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2016 Mazda CX-5

'16 CX-5 lead

Crossover SUVs are like M&Ms in a bowl. Lots of different colors, but they’re all pretty much the same. With a few exceptions. There is this Mazda CX-5, for instance. It is one of the almost-nil vehicles of this type that you can still buy with a manual transmission. The other major players – models…

2013 Mazda CX-5

This new CX-5 ought to do pretty well. Though it’s technically a compact crossover SUV – it looks (and actually is) almost mid-sized. So it’s substantial and roomy. That’s one. Two, it starts at just over $20k – vs. over $22k for its most obvious rivals, the popular Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.…

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 I Won’t Be seeing

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I just got invited by Mazda to attend a press event for the 2013 CX-5 in CA. I used to attend such events regularly, and I’d love to attend this one- but am pretty much decided against because of the prospect of being handled by some TSA cretin (because I won’t be scanned). I feel…

2016 Mazda CX-3

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The next thing in crossovers is … smaller crossovers. Honda led the way earlier this year when it introduced the HR-V, which is basically a smaller-scale take on the very successful (mid-sized) CR-V. It gives Honda buyers who want a CR-V, but less of it, a vehicle that fills the bill.     Mazda’s counterpoint…

2017 Fiat 500X

'17 Fiat 500 Abarth lead

It’s got to be driving them nuts.  Fiat, I mean. Aren’t we cute? At least as cute as those German-resurrected Mini Coopers? We are Italians! We are known for our small cute cars! In Europe, they love ’em! And yet here, they sit. The 500 coupe, as cute as it may be, has been as tepidly received by…

2016 Fiat 500 X

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Four legs good, two legs bad! was the cry of the rebellious animals in Orwell’s other classic, Animal Farm. This applies to cars as much as politics. Two “legs” (doors) are generally bad when it comes to trying to make a buck. They don’t sell in quantity because most people need more in the way…

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

'15 Pathfinder lead

One of the few holes left in the current car market is the one for a full-sized/three-row people-carrier that’s available with all-wheel-drive but which is neither a minivan nor an SUV … and which you can buy for just under (or maybe a little over) $30k. It’s a hole the Nissan Pathfinder is trying to fill. WHAT IT IS…

2015 Chevy Trax

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Remember the Chevy Tracker? The pocket-sized SUV sold (in the U.S.) from 1998 through 2004? It was very popular – and would probably still be around today were it not for the fact that it got outpaced by federal crashworthiness standards that made it effectively illegal to sell the thing. (The same fate befell another…

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude and Trailhawk Models

People seem to really like small SUVs … er, crossover SUVs. New ones keep popping up like dandelions after a spring shower. This new Jeep Renegade, for instance. But for once, it’s not just another… uh… pretty face. It’s one of the very few vehicles of this type that can – when properly equipped –…

2015 Subaru Forester

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You can learn some important stuff about cars by taking note of who buys what – and how the cars are used. And whether they stand up to the uses to which they’re put. Texans, for instance, know trucks. Forget the TV commercials and advertising flapdoodle. Check out which makes/models of pick-up are popular in…