2020 Nissan Sentra SR: why spend more a for sporty ride?

The more I test drive sporty, little-ish sedans like Nissan’s 2020 Sentra SR, the more I wonder why so many buyers bother to drop $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 or more on a daily driver that gives them their daily dose of driver jollies. Why? Why spend so much? I mean, how many of you have taken …

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2020 Lincoln Aviator: lovely rig from an unloved brand

I like the 2020 Lincoln Aviator a great deal, and for good reasons. It’s handsome for its class of premium SUVs (sport-utility vehicles); drives better than some of its German and Japanese rivals; is technologically advanced; boasts handsome materials that fit nicely; and, has bags of room for people and cargo. I have more, still, …

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Ford Escape review: 2020 technology and cabin, 2010 exterior design

As a general rule, you and I know that sport-utility vehicles are all about the utility, not the sport.  That goes for design as much as dynamics. The typical SUV is a two-box creation inspired by 19th century covered wagons. Back then, the horses were Box 1, the wagon Box 2. Today, one box is …

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2020 GMC Sierra Elevation: quite the diesel rig for hook-ups

For the moment, imagine you own a landscaping business and from job to job you tow a 20-foot trailer loaded with gear. Say, 9,200 pounds or 4,173 kg worth of mowers, digging tools, weed whackers, leaf blowers and the like. Typically, you do big, big jobs. You need a tow rig with room for four …

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata: turn off the news and escape

It seems just a little wrong – slightly off-putting – to immerse yourself in a rare indulgence while the world churns and burns with an expanding health crisis and an unfolding economic catastrophe. As such, I’m feeling guilty. Not overwhelmed, mind you, but with hospitals overflowing in Arizona and a traumatized Canada doubling the national …

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