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What makes a car collectible?

A longtime friend was writing about collector cars recently. He referred to the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, which became an instant collectible when collectors feared it would be the last convertible ever because of proposed tough government regulations.

Small changes to Kia Sportage add up to big things

The Sportage was one of the first Kia models to land in North America. Four generations later, it’s an entirely different vehicle that plays in an entirely different league of competitors.

Audi Allroad lighter, quicker than tall wagaon brethren

The world is seemingly awash in tall wagons (aka crossovers) of all sizes that provide plenty of passenger and cargo space. It’s sort of a rebirth of the sport utility craze that took the 1990s by storm, but this time around the vehicles are smaller, lighter, more versatile, better on fuel and not based on hard-edged truck platforms.

An expert breaks down the pros, cons of hardtop, soft-top convertibles

There’s nothing more thrilling than dropping the top of a convertible on a sunny day and hitting the open road. Like all fun things automotive, though, there is a major consideration when it comes to convertible tops, especially in arid climates like Las Vegas: Should you have a hardtop or cloth-top convertible?

Gullwing doors: beautiful in design, ugly in execution

When it comes to automotive design, probably gullwing doors exude luxury. The way they slice upwards at the push of a button to allow egress and ingress is a thing of beauty.

Luxury vehicles have top-end amenities

A few years back, I was at a presentation for the Bentley Mulsanne in New York City. An abundance of fabulous features stood out, like the customized umbrella that fit in a special slot in the driver’s door.

Chrysler Pacific: Not your typical minivan

Just how significant is the new Pacifica minivan? Important enough to obliterate the Town &Country name, because, quite frankly, Chrysler doesn’t want you thinking about it. At all. Ever. The Pacifica is mind bleach. Your memory wipe.

BMW electrifies its X5 SAV

When is a transmission not just a box of gears? When it’s the 8P75XPH, a brand-new device — and concept — from ZF, the German supplier of automatic transmissions to many high-end cars. Not only does it offer eight speeds ahead and one in reverse, it also tucks a powerful electric motor inside its housing, where it can help out a vehicle’s gasoline engine right at the source, as it were.

VW’s bottom-rung Passat is great value

The Passat is the roomiest sedan that Volkswagen offers in the U.S., and not only has it been thoroughly “Americanized,” it is also built here — in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen rolled out the first Passat back in 1973, making it older than many of the people who buy it today, and the 2016 version is its eighth generation.

Jaguar XE provides entry-level luxury

What sedan is the poster child of the entry-luxury segment? The BMW 3-series, of course.

Four generations on, Toyota Prius keeps raising the stakes

An all-new Prius doesn’t come along every day. In fact, there have only been three distinct models since the Prius was introduced in North America for 2000. That makes the new-for-2016 Prius a pretty big deal for fans of the brand.

How important is it to get recall work done?

Recalls continue to be in the news. There’s the Takata air bag recall, which affects 14 manufacturers and upward of 34 million vehicles, as well as faulty seatbelts on Toyota SUVs and Honda Civic engine problems.

Calling the Chevy Cruze a junior Malibu isn’t necessarily a bad thing

On paper, the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze that’s due out this spring appears to have what it takes to remain near the top of the compact-car class. In the flesh, it’s better still, as you get the sense that the king-of-the-hill crown could be in sight.

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