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2011 Nissan Altima 2.5S sedan: Sometimes only gas will do

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:41:00 EST

Ihad five hours to think. That's how long it took to drive seven miles from downtown Washington to my home in Northern Virginia.



2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit: Off the canvas and off the road, in style

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:00:00 EST

DETROIT Comebacks can announce themselves in subtle ways. Witness the transport trailers parked at Chrysler Group's Jefferson Avenue North Plant here. The Daimler name is missing - obviously erased from what had been the DaimlerChrysler logo. Chrysler's name stands alone, proudly. It matters not ...



2011 Kia Optima SX - If Korea can do this, watch out for China

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 09:00:00 EST

DETROIT The traditional global automobile industry has two three-letter threats. One is Kia. The other is BYD. Kia, the other half of South Korea's Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, poses an immediate threat. BYD, a China-based energy company aspiring to produce the world's most efficient and afforda...



If Korea can do this, watch out for China

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:55:00 EST

DETROIT The traditional global automobile industry has two three-letter threats. One is Kia. The other is BYD. Kia, the other half of South Korea's Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, poses an immediate threat. BYD, a China-based energy company aspiring to produce the world's most efficient and afforda...
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2011 Ford Explorer XLT: Something new to please SUV lovers - and haters

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 04:00:00 EST

The 2011 Ford Explorer is more of a wagon and less of a truck than its predecessors. But it's a fully capable sport-utility vehicle - one of the best-engineered, best-equipped, and arguably safest and most environmentally friendly midsize SUVs made by Ford or by any other vehicle manufacturer.



Subaru Outback gives its all in the snow; Durango brings up the rear

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 00:40:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. by The post-Christmas snow descended with militant urgency, wind-blown at 37 mph. By the time it ended, our travel plans were redrawn. The 2011 rear-wheel-drive Dodge Durango Crew sport-utility vehicle, with its 290-horsepower V-6 engine and commodious, comfortable cabin, would r...



2011 Nissan Leaf SL: Warming to a cool technology

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:10:00 EST

The outside temperature was 27 degrees Fahrenheit. The air on this clear, moonlit night looked ice blue. It was the tail end of the Christmas shopping season. The stores were open late.


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2011 Mercedes CL550: The weather outside is frightful, but the car is so delightful

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:13:01 EST

Something happened on my way to Earth, the intended destination of this week's column in terms of reviewing a vehicle affordable for most of us.
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2011 Audi A8 4.2 FSI Quattro: The sweet smell of success

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:25:00 EST

Luxury is non-democratic. It is attractive precisely because it is exclusive.



2011 Jaguar XF: Luxury is more than a label

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 09:30:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. Democracy runs amok when we try to democratize everything, including luxury. That's especially true in the global automobile industry, which is fond of slipping its products into narrowly hewn slots to justify price differentials. We have, for example, this week's subject automobil...



2011 Volvo XC60: A virtue wagon that can tempt you to sin

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:08:02 EST

The policeman was right. I was speeding. I have an explanation, which is not the same as an acceptable excuse. Nor is it meant to be. But it is the truth. I had slipped into the Joy Zone.



Toyota Venza rides like a midsize family sedan

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:16:00 EST

LOS ANGELES The Toyota Venza has been called many things, including wagon, crossover and compact sport-utility vehicle. But Toyota insists that it's a car. So I'll roll with that. The problem is more a matter of market perception than it is one of manufacturer nomenclature. The Venza is a vehicle...
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Too much is not always a good thing

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:10:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. Such mixed feelings: Driving a vehicle that has more of everything while being keenly aware that you and the vehicle in question would be better off with substantially less. It is the Denali Effect, evident in the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali crossover utility mobile, which also masquera...



Review of the 2011 Honda Odyssey

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 10:17:00 EDT

Washington Post Staff Writer Minivan style is an oxymoron. But with the 2011 Honda Odyssey, it is appropriate, which is not a universally pleasing thing. Some people hate the design. The front end slopes rakishly. The rear end, an appendage seemingly designed by a rap star, breaks away from the r...



It looks funny, but Nissan Juke is no joke

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:50:00 EDT




A short story about reaching lofty heights

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:47:01 EDT

by Warren Brown Special to The Washington Post You don't understand the meaning of "Ford tough" until you've spent a week climbing in and out of a Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT pickup truck. That's climbing as in "climbing." My height is 5 feet 6 inches. My wife, Mary Anne, barely rises 5 feet. The 2...
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Nice, but there's a nicer sister...

