AUTO REVIEW—This is the MINI that many have been waiting for. The original 2-door is too small for families. The Countryman is too big for MINI enthuiasts. The Clubman needs one-and-a half more doors. Finally, after three generations of the new MINI, the company builds a car the retains the go-kart nimbleness of the original, but comes with four, real live doors. It’s the MINI Cooper 4-door hardtop. Harvey Schwartz reviews the S model.
AUTO REVIEW—Summer is here, and it sucks! I like the sun, the beach, the cool coastal weather, and all the rest that goes with it. Unfortunately, so does everyone else. More to the point, it’s damn near impossible to explore what this car is made of, as tens of thousands are escaping the Valley along the very same canyon passes. Even the lesser known roads have a few stragglers. Worse yet, Audi is teasing me with this A3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro S. Oh, they are so cruel! John Grafman reviews.
AUTO REVIEW—Right now the Dodge Charger is the most controversial car in America. Actually, that would be the ’69 Charger known as the General Lee from television’s famed Dukes Of Hazard series. More specifically, it’s the roof of the orange Dodge garnished with the Confederate flag that’s the cause of debate from sea to shining sea. In terms of the show, the flag was symbolic of rebelliousness. Coincidentally, “rebel” is the one word that captures the essence of the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track model. John Grafman reviews.
AUTO REVIEW—To Volvo’s credit, how many other companies have been so fortunate as to make a positive global impact? Countless lives have been saved directly attributed to Volvo, and indirectly due to the brand as it pushed other OEMs to improve safety technology. Given the industry-wide focus on safety, does Volvo still stand out? John Grafman finds out if the 2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD does.