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2019 M2 Competition Sets BMW Straight

When BMW began using the tagline “The Ultimate Driving Machine” decades ago, it was not referring to over-wrought luxury models like the X5 and 7-Series that have become the brand’s recent hallmarks. No, it was referring to spirited little coupes…

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2019 Mazda3 Is Simply Beautiful

Photos really do not do this car justice. It’s a designer’s car. It’s an engineer’s car. And, most importantly, it is a driver’s car. And, if you’re just a happy grandma looking for an efficient way to get your groceries…

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2019 Maserati Levante Is A Very Grand Touring Machine

I doubt the cornfields in Jefferson County, Indiana have ever heard the high wail of a Ferrari V8. My daughter and I are clipping corners and leveling hills as we blitz to Clifty Falls State Park in the Maserati Levante…

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2019 Ford Ranger Is Better Than Its Reviews

I recently read a review of mid-size pickups in one of the auto magazines where the editors ranked the 2019 Ford Ranger at the bottom of the list against competitors like the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Colorado, and Honda Ridgeline. I…

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Sinful 2019 Ford Shelby GT350 Is No Normal Mustang

Racing is embedded in the Ford Mustang’s DNA, reaching nearly to its inception and wholly amplified through Ford’s association with the late Carroll Shelby. In recent years, Shelbys have come with the stickiest tires, biggest wings, and all the power…

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2019 VW Jetta GLI Would Please Ron Popeil

Go ahead and guess the price of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary Edition. Nope, it’s not $49,999. It’s not even $44,999 nor $39,999. It’s not 34,999 nor $29,999 either. Get ready for a Ron Popeil-worthy price on this…

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2019 VW Golf Redefines “Basic”

In the old days, a basic compact car would feature hubcaps, a vinyl bench seat, and if you were lucky, an AM radio. Forget air-conditioning. But those days are distant memories as today’s basic cars usually come with power windows,…

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Subaru Builds A More Stylish All-Capable 2020 Outback

Subaru could have radically changed the Outback for 2020. The design team explored options from super sleek wagons to upright crossovers that would make the proverbial outhouse look aerodynamic. Yet, when they discussed what current and potential owners wanted, it…

2019 BMW X2 M35i Is A Bit Intense

BMWs are usually delightful cars to drive, but some of the M editions can be a bit intense with their stiff suspensions, tight steering, and right-now throttle response. One could argue that’s exactly how a performance car should behave, and…