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2015 Mercedes Sprinter

'15 Sprinter road 1

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

'15 WRX road 3

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

'15 Tiggy lead

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…

2015 Jeep Cherokee

'15 Cherokee front detail

Ultimately, it’s all about balance. Crossover SUVs have surged in popularity because they bridge the gap between car and truck-based SUV. More capability (and versatility) than the former – but not to the extremes of the latter. People like to ride higher off the ground – and they definitely like not getting stuck in the…

2014 VW Touareg TDI

'14 Tourage curb side 1

There are three mid-sized (and real-deal, with significant off-road capability) German-brand crossover SUVs that consume not much more fuel than many current economy cars. The fuel, of course, is diesel. And the three are: VW’s Touareg TDI – subject of this review – and its rivals, the BMW X5 diesel and the Mercedes ML350 BlueTec. Each approaches…

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

'14 Fiesta last

What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn’t high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility – the affordability – of those horses. The first (1964) Pontiac GTO – grand-daddy of the breed – was a fairly cheap car. In fact, it was…

2015 Nissan NV200

'15 NV side windows

My buddy the electrician is being eaten alive by the cost of feeding the full-size (and V-8 powered) van he uses to haul his stuff from job to job. Eleven in the city (and 15 on the highway) makes 33 gallons (the size of the tank in his Ford E-350 van) disappear almost as fast…

2014 Mercedes E-Wagon

'14 E350 lead

The E-Class Mercedes has – or can be ordered with – just about whatever you could possibly want. Just not always in the same model. If you want an E wagon, for example, you can order a death-dealing 577 hp twin-turbo V-8. But you’re out of luck if you want the 42 MPG-capable 2.0 liter…

2015 Scion FR-S

'15 FR-S lead

Muscle cars and pony cars and exotic high-performance cars abound. But there aren’t many true sports cars around. Not for less than $25k to start, at least. Arguably, the Mazda Miata has been the only one. It has certainly been the most successful one. For 25 years now – and still going strong. Subaru and Toyota…

2015 Hyundai Genesis

'15 Genesis lead

Here’s some inside baseball. Two of the best luxury sedans on the market are – technically – not luxury sedans. Well, they’re not branded – or priced – as such. I speak – out of school – of the Chrysler 300 and the Hyundai Genesis, just updated for the new model year. But you’d be a fool…