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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…

2015 Chevy Trax

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Remember the Chevy Tracker? The pocket-sized SUV sold (in the U.S.) from 1998 through 2004? It was very popular – and would probably still be around today were it not for the fact that it got outpaced by federal crashworthiness standards that made it effectively illegal to sell the thing. (The same fate befell another…

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude and Trailhawk Models

People seem to really like small SUVs … er, crossover SUVs. New ones keep popping up like dandelions after a spring shower. This new Jeep Renegade, for instance. But for once, it’s not just another… uh… pretty face. It’s one of the very few vehicles of this type that can – when properly equipped –…

2015 Buick Regal GS

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In 2012, when the current Regal sedan came out, you could order it in GS trim. Remember GS? In Buick’s better days, the Gran Sport badge meant something good under the hood. Specifically, it meant … this car hauls ass. In a gentlemanly manner, of course. And the ’12 Regal GS revived this tradition. It had a…

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

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I have been waiting for you… It took 45 years, but the moment has finally arrived. A real muscle car is once again available. Scary. Dangerous – in the hands of a fool or a novice. A car that’s got more engine than traction and you’d damned well better respect that. 707 supercharged horsepower through just…

2015 Toyota Sienna

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The Minivan World has changed a lot since the first batch of them came out in the early ’80s. They actually were “mini” vans, for openers. Not much bigger than a car – being based on small cars, like the Chrysler K-cars. Today’s vans – like this Toyota Sienna – are as far from being…