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2013 Jeep Compass Test Drive

First Impressions Some things just go together, like Martin and Lewis, chocolate and peanut butter, and based on how things are going at the time of this writing, 5150 and Charlie Sheen. You can add Jeep and off-roading to that list, as well. For decades, the brand with the unmistakable ...

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan Test Drive

First Impressions Driven by a gas station lately? Of course you have, and of course you’ve gone home and assessed your budget to determine how you’re going to pay for all that pain you’re experiencing at the pump. Given the harsh economic lessons of the past decade, the current unrest ...

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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Test Drive

First Impressions Chrysler popularized the idea of a minivan when it introduced the original Dodge Caravan almost 30 years ago, and for a very long time the automaker dominated the segment, one that Ford and General Motors ultimately abandoned, one that Nissan has continually struggled in, and one that most ...

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2012 Honda Odyssey Test Drive

First Impressions Honda is the company that took down the first, and long reigning, champion of minivans. Debate the origin of the genus all you like; it was Chrysler Corporation that popularized the concept of a small, fuel-efficient, seven-passenger people mover, not Volkswagen. And for more than 15 years, the ...

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2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Test Drive

First Impressions A while ago, we read an article about what it’s like to make it big in Hollywood: the changes in your lifestyle, how differently people treat you, and the sudden infusion of cash in your bank account. What was most striking about the story was a quote from ...

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2011 Toyota Venza Test Drive

First Impressions Remember a couple of years back, when Target decided to differentiate itself from other discount retailers by focusing on design? By playing up bold, graphic patterns, attracting high-end designers to create their version of everyday items, and shifting marketing campaigns to reflect emphasis on the want-to-have rather than ...

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Chevy Volt’s Place in the GM Product Mix

The last few years, the Detroit hype machine (and the media that feeds off it) has been pretty darn excited at times about the 2011 Chevy Volt, the car that’s supposed to make the plug-in hybrid the next must-have household appliance. But at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, ...

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How to Determine a New Vehicle’s Value and Cost of Ownership

Defining “value” is a tricky proposition, because it means different things to different people. Nevertheless, car shoppers tend to agree that when you can get more car for less money without any loss of quality, safety, dependability, or personal satisfaction, that spells V-A-L-U-E in big capital letters. Let’s look at ...

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Feline Eleganc

Just when the British auto industry was showing signs of recovering from the crippling effects of the Great Depression, that little man with the equally little toothbrush moustache, who went by the name of Adolf Hitler, decided to intervene. His increasingly threatening military stance in Europe had all the makings ...

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Topless Beauties. Part 3

part 2 The TC was meant for fair weather driving but since it rained often in England, it is also equipped with a waterproof soft top that can be put in place quickly. However, having the top up takes away much of the fun out of driving a sports car. ...

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