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2015 Mini Cooper

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The latest Mini is a bit bigger now  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s…

2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

Everyone (well, almost everyone) likes the Mini Cooper – the reincarnated, updated version of the micro-car Brit car of the 1960s. The problem has been that not everyone can use the Mini – which up to now came with just two doors and room for two only (or at least, realistically). So for 2011, the…

2015 Mini Four-Door

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Mini has always had cute – and fun – on its side. Now it has four doors, too. Or at least, can be ordered with them. This makes it plausibly practical – which the original Mini coupe never was. It had back seats, but not doors to get to them. In a larger car, this…

2012 Mini Coupe

Who doesn’t like the original Mini? It’s cute, but not girly. Sporty – but not overbearingly macho. A six foot man can drive it – and not look (or feel) silly driving it. So can his five-foot-five daughter. Or her 65-year-old grandmother. The Mini is also inexpensive – around $19k to start, which is cheap…

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…

Free (and Easy) Fixes & End Runs

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Do you know what to do – well, what to try – if you can’t move your car’s gear selector lever out of Park? Well, first, don’t panic. And don’t try to force it. Because you might just break it – and then you’ll really be stuck. Instead, look around the console area near the shift…

2015 VW Golf R

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Subaru’s WRX STI is the fastest n’ most furious turbo all-wheel-drive thing going… right? Wrong. At least, not anymore. The new king is VW’s Golf R – the “R” for returned after a two-year hibernation. Well, not really. The R is just VW-speak for really, really, really quick. Those two years in the garage? Time…

2015 VW Golf

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The Beetle is cute and lately, butch – but the VW that consistently sells best (and which has done so, for a long time) is the Golf …  which was once the Rabbit … which was the car that succeeded the original (air-cooled/rear-engined) Beetle, back in the late ’70s… by which time it could no longer comply with…

Bugs…

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New cars aren’t necessarily problem-free cars. The 2015 Mini Cooper press car I’ve got this week has developed some hiccups. Not “it’s broke, let’s fix it” hardware issues. Intermittent software weirdness. Last night, the wife and I went to do some shopping and on the way home, stopped at Starbucks for coffee. We got back in the…

The Return of the Triple

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You may have noticed the general downsizing trend that’s going on under the hood. V-8s gave way to sixxes – and sixxes, to fours. Now, it’s down to three. For the first time since the ’90s, you can buy several new cars with three cylinder engines. These include the 2014 Ford Fiesta (reviewed here) as…