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2017 Kia Sportage

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It is no easy task to find something worth telling you about crossover A vs. crossover B. Usually, it’s like trying to put together 2,000 words describing the difference between a green M&M and a red M&M.    But Kia gave me something to work with here. A couple things, actually. First, power. Unlike the…

2017 BMW M2

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Speed is not – contrary to the saying – always just a question of money. Sometimes, you get to pay less to go just as fast. And get some other worthwhile things, too. In the BMW M2 coupe, for instance. It’s just as quick as the very similar in shape and layout but slightly larger…

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Everything makes a comeback. The El Camino, for instance. Only today it’s called the Ridgeline – and Chevy doesn’t make it. Honda does. But it’s the same thing, basically: A car with a pick-up bed Better, in some ways. Because it has four doors instead of just two, no driveline hump dividing the floorpan in…

2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

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I was suspicious, too. “Trail-rated” rated Jeeps have – up to now  – always been real-deal Jeeps. Longitudinal engine (front to back, not transverse/sideways-mounted) and (most important of all) rear-wheel-drive-based, with a real-deal part-time 4WD transfer case and 4WD Low range gearing. Not front-wheel-drive-based, with an available light-duty all-wheel-drive system and no two-speed transfer case. They’ve also never…

2016 Lexus NX200t

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The original Lexus RX was an automotive rogue wave when it appeared way back in ’98. At that time, there was nothing else like it: A luxury crossover SUV. Not a pick-up truck converted into an SUV. Today, everyone – almost literally – sells something like the RX. Even Porsche. So, selling the RX today…

2016 VW Golf R

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Here’s an irony for you: When VW launched the hot hatch Golf R last year, it came only only with an automatic transmission. This year, Ford has launched the even hotter hatch Focus RS –  which comes only with a manual transmission. Ships passing in the night… . Now VW has decided to make a…

2016 BMW X5 eDrive

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BMW is going electric in a big way. The company honchos say so, openly. They see the IC engine as doomed – not because of scarce gas but omnipresent Uncle. Emissions and fuel-efficiency fatwas are becoming literally impossible to comply with. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider: In Europe, they consider (and regulate) carbon dioxide as an “emission.”…

2017 Chevy Volt

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Only Nixon could go to China, they said. Maybe they will say the same about me – and my (ducking now) endorsement of the Chevy Volt… . Ok. I just popped my head up from behind the dumpster, having dodged the rocks and rotten apples thrown my way by probably disappointed readers. But give me…

2016 Buick Cascada

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Impractical convertibles seem to do ok. The practical ones not so much. Ask Toyota. Or Chrysler. Or Volvo. Or VW. The Camry Solara, 200 convertible and C70 withered away for lack of interest, like unwanted timeshares – notwithstanding back seats that were both present and adult-usable as well as  trunks large enough to hold more than a bag…

2016 BMW X1

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Well, this is weird. Doing the background research I always do before I start to spew my opinion about a new car, I discovered that while the “compact” size BMW X1 is smaller on the outside than the “mid-size” X3, it actually has more room inside for people. And almost exactly the same amount of…