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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...

2018 Nissan Armada

Well, they all do it. Sell lesser - and nicer - versions of their big SUVs. For less - and more - money. GM has the Chevy...

2018 Ford Edge

What makes the Ford Edge not just another crossover SUV? Two things. One, its size. It falls in between mid-sized and super-sized. Two unusually generous rows...

2018 Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra hasn't changed much over the past ten years - but that's not necessarily a bad thing  . . .when it comes...

2018 Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect isn't technically a minivan, but in several ways - most notably its size - it's more deserving of the name...

2018 Fiat 500X

What worked so well for Mini hasn't panned out nearly as well for the other company that specializes in mini cars: That would be Fiat. It's...

Automated = Slow

How fast will automated cars go? Will it take you longer - or less - to get where you want to go? The answer...

“Critical to Mass Adoption”

Welfare used to be about government cheese. Today's it's about grafting thousands of dollars to rich people so as to "encourage" them to drive...

California Dreamin’ . . .

It's ironic that the state which birthed and came to define the car culture - cruising on Friday nights, the Beach Boys, Ronnie and...

It’s Not Much to Ask . . .

It’s fine to talk theory - what would be ideal. But while working toward that, what about practical changes that don’t require a sea...

The Crucifixion of Oliver Schmidt

Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt is due to be sentenced this week for "cheating" Uncle. He faces seven years in federal prison and up...

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Here's a look at the Future of Transportation, also known as "transportation as a service" - the new business model that is being pushed...

Chancing It

It is increasingly tempting to just go for it. Scratch that. It is increasingly reasonable to just go for it. Traffic stops are not what they...

What We Can Do…

Until enough people's minds are changed about coercion and collectivism, resistance is futile. The debate will continue to be about how much should be...

A New Take on “Car Control” . . .

Some people don’t like guns - much as they rely on them for protection. Hillary Clinton, for instance. Her objection to guns is that...

What Happened to My Profession?

Car journalist were - once upon a time - car guys. They were not Safety Nags, indistinguishable from Ralph Nader or Joan Claybrook. Today, they...

Cowboys, Truckers and Us

Being a trucker - especially an owner-operator - used to be a lot like being a cowboy was back in the 1800s. On your own...

The Udder Runs Dry?

There must be a rube in the House. A recent Republican who does not understand how the game is played - much less why it...

Latest Reader Question (Dec. 12, 2017)

Here is the latest reader Question, along with my Reply: Dennis asks: Love your work!  Would really like to see you take a stab at ethanol,...

Automated = Slow

How fast will automated cars go? Will it take you longer - or less - to get where you want to go? The answer...

Chocolate Rain

Old cars are full of surprises. When I pulled out the rear seat of the ’64 Chevy Corvair project car I bought in the mid...
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