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Cars & Trucks

Is ‘Sporty SUV’ an Oxymoron? – Jaguar I-Pace/BMW X4

January 05, 2019. Alan Rider

Sport-utility vehicles used to project a rugged vibe. Now, new models that put the ‘sport’ in ‘sport-utility’ have become a thing.

Cars & Trucks

Audi A4 Boasts Luxury and Performance

December 28, 2018. John Lehrer

The redesigned Audi A4 melds speed and style.

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Cars & Trucks & Electric Vehicles

Hello, I Must Be Going – Volkswagen Beetle/Ford Fusion Hybrid

December 28, 2018. Alan Rider

There was a time when the Volkswagen Beetle was the ride of choice for the cool kids. Well, with VW’s latest Beetle, it seems that time has come again. Or come and very nearly gone, as Volkswagen has announced plans to kill off its most iconic nameplate, which is a shame not only for nostalgic…

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Practical-y Perfect – Hyundai Kona/Honda Fit

December 27, 2018. Alan Rider

While many daydream about driving a sports car, reality eventually calls. Two remarkably sensible new models meld sport and style.

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Pavement, Shmavement – Jeep Compass/Volvo V90 Cross Country

September 27, 2018. Alan Rider

Like the Mach 5 in its day, crossovers have developed a legion of dedicated fans. But I predict the Jeep Compass will be sought-after for more than just its body style. Take the midrange Trailhawk model I drove. Simply put, it is the only affordable compact SUV I can think of that will take you…

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Hot Hatchbacks – Toyota Corolla Hatchback/Honda Civic Hatchback

August 28, 2018. Alan Rider

Sexy: There’s a word you don’t generally apply to affordable cars. And yet, it’s an apt description of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Granted, it’s not bright-red Ferrari kind of alluring. Just the same, this all-new hatchback offers a lot more style than just about any other four-door compact you can name, starting with its distinctly…

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Tough Trucks – Ford F-150 Raptor/Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

August 27, 2018. Alan Rider

The full-size Ford F-Series didn’t achieve its best-seller status by resting on its past successes. Which explains the existence of the high-performance Ford F-150 Raptor. The four-door crew cab Raptor I drove frankly looked like it could eat other pickups for breakfast. Unlike many special-edition models, however, this next-generation Raptor is more than just a…

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Performance, Please! – Fiat 124 Spider/Kia Stinger

July 28, 2018. Alan Rider

If there’s a nicer place to be on a sunny afternoon than a winding two-lane road behind the wheel of the Fiat 124 Spider (with the top down, of course) we honestly can’t think of it. Yes, this two-seat roadster is every bit that agreeable. Built on the underpinnings of the highly regarded Mazda MX-5…

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Making Tracks – Subaru Crosstrek/Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

June 28, 2018. Alan Rider

While crossovers are known for their practical side, the all-new Subaru Crosstrek may be the Swiss army knife of the segment. It doesn’t offer 64 separate implements, but the second generation of this compact SUV is a versatile enough tool for wherever life takes you. On the road, the Crosstrek offers a refined ride and…

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American Dreams – Chrysler 300/Buick LaCrosse

June 28, 2018. Alan Rider

What’s in a name? When it comes to the Chrysler 300, about six decades of American motoring history. Not surprisingly, that original 1955 300 was a large automobile, albeit one with an unexpected performance edge. Much the same can be said about the current 10th-generation of this full-size sedan. I drove both the upscale 300C…