The Truth About Cars » Road Test http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 Review – The Artist Formerly Known As ML http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-mercedes-benz-gle350-suv-review-artist-formerly-known-ml/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-mercedes-benz-gle350-suv-review-artist-formerly-known-ml/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1325618 Those of you who railed against Bark’s glowing review of the 2016 Ford Mustang convertible by claiming his “Ford bias” tainted his viewpoint might also think my yarn about this vehicle is spun in a similar vein. After all, I worked for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for 17 years, and here I am reviewing my own Mercedes-Benz-subsidized retiree lease vehicle. How could I possibly be objective, […]

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Those of you who railed against Bark’s glowing review of the 2016 Ford Mustang convertible by claiming his “Ford bias” tainted his viewpoint might also think my yarn about this vehicle is spun in a similar vein. After all, I worked for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for 17 years, and here I am reviewing my own Mercedes-Benz-subsidized retiree lease vehicle. How could I possibly be objective, […]

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review – The Crossover Unicorn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/2016-toyota-rav4-hybrid-review-crossover-unicorn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/2016-toyota-rav4-hybrid-review-crossover-unicorn/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1291889 A few short weeks ago, I was inside a very purple 2016 RAV4 marveling that Toyota’s compact crossover nearly outsells the Mazda brand. My bottom line for that RAV4 read like this: Why are the RAV4’s sales so high when there are more fun options out there? The reasons can be found in its strong value […]

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A few short weeks ago, I was inside a very purple 2016 RAV4 marveling that Toyota’s compact crossover nearly outsells the Mazda brand. My bottom line for that RAV4 read like this: Why are the RAV4’s sales so high when there are more fun options out there? The reasons can be found in its strong value […]

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2016 Ford Escape SE AWD Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-ford-escape-se-awd-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-ford-escape-se-awd-rental-review/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282426 It’s quite trendy nowadays for auto writers to trash the very notion of the crossover, mostly because it doesn’t fit in with their self-defined image of being a swashbuckling, tire squealing, craft-beer-drinking car guy. Also, the economics of writing about cars tend to dictate a certain set of values and behaviors upon said auto writers, meaning that they […]

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It’s quite trendy nowadays for auto writers to trash the very notion of the crossover, mostly because it doesn’t fit in with their self-defined image of being a swashbuckling, tire squealing, craft-beer-drinking car guy. Also, the economics of writing about cars tend to dictate a certain set of values and behaviors upon said auto writers, meaning that they […]

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2016 BMW X1 Review – The Un-BMW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-bmw-x1-review-un-bmw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-bmw-x1-review-un-bmw/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:20:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277722 When is a BMW not a BMW? Some would say: when it has four wheels. Others will say: when it’s front wheel drive. But here we are. BMW’s smallest crossover has ditched its BMW 3-Series roots for underpinnings shared with the Mini Countryman. Say what? Americans may be surprised to hear that the X1 is not BMW’s […]

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When is a BMW not a BMW? Some would say: when it has four wheels. Others will say: when it’s front wheel drive. But here we are. BMW’s smallest crossover has ditched its BMW 3-Series roots for underpinnings shared with the Mini Countryman. Say what? Americans may be surprised to hear that the X1 is not BMW’s […]

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2015 Ford Expedition Platinum Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-ford-expedition-platinum-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-ford-expedition-platinum-review/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1116809 Has there ever been a longer running runner-up in an automotive category than the Ford Expedition? The large three-row SUV has been outsold by the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL twins for years by as much as a 2:1 margin in the ever-shrinking large SUV segment. Throw in the Tahoe and regular Yukon numbers and the Expedition lags even further […]

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Has there ever been a longer running runner-up in an automotive category than the Ford Expedition? The large three-row SUV has been outsold by the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL twins for years by as much as a 2:1 margin in the ever-shrinking large SUV segment. Throw in the Tahoe and regular Yukon numbers and the Expedition lags even further […]

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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SEL Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-volkswagen-golf-tdi-sel-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-volkswagen-golf-tdi-sel-review/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1101225 Why yes, it has been only three weeks since our last Volkswagen Golf feature story. Why do you ask? Maybe it’s because the little VW is on fire. The car is nearly single-handedly bringing back hatchback sales with the introduction last year of its 7th generation model. Winner of numerous national and international auto journo awards, MkVII Golf […]

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Why yes, it has been only three weeks since our last Volkswagen Golf feature story. Why do you ask? Maybe it’s because the little VW is on fire. The car is nearly single-handedly bringing back hatchback sales with the introduction last year of its 7th generation model. Winner of numerous national and international auto journo awards, MkVII Golf […]

