Auto Reviews

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.

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.

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.

VW digs into its past for the Beetle Dune Convertible

AUTO REVIEW—Things have changed a lot in the past 50 years. Perfect bank heists are now organized from the inside of corporate boardrooms, and wealthy businessmen engage in pursuits that may land them in Washington, D.C. Most of the sandy expanses near the beach are nature preserves closed to traffic. But we can still get into the Dune buggy. The one we tested over a hot Southern California week started as a regular VW bug. And it’s available at your local dealer.

with the indestructible Toyota Corolla

AUTO REVIEW—Born in 1966, and introduced to the USA in 1968, the Toyota Corolla became the best-selling car in the world in 1974. By 1997, it became the best-selling nameplate ever, surpassing the original Volkswagen Beetle in sales. The Corolla has a reputation for being practical, boring, and indestructible. 50 year later, it is all those things and more.

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