builds

Out on the open ocean, a tsunami is almost impossible to see; but as the wave gets closer to shore, it builds and swells...

The Drug Whisperers

You may have heard about people getting speeding tickets not based on the reading of a radar gun or other instrument subject to empirical...

The V2V Bee Hive

Ayn Rand, for all her quirks, had some solid things to say. One of these was that civilization exists - or declines - in...

It Did What it Was Written to Do

A great many people - especially conservatives - reverence the Constitution, consider that it has been abused and that if only the doctrines expressed...

Whose Ideas?

It’s been said that good ideas don’t require force - while bad ones rarely get traction without it. True enough. But how about a...

Stranger Things

The strangest argument has been put forward in defense of Senate Republicans - who might as well be Senate Democrats - not rescinding the...

Why Are Power Windows Allowed?

It’s surprising the government hasn’t made power seats - and windows - illegal. Well, at least not yet. After all, they are arguably at...

Innocent Man “Swatted” to Death by Kansas heroes…

A prank call to "heroes" has resulted in an innocent man's death at a home in Wichita, Kansas. Andrew Finch, 28, was shot and killed...

Some EV Truth Telling – From an EV Pioneer

Almost everyone has heard of Elon Musk. Virtually no one knows who Akira Yoshino is. Which is analogous to fiction - vs. fact -...

Lincoln “Partners” with the Police State

Sexing up the police state isn’t easy - but Lincoln’s trying. Ford’s luxury line now offers - scratch that, includes as standard equipment - a...

CA “heroes” Beat Motorist Over Tinted Windows, “Missing” Front Plate

Well, here's another one... In Pasadena, CA some "heroes" (aka, law enforcers) noticed a motorist driving a car with windows that were tinted "too much"...

Texas “heroes” Go Fishing

It's a really good idea to carry a can of Fix-a-Flat (or have a spare tire)  so you can get going again quickly in...

Operational Neurasthenia

It’s reasonable to adjust speed for conditions - snow, for instance. But what about drivers who drop their speed because it might snow later? Road...

Ohio “hero” Fired After Beating

An armed government worker in Ohio who was recorded beating a black motorist during a traffic stop in August has been fired, officials said. The "hero" - Michael Amiott...
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