Auto Reviews


TO HELL AND BACK
in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

AUTO REVIEW—Unless you are in the business of turning left corners in the venues named Talladega, and Daytona there is no reason to covet a 707-horsepower, 4,570-pound-feet, four-door sedan. And yet, here it is – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The most powerful animal of its kind on the market, a car in such demand that its manufacturer at one point had to stop taking orders so that the production could catch up with the existing contracts. Harvey Schwartz reports.

FULL CIRCLE IN THE ALTIMA
The 2017 Nissan Altima

AUTO REVIEW—”Over a decade ago, a younger and less bald version of me drove the Nissan Altima for the first time. It was the first car I ever drove as a member of the press. It was, of course, awesome. The Altima, therefore, holds a certain sentimental value. Fast forward a whole bunch of years, to present day Southern California. And to the newest Altima, the 2017 Nissan Altima SL.” John-Fredrik Wright reports.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB
The new MINI Cooper Clubman

AUTO REVIEW—The new Clubman seems to be the sleekest and most centered of the whole MINI line. The low, slightly sloping roof line gives this one a sporting aire, a proper English “shooting brake” style, if you will, that fits nicely with the performance-aggressive Cooper package that motivates this one in fine fashion. And motivation is the watchword here, this is the fully “breathed-on” John Cooper engine package, a 2-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder, twin-cam mill that plays even bigger than the listed 189 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Doug Stokes reports.

THE LEXUS NEXUS
Lexus NX 200t F Sport

AUTO REVIEW—”No, our two dogs (Pickle and Olive) are very good pups, I can’t blame this on them. Besides that I’M listed as the editor on this site, so I have to chastise myself … I just flat lost my notes on this one. But the memories are still quite vibrant, so here’s a bit of a truncated review of a really terrific new Lexus sport model SUV: The Lexus NX 200t F Sport.” Story by Doug Stokes.

ADAPTIVE CRUZE CONTROL
Chevy dials it up a couple notches with its latest Cruze

AUTO REVIEW— With this latest “all new” edition of its Cruze, Chevrolet has taken the once-modest compact car line up and into luxury-adjacent territory. And our test version came into out hands with a feature list that seems to go on for pages, and a super-efficient turbocharged engine that delivers both power and economy. Chevy is determined not to be left behind in the hotly contested family sedan wars. Editor Doug Stokes reports.

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