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Own a Land Yacht? Get a Dinghy Instead

July 6th, 2015

1988 Honda Civic

Three cars sat in the driveway, and there was only one that I desperately wanted.

We were high in the Sierra Nevada mountains somewhere just south of Lake Tahoe. My aunt lives in the area, and in her driveway sat a Lexus RX 350, an Audi Q7, and a 1988 Honda Civic.

The two luxury utes looked like behemoths next to the diminutive Honda, but that’s the one I would’ve loved to take home.

Here’s why.

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Does Your New Car Burn Too Much Oil?

July 3rd, 2015

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I’m going to describe a problem with my car, and I want you to take some guesses on what year and make of car I own.

I have the oil changed on my car about every 5,000 miles. I’m actually quite good at keeping to the schedule and making sure the maintenance is done on a timely basis. I use full synthetic oil in the car, and most of my family’s driving is on the highway. We live 30 minutes away from civilization, so the car rarely, if ever, does trips where it doesn’t reach operating temperature.

The problem is that the car burns at least a quart of oil between oil changes.

Any guesses on the year and make?

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The Most American Car in America Isn’t American

July 1st, 2015

2015 Honda Odyssey

It seems the old days of American-made cars consisting only of Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler have faded into the past faster than this season’s Red Sox victories.

Today’s “most American” cars come from foreign car companies, which makes things difficult for the people who like to buy American and who still believe American cars come only from the traditional Big 3 automakers.

Our friends over at Boston.com have a story about the “most American” cars, and three out of seven of them are from Honda or Toyota, with the number-one car being the Toyota Camry. Number two is the Toyota Sienna, and number four is the Honda Odyssey.

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Bad Timing for the New Prius, But Does It Matter?

June 30th, 2015

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Gas prices are low, hybrids have lost their luster, and competition is fierce for alternative-fuel cars. So now is a great time to introduce a hybrid, right?

There was a time when the Toyota Prius was the only option for buyers who wanted to advertise the fact that they love the environment. Celebrities and consumers alike proudly drove the efficient little soapboxes as a statement of being different.

Today things have changed, as relatively low gas prices and an influx of new hybrids, electrics, and diesels sit on dealer lots around the world while the Prius has lost favor among trendsetters.

Basically, the timing for an all-new Prius couldn’t be worse. You know who doesn’t care?

The all-new Prius.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia: Hard to Say, Easy to Love

June 26th, 2015

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I have mixed emotions about the arrival of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in the United States.

On one hand, it’s one of the biggest moments in the history of cars in this country. On the other hand, the Pagani Huayra is no longer the hardest car name for me to spell and pronounce. If this thing takes off, I’m going to have to commit the spelling to memory.

Darn you, Giulia.

Thank you, Giulia.

Alfa Romeo this week has revealed its all-new, highly anticipated, Giulia sedan for the world to admire. It’s something special, even if you never figure out how to say it.

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The Next Porsche Killer: A Baby NSX?

June 25th, 2015
Can anyone beat it?

Can anyone beat it?

There aren’t many ways to compete with the Porsche Cayman.

Porsche is the most formidable player in the sports-car world, and the Cayman is as good as somewhat-affordable sports cars get. Very few companies field competitors to the Cayman. In fact, the biggest competitors are other Porsches, so the German automaker pretty much has a monopoly on the market for performance and luxury.

Buyers looking to avoid the price premium of Porsche can look to the Nissan 370Z and pay half the price but get half the car. There’s also an exciting newcomer on the scene in the form of the Alfa Romeo 4C, which is probably the fiercest competitor to the Cayman. The problem with the 4C is availability. Even if you can afford one, the odds of getting one aren’t good.

So who can step up and actually deliver a genuine competitor to the Cayman?

Honda.

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The Big Subaru Sell Out

June 24th, 2015

2013 Subaru Legacy off-road

While Volkswagen remains obsessed with selling enough cars to become the largest automaker in the world, Subaru remains content with being one of the smallest.

This is the tale of two opposite strategies, and it seems to be paying off for the smaller underdog while the larger champ slowly falls to its knees.

Volkswagen has entered desperation mode and is giving away cars in order to boost its sales numbers. That’s almost a literal statement, as $39/month lease deals on the Jetta have popped up around the country.

Subaru, meanwhile, routinely sells out of its production runs and has no need to slash prices or offer major incentives.

Subaru supplies what the market demands, while Volkswagen tries to create a market and inflate demand. Guess which business model is more profitable?

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Have You Ever Heard of These Toyotas?

June 22nd, 2015

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Do you recognize the logo in this picture?

Look close. You’ll see a familiar shape in the car but the logo itself is probably completely unknown.

For car people like you and me, seeing a logo on the road that isn’t instantly recognizable is a little jarring. Questions swirl in our heads. We wonder if a new brand has quietly been launched or if we’re spotting something rare and exotic.

This happened recently on the streets near my home but after some research I discovered the logo in question didn’t belong to anything exotic, but was a disguise for something far more common.

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When Do You Decide to Sell Your Car?

June 18th, 2015

1993 Volvo 240

Today let’s discuss one of the endless debates in car ownership. It’s the bane of existence for owners everywhere and the justification many people give for buying a new car.

Here’s the issue:

An older car requires sudden and expensive repairs to continue running. Do you take your chances and fix it or get rid of it and purchase something newer?

A friend is struggling with this issue right now and might be on the verge of making the wrong choice.

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Are Collision Avoidance Systems Really Necessary?

June 16th, 2015

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“Hey, watch this, kids,” I said as I lifted my feet off the pedals off my 2013 Subaru Legacy. “This car’s so cool because it senses cars in front of it and stops itself.”

I should mention that I was on the Interstate going about 60 miles per hour as traffic up ahead slowed to a crawl.

With my car careening toward the brake lights, I trusted the car would perform as it always has and apply the brakes before I even had to worry.

Except I started to worry.

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