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Hands Up!

You have probably seen crowds of people with their hands up – a protest meme over police trigger-happiness. Apparently, it…

Welcome, NMA!

We have a new advertiser! The National Motorists Association (NMA). These guys are the antipodal opposite of AAA – which has…

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…

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  The Truth About the Growing American Police State   One man speaks out against the police state The changing…

New Car Reviews

2015 Dodge Ram ProMaster “City”

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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 drive. Some cost over $40,000 (the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country starts at $29,995) and all of them drink gas like Sam Kinison drank Jack Daniels. Which may explain the growing popularity of little jitney bus things like the Ford…

2015 Mini Four-Door

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Mini has always had cute – and fun – on its side. Now it has four doors, too. Or at least, can be ordered with them. This makes it plausibly practical – which the original Mini coupe never was. It had back seats, but not doors to get to them. In a larger car, this would not be a huge problem but because the Mini itself is so tiny, having…

2015 Ford Edge

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The Internet as a mass medium is less than 20 years old but because it’s literally everywhere now it feels as though it has always been thus. Same goes for crossover SUVs. They are – as a class – hugely popular now and as common as wood-paneled station wagons were back in the ’70s. But it was not always so – and as recently as the early 2000s. There were lots…

2015 Toyota Yaris

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Toyota can get away with it. Kia couldn’t. Honda, neither. What high crime are we dealing with here? It’s more like a misdemeanor: Selling While Old. Or rather, selling a car that’s getting old, that has some pretty dated features (four-speed automatic, anyone? Drum rear brakes?) relative to what’s become common – expected – in the class. I refer to the Yaris. It’s in no way a bad car –…

2016 Kia Sorento

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Getting to market first definitely helps. It explains the rush, the ever-shortening model year vs. calendar year. You’ll get attention if only because the others aren’t there to look at yet.  But you need more than “new” …  more than “2016” rather than “2015” … to keep people’s attention. Has the 2016 Kia Sorento got that? WHAT IT IS The Sorento is Kia’s medium-almost-large crossover wagon. It slots in between…

2015 Audi Q5 TDI

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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 found in high-end vehicles like the 2015 Audi Q5. It’s nice that this crossover SUV can deliver 30-something MPG on the highway. But it’s even nicer that it can accelerate to 60 in just over six seconds, too.…

Politics

Hands Up!

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You have probably seen crowds of people with their hands up – a protest meme over police trigger-happiness. Apparently, it has been taken literally … by the other side. As hallucinatory as this may sound, if you’re pulled over in the city of Topeka, Kansas for any reason – including non-criminal trivialities such as having an out of date inspection sticker, a dead brake light, or because you’re spotted unbuckled – the cops there will henceforth expect – scratch that, order – everyone in the vehicle to assume the Perp Pose. This includes old…

No More “Speeding” For You!

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Someday – and that day might be closer than you want to know – we’ll look back fondly on speed traps. Because at least you could speed. Give the finger – via the accelerator pedal – to ridiculous, dumbed-down/one-size-fits-all velocity maximums laid down by bureaucrats whose prime directive always seems to be to suck the joy out of everything, especially driving. Sometimes, of course, you’d get caught – and fined. But most of the time you could “get away” with it. (Kind of like the way people used to be able to “get…

Cars We Might Be Able To Buy

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There is no such thing as a free market. Not in the United States, at any rate. You are free to buy what they (the people who comprise the apparat of government) allow you to buy. Nothing more – and nothing less. But what might we be able to buy if we did have a free market? Or even a more free market than the one we’ve got right now? Almost certainly, we’d have access to new cars that are much more fuel efficient – and much less expensive – than the current…

Live Agent Connectivity

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Things necessarily begin somewhere. Usually, that somewhere is a backwater of some kind; only a few people are involved and the majority either are unaware it’s happening at all or they don’t care because hey, it’s not happening to them. Until, one day, it does. Over the road truckers were the first to be on the receiving end of speed limiters – and speed monitors – in their big rigs. And then came microphones – and cameras, too. For – of course – safety. It is always for safety. Because you can never be…

If They Want Your Money . . .

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There is always a catch. You may have heard about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement that states would no longer be able to cite federal asset forfeiture laws to snatch people’s cash and property without so much as charging them with a crime  – let alone actually going to the trouble of convicting them of having committed a crime. Most people are unaware such brazen gangster tactics have been in use for years – and could be used against them. And when they are used, you’ll have little recourse. It is literally…