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2012 Kia Optima: Try to Find Something Bad to Say About it….

Here's the thing: Everyone makes good cars now, so "reliability" and "safety" aren't the selling points they used to be. They're givens. That puts the name-brand Japanese brands - Honda and Toyota - in...

What Cadillac Should Have Done… and Still Could

As Cadillac’s market share continues to wilt, it’s worth considering what Cadillac once was - and could be again. If, that is, it could take off the Me Too blinders it has...

2014 Toyota Tacoma

Have you noticed? Mid-sized trucks are getting pretty scarce. Dodge dropped the Dakota. GM has put the kibosh - for the moment, at least - on the Chevy Colorado (and its GMC...

The Me Too Corvette

Where should a Corvette’s engine be? Historically, it has always been up front and usually under a rear-opening hood - which made it easier to see the Corvette’s engine - a very...

2014 VW Jetta TDI

There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars. One of the few - one of the two - that's not is VW's Jetta...

2016 Subaru Forester XT

I don't look at the Subaru Forester XT as (god help us) another crossover SUV. I look at it as what it is... A stealth WRX. An M80 in a ladyfinger wrapper. Did you...

2019 VW eGolf: Electric Boogaloo II

I made it home - without a flatbed! And without having to plug the eGolf in - and wait - before I could get home. But the most interesting thing I discovered about...

2013 Scion FR-S (the other twin)

I've already road-tested the new Subaru BR-Z (see here) so is there any point in reviewing its twin - the Scion FR-S? Well, here's the thing. They are twins - but fraternal,...

2014 VW Touareg TDI

There are three mid-sized (and real-deal, with significant off-road capability) German-brand crossover SUVs that consume not much more fuel than many current economy cars. The fuel, of course, is diesel. And the three...

2013 – or 2014 – Lexus IS?

The 2013 Lexus IS (250 and 350) is still for sale as a new model, but the 2014 - heavily updated - is just now becoming available, too. This presents buyers...
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