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2014 Scion tC

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By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS . . . not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the younger set to afford driving one as a result of extortionate…

2014 Nissan Rogue

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Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded. But one thing there’s not a lot of in this segment…

2014 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring. But is boring bad? What if boring works? I’ve owned (and driven) a lot of vehicles that didn’t work – which can be exciting, in good ways and bad – depending on when and how they stop working. Toyotas hardly ever…

2015 Cadillac Escalade

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Cadillac may be having trouble selling its ELR electric car (see here) but no such worries selling its anti-matter opposite, the Escalade. It’s not hard to understand why. The ELR is very expensive (over $75k to start) but very slow. It realistically seats only two. And it doesn’t go very far on its batteries. The…

2014 Buick Regal GS

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When the Regal GS came out back in 2011 as a new 2012 model, it had two very un-Buick (but extremely cool for a Buick) features: A screamin’ mimi turbocharged 270 horsepower 2.0 four (shared with the Saab 9-3, RIP) and – wait for it – a six speed manual transmission to go with it.…

Volt Double Down

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The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have…

2015 Audi A3

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Mercedes started it with the sub-$30k (just barely) CLA sedan – putting the three-pointed star within reach of an entirely new demographic. Now Audi’s joined the fray with the 2015 A3. Like the Benz CLA, the A3 is base-priced under $30k (again, just barely) and so within the same orbit, price-wise, of an optioned-out Honda Accord…

2014 Mercedes S550

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We live in a world defined, alas, by compromises – even in the ethereal realm of high-end luxury cars. Except for one gloriously no-compromises car. The 2014 S Class Mercedes. Behold…. While its rivals – the Audi A8 and the BMW 7, chiefly – bend knee to pedestrian concerns such as cost of acquisition and fuel…

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…

2014 Chrysler 300

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2014 is the final year for the “Luca Brasi” version of the Chrysler 300 sedan. Next year – this fall, actually – Chrysler will debut a redesigned 300 that will be (if spy photos are accurate) curvy and slinky rather than barrel chested and beefy. It looks like the RWD-based architecture will carry over –…