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  • Car Review: 2014 Mercedes Benz C250 Coupe Car Review: 2014 Mercedes Benz C250 Coupe

    THE 2014 MERCEDES BENZ C250 COUPE REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: Engineered – Where?

    “German engineering.”

    It’s like saying French Bread or American apple pie. Never mind that America did not, in fact, invent apple pie. The very words evoke admiration and mental images of crisply suited engineers, calculators in hand, surrounding glass tables and mocking up blueprints. Say the phrase, “German engineering,” and most people imagine the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe being shaped by laser cutting and die-casting.

    The legend is not without merit. Germany’s → Read More

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  • Car Review: 2014 Fiat 500 Turbo and Abarth Car Review: 2014 Fiat 500 Turbo and Abarth

    THE 2014 FIAT 500 TURBO AND ABARTH REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: Move Over, Confucius

    Move over, Confucius. Here is the secret to life: Happiness is finding fulfillment in repetition.

    Examples do not include washing dishes, shoveling snow and shaving. These humdrum rituals invite neither inspiration nor indignation. On the contrary, handcrafting a French baguette or kissing a lover are lifecycle rhythms that grow finer with familiarity.

    Such is the case with driving. Driving is an American litany, never ending, and true motorists seek not instances of speed or luxury, but iterations. The best cars do not age.

    Want happiness? Move over, Honda. Italy packs a ferocious punch. Welcome the 2014 Fiat 500 Turbo and 500 Abarth. → Read More

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  • Car Review: 2014 Ford Expedition EL Car Review: 2014 Ford Expedition EL

    THE 2014 FORD EXPEDITION EL REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: It’s Good to Be King

    I know what you’re thinking.

    “What silver-spooned shopper could possibly need a gas-guzzling SUV with more square footage than my basement?!”

    Rein in those horses, good social guardian. There is a viable case to be made for the 2014 Ford Expedition EL, and I, the unlikeliest of all persons, am going to make it.

    I don’t much like excess. When I was in grade school, after slurping up my bowl of cereal I would pour a half-cup of water into the milk gallon to extend it usable life. I like redundancy and superfluity about as much as I like → Read More

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  • Car Review: 2014 Lexus RX 350 Car Review: 2014 Lexus RX 350

    THE 2014 LEXUS RX 350 REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: The Other Side

    Have you been struggling to make ends meet? Do bills come at you like shotgun pellets? Do you worry about retirement or tuition? It may be time to downsize to a Lexus.

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    When the RX 350 first came out in the late 1990’s, women flocked to it like it was a magnetized bar of chocolate. Comfortable, spacious, full of technology and boasting that all-important seating position for 5’2’’ women of power, the RX 350 quickly became synonymous with soccer mom. Rather than evade its fans, Lexus adopted its market identity and initiated an automotive love affair that continues to this day.

    Women of affluence do not enjoy → Read More

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