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2016 Chevy Cruze

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The Chevy Cruze was the last man standing – so to speak. It was the only other affordable diesel-powered car you could buy … other than VW’s diesel-powered cars. Which you can’t buy anymore. At least not now. Not until Uncle says ok. Which he may never. That left the Cruze diesel. It cost more than…

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

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The easiest way to make a sale is to have something to sell that people want but no one else is selling. Like a diesel pick-up truck, for instance. There are very few – and only one that isn’t at least a 1500. It’s the mid-sized GMC Canyon (and its Chevy-badged twin, the Colorado) which…

And Now Mercedes…

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Looks like Mercedes is in Uncle’s gunsights now. With VW shot full of holes and sinking fast over the diesel emissions “cheating” scandal, the heavy artillery has been retrained, azimuth and altitude calculated, the breech closed. The next salvo’s ready to fire. At the three pointed star. At its line of BlueTec diesel engines. Which are…

The VW “Scandal”

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This could kill VW – until recently (until last week) the world’s largest car company. But unlike say the exploding Pinto fiasco this is not a story about defective cars. It is a story about defective public policy. None of the VW cars now in the crosshairs are unreliable, dangerous or shoddily built. They were…

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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It’s smart that Toyota has undercut Honda on the price of the new Camry hybrid. You can pick one up for about $2,500 less than you’d pay for the a new Accord hybrid. This makes up for the Mileage Deficit between the two. The EPA says the hybrid Camry LE is capable of 43 city…

2014 VW Jetta TDI

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There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars. One of the few – one of the two – that’s not is VW’s Jetta TDI. Its only competition is the Chevy Cruze diesel, which is the only other diesel-powered sedan you can currently buy for less than…

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250

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Small engines can do big things . . . in not-little cars. If they’re turbo-diesels. And if the car is a new Mercedes E-Class sedan. The 2014 E250 sedan, to be precise. It’s a 4,200 pound luxury sled propelled by a teensy (2.1 liter) turbo-diesel four. The only such – and smallest such – engine in this class. It…

The Diesel Dilemma

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Diesel-powered cars could be the ticket – as far as giving us very high-mileage cars (50-plus MPGs) with excellent power/performance and without the liabilities of hybrids – including the additional expense/complexity of having two powerplants (a gas engine and an electric motor)  in the same vehicle – or the compromised economy/performance of hybrids at highway…

2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

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I’m not sure what to think of the new Chevy Cruze diesel. On the one hand, it’s very appealing: EPA says 46 on the highway (I got close to 50 a couple of times). It’s also quicker to 60 than any gas-powered Cruze. And it’s quiet, doesn’t smoke – or stink. On the other hand,…

Bring Amberlamps

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You may remember the viral video, “Epic Beard Man” – in which an old bearded guy was assaulted by a street thug and proceeded to teach the thug a lesson. The video ends with the thug dripping blood and teeth from his pie hole and asking for an amberlamps to be sent. Luckily for the…