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Alan Rider


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Test Drive: Turning It up to ‘11’

Test Drive: Turning It up to ‘11’

In “This Is Spinal Tap,” a character brags that their amplifiers go to “11” instead of just 10. That same philosophy applies to cars when automakers take performance to the  
Test Drive: Old & New

Test Drive: Old & New

One of the odd qualities of the human psyche is our attraction to both the old and familiar and the new and novel. Just like we’re equally drawn to opposite  
Test Drive: Small but Stylish

Test Drive: Small but Stylish

Say what you will about the music of Prince, there’s no denying the man – all 5 feet, 3 inches of him – had style. Apply that same logic to  
Test Drive: Watts up, Doc?

Test Drive: Watts up, Doc?

In the future, cars with gasoline-powered engines will be replaced by those propelled by electric motors and battery packs. Here are two ways to get a feeling for that future  
Test Drive: Surprisingly Sporty

Test Drive: Surprisingly Sporty

Of the things one might expect from a sport utility vehicle, sportiness is not usually one of them. But there are models that come by the ‘S’ in SUV honestly.  
Test Drive: Superb Sedans

Test Drive: Superb Sedans

You might think traditional automotive body styles are a thing of the past. Not so fast. Turns out there are several sedans on the market that qualify as fabulous four-doors.  
Test Drive: Deluxe Trucks

Test Drive: Deluxe Trucks

Along with their inherent utility, trucks are now sporting some of the most attractive styling and feature-rich interiors. They also work harder and smarter than ever before.  
Test Drive: Maximum MPG

Test Drive: Maximum MPG

The average automobile returns about 25 miles per gallon. Here’s a pair of not-so-exotic vehicles pushing the boundaries of fuel efficiency.  
Test Drive: Escape Artists

Test Drive: Escape Artists

There are times when you just need to get away. Naturally, that task is made much easier with the right set of wheels, like these two compact crossovers.