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:02:00 EDT

PARIS--We Americans are not seen as sensible people by global car companies, including those based in the United States. That's my conclusion after 12 hours of wandering around this year's installment of the Paris Auto Show, Europe's largest biennial display of automotive hardware and innovation.



The Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible: Sexy, sexy sexy

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 18:32:00 EDT

It was delivered via fancy automobile carrier, one of those super-protective carriages for cars of such expense or importance they are best transported within the body and atop the wheels of another vehicle.



The R-Class, returned from near-death

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:37:00 EDT

My dirges were sung too early. The formerly moribund Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the world's most luxurious minivan, lives.



Review of Mitsubishi's all-electric i-MiEV is all about the wait

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:21:00 EDT

Mitsubishi is more than Mitsubishi Motors. It is a massive multinational conglomerate with businesses in nearly every aspect of human life, including elderly care.
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Warren Brown reviews the 2011 Honda CR-Z EX

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The theory of "temperate pragmatism," in vogue with some futurists, says we will no longer pursue luxury without portfolio. Hard times have chastened us, including those with money, or those left with less of it after Wall Street scams and bank failures, the theory says.



Warren Brown reviews the 2011 BMW 335d

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. It was motorized epiphany, the sudden realization that the seemingly impossible is possible. We can have power, fun in driving and fuel efficiency. All we need is money -- in a rounded sum, at least $44,000. But it's worth it, the 2011 BMW 335d sedan.


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Warren Brown reviews the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LT pickup

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The automobile industry is a numbers game that sometimes works against common sense. Consider the matter of heavy-duty pickup trucks.



GM wise to let Cruze lead the way

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Leadership inherently is at odds with the notion of "good enough." Leadership believes it can do better. It works to become the best. "Good enough" makes peace with mediocrity and settles comfortably into oblivion, which is where General Motors has been for the past two decades in the small-car...
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Warren Brown reviews the 2010 Chrysler Sebring

Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. What was remarkably ordinary and even pleasant in its normalcy became miserable midway up Mine Hill Road, which rises nearly 1,500 feet above sea level.


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Warren Brown reviews the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. The hardest part was northbound on the New York State Thruway, especially near the Sloatsburg Service Area, where state troopers are especially active. I dropped the Mustang's six-speed manual transmission into fourth gear and prayed the car wouldn't stray past the posted 65-mph li...



Warren Brown reviews the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

India's Tata Motors is keenly aware that no one needs an $80,000 sport-utility vehicle that gets 14 miles per gallon and requires premium gasoline, which is why Tata has gone out of its way to make prospective buyers want it.



Warren Brown reviews the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid7

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. Luxury has a conscience. It can be found in the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid7 -- a gas-and-electric version of the BMW 750i sedan.
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Warren Brown reviews the 2011 Ford Fiesta

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It is the motorized equivalent of a good pair of jeans -- well sewn, good fit, comfortable, durable and affordable. That's why Ford has sold more than 12 million Fiestas worldwide since 1976. It is the first car many people want to slip into when they have to go somewhere.



Power, diesel efficiency and the beauty of virtue

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I should have set aside a day to celebrate its being, the goodness and specialness of it. But it was too easy to take it for granted, to expect that it would always be there fulfilling my will.



Warren Brown reviews the 2011 Infiniti QX56

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The automobile industry is amoral in accommodation. It goes where invited and stays as long as it is profitable to do so.



Warren Brown reviews the 2010 Ford Transit Connect

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

One of the little trucks, in wide use in Western Europe, is the Ford Transit Connect. It has an appearance reminiscent of the Colorado River basin's humpback chub, a small fish with a long snout and a pronounced hump behind its head.
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Review: 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe gets even better

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. Perfection can be improved. The proof is the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited crossover utility vehicle.



A review of the 2011 Infiniti M37

Sun, 30 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Things once annoying become valued with age. Consider the blind-side warning systems on many of today's automobiles. The BSW's primary job is to warn drivers when an unseen vehicle is approaching in an adjacent lane.



On the 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 and Cooper Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires

Sun, 23 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PEARSALL, TEX. Plans often fail in the execution -- sometimes because they were bad ideas in the first place, other times because they were trumped by something better.


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A review of the 2010 Mini Cooper 50 Mayfair

Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It is a $4,500 options package that adds nothing to the car's driving ability. But it yields the most beautiful automobile in the 50-year history of the Mini Cooper, and that's pretty much the point.
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2011 Suzuki Kizashi SE reviewed by Warren Brown

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

MONTEREY, CALIF. Much of the automobile industry's recovery in the United States will be driven by sales of smartly appointed, mileage-sensible, fun-to-drive family cars with base prices of $25,000 or less.



