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  • Pricey Porsche worth every penny -- all 1.77 million of them
    Show me the money

    On the surface, the choice seems dead simple. But it isn't, at least for us mere mortals. In the driveway recently was the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. For most weeks, the 911 sharing the driveway with anything else means drastically reduced seat time …

    November 20, 2015

  • Successor to GLK brings panache, performance
    Crossover to luxury

    ATLANTA -- In 1993, a 35-year-old rocker from Minnesota changed his name from a mononym to an unpronounceable symbol, making him the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. In 2015, in an effort to bring order to what was, apparently, chaos, Mercedes-Benz is changing the name of some of its SUVs, giving …

    November 13, 2015

  • Ford Escape still one to beat in crossover market
    Most valuable player

    The third generation Ford Escape crossover, now in its fourth year, is a bit of a sales anomaly: Despite it being a "mature" product in a saturated market, where the newest and shiniest usually get the attention and the sales volume, the compact-sized Escape remains the king of the hill. Though …

    October 30, 2015

  • Redesigned Optima a refined, drama-free family sedan loaded with features
    Style to spare

    ASPEN, Colo. -- "Lots of 'rich people rules' around here," my passenger said, noting the abundance of thou-shalt-nots posted around the town. Postcard quaint and reeking of casually affected affluence, the resort town of Aspen is home to more than 50 billionaires. It's hard to imagine "gonzo journalism" founder Hunter S. …

    October 30, 2015

  • Smart ED an electrifying automotive home run
    Battery up!

    When the Smart Fortwo was launched, it quickly became the biggest thing in small. I won't say I hated it, but my feelings for it were certainly leaning toward that end of the emotional spectrum. The combination of the gas motor and sequential gearbox meant if you didn't switch to manual …

    October 23, 2015

  • It's built by Mazda, but the new Yaris is a winner
    The Toyota that isn't

    QUEBEC CITY -- This is the best Toyota Mazda ever built. It's the 2016 Toyota Yaris sedan, an all-new Yaris and a departure for Yaris in many ways. For one, it feels almost as large as a Corolla, and secondly, it isn't the morphing of a hatchback into a -- let's …

    October 9, 2015

  • Subaru Impreza no-frills, affordable AWD car
    Gaining traction

    There's no question the Subaru name is synonymous with all-wheel-drive. What's less obvious is how many of those in the market for an affordable new ride know there's an all-wheel drive option that is also a car? Put four driven wheels and a sub-$30,000 price tag at the top of your …

    October 9, 2015

  • Gearhead concession: new Explorer not a truck, I'm OK with that

    Since I never watched Breaking Bad, failed science and the closest I've ever come to meth is the sweet smell of nitromethane spewing from the exhaust pipe of a vintage dragster, as usual I don't have a hot clue what Kelly Taylor is talking about. That said, I purely understand his …

    October 2, 2015

  • Ford's new Explorer all good, no bad
    Breaking ground

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- "If that's true, if you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course is to tread lightly." Chilling words from Walter White, methamphetamine cook extraordinaire, came to mind as William Mattiacce, an SUV communications manager for Ford Motor Co., was explaining why the list of stops …

    October 2, 2015

  • New Volkswagen Sportwagon modern version of old favourite
    Familiar friend

    In the interest of full disclosure, it should be known I'm a repeat Volkswagen owner, dating back to 2001 when I purchased a used Jetta 1.8T not too long after test driving one for a review. To date, we've owned four VWs as a family, with a 2012 Golf TDI …

    September 18, 2015