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New Car Reviews


Honest opinions - the good, bad and ugly. View the entire archive.

2019 VW Sportwagen

It’s no easy thing picking yourself up off the mat after getting sucker punched  . . . or getting almost diesel mileage out of a gas engine. But, VW’s trying. The just updated 2019...

2011 Chevy Cruze

From the Vega to the Chevette to the Cavalier to the Cobalt - GM's economy cars have had their ups and downs.   Some (like Cobalt) were decent; others (like Cavalier) were disasters.   Mostly,...

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai thinks it has solved the Access Problem that's always been a problem for sporty coupes. The 2012 Veloster doesn't merely have three doors - that's been done before. It has...

2018 BMW X3

Two things are getting hard to find in a compact crossover - in new cars, generally: six cylinder engines - and a rear-drive-based layout. The BMW X3 still has both. It hasn't gone...

2015 Audi Q5 TDI

In the U.S., diesels are sold at least as much on the strength of their performance as their economy - the reverse of the usual dynamic. Which explains why they are almost exclusively...

2017 Fiat Spider

Is there room enough for two of basically the same thing? It depends how different they are. Back in the '70s, GM was able to successfully sell two iterations of the same thing...

2014 Nissan Versa Note

In '07 Nissan introduced the Versa hatchback, which stood out among economy cars - literally - because it was taller-roofed and had a much roomier (almost mid-sized car's) back seat and...

Saaaaaaaaaaaafety-Free Beetle. . .

Well, almost. The VW Beetle, which is being retired after this year, is one of the few new cars you can still buy without all the new latest saaaaaaaaaaaafety features - which...

2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Not all hybrids are slow. One of the few that goes is Ford's C-Max hybrid, which is a kind of Jack & Coke to Toyota's Diet Coke. You know, the Prius. The Toyota gives you really...

2015 Nissan Murano

The Lexus RX is a really nice ride. The problem is, it's also a really expensive ride. Almost $41k to start - and over $50k fully loaded. Meanwhile, you could buy this...
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