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2015 BMW M235i

'15 M2 burnout

The best fights are not one-round knockouts. They’re the savage slugfests. Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. The new M2 vs. the new M4. It’s not what BMW intended. But the match-up is inevitable. Both of these super coupes are powered by the same basic superlative straight six (the V-8 is gone in lower-tier M BMWs thanks to Uncle…

2015 Toyota Prius

'15 Prius lead

The 2015 Prius is “new” – in the sense that it’s not  a 2014 Prius. But it is pretty much the same Prius as last year’s Prius. Meanwhile, there will soon be a new Prius. Not just another calendar year newer – but a new model, a total overhaul. It’s coming next calendar year (2015) as…

2015 Nissan Rogue

15 Rogue lead

Sometimes, the name’s just all wrong. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the vehicle is. Nissan’s Rogue, for instance. It isn’t. A rogue, that is. Rogues are lovable but also raffish and untrustworthy; they tend to make promises they can’t or never intended to keep. They often do unexpected – and frequently obnoxious – things. None of…

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…