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2015 Buick LaCrosse Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/review-2015-buick-lacrosse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/review-2015-buick-lacrosse/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1052529 My name is Satish Kondapavulur. I am what most baby boomers would call “a millennial.” I like Vampire Weekend, streaming movies on Netflix, and playing Gran Turismo. My plans this weekend involve driving to Berkeley, going to whatever eardrum-splitting concert my friends want to see, with my dinner plans probably being a burger and fries […]

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My name is Satish Kondapavulur. I am what most baby boomers would call “a millennial.” I like Vampire Weekend, streaming movies on Netflix, and playing Gran Turismo. My plans this weekend involve driving to Berkeley, going to whatever eardrum-splitting concert my friends want to see, with my dinner plans probably being a burger and fries […]

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2015 Infiniti QX70S RWD Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-infiniti-qx70s-rwd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-infiniti-qx70s-rwd/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1050265 Fifteen years ago, buying a practical luxury car to replace a Honda Accord meant going down to your BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or occasionally, Audi showroom and coming back with a 5-Series, E-Class, GS, or if you were particularly brave, an A6. All these brands except Audi had SUVs at the time though, but they were hardly replacements […]

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Fifteen years ago, buying a practical luxury car to replace a Honda Accord meant going down to your BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or occasionally, Audi showroom and coming back with a 5-Series, E-Class, GS, or if you were particularly brave, an A6. All these brands except Audi had SUVs at the time though, but they were hardly replacements […]

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Review: 2015 RAM ProMaster City (with video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/review-2015-ram-promaster-city-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/review-2015-ram-promaster-city-video/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=999922 Please welcome back Alex Dykes as our Road Test editor. Alex will be contributing reviews and video reviews at our re-launched YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe. Everyone has been talking about the Dodge Caravan being sent out to pasture soon, but there is a third badge-engineered Chrysler minivan heading into the sunset as well: […]

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Please welcome back Alex Dykes as our Road Test editor. Alex will be contributing reviews and video reviews at our re-launched YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe. Everyone has been talking about the Dodge Caravan being sent out to pasture soon, but there is a third badge-engineered Chrysler minivan heading into the sunset as well: […]

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CODE BROWN! Help Review Tesla’s Model S P85D http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/code-brown-help-ttac-review-tesla-model-s-p85d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/code-brown-help-ttac-review-tesla-model-s-p85d/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:19:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1002490 An autojourno told me that getting a Tesla Model S P85D for evaluation is tough, even without a Death Watch series hanging over their head. Yet Tesla’s boss went on 60 minutes admitting his concerns during Christmas 2008, concerns that paralleled ours.  No matter, Death Watches are TTAC’s past. Meet our “Code Brown” instead. And stick around: because you, dear reader, shall […]

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An autojourno told me that getting a Tesla Model S P85D for evaluation is tough, even without a Death Watch series hanging over their head. Yet Tesla’s boss went on 60 minutes admitting his concerns during Christmas 2008, concerns that paralleled ours.  No matter, Death Watches are TTAC’s past. Meet our “Code Brown” instead. And stick around: because you, dear reader, shall […]

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Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/review-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/review-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:55:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=868922   Mitsubishi’s website claims the Mirage is a “small car for a big life.” Possible: while I haven’t done a TTAC review in over a year, know that even the rare automotive sampling of a ball of flaming garbage in a catapult possesses a modicum of engineering /styling/marketing prowess. Good cars exist everywhere, which is […]

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  Mitsubishi’s website claims the Mirage is a “small car for a big life.” Possible: while I haven’t done a TTAC review in over a year, know that even the rare automotive sampling of a ball of flaming garbage in a catapult possesses a modicum of engineering /styling/marketing prowess. Good cars exist everywhere, which is […]

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Review: 2013 BMW 750Li – Video http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/review-2013-bmw-750li-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/review-2013-bmw-750li-video/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:30:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479030 The full-sized luxury market used to be a small pond before the Lexus LS appeared. Up to then all Mercedes had to worry about was the German brand known for their delightfully crude 2002. Jaguar? 1980s Jags spent so little time running they were more garage ornament than transportation. Fast forward to today and BMW […]

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The full-sized luxury market used to be a small pond before the Lexus LS appeared. Up to then all Mercedes had to worry about was the German brand known for their delightfully crude 2002. Jaguar? 1980s Jags spent so little time running they were more garage ornament than transportation. Fast forward to today and BMW […]

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Review: 2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-fisker-karma-ecochic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-fisker-karma-ecochic/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444951 Henry Ford was no gifted artist, yet he made a car worthy of the common man.  William Durant didn’t especially like cars, but created a marketing and distribution empire that inspired us all.  And while Henrik Fisker’s car-centric life isn’t fully wikipedia’d, the first creation of the company that bears his name is an object […]

