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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…

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…

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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…

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn’t high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility – the affordability – of those horses. The first (1964) Pontiac GTO – grand-daddy of the breed – was a fairly cheap car. In fact, it was…

2014 VW Beetle R-Line Turbo

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Back in the Pleistocene – you know, before the ’90s – a “quick” Beetle (the original Drittes Reich model designed by Dr. Porsche and you-know-who) was a 12 second car. Not in the quarter mile. Zero to 60. This was of course modified. Heavily modified. A factory stock original model Beetle took anywhere from 15-30…

2014 VW Beetle TDI

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In some ways, the current Beetle is nothing like the original whose spirit it tries to conjure: It’s a much larger – and much heavier – car, for openers. 1,500 pounds heavier, at least. Almost a foot longer, overall. It is also, let’s face it, a much nicer car – as far removed from the…