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2015 Subaru WRX

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2015 Subaru WRX

Sometimes, less is more. The just-updated Subaru WRX, for instance. It has less engine than previously – but more power.…

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Who can afford to spend $30,000 – the average purchase price paid as of 2013 – on a new car?…

New Car Reviews

2015 Subaru WRX

'15 WRX road 3

Sometimes, less is more. The just-updated Subaru WRX, for instance. It has less engine than previously – but more power. Performance is better – and gas mileage has upticked noticeably. Also noticeable is the new six-speed manual transmission, which has one more gear than the previous WRX’s five-speed box. One other thing’s that’s less, by the way, is available body styles. The new WRX (and STi) are sedan-only deals now. The…

2015 VW Tiguan . . . Manual No More

'15 Tiggy lead

Some lament the passing of the manual transmission – me among them. But that puts me among the minority, because the majority seems to prefer the automatic, especially now that automatics are often the more fuel-efficient choice. Perhaps this changing of the proverbial guard accounts for VW’s decision to offer the ’15 Tiguan in automatic-only form for the first time. Previously, this small crossover SUV was one of the very few such…

2014 “Picks of The Litter”

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Going for a test drive is smart policy. The problem for most people is that test-driving all the available cars is not unlike visiting every Starbucks in the country. It’s not easy – and it would take a lot of time. I, on the other hand, test drive new cars every week. And by dint of that, have test-driven pretty much every car on the market. I’ve distilled all that…

2015 Jeep Cherokee

'15 Cherokee front detail

Ultimately, it’s all about balance. Crossover SUVs have surged in popularity because they bridge the gap between car and truck-based SUV. More capability (and versatility) than the former – but not to the extremes of the latter. People like to ride higher off the ground – and they definitely like not getting stuck in the snow. They also like having a roomy interior with lots of space for cargo. But…

2014 VW Touareg TDI

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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 are: VW’s Touareg TDI – subject of this review – and its rivals, the BMW X5 diesel and the Mercedes ML350 BlueTec. Each approaches or even exceeds 30 MPG on the highway – exceptional for 5,000 pounders that can also…

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

'14 Fiesta last

What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn’t high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility – the affordability – of those horses. The first (1964) Pontiac GTO – grand-daddy of the breed – was a fairly cheap car. In fact, it was a $295 option you could add to turn an ordinary Tempest into a GTO. And…

Politics

BMW Clover

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Rolled up behind a BMW Clover the other day. Despite his “ultimate driving machine,” this “driver” apparently fears driving the speed limit – or even within 5 MPH of the speed limit: Which boggles me. I mean, why bother? Why buy a BMW? Or any vehicle with similar power/capability? Is there anything more absurd than a Clover in a 240-plus hp “performance” vehicle that never actually performs? Why not just buy a Corolla? Or – better yet – a circa 1983 Aries K-Car? It has all the speed a Clover needs. Ah, but not…

If The Tesla D’s Such a Great Car…

Tesla D pic

My teeth hurt. Over the past week, I’ve been assaulted by one “news” story after the next about the latest  fruit of government motors. Not GM. Tesla. The Model D. It is very slick! And very quick! It has all-wheel-drive! Not one but two electric motors (which isn’t new, by the way). Orgiastic comparisons with Porsche 911s and other exotic high-performance cars. No mention, of course, that the government doesn’t pay people to buy 911s. Nor is Porsche a rent-seeking cartel whose existence depends on government support. I was asked recently during a…

Speed limits and Limited Government: Unlimited Nonsense

chuck Norris

I view speed limits much as I do “limited” government. . . Throw ‘em both in the woods! The premise underlying each is absurd. And imposing the absurd using violence? That’s just nuts Why should anyone be subject to punishment merely for driving “x” speed? Is it not of a piece with punishing someone for merely consuming alcohol? (Or merely possessing some arbitrarily decreed-to-be-illegal plant matter?) The “might cause harm!” cry of Clovers (EPautos’ house term for authoritarian statists) is immeasurably dangerous because there is no end to it; nothing potentially beyond its reach. Kind of…

Rebalancing the Scales

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We are peculiarly at the mercy of police. Which goes a long way toward explaining why police are increasingly merciless. After all, they can get away with it. Physically. Financially. Legally. Consider: You are walking down the street, minding your business. A citizen accosts you. He physically assaults you. You have every legal right to defend yourself. To attempt to ward off his assault, at the very least. And if, in the process, you happen to knock the bastard’s teeth out – that’s his problem, not yours. As the saying goes, he started…

Scooter Clover

dancing Clover

Actually, it’s the Clover behind the scooter. The scooter can’t help that it’s slow. Its rider is given’ ‘er all she’s got, cap’n! But the SUV behind the Clover – ahead of me – is 180 proof. The scooter outran the Clover. Ramping up to the impossible speed of 45 in a 55… too speedy for Clover,w ho rode his brakes while falling back at least 50 yards. Just to make it that much harder for anyone to pass the Clover and the scooter. Dudes on ‘ludes should not drive! If you’ve enjoyed…