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By Jim MacPherson It only takes a short drive in the completely redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to realize that this car is aimed at families. The styling is bold, yet pleasingly handsome, the suspension swallows bumps effortlessly and the cabin is...
Tags: Buick, Chevrolet, Nissan, East Hartford, Passenger Cars
By Jim MacPherson In a sad twist of fate, one of the first of the 2012 Porsche 911s arrived for review just a few days after the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer who conceived the original 911. He was 76. Porsche has updated the 911...
Tags: Porsche, Mini, Sports Cars, Hybrid Vehicles, Car Engine Repair
By Jim MacPherson It might be hard to believe, but there are people who think the Mini hardtop is too big. Think about that. A car named Mini isn’t small enough. Never one to ignore a potential new market, Mini has responded with the Mini Cooper...
Tags: Acura, Mini, Nissan, Passenger Cars
By Jim MacPherson Last year’s complete redesign – redefinition might be more accurate – of the Ford Explorer was a great success. Sales rose 125 percent. To accomplish this, Ford transformed the Explorer, taking it from a truck-based...
Tags: Satellite Technology, Infiniti, Ford, Passenger Cars
Typical sport utility vehicles tend to be long on utility and short on sport. For buyers who find that disappointing, encountering the Infiniti FX should be a pleasant experience. This premium, luxury SUV turns the traditional formula for such vehicles...
Tags: SUVs and Crossovers, Lexus, Infiniti
By Jim MacPherson By nearly any measure, Lexus has been phenomenally successful. The brand is synonymous with luxury, comfort and dependability. It’s not, however, thought of being overly sporty, or ranking high on the fun-to-drive scale. The now-...
By Jim MacPherson With its abundance of safety features, it can be easy to lose sight of the actual car when evaluating the Volvo XC60. Among those safety measures available include active cruise control with “Queue Assist,” which stops...
Tags: Buick, SUVs and Crossovers, Volvo, Passenger Cars, Simsbury
Paying attention to long-term ownership costs when shopping for a new car or truck can pay off in the long run. By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features As new cars continue to sell at a record pace, many browsers are turning into shoppers and shoppers into...
By Jim MacPherson There are two schools of thought on how best to judge an automobile. The first holds that all you need to know is in the numbers. For these folks, acceleration times, stopping distances, fuel economy and interior measurements reveal a...
By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features Most new-car brochures and web pages feature a list of various numbers and measurements, usually called “specifications,” which can be cryptic at best for all but the most knowledgeable auto enthusiasts. Still,...
Fuel prices are ramping up faster than their usual summer gains, and there's a 20 percent chance that prices could spike to nearly $6 a gallon, industry research firm IHS says. "Only three percent of consumer budgets go to gasoline. That’s tiny,"...
Tags: Iran's Nuclear Program, Dodge, Chrysler, Sports Cars, Iran
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