Few cars in this price range – which is just barely out of the economy car price range – are as fun to play with.
By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS...not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the younger set to afford driving one as a result of extortionate premiums.
Nissan's Rogue offers a third-row seat, something its competitors are missing. But buyers may ask if the little crossover keeps enough "sport" in the SUV acronym.
Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded.
The RAV is like the girl you (hopefully) marry. Might not make your pulse jump just to look at her. But she’s the one for the long haul, because you never get sick of having her around, because she doesn’t let you down – and she’s not high-maintenance.
Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring.
Cadillac hasn’t caved in. Indeed, it has upped the ante. Instead of bending with the prevailing winds of political correctness and downsizing, de-powering or even outright dropping the V-8 from the roster, Cadillac made it even stronger.
Cadillac may be having trouble selling its ELR electric car (see here) but no such worries selling its anti-matter opposite, the Escalade.
You’re either in – or you’re out. Buick needs to make up its mind.
When the Regal GS came out back in 2011 as a new 2012 model, it had two very un-Buick (but extremely cool for a Buick) features: A screamin’ mimi turbocharged 270 horsepower 2.0 four (shared with the Saab 9-3, RIP) and – wait for it – a six speed manual transmission to go with it.
GM is making ludicrous and insane economic decisions in building the Volt and Cadillac ELR. But perhaps these are the politically correct decisions.
The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have proved necessary to get anyone to “buy” one.
Your new car is not the same as your old car. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to owning and maintaining modern cars.
If you haven’t been under the hood of a new-ish car lately – or (just as important) read one of their owner’s manuals – here are a few things to know that you might not yet know about, but probably should:
Every car at this level is a tour de force of indulgent opulence, but the S – being the newest – will wow you more than the others. At first, it can be slightly overwhelming. Like finding out you just won the Powerball.
We live in a world defined, alas, by compromises – even in the ethereal realm of high-end luxury cars.
Blame Uncle – who has made it more expensive to refine diesel fuel, which used to cost less than gas. However, the fact remains that you’ll need to fill up the E a lot less often – which saves time and hassle, especially on road trips.
Small engines can do big things . . . in not-little cars.
It’s a dominating car with a not-small dash of mafia menace about it. A quality that old-school American rollers – think ’70 Chrysler Imperial – also had. They were manly cars – and not ashamed of it. Neither is the 300.
2014 is the final year for the “Luca Brasi” version of the Chrysler 300 sedan. Next year – this fall, actually – Chrysler will debut a redesigned 300 that will be (if spy photos are accurate) curvy and slinky rather than barrel chested and beefy. It looks like the RWD-based architecture will carry over – along with (available) V-8 power.