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2017 Ford Escape

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The pressure is getting heavier to make Uncle happy – no matter how much it costs us. That’s not how it’s presented, of course. The car companies tout the wonderfulness of the new fuel-saving technologies -including micro-turbo engines that seem way small for the size of the vehicle – and engines that stop whenever you come…

2014 Ford Escape

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The current Ford Escape shares virtually nothing with the previous Ford Escape – except a name and the Blue Oval badge. Conceptually, aesthetically and functionally, it’s a very different vehicle. Mostly, this is a good thing. The old Escape was dated, clunky – and slow. Thirsty, too. The new one is slick, modern – and…

2017 Ford Transit Connect

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Minivans used to be practical, inexpensive and – most of all – mini. They are still practical. If you’d like something that’s also inexpensive, practical and mini, you might want to check out the Ford Transit Connect and its two chief rivals, the Nissan NV200 and the Dodge Ram ProMaster City (which is also mini except…

2017 Hyundai Sante Fe

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What makes Crest better than Colgate? Pity the copywriter whose job it is to come up with … something. And the car journalist whose job it is to explain what makes crossover A superior to crossover B. The theme song from Weeds plays… . But, every now and then, they throw you a bone. Something…

2017 Kia Sportage

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It is no easy task to find something worth telling you about crossover A vs. crossover B. Usually, it’s like trying to put together 2,000 words describing the difference between a green M&M and a red M&M.    But Kia gave me something to work with here. A couple things, actually. First, power. Unlike the…

2016 Jeep Cherokee

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One of the reasons for the popularity of crossover SUVs is that there are so many crossover SUVs already out there. If you’re one of the few who’s still driving a car, you probably feel surrounded – and invisible. You’re down low – they’re up high. You can’t see. They can. Buying a crossover SUV yourself is thus a…

2016 Lincoln MKC

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Lincoln is working to rebuild itself; to rejoin the first rank of luxury brands and compete directly – on equal terms – with Cadillac, Lexus, BMW, Acura, et al. First, it will need to shed some pounds. And some price. I just spent a week in the 2016 MKC, which is Lincoln’s entry-level (and compact-sized)…

2016 Subaru Forester XT

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I don’t look at the Subaru Forester XT as (god help us) another crossover SUV. I look at it as what it is… A stealth WRX. An M80 in a ladyfinger wrapper. Did you know you can get one with more or less the same engine – turbo’d, intercooled boxer four – as in the WRX?…

2016 Chevy Equinox

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If you’re looking at this medium-small crossover SUV, there are two things to know before you pull the trigger. First – in its favor – it offers the strongest V6 you can get in this price range. The same basic V6 that’s used in the sporty Camaro (and also the luxurious Cadillac ATS and CTS).…