Posts Tagged automotive

New Gold on the Road: The All-New BMW X2

The evolution of an automaker’s vehicle lineup can’t be an easy thing to manage. Fortunately, when an automaker offers a wide range of vehicles, it can experiment with several evolutionary lines at the same time. BMW’s all-new X2 takes the pride of Bavarian manufacturing in the direction of

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Maximum MINI with verve: the 2018 John Cooper Works MINI Countryman ALL4

As I promised in an earlier review, I took a MINI Countryman, the biggest Mini of the bunch, out for a spin in John Cooper Works trim. As I said when I reviewed the Countryman ALL4, the crossover personality battles MINI design. Seeing the Countryman next to

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Taking value-priced cars upscale: the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door Hatchback

I’ve enjoyed plenty of fine vehicles over the years, but I still have a soft spot for practical cars that eschew unnecessary frills and deliver a good ride at a competitive price. Over the years, Korean automakers have competed hard using this philosophy. Competitive vehicle pricing is a

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From sports coupe to CUV: the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

You might remember the Mitsubishi Eclipse sports coupe. Production ended years ago, but Mitsu clearly sees potential in the name and the concept. That potential ended up in the form of a new crossover from the Japanese automaker. I spent a week with the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE in Diamond

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Thoughts on driving and distraction: infotainment versus driving information systems

Several months ago, a friend upgraded from his 1987 Cutlass to a (drum roll please) top-of-the-line 2018 Honda Civic. Not being the most tech-savvy of people, he took me out for a ride in his new ride, hoping to learn a few things about all the flashing

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An economy car icon goes upscale: the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Highline

Small cars aren’t just for the frugal. Dress up an economy car with luxury touches, add an engine that provides extra oomph, and you could be inside the 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI Highline. First impressions The Golf may be Volkswagen’s second-most iconic vehicle still in production. And why

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The SUV is now a car: the 2018 Hyundai Kona

Automobile buyers have thirsted for SUVs over several decades, but not all of them like how thirsty they are at the pump. This consumer segment also values vehicles that are easy to park and otherwise manoeuvre in urban settings. These consumers got their wish when crossovers hit the

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Respectable much of the time: The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

Sometimes you want your “family sedan” to be capable of a little more fun in the side. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT. First Impressions The Reflex Silver Metallic paint contrasts subtly with the Black Uni Roof, side mirrors and

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Grand Touring in the BMW 640 xDrive Gran Turismo

Covering the technological marvels in any given vehicle becomes more of a pipe dream with every model year that passes. Fortunately, some vehicles let me distract readers from this inability using spectacular imagery. Let’s see if that works here: Consider the “key fob” otherwise known as BMW’s

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Maximum MINI – the 2018 Cooper Countryman ALL4

How does a brand with the name “mini” slake consumer first for large vehicles while retaining a claim to its diminutive brand? That’s the first question I had when I stepped into the 2018 MINI Countryman ALL4. The answer I came up with: there’s a hodgepodge of personalities

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