Warren Brown on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PHILADELPHIA Let us speak of things often unspoken -- and, when spoken, carefully whispered -- in the politically correct world of automobiles.



Ford Fiesta: America finally joins the party

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO Global automobile manufacturers are betting that an America whipped by recession, upset by unpredictable fuel prices and humbled by the costly collapse of things too big to fail is ready, at long last, to accept high-quality, fuel-efficient small cars at prices that redefine "economy."



For its anniversary, Infiniti gives us the gift of the G37x

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

My intention was to fete the 2010 Audi TTS, another fun-to-drive coupe with big power, smart handling and two useless rear seats. But that was before the 2010 Infiniti G37x sport sedan, the anniversary edition with all of the spiffs, rolled into my driveway.
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Buick LaCrosse CXS HiPer Strut shows what GM can do

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When a company drops nearly $4 billion and sees that loss as a sign of a brighter future, you know it's been traveling a rough road.


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Warren Brown on Wheels: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. I should've taken the six-cylinder version of the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited crossover utility vehicle.



Chevy Silverado Hybrid: Good mileage per gallon, but not per dollar

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Truck season began the first weekend of spring with dozens of commercial haulers and privately owned pickups rolling along Furnace Road and easing to a stop at the weigh-and-pay station of the I-95 Resource Recovery Facility in Lorton.



2010 Cadillac CTS-V: Stealing hearts and saving GM

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It was an easy decision. I could take a train to New York from Union Station in the District, or I could drive there from my home in Northern Virginia.
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On Wheels: If you have a place to drive the 2010 Boxster S, you'll want to

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Spring arrived in the form of the 2010 Porsche Boxster S, a car that is its own excuse for driving.


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Acura MDX wins sibling rivalry over Honda Pilot

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Some siblings fare better than others. Consider the 2010 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot, mid-size sport-utility offspring of the same corporate parent, Honda, sharing the same "light-truck" platform.



Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon makes more sense than 'crossover' cousin

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is no excuses. The 2010 Cadillac SRX4 2.8 T "crossover utility vehicle" is a symphony of compromises. At base prices of up to $40,000, I'll take no excuses.


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GM, Chevy crossover successes fueled by compromise

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Electricity and other alternative fuels will play a big role in the automobile industry by 2025. But "big" does not mean anything resembling dominance.
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2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey: Safety in the snow, at a price premium

Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Foul winter weather is a good life coach, as evidenced by lessons learned from the East Coast snowstorms of February 2010. For example, consider age and residence:



2010 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS review: Only a fair-weather friend

Sun, 07 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. The drive turned nasty on northbound Interstate 87, where strong crosswinds, sleet and light snow joined in ridicule of Mitsubishi's advertising claims.


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A happy marriage of economy and performance

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The 2010 Volkswagen Golf 2.5L hatchback is practical made perfect. That means, in the compact-car segment in which it competes, it's also expensive.



2010 Subaru Forester: A study in reliability

Sun, 24 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. Sometimes you just want reliability -- a simple vehicle that does what it does well and does it repeatedly. You want the fossil-fueled version of the Timex. The watch is seldom fancy or pretty. It can be bought for a reasonable price at the local drugstore. But it will last as long...
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Honda crossovers are half duckling, half swan

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

DETROIT They are strange conveyances -- part beasts, part beauties, vehicles that in the process of becoming, from one perspective, became the wrong thing. From another view, they are works of genius, blending function and design into a rendering of the modern American psyche -- a mind-set that ...


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Dodge Ram 2500 might give Fiat its money's worth

Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. Fiat came to America to exploit Dodge's truck business, not to bury it.



Hyundai aims to please drivers, not writers

Sun, 03 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. Old-school automotive journalism emphasizes speed, handling and something called "fun-to-drive." It treats every vehicle, be it family sedan or crossover utility model, as if it were a high-performance sports car whose best use is found on a racetrack . . . or Germany's Autobahn. A...



A tremendous value, Suzuki Sportback wowed in Washington blizzard

Sun, 27 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

This week's column was to feature the 2010 Hyundai Tucson, a vastly improved compact crossover utility vehicle driven earlier this month in California.
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Powerful new Ford Taurus SHO symbolizes Ford's resurrection

Sun, 20 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Conventional wisdom congratulates Ford for forgoing last year's feast of federal bailouts, as if Ford's absence from that table of taxpayers' money signaled extraordinary competence and virtue in a time of corporate recklessness and greed.



Honda succeeds by not tinkering with boxy Element

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. There is a pecking order among automobiles in this citadel of affluence. Exotics rule. And exotics are not to be confused with ordinary luxury.


