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By Lary Coppola

It seems rare that in my normal rotation of vehicles to review, I get a convertible in warm sunny weather.

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By Lary Coppola

The 2014 Ram 1500 is the first half-ton pickup to offer a modern, clean diesel engine as an option (a light-duty diesel was offered by Dodge previously), and it has Ram marketeers relentlessly chanting the mantra, “28 miles per gallon” with religious fervor.  read more »

 

In China, owning a Buick is a status symbol akin to owning a Mercedes, BMW, Infiniti, Audi, etc., in the U.S. I’ve actually never quite understood why. However, driving the 2014 Buick Regal reconfirmed what I already knew after driving the entire Buick lineup more than once over the past couple of years — they’re much better cars now, than at any other time in my life. read more »

 

Volkswagen’s new advertising slogan debuted at the 2014 World Cup competition, promoting what VW marketeers say is the most important car in its lineup — the 2015 Volkswagen Golf. This is the seventh generation of the most successful European car of all time — the car that replaced the legendary Beetle. read more »

 

Dodge DurangoThe 2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD is a great SUV that manages to be both muscular and refined. The model has been around since 1998 and gone through a couple iterations. The present version debuted in 2011 and has been refreshed for 2014.  read more »

 

BMW 4 SeriesWithout going into detail, I’ll openly confess to not being a big BMW fan after being treated very shabbily by BMW Northwest when my wife’s 5-Series needed repairs. Because of that, I rarely write about BMW’s because I’m not always as objective I should be. read more »

 

Honda CRVENGINE:
•    2.4-liter I-4, 185 hp, 163 lb-ft torque

TRANSMISSION:
•    5-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA RATINGS:
•    22-mpg city/30-mpg highway

BASE PRICE:
•    $30,445

AS TESTED:
•    $31,275

PERFORMANCE:
•    Solid, reliable engine read more »

 

Ford FusionENGINE:
•    2.0-liter I-4 plus electric motor 188 horsepower

TRANSMISSION:
•    Electronic CVT automatic, front-wheel-drive

EPA RATINGS:
•    gasoline only 43 mpg, electric + gas 100 mpg

BASE PRICE:
•    $40,500

AS TESTED:
•    $42,685

PERFORMANCE: read more »

 

Nissan QuestEngine:
•    3.5 Liter, DOHC 6-Cylinder

Transmission:
•    Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

EPA Ratings:
•    19/City - 25/Highway
    – 21/Combined

Base Price:
•    $42,640

As Tested:
•    $45,060

Performance: read more »

 
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