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Henry Ford was no gifted artist, yet he made a car worthy of the common man.  William Durant didn’t especially like cars, but created a marketing and distribution empire that inspired us all.  And while Henrik Fisker’s car-centric life isn’t fully wikipedia’d, the first creation of the company that bears his name is an object […]

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Review: 2012 Mazda3 Sedan SKYACTIV-G http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-mazda3-sedan-skyactiv-g/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-mazda3-sedan-skyactiv-g/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:10:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423488 One of the constant dangers for your humble TTAC correspondent is drifting away from gimlet-eyed and ruthless objectivity towards developing a soft spot for a particular manufacturer. Lord forbid you should ever start becoming an “advocate”. Should such tendencies emerge, one of our larger and hairier Senior Editors will show up on the front stoop […]

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One of the constant dangers for your humble TTAC correspondent is drifting away from gimlet-eyed and ruthless objectivity towards developing a soft spot for a particular manufacturer. Lord forbid you should ever start becoming an “advocate”. Should such tendencies emerge, one of our larger and hairier Senior Editors will show up on the front stoop […]

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Review: 2012 Volkswagen Sharan TDI BlueMotion (Euro-Spec) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-volkswagen-sharan-tdi-bluemotion-euro-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-volkswagen-sharan-tdi-bluemotion-euro-spec/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:55:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423404 Editor’s Note: Be aware that photos are larger than the usual format. When I told friends that my European vacation would give me the opportunity to test a few European cars, their reactions fit a certain pattern: “So you’re going to be running around Europe in Porsches and Audis?” they asked. “Can I have your […]

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Editor’s Note: Be aware that photos are larger than the usual format. When I told friends that my European vacation would give me the opportunity to test a few European cars, their reactions fit a certain pattern: “So you’re going to be running around Europe in Porsches and Audis?” they asked. “Can I have your […]

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Review: 2012 Hyundai i40cw BlueDrive (Euro-Spec) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-hyundai-i40cw-bluedrive-euro-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-hyundai-i40cw-bluedrive-euro-spec/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:19:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423287   Editor’s note: be aware that the images are extremely large, in order to show off TTAC’s rare opportunity for amazing photo shoot locations. What makes a flagship? It’s a question that gets to the heart of one’s philosophy as a car reviewer, and no better example exists to explore the issue than Hyundai. Here […]

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  Editor’s note: be aware that the images are extremely large, in order to show off TTAC’s rare opportunity for amazing photo shoot locations. What makes a flagship? It’s a question that gets to the heart of one’s philosophy as a car reviewer, and no better example exists to explore the issue than Hyundai. Here […]

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/2012-volkswagen-beetle-2-5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/2012-volkswagen-beetle-2-5/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:51:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423116 I never was a New Beetle kind of guy. But then I am a guy. Unless a cute car handles like a Miata, I’m not interested. For 2012 Volkswagen has redesigned the New Beetle, dropping the “New” and the bud vase (every review must mention this) in the process of attempting to broaden the car’s […]

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I never was a New Beetle kind of guy. But then I am a guy. Unless a cute car handles like a Miata, I’m not interested. For 2012 Volkswagen has redesigned the New Beetle, dropping the “New” and the bud vase (every review must mention this) in the process of attempting to broaden the car’s […]

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Review: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2013-chevrolet-malibu-eco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2013-chevrolet-malibu-eco/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:35:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422547 Through the mid-1980s, General Motors essentially owned the midsize sedan market. This dominance was ended by the original Ford Taurus, and GM’s position sunk further with the rise of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the top two spots. In recent years the Fusion has replaced the Taurus, while Nissan, Hyundai, and (for 2012) […]

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Through the mid-1980s, General Motors essentially owned the midsize sedan market. This dominance was ended by the original Ford Taurus, and GM’s position sunk further with the rise of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the top two spots. In recent years the Fusion has replaced the Taurus, while Nissan, Hyundai, and (for 2012) […]

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Review: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-sahara/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-sahara/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:28:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420871 Back in the day, the Jeep Wrangler was only for serious off-roaders. Posers might visit, but assaulted by the SUV’s sluggish acceleration, clumsy handling, rough noisy ride, and spartan hose-out interior they weren’t likely to stay long (or return after leaving). But Chrysler has worked steadily to eliminate these downsides and render the Wrangler fit […]

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Back in the day, the Jeep Wrangler was only for serious off-roaders. Posers might visit, but assaulted by the SUV’s sluggish acceleration, clumsy handling, rough noisy ride, and spartan hose-out interior they weren’t likely to stay long (or return after leaving). But Chrysler has worked steadily to eliminate these downsides and render the Wrangler fit […]

