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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…

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).…

2016 Mazda CX-5

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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…

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…

2015 VW Tiguan . . . Manual No More

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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…