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  • On the Road Review: Ford Focus RS

    On the Road Review: Ford Focus RS

    Do you ever think about those drivers who have slid off a snow-covered roadway, resting sideways, or worse, upside down in the ditch or the median? I do. I wonder if they were traveling too fast for the grip of their tires, perhaps believing that tires that work great in South Beach Miami are suitable

  • On the Road Review: My 10 favorite vehicles of 2016

    On the Road Review: My 10 favorite vehicles of 2016

    In life, it matters whether you embrace the seven heavenly virtues or live the seven deadly sins. Mere mortals are often frustrated by the temptations of less virtuous pursuits. Not right or wrong — just simple reality. Hence, my 10 favorite temptations of the past year that have created lust, envy, greed, plus faith, hope

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited

    On the Road Review: Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited

    The Tundra is Toyota’s full-size pickup offering, the fifth-place entrant in a six-way sales race. This is the first of several cold facts surrounding the Tundra, a stout pickup but still an also-ran entrant in the full-size class — which has proven to be a frustration for Toyota, the leader in so many other vehicular

  • On the Road Review: VW Jetta SEL

    On the Road Review: VW Jetta SEL

    Over the last 20 years, buyers have propelled the compact car segment up the sales charts to overtake other vehicle classes to become the second largest group of vehicles in the industry. Until this year that is, when compact crossovers stormed past both compact cars and midsize sedans to become the largest selling category in

  • On the Road Review: Two for One: Acura MDX and Toyota Tacoma

    On the Road Review: Two for One: Acura MDX and Toyota Tacoma

    This week, we take a second look at two returning visitors — the Acura MDX midsize crossover plus Toyota’s top-selling Tacoma small pickup. We’ll tee up the Tacoma first. In the small/midsize pickup segment, Toyota has dominated sales for years with its Tacoma rarely receiving significant updates like other vehicle lines are forced to do.

  • On the Road Review: Ford Mustang GT350R Cobra

    On the Road Review: Ford Mustang GT350R Cobra

    Pony car fans have incredible selections available to them right now, vehicles that far surpass the performance of the first-generation cars that established this class. The latest offerings from Ford, GM and Chrysler all have strong brakes, chassis that turn, engines that run hard and can pass several gas stations at once, while delivering comfort,

  • On the Road Review: BMW M2 Coupe

    On the Road Review: BMW M2 Coupe

    Ask a BMW devotee what their favorite sports car is from this sport-luxury automaker and the answer should be the E46 M3 from a generation ago. A light, fast and supremely confident coupe/convertible series (and sometimes a sedan offering) the M3 embodied everything sporty from BMW and really helped to establish the brand’s outsized success