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2015 BMW X5 M

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Some of the quickest cars on the road aren’t even cars – much less high-performance sports cars. This BMW X5 M, for instance. Don’t let the four doors fool you. Let them fool the dude sitting next to you at the light in his 911. With not-far-from 600 hp under its hood, the gag is…

2015 Lincoln Navigator

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How the mighty have fallen. Lincoln’s Navigator pretty much invented the bling-bling SUV as a cultural archetype and automotive industry phenom that changed everything almost overnight. Including Cadillac’s position as the country’s number one (in terms of total sales) luxury vehicle line. On the strength of Navigator sales alone, Lincoln – for a few salad…

2015 Dodge Dart

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Every now and then, you’ll see a Dodge Dart. The original (’70s-era) Dart, I mean. They were as durable as the pyramids. Well, the famous Slant Six” engine was. The bodies tended to rust away long before that inline six gave up the ghost. That’s the main reason you don’t see many original Darts anymore. But…

2015 Subaru Forester

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You can learn some important stuff about cars by taking note of who buys what – and how the cars are used. And whether they stand up to the uses to which they’re put. Texans, for instance, know trucks. Forget the TV commercials and advertising flapdoodle. Check out which makes/models of pick-up are popular in…

2015 VW Golf R

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Subaru’s WRX STI is the fastest n’ most furious turbo all-wheel-drive thing going… right? Wrong. At least, not anymore. The new king is VW’s Golf R – the “R” for returned after a two-year hibernation. Well, not really. The R is just VW-speak for really, really, really quick. Those two years in the garage? Time…

2015 VW Passat TDI

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When you’re the only game in town, you’ve pretty much got the market cornered. But it helps when what you’re selling is also what people want. People want Passats. It’s a very popular car, in part because it’s the only German car in its class – and in this price range. The rest are (cue…

When You Can’t Give ‘Em Away…

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When you have to resort to paying people to buy something, it ought to tell you something about the value of the thing you’re trying to “sell.” Such thoughts apparently haven’t occurred to GM, which continues to describe the Volt-based (and twice-as pricey) Cadillac ELR electric car as a “combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive…

2015 Nissan Altima

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I’ve written before about the fact that federal fuel-economy mandates are subtly but significantly eroding away the choices available to consumers – and increasing the cost of the diminishing choices that remain. The ’15 Altima being a case in point. At first glance, it’s what they call in the car biz a carryover – the…

The Syclone That Came… And Went

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How many appealing vehicles can you name that were only sold for one year? Even the Edsel lasted three. Here’s one that came – and went – as fast as it went: the 1991 GMC Syclone. Zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds . And that was back in ’91 – when a new L98 (Tuned…

The Last Thunderbird

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All of us know – or have heard about – the apparently healthy, successful person who one day just drops dead unexpectedly. In a way, this is the story of the Thunderbird. For decades, it was one of Ford’s most successful models and the name remains an automotive icon. But the car’s as dead as…