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Review: 2012 BMW X5M http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-bmw-x5m/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-bmw-x5m/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:14:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418112 If you ask a certain segment of the automotive press, it seems that BMW is rapidly losing the plot. While I agree that BMW’s latest wares are bigger, heavier and more leather-clad than ever before, I can’t say thing is a bad thing in my mind. I upset a few people when I reviewed the […]

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If you ask a certain segment of the automotive press, it seems that BMW is rapidly losing the plot. While I agree that BMW’s latest wares are bigger, heavier and more leather-clad than ever before, I can’t say thing is a bad thing in my mind. I upset a few people when I reviewed the […]

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Review: 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-honda-cr-v-ex-l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-honda-cr-v-ex-l/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 20:14:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419493 “Hey Brendan,” runs the e-mail from our illustrious ed., Ed, “I was wondering if you wanted to take on the most challenging story I’m currently facing: making the new Honda CR-V interesting.” Fat chance. “Don’t get taken in by the free bacon!” Wait, what now? Free bacon? I’M THERE. Next thing you know, I’m ensconced […]

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“Hey Brendan,” runs the e-mail from our illustrious ed., Ed, “I was wondering if you wanted to take on the most challenging story I’m currently facing: making the new Honda CR-V interesting.” Fat chance. “Don’t get taken in by the free bacon!” Wait, what now? Free bacon? I’M THERE. Next thing you know, I’m ensconced […]

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Review: 2012 Jaguar XJL Portfolio http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-jaguar-xj-portfolio/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-jaguar-xj-portfolio/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:24:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417820 Location: John Dodge mansion, Detroit Editor’s note: The car pictured is not a long-wheelbase model, which is the only “Portfolio” model sold in the US. We are looking into the discrepancy. When Jaguar of North America informed me that I’d be getting a 2012 XJL Portfolio for review, my first reaction was to engage in […]

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Location: John Dodge mansion, Detroit Editor’s note: The car pictured is not a long-wheelbase model, which is the only “Portfolio” model sold in the US. We are looking into the discrepancy. When Jaguar of North America informed me that I’d be getting a 2012 XJL Portfolio for review, my first reaction was to engage in […]

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Review: 2011 Audi S4 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2011-audi-s4/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2011-audi-s4/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:10:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418664 I needed a suitable car for a spirited 500-mile run to the “coolest small town in America,” and back. One leaped to mind: the Audi S4 with its optional active differential. In our first encounter, the current “B8” S4 underwhelmed me. Though quick and capable, it just didn’t feel special. “A4 3.0T” seemed more apt. […]

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I needed a suitable car for a spirited 500-mile run to the “coolest small town in America,” and back. One leaped to mind: the Audi S4 with its optional active differential. In our first encounter, the current “B8” S4 underwhelmed me. Though quick and capable, it just didn’t feel special. “A4 3.0T” seemed more apt. […]

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CPO To Go: 2011 Lexus IS250c http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cpo-to-go-2011-lexus-is250c/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cpo-to-go-2011-lexus-is250c/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:18:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418202 Most folks aren’t into cars. They do want advice though; which is tricky for the B&B. While auto enthusiasts like us seek the Coltranes and Metallicas of vehicular enjoyment. They prefer… well… Jimmy Buffett. A well executed car that makes them feel comfortable, has a touch of ‘fun’ at times (the non-enthusiast types of fun), […]

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Most folks aren’t into cars. They do want advice though; which is tricky for the B&B. While auto enthusiasts like us seek the Coltranes and Metallicas of vehicular enjoyment. They prefer… well… Jimmy Buffett. A well executed car that makes them feel comfortable, has a touch of ‘fun’ at times (the non-enthusiast types of fun), […]

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Review: 2012 Volkswagen Eos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2011-volkswagen-eos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2011-volkswagen-eos/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:45:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417388 Thirteen years after the Mercedes-Benz SLK reintroduced the hard top convertible, the novelty has once again begun to wear off in the face of concerns about cost, complexity, and curb weight. Even high-end manufacturers like Audi, BMW, and Jaguar have fit their latest convertibles with soft tops (albeit multi-layered ones to retain heat and keep […]

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Thirteen years after the Mercedes-Benz SLK reintroduced the hard top convertible, the novelty has once again begun to wear off in the face of concerns about cost, complexity, and curb weight. Even high-end manufacturers like Audi, BMW, and Jaguar have fit their latest convertibles with soft tops (albeit multi-layered ones to retain heat and keep […]

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