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2015 Nissan Pathfinder

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One of the few holes left in the current car market is the one for a full-sized/three-row people-carrier that’s available with all-wheel-drive but which is neither a minivan nor an SUV … and which you can buy for just under (or maybe a little over) $30k. It’s a hole the Nissan Pathfinder is trying to fill. WHAT IT IS…

2015 Chevy Trax

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Remember the Chevy Tracker? The pocket-sized SUV sold (in the U.S.) from 1998 through 2004? It was very popular – and would probably still be around today were it not for the fact that it got outpaced by federal crashworthiness standards that made it effectively illegal to sell the thing. (The same fate befell another…

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude and Trailhawk Models

People seem to really like small SUVs … er, crossover SUVs. New ones keep popping up like dandelions after a spring shower. This new Jeep Renegade, for instance. But for once, it’s not just another… uh… pretty face. It’s one of the very few vehicles of this type that can – when properly equipped –…

2015 Buick Regal GS

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In 2012, when the current Regal sedan came out, you could order it in GS trim. Remember GS? In Buick’s better days, the Gran Sport badge meant something good under the hood. Specifically, it meant … this car hauls ass. In a gentlemanly manner, of course. And the ’12 Regal GS revived this tradition. It had a…

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

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I have been waiting for you… It took 45 years, but the moment has finally arrived. A real muscle car is once again available. Scary. Dangerous – in the hands of a fool or a novice. A car that’s got more engine than traction and you’d damned well better respect that. 707 supercharged horsepower through just…

2015 Toyota Sienna

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The Minivan World has changed a lot since the first batch of them came out in the early ’80s. They actually were “mini” vans, for openers. Not much bigger than a car – being based on small cars, like the Chrysler K-cars. Today’s vans – like this Toyota Sienna – are as far from being…

2015 Chevy Impala

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Big family cars used to be what American car companies did better than anyone else. Chevy is doing it again. It may not be rear-wheel-drive or offer V8 power, but the Impala is a family sled and road car worthy of the bounding African antelope badge on the sail panel. Perhaps because it is a…

Blue Haze: Mazda RX8 (2001-2011)

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Some of the greatest ideas never get fleshed out and remain… great ideas. Mazda’s rotary engine, for instance. And the car that was built around it. The RX8. Well, it began with the RX-7 – which first came to market in 1978. It was the heir-apparent of the Japanese (home market) 1967-’72 Cosmo – Mazda’s…

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2015 Cadillac Escalade

In its Mad Men-era heyday, a Cadillac was the ultimate, the most, over-the-top… and not the least bit shy about it. Big fins – and big V8s. Even bigger attitude. Here’s to repeating history. WHAT IT IS The Escalade is the end product of giving Cadillac designers a Chevy Tahoe and a blank check. The…

2015.5 Volvo V60/Cross Country

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Have you noticed? Acura has quietly dropped the TSX sportwagon. The Caddy CTS wagon is gone, too. Audi no longer sells wagon versions of the A4 or the A6, either. The Benz C-Class wagon disappeared years ago. Look around – the room’s pretty empty. Well, except for this Volvo V60. It’s not only a wagon,…