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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Camry lead

It is no easy thing going from a 500 horsepower Challenger R/T to a no-horsepower Toyota Camry hybrid. Well, ok, that’s not fair. The Camry hybrid does have horsepower. But only about a third as much as the Challenger R/T I reviewed last week. Then again, the Challenger only gives you about a third of the…

2016 Subaru WRX

'16 WRX Sti

Speed is indeed a question of money … and not only in terms of how fast do you want to go. Last week, I test-drove the 2016 BMW 340i (review here) which is a ripper in luxury sedan drag. Spool up the turbos and dump the clutch… the thing will leave twin ruts in the asphalt … and…

2016 BMW 340i

'16 BMW burnout

I like a plain brown wrapper. Why advertise what you’re up to? I mean, if you plan to actually do it as opposed to just thinking about doing it…? Well, maybe a white wrapper… like this one. This innocent-looking all-white BMW 340i they sent me. Or silver. Blue’s ok, too. Who’d suspect? It’s an upmarket…

2016 Nissan Sentra

'16 Sentra side meat

Why buy a sedan? Aren’t crossovers the thing now? Yes, exactly. Hence the sedan’s appeal. They cost less as advertised – and you’re in a stronger position, haggle-wise, to knock that down. With crossovers – which are popular right now – your position is weaker, because if you don’t buy this afternoon, probably someone else…

2016 VW Passat

'16 Passat lead 2

Last year, VW nixed the so-so-fuel-efficient (but simple and inexpensive) 2.5 liter in-line five that used to be the Passat’s standard engine in favor of a slightly more fuel-efficient (but more expensive and complicated) four cylinder turbocharged engine. This year, Uncle’s nixed the extremely fuel-efficient TDI diesel engine that used to be optionally available in…

2016 Kia Optima

'16 OPtima lead 2

How good are the Koreans at making cars? Here’s a metric: They successfully (hand over fist) sell two versions of the same basic car in a segment (mid-sized family sedans) that’s hard for other car companies to do ok in with just one entrant. There is the Hyundai-badged Sonata and – for something a bit sportier-looking but…

2016 Subaru Crosstrek

16 Crosstrek water

The Subaru Impreza (yes, you’re reading the right article) is a versatile car. As it sits, it’s basically an economy car. But put into the weeds (4.9 inches of ground clearance) and put a powerful turbocharged engine under its air-scooped hood … and it becomes the high-performance WRX, an asphalt-ripping Rally car. Now take it back…

2017 Ford Escape

'17 Escape lead

The pressure is getting heavier to make Uncle happy – no matter how much it costs us. That’s not how it’s presented, of course. The car companies tout the wonderfulness of the new fuel-saving technologies -including micro-turbo engines that seem way small for the size of the vehicle – and engines that stop whenever you come…

2016 Hyundai Sonata

'16 Sonata Eco lead

It used to be pretty easy to pick a mid-sized family car. The best – as defined by the general niceness of the thing as well as a reputation for value as impenetrable as the armor belt of a battleship – were basically two: The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. Everything else was a…