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2015 Subaru Legacy

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Subarus used to be such an easy sell. If you were a buyer looking for an AWD car, Subaru was one of the few that sold them. And pretty much the only one that wasn’t also an expensive German brand. Subarus – including the 2015 Legacy reviewed here – still come standard with all-wheel-drive. But…

2015 GMC Canyon

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Stay smallish – or go bigger? That was the question GM product planners had to ponder when considering which way to go with the Chevy Colorado and its GMC-badged cousin, the Canyon (subject of this review). The previous Canyon/Colorado were still nominally almost-compact trucks … smaller than the Dodge Dakota (RIP), but not quite as small as…

2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200S

The American family car came this close to extinction. People never stopped buying family cars, of course. They just bought fewer American-brand family cars. Half a million Toyota Camrys find homes in American garages every year. Almost as many Honda Accords. And of course, the Koreans have been making inroads, too. But now – as the…

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…

2015 BMW M235i

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The best fights are not one-round knockouts. They’re the savage slugfests. Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. The new M2 vs. the new M4. It’s not what BMW intended. But the match-up is inevitable. Both of these super coupes are powered by the same basic superlative straight six (the V-8 is gone in lower-tier M BMWs thanks to Uncle…

2015 Toyota Prius

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The 2015 Prius is “new” – in the sense that it’s not  a 2014 Prius. But it is pretty much the same Prius as last year’s Prius. Meanwhile, there will soon be a new Prius. Not just another calendar year newer – but a new model, a total overhaul. It’s coming next calendar year (2015) as…

2015 Nissan Rogue

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Sometimes, the name’s just all wrong. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the vehicle is. Nissan’s Rogue, for instance. It isn’t. A rogue, that is. Rogues are lovable but also raffish and untrustworthy; they tend to make promises they can’t or never intended to keep. They often do unexpected – and frequently obnoxious – things. None of…

2015 Mercedes Sprinter

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I live just two miles away from one of the most popular recreational roads in America – the Blue Ridge Parkway. So I see a lot of recreational vehicles. And lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of Benz Sprinters. Nominally, it’s a commercial van – in the same class (and useful for the same purposes)…

2015 Subaru WRX

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Sometimes, less is more. The just-updated Subaru WRX, for instance. It has less engine than previously – but more power. Performance is better – and gas mileage has upticked noticeably. Also noticeable is the new six-speed manual transmission, which has one more gear than the previous WRX’s five-speed box. One other thing’s that’s less, by the…

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…