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June 1, 2015 • Autos

2015 Chevrolet City Express: Nissan Wearing a Bowtie

Sometimes when the weekly review vehicle arrives in my driveway I just sit and scratch my head and wonder why it is in the press fleet. Case in point, the new 2015 Chevrolet City Express. Similar to the Ram Promaster City Wagon we reviewed recently, automakers are addressing the urban utility van segment, which apparently …

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May 29, 2015 • Autos

2015 Subaru Legacy Midsize Sedan Perfect for All Four Seasons

Midsize sedans dominate the list of best-selling vehicles each year right after pickup trucks. Names like Accord and Camry are household institutions. But did you know Subaru has been selling a vehicle in this segment too? It’s called Legacy, and it is completely redesigned for 2015. It features the largest interior in its segment and …

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May 28, 2015 • Autos, Reviews

JBL GX600C Component Speakers Bring the Concert to the Car

JBL has been a leading name in audio for years, and the name that became famous at rock arenas and concert halls also brings spectacular sound reproduction to your automobile. JBL offers a host of car audio products and recently sent along the GX600C component system for us to test and what a treat for …

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May 24, 2015 • Autos

2016 Volvo XC90 Test Drive: Two Versions of One Luxurious New Midsize SUV

What do Thor’s hammer, Orrefors Crystal, a large touchscreen display, sumptuous leather, diamond cut controls, integrated child booster seats, and access to the great outdoors have in common? They can all be found in a new luxury midsize SUV, the 2016 Volvo XC90.

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May 21, 2015 • News

How Did Nissan Invent the 2015 Nissan Murano?

Today I rode to work behind a fascinating looking vehicle. At first glance, I was worried I had accidentally taken Percoset from my recent surgery, and thought I was hallucinating. But no, the new 2015 Nissan Murano was real, and I found myself wondering how it was that Nissan designed such a…unique vehicle.

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May 18, 2015 • Autos

2015 Honda CR-V: Best-Seller Just Got Better

When the 2015 Honda CR-V compact crossover utility vehicle arrived a while back I realized it has been quite some time since I had tested this model. The vehicle itself has been around for 17 years and has become the best-selling model in its class. For 2015 the CR-V receives some significant mid-cycle upgrades, most …

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D.I.Y. or PAY: How Will You Upgrade Your Car Audio?

As I mentioned previously in this series on Car Audio, I test a lot of premium factory car stereo systems, and while I am impressed with the quality they achieve I have found they still cannot stand up to the sound quality of aftermarket components installed properly. If you are ready to upgrade that factory …

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May 11, 2015 • Autos

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Is Simply ‘Stun’ning

If I had to choose just one word to describe the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf R – the fastest and most powerful Golf from VW yet – I’d use stunning. This new hot hatch, based on the new seventh-generation Golf, is stunning to look at, stunning to drive (especially in “race” mode) and stunning to …

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May 10, 2015 • Autos, Music Diary

Listen Up!: Car Audio, Part II

In the first part of this series on Car Audio I discussed basic terminology and history of radios in the automobile. This part takes a look at the types of music sources, and the music itself, that we play in our vehicles. Regardless of what type of car stereo equipment you employ in your vehicle, …

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May 6, 2015 • Autos, Music Diary

The Basics: Car Audio, Part I

Music in the mobile environment is more than just an accessory or option to drivers, and for many it is a necessity. Every new vehicle I test usually arrives with a premium audio system, and I love putting the stereo systems through their paces almost as much as the vehicles themselves. But car audio can be …

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May 1, 2015 • Autos

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: More Gears, More Gear

If you have seen any of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup commercials on television lately you might have noticed mention of a certain metal element in the brand’s marketing piece – steel. Chevy is making no excuses in its efforts to get the point across that its trucks are still made of steel, and not a …

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April 27, 2015 • Autos

2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack: No Hellcat but still Hell on Wheels

There is just something about Pony cars that is so…American. Camaro, Challenger, Mustang. Iconic symbols of Detroit musclecar greatness, both then and now. We love to look at them and we all want to drive them. As the horsepower wars continue to wage, Dodge looks once again to its heritage for inspiration on the 2015 …

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April 23, 2015 • Reviews

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport-Fun to Drive, But a Fail as a Family Hauler

I have reviewed several cars for Gear Diary, and they’re usually my favorite reviews to do. Cars are probably the biggest purchase most people make, besides a house, and they are technological tools as much as they are transportation methods. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport excels in one of these areas and fails miserably in the …

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April 20, 2015 • Autos

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Ready to Right a Wrong

The diesel engine is once again back under the hood of Chevrolet cars, and this time it is a good thing. The Cruze compact sedan boasts a wide range of trim packages and since last year offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter clean diesel engine for clean, powerful motoring with fuel economy of up to 46 mpg …

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April 13, 2015 • Autos

2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon Ready to Work

Now that’s Italian! I am speaking of the new 2015 Ram ProMaster City, the newest member of the commercial vehicle lineup at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Ram ProMaster City is a Class 1 commercial van perfect for the small business owner and the urban driving/delivery environment. The new little van offers flexible cargo and passenger …

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April 3, 2015 • Autos, Events

2016 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Hybrid ‘In It to Win It’

Chevrolet says they are no longer going to compete in the midsize sedan segment. Instead, as they debuted the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show this week, they said they are going to win the segment with this car that is longer and lighter, has more interior …

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April 2, 2015 • Autos, Events

2016 Cadillac CT6 Debuts in New York City

The sight was the historic Naval Shipyards in Brooklyn, New York, and the event was the launch of the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 flagship luxury sedan. The CT6 sees the return of rear-wheel drive to General Motor’s luxury division and the car will showcase a host of technology when it arrives late this year.

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March 31, 2015 • Autos

2015 Nissan Juke NISMO: Fun Elevated

Nissan introduced the Juke compact vehicle several years ago that, for all intents and purposes, is one difficult vehicle to define. I call it a CrossHatch as it is part crossover utility vehicle and part hatchback. Throw some performance mods from Nissan Motorsports into the mix and we have the fun and funky 2015 Juke …

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March 20, 2015 • Autos

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport, Where ‘Sport’ Is a Relative Term

I reviewed the all-new seventh-generation 2015 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan just a few months ago and since then the automaker sent me a Sonata Sport model for a week. I mentioned the Sport in my first piece, as I had the opportunity to test the turbo model. Trouble with this latest Sport model under review …

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March 13, 2015 • Autos

2015 Ford Edge First Drive: No Sign of Slowing Down!

When Ford first introduced the Edge crossover nearly a decade ago, it quickly became one of the most popular vehicles in its class. As the field grew more crowded, consumers continued to drive the Edge off dealer lots with greater frequency than the competition. As Ford rolls out the all-new 2015 Edge, that trend should …

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March 12, 2015 • Autos

2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali and All Terrain Make the (Professional) Grade

GMC has been building trucks since 1902 and they are built under the mantra of “Professional Grade.” I recently tested a couple of the brand’s latest 2500HD models in the form of the Sierra Denali and All Terrain. This new crop of 2015 GMC Sierras is the most comfortable, most capable and most advanced GMCs …

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