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  • On the Road Review: Toyota Yaris LE

    On the Road Review: Toyota Yaris LE gallery

    A certain irony occurs with almost every review vehicle that is sampled. As I ply the roads of Maine, it seems coincidental that there appear to be many more samples of the car or truck that I am driving for that week that are met in traffic. Oh, these vehicles are always there, but they

  • On the Road: GMC Yukon XL Denali

    On the Road: GMC Yukon XL Denali

    While waiting at the rendezvous point for this week’s vehicle delivery, my cousin Bob and I are engaged in a discussion about the merits of buying a new Jeep to replace his little-used pickup truck. Leasing or buying, two-door or four-door, he cannot make up his mind in what appears to be one of those

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

    On the Road Review: Nissan Murano Platinum AWD gallery

    Of the “Big Three” Japanese automakers selling cars in America, Nissan is the brand willing to take the most risk with styling. When buyers visit Nissan showrooms, they will find expressive vehicles with passion and out-of-the-box designs that Honda and Toyota just do not build. Think the small Juke, the departing Cube, the sporty 370Z,

  • On the Road Review: Lexus IS 350 AWD Sport Sedan

    On the Road Review: Lexus IS 350 AWD Sport Sedan gallery

    In office pools and barroom discussions around America, drivers brag about their sports sedans, argue about the merits of handling acumen, turbo-horsepower and swift acceleration, and insult the rivals of their professed brand of choice. For decades, Lexus has been absent from these discussions. Lacking the sporting personality and marketing panache of the likes of

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

    On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara gallery

    If you were a marketing or division manager at Jeep right now, you would be deeply engaged in the discussions about the pending changes with the iconic Wrangler model. Just like the special places that the Chevy Corvette and Ford Mustang or Harley-Davidson motorcycles hold in our motoring consciousness, the Jeep Wrangler is a unique

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan

    On the Road Review: Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan

    Like other automakers, Toyota has maximized the possible output from one central platform by building numerous variations from a single blueprint. The Toyota Camry — the best-selling car in America for over 10 years — is the basis for the Lexus ES, the Lexus RX as well as this week’s Avalon Hybrid sedan. Stretched 6

  • On the Road Review: BMW 740Ld X-Drive Sedan

    On the Road Review: BMW 740Ld X-Drive Sedan gallery

    An October 2014 study released by the Fuels Institute, an independent group that studies fuel inventories and consumption worldwide, stated that diesel demand in our domestic driving fleet will triple by 2030. Consumer surveys further declare that 4 out of 10 new vehicle buyers would consider purchasing a diesel-powered vehicle. Why are American drivers, finally,

  • On the Road Review: Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic

    On the Road Review: Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic gallery

    Luxury car sales have been a huge bright spot for automakers, as premium car buyers worldwide have been gobbling up the latest offerings. China’s new car market, larger than even the USA, is often a focal point for luxury car makers, but European and American buyers have been coming to dealerships in record numbers for

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

    On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

    In the fall of 2004, Toyota started building a larger, longer small pickup to replace the outgoing ten-year old Tacoma — one of the most popular small trucks ever. The new truck was designed to beat the Dodge Dakota — the leading “midsize” pickup truck in the market. USA Today called the new Tacoma “crude,