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4C: the specialty car that leads Alfa Romeo

July 13, 2018 David Zatz 0

Alfa Romeo has been selling cars in the United States for years, but most Americans don’t seem to know it; so the company brought some writers to the M1 Concourse, a private track in Pontiac, Michigan, and gave them the keys. I drove the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, and learned […]

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Wrapping and pricing Pacificas

June 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

Our test car, through the last three articles, was a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited. The base Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus costs $41,340. That includes the 8.4 inch screen, CarPlay and Android support, satellite radio, 7-inch trip computer, SafetyTec, and power sliding side doors. The Touring L adds $2,000 and […]

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Seats, storage, and stuff: inside the Pacifica Hybrid

June 28, 2018 David Zatz 0

In earlier parts of this series, I pointed out that the EPA city/highway combined mileage for the Pacifica Hybrid is 32 mpg, assuming you never plug it in.  In case you’ve never owned one, that’s amazing economy for a big freakin’ vehicle. Minivans are about the biggest vehicles you can get […]

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Torque, towing, t’ree rows: Dodge Durango SRT

May 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Dodge Durango SRT has tons of torque and towing capacity, with three rows of seats to set it apart from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (née SRT). With all wheel drive putting power to the ground, the big SUV allows for instant acceleration on wet concrete — from zero, from […]

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Corolla: it’s not what you’d think

February 7, 2018 David Zatz 0

Enthusiasts love to hate the Toyota Corolla, a compact car whose reliability has kept it popular through thick and thin. They complain that it’s “just an appliance,” a car without zip or fun, even as Toyota has tried various tricks to make the car at least look sporty. Are they […]

1910 Brush roadster car test drive

January 6, 2018 Terry Parkhurst 1

The new standard for pickup automatics is having eight to ten speeds in their automatic transmissions; but one of the foremost engineering innovators for fledging General Motors beat Toyota by about one hundred years. While he was at it, he also introduced some suspension ideas that would become commonplace. Alanson […]

You’d think this Hyundai had a V6

December 15, 2017 David Zatz 0

We’ve driven cars with tiny little engines and big turbochargers before, and few satisfy. Even the relatively costly Volkswagen turbo is rather obviously just that — a well-executed four-cylinder turbo, with a slight lag when you first take off, and a definite buildup in power as the turbo spins. The […]