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  • On the Road Review: Ford Escape Titanium Edition

    On the Road Review: Ford Escape Titanium Edition

    When Ford set out to replace its top-selling Escape compact crossover a few years ago, there were product visionaries that could see that the whole crossover class was destined for big things in the future. Ford had already reaped great success with the first-generation Escape, a car-based truck-let then going on an incredible 11-year old

  • On the Road Review: Chevy Sonic RS

    On the Road Review: Chevy Sonic RS gallery

    Chevrolet, and by default GM, has an interesting history with small cars. Never shy about being innovative, the Corvair from the 1960s, or unusual, the Vega from the 1970s, Chevy has had mixed success through the years with sales numbers never quite telling the whole story. Chevy can actually claim some very solid sales successes

  • On the Road Review: Volvo XC60R Crossover

    On the Road Review: Volvo XC60R Crossover gallery

    Ardent Volvo fans must be asking themselves if this legendary brand is going to make a comeback in the USA. Volvo sales have been languishing for several years since the Ford Motor Co. unceremoniously jettisoned the brand. Now owned by a Chinese consortium (Volvo Truck is a separate company), Volvo is making an effort to

  • So, you’re thinking of buying a new car

    So, you’re thinking of buying a new car

    Jane and John Doe American driver have a wealth of information and choices available to them today to help find, research and buy either a brand new car or light truck, or, a new-to-them previously owned vehicle. The data clearly illustrates why there are so many search engines and websites that cater to the American

  • On the Road Review: Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic Sedan

    On the Road Review: Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic Sedan

    Before 2000, Mercedes Benz was widely recognized as the mass-market benchmark for premium sedans in the world. Sure, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Maserati made some pretty special cars, but their lofty price points pretty much eliminated them from real-world purchase decisions. And, Cadillac, once known as the engineering standard, had long fallen from its position

  • On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    Once a significant Asian import brand in America, Mitsubishi has fallen on slack times in this market and struggled to remain relevant. One of the first Asian automakers to build an assembly plant in the States — with former partner Chrysler — Mitsubishi has dropped some once popular nameplates, (Eclipse, Spyder, Galant and Endeavor) and

  • Always use your turn signal, and here’s why

    Dear Car Talk: My husband insists that he does not have to use turn signals if he is in a designated turn lane. I disagree, and we argue about this whenever it happens. Under other circumstances, he gets mad when other drivers don’t use their directionals, and he is vocal about it. What do you

  • On the Road Review: Chrysler 300C AWD Sedan

    On the Road Review: Chrysler 300C AWD Sedan gallery

    Decades after full-size cars used to rule the marketplace, automakers continue to produce credible four-door sedans to meet consumer demand for roomy, comfortable cars for four or more passengers. The players list is short now; Chevy’s Impala leads in sales, far ahead of Toyota’s Avalon, Buick’s LaCrosse and Ford’s Taurus. Yet FCA/Fiat-Chrysler, with two entrants,

  • On the Road Review: Volkswagen GTI

    On the Road Review: Volkswagen GTI gallery

    Anxious to drive Volkswagen’s latest generation-seven GTI, the sporty version of the Golf, VW’s top selling car in the world, I had been making subtle hints all through fall as both a 2015 GTI and a diesel TDI were known to be in the press fleet. Just before Christmas, one of Santa’s Elves delivered a