Auto Reviews


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 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.

SURFIN’ SAFARI
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.

50 YEARS
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.

PHAETON-ESQUE
VW offers a Passat with Phaeton trimmings

AUTO REVIEW— Right out of the box thirty-five thousand and ninety dollars seems a pretty steep price for a VW Passat, but of course this one was the very top of the blood line: bells, whistles AND buzzers all present, and, for the most part, sampled and accounted for. Editor Doug Stokes tries a Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL Premium on for size.

GIANT ROBOT
Toyota’s biggest, baddest Land Cruiser

AUTO REVIEW—Big seems to be the theme throughout the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s big on the outside, measuring in at 194.9 inches in length and 74 inches in height, and big on the inside with seating for eight people over three rows. It has a big 24.6-gallon fuel tank, which is probably a good idea for a vehicle that gets 13 miles per gallon around town. And finally, the Land Cruiser has a BIG price tag with an MSRP, as equipped, just shy of $84,000. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry finds out if bigger is better.

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