What’s More Manly: Aston Martin or Mitsubishi?

April 6th, 2015

Aston-Martin-V8-Vantage

Catching a glimpse of a supercar in my town is a rare event, so when I pulled up to my neighborhood grocery store yesterday and saw an Aston Martin Vantage in the parking lot, I lost my marbles.

The Vantage isn’t the most exotic or rare car in the world, but it’s one of my favorites. My wife is a car girl and appreciates fine automobiles but isn’t as easily impressed by anything that isn’t a Porsche. As I touted the Aston’s low-slung profile and sleek shape, she said something that took me off guard.

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Nissans at NEMPA: Delightfully Suburban?

April 5th, 2015

2015 Nissan Rogue

Winter has finally started to recede here in New England, but that doesn’t mean practical vehicles are going anywhere. John “Bugsy” Lawlor and our friends at NEMPA were kind enough to have us down for a look at some great crossovers for 2015, and as always, we’re thrilled to let you know what we think.

Nissan’s been an inspired contributor to the crossover market ever since the Murano debuted in 2003. Its three current mainstays—the Murano, Rogue, and Juke—all offer above-average driving dynamics, comfortable interiors, and funky good looks. We had the good fortune to have a closer look at all three and took the 2015 Rogue out for a spin.

One of the key selling points in this segment is the functionality of an SUV without the loss of a car’s agility and ride. The Juke’s been a standout in the small crossover segment for a few years now thanks to its excellence in these respects. Not only does it provide a uniquely quirky look, it also provides an exciting drive and the convenience of a hatchback. We greatly appreciate the availability of a manual transmission and the utility of all-wheel drive; we only wish the two weren’t mutually exclusive in the Juke. The model on hand was a fantastic Solar Yellow, and while we didn’t get a chance to drive it, it’s safe to say you’ll never lose this one, no matter how crowded the parking lot gets.

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How Well Do You Know Your Cars?

April 3rd, 2015
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What model Mercedes is this?

We shall call them the Badge Swappers.

We’ve all seen these guys and gals on the road, hidden behind the steel-and-glass veil of their cars. Unlike the rest of us, who are proud of the cars we drive, the Badge Swappers try to convince the rest of us that they are driving something much more special.

Some people try to be blatant and pass their car off as a different brand entirely. Others are more subtle and adhere a performance badge to a base-level car.

Here’s the thing that the Badge Swappers must not know, though: The only people who would care about the badge are the people who notice the fraud. Keep reading and see if you can identify the car behind the badge.

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No Joke: Exciting Cars are Coming!

April 2nd, 2015
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2016 Chevy Malibu

 

This is the hardest time of the year to be a car blogger.

Like Black Friday sales, the jokes of April Fools’ Day are starting to creep into the day prior. This can make it very difficult to separate fact from fiction. Some stories this year were obviously so far-fetched that the odds of being real were virtually none.

A story about a Ford/GM hypercar was originally posted on March 31 (later updated to April 1) and managed to rile up bloggers and forums everywhere.

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CarGurus Announces Bahston Translation

April 1st, 2015

A cah in the snow in Bahston

Boston winters can be hard on a car, be it Big-Dig-size potholes destroying suspensions, road salt rendering undercarriages rusty and weak, or space-saving old beach chairs leaving ugly dents and scrapes on new vehicles. Here at Cambridge-based CarGurus, we want to help our friends and family who have cars that failed to weather the storm and are now searching for new rides.

Introducing CarGurus Bahston: Our first U.S. regional site translation offers “Wicked Great Deals from Killah Dealers.” Built with the same technology powering CarGurus in Spanish, it makes car shopping more familiar and natural for Boston natives.

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Will Turbos Change the Auto Industry for the Worse?

April 1st, 2015

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The cars of the future won’t fly. They will be road-going turbocharged gas-powered cars.

Well, in the immediate future, anyway.

As government restrictions on emissions and fuel economy get more stringent, automakers continue to accommodate by implementing turbochargers on vehicles that are traditionally naturally aspirated.

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Russian Road: From New York to London

March 31st, 2015

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We are a car blog. It’s here where we discuss the best and worst of the auto industry, from exciting new technology to finding great value in used car purchases.

We love cars and the entire culture that surrounds them. We love interacting with readers, answering questions, pointing out trouble spots in car-buying, gushing about exciting new cars, and creating fun lists giving our opinions on a wide range of best cars for a variety of purposes.

One of those purposes is road trips. And while we would normally discuss the best cars to take on a road trip, today we share what might become the world’s ultimate road trip.

Living in the United States, it’s currently exceeding difficult to drive to Europe. If we desire to leave the confines of our country we can escape to Canada, migrate to Mexico or, if we’re really ambitious, continue on into the far reaches of South America.

But there’s no driving to London. Yet.

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The World’s First Luxury Compact Pickup?

March 30th, 2015

Mercedes-Benz pickup truck

I had to read the date a couple of times when I saw the headline. Stories that seem even slightly unbelievable at this time of year often catch vulnerable folks off guard if they don’t keep a keen eye on the calendar.

On April First of each year, car websites love to see how far they can push the limits of reality as they come up with stories later revealed as April Fools’ jokes.

But the story I read was published prior to April 1. Here it is late March, and news is spreading that Mercedes-Benz will build a pickup.

What could this mean?

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The Six Most Attractive, and Affordable, Cars on the Market

March 27th, 2015

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Let’s take a few minutes to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all.

I’m not talking about dumb stuff like mountains and rivers; I’m talking about real beauty, like every time we see a new Kia on the road.

We may not naturally associate things like Kias with beauty, but the once-mocked Korean brand has officially become one of the most attractive cars on the road. Well, one of the most attractive affordable cars anyway.

Keep reading for rest of the most attractive, and attainable, cars available today.

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The Great Minivan Mystery

March 26th, 2015

Dodge Grand Caravan

There wasn’t a lot of outrage when Dodge decided that the Grand Caravan needed to go. There was a little bit of curiosity and maybe some shock from certain family-oriented car buyers, but no one threw much of a fuss about the news.

The death of the Grand Caravan signals the end of an era and echoes a changing attitude about family transportation. Minivans are becoming a smaller niche market as car-based crossovers and SUVs secure their places in the driveways of America’s suburbs.

Few people cried over the loss of the Grand Caravan because Chrysler would still sell its identical twin, the Chrysler Town & Country. For all intents and purposes, the Grand Caravan was dead.

So why then, out of nowhere, did spy photographers capture images of what appears to be a new Grand Caravan, cloaked in heavy camo, testing in the American Southwest?

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