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New Car Reviews

New Car Reviews


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

2018 VW Passat

As I type this review of the 2018 VW Passat, almost 400,000 of its fellows sit baking in the California desert - punishment for having "cheated" on federal exhaust emissions tests....

2018 Ford Expedition

Sometimes, splitting the difference hits the sweet spot. The Ford Expedition is bigger - and roomier - than a Chevy Tahoe. But it's not as yuge as a Suburban. It's also unusual in...

2018 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous - but then, so is my orange 1976 Trans Am. Both are over-engined, exuberant, garish - and so, glorious. Both also annoy the right people. Rev engine at the...

2018 VW GTI

The  VW GTI hatchback sedan doesn't look like a Corvette, but it reminds me of one. Not a new one. My high school buddy’s 1978 L-82 coupe The GTI has a 220 hp engine....

2018 Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

One of the reasons the Germans lost the Battle of Britain almost 80 years ago ties into the problem with plug-in hybrids today. Range on the batteries. The Lutwaffe’s fighters could only remain...

2018 BMW M550i

What’s better than a BMW 5 Series with an M on the trunk lid and a twin-turbo V8 under its hood? How about two 5 Series Ms? There’s the 600 hp M5 -...

2018 Hyundai Sante Fe

Unlike other crossover SUVs, the Hyundai Sante Fe comes more than one way. Shorter - or longer. Two rows - or three. It also comes with more than one engine - your pic of...

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...

2018 Toyota 86

It’s an interesting thing about the Toyota 86 - and the Subaru BRZ. Not that they are basically the same car sold two different ways. The curious thing about both - and...

2018 Mercedes C 350e Hybrid

Don’t buy the hybrid version of the Mercedes C Class for the money it’ll save you. Tell that to your wife. Buy it for the speed it will give you. Tell your friends...
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