11 search results for "2012 new car reviews"

Does it Ever Make Sense to Buy a New Car?

I’ll probably get in trouble. After all, I write new car reviews. Advising people not to buy new cars is not what you’d probably expect. But, here’s the fulsome scurvy truth: I – and every car journalist I know – drive used. Because we know. And now, I’m gonna spill the beans, give you the…

New Car Reviews Archive 2006-2013

2013 Ford Flex 2013 Ford Fusion 2013 Scion FR-S (the other twin) 2013 Lexus ES300 Hybrid 2013 Toyota Avalon 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport 2013 Dodge Dart 2013 Jeep Compass 2013 Nissan Sentra 2013 Buick Verano 2013 Cadillac ATS 2013 “Sciobaru” BRZ/FR-S 2013 Nissan Murano 2013 Dodge Challenger 2013 Lincoln MKS 2013 Volvo S60…

2012 Jeep Patriot

This one’s pretty easy.  Because there’s only one. One compact crossover SUV with a four-cylinder engine and a $15k starting price that’s available with a two-speed transaxle and Low range gearing. One small SUV that has the gear to go off-road – but won’t eat you alive with gas bills on-road. It’s the Jeep Patriot.…

Inside Baseball About New Cars

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There is probably a rule against what I am about to do. As a guy who makes his living writing articles about cars – and reviewing new cars – I surely flirt with nacht und nebel for revealing the following: * There aren’t any shitty cars anymore – At least, not like there used to…

2012 Ford Focus

People who read car reviews are rightly jaded by the endless press-kit recycling PR stroke jobs. Every car is a good car; no car has any real faults – let alone, just flat-out sucks. So when I say that the 2012 Ford Focus is clearly one of the top three compact economy sedans on the…

2012 Fiat 500: A Better Mini?

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I did not expect to like the Fiat 500. But I quickly fell in love with it. It may be my favorite new car. I’d consider buying one myself – and that is an eruption of affection from me, a guy who reviews new cars but mostly owns and drives old (and ancient) stuff. There…

2012 Toyota Prius: The Only Sensible Hybrid?

It’s hard to believe but the Toyota Prius has been around for a decade now. It is both the first successful mass-market hybrid and – by far – the best selling hybrid. Arguably, because it’s the only hybrid that makes any sense. Critics will say the car’s ongoing popularity is due mostly to greenie-geek posturing…

2014 Mercedes CLA 250

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The new Mercedes CLA is one thing no previous Mercedes-Benz has ever been – front-wheel-drive (with AWD optional) and also another thing very few Mercedes Benzes have ever been – fairly inexpensive. If you can afford a loaded Camry you can probably afford this car. But the CLA is not a Camry – or a…

Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

boywithgrenade.org Dorner vs. LAPD (If you have trouble accessing site, the document is viewable at the end of  the manifesto) From: Christopher Jordan Dorner /7648 To: America Subj: Last resort Regarding CF# 07-004281 I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing…

2013 Jeep Compass

Playing catch-up sucks – because you almost never do. The Jeep Compass, for instance. Launched in 2007, it was originally intended to be nothing more than a Jeep alternative to metrosexual FWD/AWD compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. This, it was hoped, would draw in buyers who liked the aura of the…