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1987 Jeep Lineup: Best Ever?

July 2nd, 2014

1987 Jeep Comanche

Remember when Jeep was awesome?

Back in the day, which is when everything cool and amazing happened, Jeep was the king of everything off-road. Even better, Jeep was affordable. If you were in the mood for a sturdy SUV that could go anywhere, Jeep was the only place you had to look.

But then things started to change. Maybe it was because the people at Jeep got lazy or greedy or maybe a combo of both, but Jeep split in two directions: inexpensive low-quality and really expensive luxury.

Can Jeep recover from that, or will another automaker step in to fill its shoes?

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What Car Could You Drive for 24 Hours?

June 20th, 2014

2012 Maybach 62

From June 19–22, over 150 cars and hundreds of drivers will race the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race on the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring in central Germany. The Nürburgring, with a lap length of over 20 km, allows a driver to race in 150-minute intervals before being required to take a 2-hour break. A driver’s teammate then takes over and does the same. This lasts for an entire day.

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Buying a Car for the First Time?

June 20th, 2014

1994 Dodge Viper 2_dr_rt_10_convertible-pic-502

Remember your first time?

Mine was the culmination of a lot of searching, a lot of saving and then a long journey to find what I wanted.

The effort, time and money finally paid off when I experienced one of the greatest first times a young adult could possibly dream of: I bought my first car.

Actually, my first car was a truck and exactly what I wanted in a first vehicle. I bought it just as summer began and looked forward to many long days and warm nights of newly purchased freedom.

With a new summer dawning, plenty of teens and young adults will be considering their first vehicle purchase. What should they look for?

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Trailer Towing: The Great Evil

June 9th, 2014

2003 Chevrolet Suburban 2500

It’s boat season.

This is the time of year when swimsuits emerge and boats wake from a long winter’s nap. It’s a beautiful season of water skiing, boat food and kids chattering like baby birds as they are towed through the water on inflatable tubes.

It’s a beautiful season, but there is one huge problem. For me, boat season also means trailer-towing season.

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Ten Best Cars for Lovers of the Great Outdoors

May 9th, 2014

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Up here in New England, we’re spending every waking moment outside right now, enjoying the beautiful spring weather. We’re taking advantage of it while we can, as no one here knows exactly how long it will be until Mother Nature decides it’s time for more snow—could be 6 months, could be 6 hours. One thing that is for sure: We’re going to enjoy every last drop of this sunshine while it’s here.

While it’s great to look out over Harvard Square and see smiles on faces, birds chirping and trees in bloom, we can’t help but want to get out of the city a bit to go enjoy the mountains, rivers, lakes and beaches that New England calls its own. While a lot of different cars will do the trick of getting people to the great outdoors, a select few can make the experience even better.

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More Big SUVs Coming to Hog Roads Near You

May 1st, 2014
2014 Lexus GX 460

At least the Audi SUV looks good!

In a world where economy is king, gas mileage rules and fuel prices reach into the sky…

Two carmakers attempt to defy the odds and build luxury road-going barges to transport up to 9 humans on journeys throughout this vast land.

Can they appeal to the correct target? Will they sell well enough to justify their existence?

Most of all, can they compete with the existing ships of the road and establish a name for themselves?

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MINI Goes Crazy, Shows Off Truck Concept

April 29th, 2014

MINI_Paceman_adventure

There are many reasons why GMC doesn’t build a micro car. They are the same reasons why Ferrari’s stable lacks an econobox.

GMC makes trucks and Ferrari produces supercars because that’s what they’re good at doing. They do what their customers expect and they reap the benefits when they do it exceptionally well.

Sometimes carmakers try and push the limits, but usually those experiments end in spectacular failures on the level of the Subaru Baja.

Now it seems another unwary automaker is treading into unfamiliar territory, surely to be eaten alive by mobs of consumers who refuse to buy it.

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Did Mercedes-Benz Just Get Caught Copying BMW?

April 24th, 2014

mercedes-benz_concept_coupe_suv

Squashed crossover coupes that try to look like SUVs are officially a thing. From the Land Rover Evoque to the BMW X6, the impractical mash-up between sports coupe and sport utility vehicle has slowly infiltrated the car market.

I don’t know why, exactly, because they don’t sell very well. In fact, the Acura ZDX came and went faster than a Lyrid meteor. Very few ever left dealership lots, probably because the ZDX looked like a duck that had been hit by a car.

Mercedes-Benz wants to take a shot at the crossover coupe and has introduced the Concept Coupe SUV, which the head of design at MB called, “Sensual as a coupe – visionary as an SUV.”

What he should have said is,

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2014 New York International Auto Show Gallery, Part 1

April 19th, 2014

We came away from the 2014 New York International Auto Show so loaded with great images of fantastic cars that we wanted to put together a quick slideshow of some of our favorites for you. The show will offer a great time to car fans of any age, and as usual, it offers plenty of interactive fun as well as stands full of gorgeous new cars. Attendees can participate in the “Camp Jeep Ride Along” on an obstacle course or take a quick trip in Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle. Multiple simulators will keep gamers battling on electronic tracks, and Spongebob Squarepants will make an appearance.

The New York International Auto Show runs through April 27th, and anyone interested in attending or keeping tabs on the excitement should check out the NYIAS app and look for the official #NYIAS hashtag in social media.

Which is your favorite car at this year’s New York Auto Show?

-hollerin

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Audi: Road-Trip Chariot of the Giants

April 14th, 2014

2008 Audi Q7

Four giant 18-year-old boys. One coach. About four dozen assorted pieces of luggage. All surrounding yours truly in one car for a 9-hour ride to a state tournament.

At this point I’ll stop and ask: Which vehicle would you choose for such a task?

No, a school bus wasn’t available, nor was a Suburban or other appropriately large vehicle that could comfortably transport a bunch of 6-foot-4 rowdy high schoolers.

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