2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature Review: The Miata of Three-Row Crossovers

If you’re a cool parent with more than one kid, you are undoubtedly shopping in the “large three-row crossover” segment of new cars. Perception dictates these large not-wagons are far cooler than a minivan and thus, the competition among automakers is fierce. Though Kia and Hyundai have stolen a lot of recent thunder with their …

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Review: The Better It Gets, the Better It Gets

My first experience with a Mercedes-Benz E63 was as a rising college senior. I’d gone up to Greenwich, Connecticut with a few friends to attend the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, a combination of car show and hoity-toity auction. None of us were hoity nor toity, but we roamed the show grounds, ogled everything on sale at …

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2021 mazda3 select Avis Preferred

Perspectives: On My First Flight Since COVID-19, Rental Car Roulette, and a Mazda3

The last time I got on a plane was December 29, 2019. I had flown from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City, Missouri three days prior to meet my boyfriend’s family for the first time. We’d been together just long enough that flying to meet the whole fandamily at once over the holidays wasn’t especially strange. …

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2021 Toyota Corolla SE 6MT six-speed manual

2021 Toyota Corolla SE 6-Speed Manual Review: Toyota’s #SaveTheManuals Softball

There may be no more dedicated group of automotive enthusiasts than the #SaveTheManuals crowd. These eager stick-shift drivers constantly complain that every new car only comes with some form of two-pedal transmission, to include luxury sedans and school buses. As fewer drivers each year prefer manual transmission cars, the options available on the new car …

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Vredestein Hypertrac tire review

Vredestein Hypertrac Review: Dual-Duty Track Cars Need a Solid Street Tire… by Giugiaro?

Disclaimer – Vredestein sent me these Vredestein Hypertrac tires to test on my 2008 BMW 128i autocross/track car. Due to it doing things that old German cars often do (such as break), I had to test them on the Quarter Million Mile BMW E90. Daily-driving the same vehicle that you do any sort of high …

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2021 Lincoln Aviator

2021 Lincoln Aviator Plug-In Hybrid Review: Hot-Rod Lincoln, but Make it Subtle

I’m currently sitting in my bay window on a dreary, rainy day – the kind of day where you just want to feel a bit coddled. If I were going anywhere, I wouldn’t grab the keys to some loud, low, raucous sports car. Days like this make even the most hardcore driving enthusiast appreciate something a …

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2022 Ford Maverick orange

2022 Ford Maverick Details: 40 MPG Hybrid or 4,000 Pounds Towing with EcoBoost

The trucks are too big. Truly. I’ve owned three “half-ton” pickup trucks that were exactly what I needed, but fairly excessive for the average driver who just wants a tough, spray-out bed for homeowner duties and hauling some bikes around. Ford attempted to rectify this with the Ranger, though it’s still the size of a …

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2021 Nissan Armada enclosed trailer

2021 Nissan Armada Review: Enclosed Trailer Towing Test and a Fresh New Face

The more discerning enthusiasts among us have dragged Nissan for a while now, accusing them of letting products wither on the vine a bit, to include their largest SUV. The Nissan Armada has been with us since the 2005 model year, and is – surprisingly? – only in its second generation, which launched in 2017. …

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red E30 318is

Taking Delivery of My Sight-Unseen BMW ‘E30’ 318iS Was a Heart-Stopping Adventure

“Oil got all over the hood of a new white Range Rover” the transport truck driver said, as he undid straps and moved ramps into place. “Take a few pictures, if you want.” My heart sank. After waiting over a month to take delivery of my 1991 BMW 318iS, this was a rough start. This, …

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