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A super-sized Subaru, stuffed for the holiday

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. The road was clogged with cars, trucks and law enforcement vehicles winding in and out of the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets mall near here. It was a miserable end to an otherwise pleasant drive up the Palisades Interstate Parkway to the New York State Thruway to Interstate 87 Nor...



A plowman dressed as a prince

Sun, 29 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

It is autobiography as fantasy. As such, it makes little sense.
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Old values crumble before a great car at right price

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

MOSCOW Commercial globalism thrives on the idea that consumers everywhere want the same things -- quality, affordability, safety and convenience.



A hybrid that's more about style than the environment

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

"Fuel efficiency" and "fuel economy" are relative terms. One speaks to the amount of work done per unit of fuel consumed. The other considers the amount and cost of fuel used per mile traveled.


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On Wheels: Truck's awful pretty, but it's still a workhorse

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

I'd buy it chrome-free. The chrome wheels and gas cap, the chrome rails on the cargo bed and the chrome-edged running boards were pretty. But they made little sense in the dust and mud and along the rocky paths where I drove the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Z71, a four-wheel-drive pickup engi...



The Wheego goes electric -- at 25 miles per hour

Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's a tough sell. Even its name, Wheego Whip LSV, is a marketing obstacle. "It sounds like a toy," said Ria Manglapus, my Washington Post associate for vehicle evaluations. It looks like a toy, too, reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz-sponsored Smart Fortwo city car. But the Smart Fortwo, running o...
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Mini Cooper wagon falls short of rivals

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

I wanted it too much. It was bound to disappoint. It did.


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Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab SLT: Beauty Is a Beast

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Beauty takes on new meaning at the Fairfax County Landfill in Lorton, where refuse from home and shop compete with nature for attention. It is a place where strength and brawn are honored, where practicality trumps gadgetry, where wheels that can't haul or pull, or that do a lousy job of complyin...



On Wheels: Fantasy Ride's Technology Could Trickle Down

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

MILFORD, Pa. -- The Bentley Continental Supersports coupe is more "us" than "we." But it's substantially more adult than "me."



On Wheels: Nissan Z Masters Zigzags, Makes It All About Me

Sun, 04 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

To be young again, to thrill to the "me" of the moment -- the Nissan 370Z is good for that. Like most sports cars, it makes no practical sense. It is what disappears when "me" becomes "we," unless "we" are rich and can afford toys.
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Hyundai's Cheapest Car Lacks Muscle, but Not Charm

Sun, 27 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- Rosa Parks Brown, our chocolate Labrador, prefers subcompact cars. We think it's because subcompacts force humans to sit next to her.



On Wheels: 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse is a genuine contender in the market for mid-size to large premium family sedans. Shoppers in those segments are well-advised to put this one on their list. People who have not lately looked at GM or Buick will be pleasantly surprised.


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On Wheels: Hyundai Knows Value Can Run on Four Cylinders

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It doesn't surprise me that Hyundai's August sales topped those of its rivals. Nor should it surprise anyone who lately has driven a Hyundai.



On Wheels: 2010 Mazda CX-7 Sport

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- Choices need not be onerous. The penalty for saving fuel should not be permanent consignment to the right lanes of the nation's highways, reckless endangerment in emergency maneuvers or incompetence in the matter of transporting luggage.
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Dream Machine vs. New York Nightmare

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK -- Fantasy is a holistic thing. It requires serendipitously cooperative elements to be believed, enjoyed and remembered. Consider the matter of driving convertibles.



On Wheels: 2010 Ford Taurus Limited

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It helps to be behind the wheel of a car you believe in, one that feels solid, safe, comfortable and substantially more than competent.



Warren Brown: Chevy Equinox Puts Old Perceptions of GM Aside

Sun, 16 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt is fascinating. But it isn't the product that will revive General Motors. That task will fall to substantially more affordable and accessible models, such as this week's subject vehicle, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT.



On Wheels: 2009 BMW 328i Convertible Inspires Impure Thoughts

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter, famously known as "Rev. Ike," was anathema in our staunchly Roman Catholic New Orleans home. I remembered Rev. Ike last week while tooling about in a platinum bronze metallic 2009 BMW 328i convertible.
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On Wheels: 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- The trouble with love at first sight is that it seldom reveals everything. What is missed in early, tingling moments of infatuation could prove upsetting later when the real work of love becomes . . . work.



On Wheels: Audi Crossover Carries You Out of the Mist

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- Heavy fog settled along Mine Hill Road, a treacherous blacktop path made more dangerous by inclement weather.


