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2016 Kia Sedona

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Minivans have become kind of like timeshares. Not many people seem to want to buy in. Part of the problem is image. Minivans are the automotive equivalent of middle-aged ED. Or at least, likely to be associated with it. A much bigger problem for minivans is the availability of crossovers – many of which have everything a traditional minivan…

2015 Nissan Sentra

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Sedans are becoming the red-headed stepchildren of the new car market. They’re losing ground to the rising tide of crossovers – which are the same basic thing except they ride higher and have hatchbacks rather than trunks – and so usually have much more room for stuff. People seem to really like crossovers. I was thinking these…

2016 Honda HR-V

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The new Honda HR-V is – technically – a subcompact. A notch down in size from the compact-sized CR-V (which Honda sells a bunch of). But the difference between the two is mostly footprint-wise. The newest littlest Honda crossover is about a foot shorter overall than the CR-V. Inside, though, the subcompact HR-V actually has…

2016 Fiat 500 X

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Four legs good, two legs bad! was the cry of the rebellious animals in Orwell’s other classic, Animal Farm. This applies to cars as much as politics. Two “legs” (doors) are generally bad when it comes to trying to make a buck. They don’t sell in quantity because most people need more in the way…

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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It’s smart that Toyota has undercut Honda on the price of the new Camry hybrid. You can pick one up for about $2,500 less than you’d pay for the a new Accord hybrid. This makes up for the Mileage Deficit between the two. The EPA says the hybrid Camry LE is capable of 43 city…

2016 Audi A3 TDI

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If you’ve been considering a diesel-powered, compact-sized entry-luxury sedan, you might want to consider this: The 2016 Audi A3 TDI’s city mileage is nearly as good as the Mercedes CLA250’s highway mileage. And the Audi’s highway mileage (43 MPG) is 10-15 MPG better. So says the EPA. In real-world driving, you will find the Audi…

2015 VW Touareg TDI

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Years ago, Porsche got flack – and VW praise – for selling the same basic thing in two different wrappers (one of them carrying a considerably higher price tag). I won’t mention names. But I will mention that they’re doing it again – right now. On the one hand, there’s the VW Touareg TDI (diesel). On the other,…

2015 Ford F-150

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They sure went to a lot of trouble – and expense. You’ve probably read about the new Ford F-150. That it has an aluminum body and is now much lighter (by some 700 pounds) than its steel-bodied predecessor. It also has much smaller engines – for the most part – than its rivals, including the…

2015 Nissan Murano

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The Lexus RX is a really nice ride. The problem is, it’s also a really expensive ride. Almost $41k to start – and over $50k fully loaded. Meanwhile, you could buy this Nissan Murano – which is very similar in terms of size, layout , what you get (and can get) features and equipment-wise – for…

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…