Category Archives: New Cars

Quick Look: 2013 Ford Escape

The outgoing Ford Escape became a best-seller after its introduction in 2001, but the truth is, I never liked it much. It always felt cheap and thrashy to me, especially on the trip I took to the motorcycle show at … Continue reading

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Sweet Leaf

I’m not a proponent of alternative fuels, alternative power, hybrid cars or anything other than the internal combustion engine. We’ve come nowhere near the end of what an internal combustion engine is capable of. Fuel mileage can be dramatically increased … Continue reading

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2011 Jeep Compass Latitude: Adios.

Disclaimer: This is a harsh review. Lest anyone think this is some kind of a blanket indictment of Jeep or Chrysler, it’s not. I’ve seen Chrysler build a truly fine new Charger, Grand Cherokee, Durango, 200 and 300 already, so … Continue reading

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Fear Marketing 101

Not three months ago, the Toyota Prius was nailed to the showroom floor. Less expensive gas and a year’s worth of bad press surrounding the “unintended acceleration” issue (read: “I stepped on the gas and the brake” issue) meant that … Continue reading

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6 New Car “Features” I Wish Would Go Away

I happen to be driving a 2011 Honda Accord “Special Edition” this week.  I picked up my daughter at her after-school program last night. I went to put her in the back seat, yanked the door handle. Locked. Pushed the … Continue reading

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Review: 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax Diesel Crew Cab

I remember when I was about eight years old grabbing a butter knife out of the drawer to turn a flathead screw. My dad warned me that butter knives were for slicing butter, and that screwdrivers were for turning screws. … Continue reading

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Review: 2011 Infiniti M56x

I’ve written a few reviews recently that upon reflection seem to suggest that I can find fault with just about anything. Not true. I expect a lot out of cars, though, and there is a slim handful that I don’t … Continue reading

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Yankee Driver on boston.com

  Just a quick note to point you toward boston.com (and later in print in the Boston Globe) where I wrote a piece on auto makers and Gen Y. Read it here: http://www.boston.com/cars/newsandreviews/overdrive/2011/01/automakers_and_gen_y_missing_t.html  

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Review: 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

I’ll put this right up front: I don’t get the modern minivan. A little minivan history: when Chrysler first introduced the Dodge Caravan and its badge-engineered cousin, the Plymouth Voyager back in 1984, I got them just fine. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Cadillac CTS Coupe Wrapup

I can’t say I don’t like the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, because in a lot of ways, I think it’s pretty sharp. On the other hand, with all the competition Cadillac faces, and with its $48,000 price tag (in V6 … Continue reading

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