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2015 Infiniti QX80

2015 Infiniti QX80

Well, gas is cheap again. Does it mean big SUVs (with big, thirsty V8s) will make a comeback? I doubt it. Even though the cost of fuel is down, the cost of everything else has gone up. I don’t buy the happy talk about the “recovery.” No one I know has “recovered.” Most of us…

Lock-Down Nation

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While waiting for a dentist appointment, I was listening to a news report about NewYork City being on “lockdown” because of snow. Only the official vehicles of the anointed were at liberty to be out and about. Ordinary citizens were subject to arrest merely for daring to attempt travel. It reminded me of the old Soviet…

2015 Kia K900

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“K900″ sounds like the designation for the latest Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine. But it’s a Korean sub – and its warheads are targeted at Mercedes and BMW. Kind of like Lexus did, back in the day. The concept is similar: Offer more car (literally) for less money. Thus, the K900 is bigger – and a great…

Vidcast: Electric Lemonade

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Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Welcome to the wacky world of electric cars! Going on 100 years now – and they keep churning them out (with “help” from Uncle, natch). There are now at least a dozen different makes – and models –…

Clover Cam on EPautos!

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EPautos has a new feature – CloverCam! It’s a revolving slot on the main page (bottom left, under the Auto Anything ad) devoted to your videos (and mine) of atrocious – Cloverific – driving. Left lane hogs, cruise control pacers, tailgaters, brake-stabbers; the sail fawn addled, etc. Though it’s painful to have to deal with these…

A Good Time to Buy a Hybrid?

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Cheap gas is making hybrids seem like less of a deal. Which in turn is making them harder to sell. Which is tough nuts for those trying to sell them – but could be really good news for you, if you’re thinking seriously about trying to buy one. Consider the Toyota Prius – the best-known (and best-selling)…

Automotive Affirmative Action

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Would you buy a money hog? Arguably, that’s what any hybrid – or electric – car has become given what’s happened to the price of gas. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t selling well all of a sudden. In October of 2014, they were down 30 percent – and that was when unleaded regular was averaging $3…

2015 Toyota Camry

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Don’t worry – they didn’t mess it up. The “bold” and “sporty” 2015 Camry is – wisely – more or less the same as it was before. Yes, it has a new face. And there is a new (and “sportier” optional gauge cluster). But it’s no Altima/Maxima/Mazda6/Accord … thank god. Toyota isn’t stupid, after all. And…

Backseat Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety!

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Soon, you won’t even be able to toss a gym bag on the back seats. Well, not if you want to avoid the dreaded – and relentless – “buckle up for safety” buzzer. Which the government is about to mandate shall be wired into the back seats now, too. For the children. There is, you see,…

Keeping It On The Road

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Most of us would like our vehicles to last a long time – and cost us as little money as possible during that time. Here are a few tips toward that end: * If your vehicle has a manual transmission, the first time you start the car in the morning – especially if it’s a cold morning…