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Tiny, Maneuverable Car

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- It can fit into the tiniest of legal parking spots -- and do so with minimum maneuvering.



Warren Brown's On Wheels Review: 2009 Nissan Cube

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

We laughed and scratched our heads. The 2009 Nissan Cube was another case of ugly chasing cute. It was hard to tell which one was winning.
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Kia's Sedan Delivers Serious Quality and Value

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

To understand the future of the automobile industry, you must understand the success of Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail organization.



Ersatz Tiburon Delivers Value but Not Luxury

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Marketing 101 speaks to brand message. It must be consistent. If you confuse the message, you undermine the brand. Enough confusion will destroy the brand -- perhaps even render it incapable of revival.


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Sedan Nods to Practicality, Roars With Sensuality

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Artifice has value, particularly in automotive journalism. I, for example, will use any excuse to get behind the wheel of a new automobile, especially one as beautiful as the 2010 Jaguar XF Premium sedan driven for this week's column.


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Warren Brown on the 2009 Infiniti EX35 Journey

Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Automobile manufacturers and card-carrying members of the Nuts and Bolts Club are sticklers for accuracy. They insist on comparing cars and trucks using identical platforms, such as those with rear-wheel drive with other real-wheel-drive models of in-kind layout and dimension.
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Warren Brown on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Few things are more frustrating than being stuck in traffic in a car as fine and fast as this week's subject automobile, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG high-performance sedan.


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Minivan Struggles to Top Its Chrysler Cousins

Sun, 31 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- It is the only Chrysler minivan in North America with a Volkswagen badge -- the 2009 Volkswagen Routan.


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Too Much of an SUV, Too Late in the Game

Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It is difficult to wax ecstatic about a vehicle that wanes in enjoyment with each mile behind its wheel. It is no wonder, then, that the muses are on strike in our evaluation of this week's test model, the 2009 Kia Borrego LX with V-8 engine and four-wheel drive.


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On Wheels, by Warren Brown: At Last, a More Affordable Way to Go Green

Sun, 17 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The environmental route has been a road most often taken by the rich because only the rich could afford to go that way -- until now.
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GM Gets Back in the Joy Business

Sun, 10 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

I missed the entrance to the Ohio Turnpike and stayed on Interstate 75 South for too long a stretch -- a 200-mile error realized only when I entered Kentucky.


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Where Rental Fleets and Fads Hit a Wall

Sun, 03 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

WARREN, Mich. -- Should it survive its current flirtation with bankruptcy, I offer this short wish list for Chrysler:


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From Hyundai, an Unexpected Turn in the Road

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A decade ago, I wrote several columns urging readers to take seriously Hyundai Motor, Korea's largest automobile manufacturer.



A Joyful Ride for Those Who Love the Drive

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- Bad times are best enjoyed in the rearview mirror. So mostly for the heck of it, I got in the 2009 BMW 135i coupe and drove here nearly 300 miles from my home in Northern Virginia.
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A Muscle Car Infused With Euro Sophistication

Sun, 12 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- It pulled nicely up Mountain Brook Road in second gear, which was no small feat. Mountain Brook is steep.



On Wheels: An Escape Pod That Puts a Smile on Your Face

Sun, 05 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Sometimes, you have to escape -- or at least give it a darned good try.



On Wheels: 2010 Kia Soul

Sun, 29 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK -- This city is a traffic nightmare painted yellow -- the hue of aggressively driven taxicabs that dominate its many ruined streets.



Fleet-Worthy Sedan Struggles to Stir Emotions

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

We requested it for two weeks, one week longer than we normally keep most test cars. The idea was to live with this one long enough to see if we developed any strong feelings for or against it. We knew it would take time.
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Redefining Luxury -- as Smart, Enduring Value

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The traditional concept of luxury is being reworked under Land Rover's new owner, Tata Motors Limited, India's biggest manufacturer of trucks and passenger cars.



Driving Hybrid Disbelievers Into the Fold

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EST

The trouble with Capitol Hill is hypocrisy. That might not be surprising to cynics who believe politicians are, by definition, hypocrites. But it becomes more than a little disturbing when those politicians base their policy objectives on their hypocrisy.



Zippy Affordability Blazes Better Trail for GM

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EST

General Motors should stop trying to please everybody. It's a strategy that embraces the lowest common denominator. It's hard to make a favorable impression when your primary objective is to avoid offending as many people as possible.



Luxurious, but Not Unreasonably So

Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

CORNWALL, N.Y. I've driven poor. I've driven rich. It doesn't matter the season, bad times or good, I much prefer rich.
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