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New Beetle ragtop gets a little less cuddly

New Beetle ragtop gets a little less cuddly

Fashion always costs more. Because it's more stylish, you'll pay more for, say, a men's dress shirt without a chest pocket than for one that has one, even though it takes less time and material to make.

July 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Ram 1500 gets overhaul

Ram 1500 gets overhaul

Never mind that, almost since its inception, a leaping Ram was used as Dodge's radiator mascot. Never mind that over the past few decades, many Dodge trucks have used the name Ram.

September 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Nissan Versa's mileage, price a consumer lure

Nissan Versa's mileage, price a consumer lure

Meet the least expensive new car sold in America: the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $10,990, an ideal entry point for a Walmart nation.

June 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Make way for prius c

Make way for prius c

Toyota is expanding the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid line: A cargo-friendly Prius V, which plops a wagon body atop the Prius platform, went on sale in November. A plug-in version of the Prius liftback is scheduled to go on sale shortly.

April 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

It's the '60s once more as Camaro takes on Mustang, 2010-style

Hear that rumble? It's a muscle-car war breaking out. In one corner: the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. In the other: the 2010 Ford Mustang. Here's the score card:

January 10, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
New Porsche is a sports-car great

New Porsche is a sports-car great

For many auto companies, the big bad wolf is at the door. Porsche is that wolf, having slowly devoured Volkswagen stock to the point that Porsche now controls VW. Such a move underscores the company's immense profitability, not to mention its supreme confidence as an automaker.

January 03, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
8 new vehicles that cost from $9,990 to $24,970

8 new vehicles that cost from $9,990 to $24,970

The average new car costs $28,400, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. In these tough economic times, that can be a little steep for many buyers.

November 15, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Maxima back to sportier roots

Maxima back to sportier roots

When the sun set on the Datsun name in the United States and the company was rechristened Nissan — its Japanese name — the top-of-the-line model, the 810, also got a new moniker, the Maxima.

November 08, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
New Flex a fun twist on boxy styling

New Flex a fun twist on boxy styling

If you attended one of the larger auto shows recently, you might remember the Ford Flex from its appearance as the Fairlane concept car — on which the Flex is based.

October 11, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Some vehicle options that mix fun, economy

Some vehicle options that mix fun, economy

If you want some driving fun, but don't want to pay a lot at the pump, great options abound that get at least 20 mpg in city driving. And you don't have to buy a hybrid. Let's take a peek.

September 06, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
VW debuts a more fuel-friendly SUV

VW debuts a more fuel-friendly SUV

Now that drivers of large SUVs have discovered that — gasp! — they use a lot of fuel, consumers are flocking to small SUVs that, predictably, need less liquid gold. So that makes Volkswagen's first small, car-based SUV, the 2009 Tiguan, perfectly timed.

August 23, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Murano new, but not improved

Murano new, but not improved

Sometimes a product is so perfect when introduced that a change isn't needed. Then an executive with something to prove comes along and mucks things up. New Coke comes to mind. So does the 2009 Nissan Murano.

July 26, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Nissan touts a V8 Pathfinder for '08

Nissan touts a V8 Pathfinder for '08

It sounds like lousy timing considering the price of gas: For 2008, the Nissan Pathfinder comes with an optional 310-horsepower 5.6-liter V8.

May 10, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Escape Hybrid an all-around value

Escape Hybrid an all-around value

The great thing about the Ford Escape is that, unlike other small crossover SUVs, it isn't cute.

April 12, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
VW's zippy R32 a roadster at heart

VW's zippy R32 a roadster at heart

Sleepers are cars that look rather ordinary, but carry extraordinary levels of performance.

February 02, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Ford Taurus is back in a supersized way

The Ford Taurus was once Ford's shining star. Born in 1985, it was America's best-selling car for five years. But by the late 1990s, the public began to lose interest, as did Ford. By 2006, the Taurus was history.

October 06, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
New Corvette keeps its power, curves

New Corvette keeps its power, curves

There are cars you drive because you have to, and there are cars you drive because you can't help yourself.

September 29, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Audi Q7 crossover SUV a good deal at $45,000

Audi Q7 crossover SUV a good deal at $45,000

Audi has long trumpeted its Quattro all-wheel-drive system's excellence on the track and highway. But now, Audi is adopting it for use off-road, in the new Q7 crossover SUV.

August 18, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

Options aplenty: Which are worth considering?

Look at the price sticker on any new car, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the options list. So let's explore the options you might want in your next vehicle.

July 21, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

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