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  • Car Reviews: 2014 Lexus GS 350 Sedan Car Reviews: 2014 Lexus GS 350 Sedan

    THE 2014 LEXUS GS 350 SEDAN REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: How to Suck Eggs

    “Sure, Lexus makes good cars,” naysayers would say, “if you’re just into luxury,” insinuating that any driver with iron in his blood would opt for a true, undiluted machine from BMW, and that the rest of the world could pretty much suck eggs.

    Someone at Lexus, possibly GS Chief Engineer Yoshihiko Kanamori, grew fed up with all the Internet smack talk. And thus, into the world came the 2014 Lexus GS 350, a fleet-footed midsize sedan that sits passengers in the lap of luxury. Updated with a new eight-speed automatic transmission with wheel-mounted shifters, the GS offers what Lexus once lacked: mojo. → Read More

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  • Car Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Car Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

    THE 2014 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: If a G63 Drives and There Is No One to See …

    Imagine you are a professional automobile critic, and one day, Mercedes-Benz steers a G63 AMG straight into your driveway, full tank and all, hands you the keys and asks for a witty review in a week. You oblige. During your spirited testing, you scratch the paint, dent a wheel, rip off the muffler and break a windshield wiper. Thankfully, insurance covers the costs. You return the five-passenger body-on-frame SUV to Mercedes with apologies, and your wiry retelling of the incident attracts several thousand readers.

    But you are not a professional automobile critic, and if you → Read More

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  • Car Review: 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Pickup Truck Car Review: 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Pickup Truck

    THE 2014 RAM 2500 CREW CAB PICKUP TRUCK REVIEW

    Full Car Review by Andy: The New Tiny Home

    After the implosion of the American housing market in 2009, mortgages alighted on their victims like starving vampire bats. Unable to feed the banks, thousands of bone-weary homeowners turned a cold shoulder to 3,000-square-foot ranch homes and strode off into a new way of life: the Tiny Home.

    The Tiny Home revolution story is for another time. But know this: Tiny Homes, 500-square-foot houses with the charisma of Fallingwater, rest on the backs of red-blooded pickup trucks. Tiny Homes could not exist without tandem-axle flatbed utility trailers and the Herculean trucks needed to tow them. In fact, trucks have been yanking homes about, all sorts of homes, for decades: RVs, fifth wheels, travel trailers, overhead campers, double-wide mobile homes, teardrop trailers and more. In fact, the Ram 2500 → Read More

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  • Car Review: 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Car Review: 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

    THE 2014 CHEVROLET EQUINOX REVIEW

    Full Review by Andy: Customer Approved Success

    An equinox signifies the change of the seasons. In late March and late September, the axis of the earth tilts ramrod straight, parallel with the axis of rotation of the sun. Nights endure as long as days, and depending on the season, squirrels either go shopping for acorns or looking for love.

    Not for nothing did Chevy name its compact crossover the Equinox. When the model first sucked in the air of life in 2004, General Motors was promising a change from the engineering and design mediocrity of the 1990s, and when the second generation debuted in 2010, General Motors was promising a rejuvenation following the Great Recession. But now in 2014, GM breaks the pattern and the Equinox remains unchanged from last year. Some say it is mired, stuck in the same season, and getting long in the tooth; no change. → Read More

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