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2011 Nissan Maxima

Competition is good - but not always necessarily for the seller. When Nissan introduced the Maxima way back in 1981, the idea of a "four door sports car" - as the car...

2024 Nissan Ariya

While new car prices have been going up, the asking prices of electric vehicles are going down - because EV sales are going down. For example: You can get a new Nissan...

2016 Dodge Charger

American cars are all but extinct. Not American brands. GM and Ford are still making cars. But they are very different kinds of cars now. Mostly, they are front-wheel-drive in layout, "sensible" in in...

2015 Dodge Ram ProMaster “City”

Minivans started off as inexpensive, economical, hugely versatile alternatives to both cars and things a lot bigger. But today's minivans are not-so-mini and rarely economical - either to buy or to...

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

Wastegates popping, all four tires skittering ... zero to 60 in the mid-high fours. In a snarky little hatchback hot rod.  STi, right? Nope. GLA 45 AMG. Mercedes' take on Subaru's idea. High-lined and tweaked up. Sits lower. Runs...

2018 Chrysler 300

The B52 bomber has been around a long time. Most of them are older than the pilots who fly them. This tells you something about the soundness of their design. Same goes...

The $70 Million “Investment”

Electric cars continue to cost lots of money - contrary to the now-forgotten original point of the exercise, which was once upon a time to find a lower-cost alternative to gas-powered...

2020 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has been around for 20 years - and while a lot has changed during those years, a lot has stayed the same, too. The difference - and commonalities -...

2021 VW Atlas CrossSport

VW was the small car company. It made Beetles by the bushel that fit in your back pocket, almost. But America super-sized and small cars like the Beetle stopped selling. So VW...

2016 Kia Optima

How good are the Koreans at making cars? Here's a metric: They successfully (hand over fist) sell two versions of the same basic car in a segment (mid-sized family sedans) that's hard for...
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