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Ten Automotive Superstars of the Nineties

February 27th, 2015

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We thought we would follow up our Today’s Most Popular Cars From the 1980s list with its logical sequel: ’90s cars. We looked at our data again and determined which ’90s cars garnered the most interest from CarGurus shoppers. We have to say, this list surprises us a bit less. The ’80s list featured a good number of discontinued cars, but only one car no longer in production made this one. Nineties cars are probably a bit more practical than some of the nearly ancient ’80s models (cars on this list are likely at least 11 years younger), and most of these cars haven’t quite reached collector status.

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Will Toyota Finally Build a Diesel Tacoma?

February 27th, 2015
The 2016 Tacoma: Now in diesel?

The 2016 Tacoma: Now in diesel?

Trucks and diesels go together like salt and margaritas. The two just belong together, but in the United States there’s been a wedge in the relationship. What’s kept the high-torque long-lasting diesel engine from the majority of the truck market here?

Money, of course.

All the big bad-boy trucks here have diesel options. Ford, Chevy, and Ram all offer oil-burners made to handle the biggest of the big truck jobs.

But what about the casual truck guy who just wants to tow his boat to the lake under diesel power, but doesn’t want to buy a massive pickup for the job? That guy has some options now.

But not from Toyota.

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The $28 Million Barn Find: It Wasn’t Mine

February 26th, 2015

France Ferrari Maserati barn find

You’d think everyone who ventures into the countryside finds forgotten but beautiful cars inside rotting old barns.

As often as the topic of “barn finds” comes up in the auto world, it appears they are as common as finding a Starbucks on a downtown corner in Seattle.

Barn finds are rare, though, at least if we’re talking about finds that could be worth some cash. I was lucky enough to have a barn find of my own once, but it was a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. Granted, it was the Sport edition, but it wasn’t exactly on par with the old Bugattis and Ferraris people seem to stumble across.

A find in France just may go down in history as the greatest barn find ever.

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Sell the Honda, Buy a Kia?

February 25th, 2015

2014 Kia Soul

A friend of mine had a beautiful, low-mileage Honda Pilot for sale.

This is the kind of guy who keeps the paperwork on everything he buys and has required service performed at the recommended intervals and only at authorized locations. He buys reasonable, practical items, but only gets the top-of-the-line versions of them.

Let me give you an idea of what kind of guy this is. When I purchased a used hot tub from him, he handed me a manila folder with every piece of paper it came with and receipts for every service and part, sorted by date. And laminated.

So when this guy sells a car, the buyer gets a pristine example of what a used vehicle should be.

When he told me he wanted to sell his Honda and get a Kia, my reaction was two-fold.

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Rolls-Royce SUV? Get a Jeep Instead

February 24th, 2015
Let's hope it doesn't look like this

Let’s hope it doesn’t look like this

Think of the carmakers that you thought would never build an SUV.

Audi.

Porsche.

Jaguar.

Bentley.

Lamborghini.

Bugatti.

To date, all but one of these automakers have built, or plan to build, an SUV. Now we can add one more to the list of things we never thought we’d see:

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More Than Just Safety: Can Volvo Branch Into Performance?

February 23rd, 2015
2016 Volvo XC-90

2016 Volvo XC90

When my 2008 Audi Q7 needed to go in for repairs, the shop was nice enough to loan me a car for a couple of days. At first glance I thought it was nice, but once I sat behind the wheel, I knew I’d miss the comfort and luxury of my car.

The loaner 2004 Volvo S40 drove like a 1984 Honda Accord and put a bad taste in my mouth for all things Volvo.

Maybe it’ll take a Polestar to make things better.

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10 Cars to Escape Snowmageddon

February 20th, 2015

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Do you know what Boston-area people are really sick of right now? Snow. There has been lots and lots of snow the past month. Too much snow—and this isn’t your everyday winter fatigue talking. We have a very good reason to be done with snow here in Boston. New England suburbs and cities are cramped enough without 7+ feet of snow. Snow currently occupies every parking space in city, traffic couldn’t be worse, and the MBTA (public transportation for the Greater Boston area) will not be able to operate at full capacity for close to a month. Bostonians are taking it on the chin, and there’s only so much more this we can take.

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The $40,000 Bentley: A Good Idea?

February 20th, 2015

2005 Bentley Continental GT

Even when I’m not shopping for a car, I’m shopping for a car.

It probably happens to you, too. For me, I’ll just be going about my normal day-to-day business when suddenly, out of nowhere, I think it’s a good idea to buy a car.

Maybe driving past a dealership and seeing a great price on the window of a perfect car spurs the thought. Maybe it’s an online ad, or maybe it’s just a friend or family member who says something that sparks an interest.

It has happened to me twice in the past week.

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What Are the Odds: Apple Buying Tesla?

February 19th, 2015

apple_car

Can you guess which car company is being described with the following words?

[Its] strengths lie in taking designs by Ive’s team, building them at high quality and low cost and selling them at a premium. Where it succeeds best is integrating the software that manages how customers use those products to keep them satisfied.

That’s a description any carmaker would strive to achieve, yet none have truly gotten there.

The statement above describes Apple, the computer company that brought us home computing, portable music, smart phones, and soon, cars.

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Will Self-Driving Cars Take Away Your Driving Freedom?

February 18th, 2015

Uber self-driving car

Read this quote, and then we’ll discuss:

Autonomous cars will be commonplace by 2025 and have a near monopoly by 2030, and the sweeping change they bring will eclipse every other innovation our society has experienced. They will cause unprecedented job loss and a fundamental restructuring of our economy, solve large portions of our environmental problems, prevent tens of thousands of deaths per year, save millions of hours with increased productivity, and create entire new industries that we cannot even imagine from our current vantage point.

The author goes into a great deal of predictions on what is to come for the future of cars that drive themselves, even going so far as to say the majority of car purchases won’t be by individuals, but by car-sharing and transport services like Uber and Zipcar.

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