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Dave's Garage: 2021 Nissan Leaf

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How much are you willing to spend on a car to spend nothing on gas?

This question arises -- or ought to arise -- whenever electric cars are discussed. Especially an electric car such as the Nissan Leaf, which, unlike a Tesla 3 or Model Y, isn't ludicrously fast or particularly sexy.

What it has going for it, chiefly, is that it's a lot less ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2021 Hyundai Venue

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Really small crossovers are the new in thing -- chiefly because bigger things can come inside taller packages.

The new Hyundai Venue, for instance, is nearly a foot shorter than Hyundai's smallest sedan, the Accent -- yet it can carry more than twice as much stuff because of its shape.

Stubby but tall makes all the difference.

What It Is

The...Read more

Dave's Gagrage: 2021 Mazda3

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The Mazda3 just got speedier.

In addition to its standard 2.0-liter and optional 2.5-liter engine, you can now get it with a new engine. It's a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine -- partially resurrecting the idea, at least, of the old MazdaSpeed3, the high-performance version of the 3.

That one hasn't been available for a while.

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Dave's Garage: 2021 Lexus UX 200

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Lexus built the first luxury crossover SUV -- way back in 1998, when it introduced the RX 300. It's hard to believe, but before that year, there weren't any crossover SUVs, period. There were cars -- sedans and coupes and wagons.

And there were SUVs -- based on pickup trucks.

Lexus was the first to take a car and make it look like an SUV ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2020 Ford Fusion

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Ford only sells one sedan -- the 2020 Fusion -- and this may be your last chance to buy one. It's going to be replaced by a crossover SUV called the Fusion Active, perhaps as soon as the 2021 model year.

Since that's only about three months from now, you might want to have a look at this sedan -- while you still can.

What It Is

The Fusion is ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2020 Toyota Camry TRD

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Stock car racing used to be based on stock cars -- production cars you could buy, modified to race.

Today, it's the reverse. The race cars are cars you can't buy, with the production cars modified to look like the race cars.

Such is the case with the latest iteration of Toyota's Camry sedan. The one you can buy is a front-wheel-drive car with ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2021 Buick Encore GX

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It's an irony of history that Buick -- once upon a time known for its BarcaLounger big cars -- now sells one of the smallest cars you can buy.

With one of the smallest engines on four wheels -- just three cylinders and only 1.2 liters.

Many motorcycles have bigger engines.

But they don't have 50.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity -- enough to ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2020 Dodge Charger

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Most American cars used to be like the Dodge Charger still is.

They were big, and they had rear-wheel drive, and they offered big V-8 engines.

Now almost no cars are like that -- which probably explains why the Charger is still so popular with American car buyers.

What It Is

The Dodge Charger is one of the few large rear-wheel-drive sedans ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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The Hyundai Palisade and the Kia Telluride have different names -- and are sold under different labels. But they're made by the same company, Kia being part of Hyundai in the same way that GMC is part of GM and Lexus is a division of Toyota.

And they're (SETI ITAL)mostly the same vehicle.

This is a common practice.

The question is, why ...Read more

Dave's Garage: 2020 BMW X2

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Crossover SUVs are popular because they have everything ... except style.

They're great in bad weather. They're space-efficient and much more versatile than other cars. That's why they're selling so much better than other cars. But they suffer from look-alike syndrome, which is a function of their virtues.

Which is why BMW made the X2 look ...Read more

Peter's Garage: 2020 Acura ILX

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What if you want a Honda Civic Si but don't want a manual transmission or a turbocharged engine?

You might want to have a look at the Acura ILX.

It shares a platform with the Civic and comes standard with the engine that used to be the Civic Si's engine (which has been replaced in the current Civic by a smaller, turbocharged engine) and an ...Read more

Peters' Garage: 2020 Toyota Sequoia

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Sometimes, new and improved isn't. Improved, that is.

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia isn't new -- but that's because it doesn't need much improving. Toyota has been selling it the same way since 2008 because ... it sells.

And you don't risk improving on that.

What It Is

The Sequoia is Toyota's full-size SUV with three rows of seats, body-on-frame ...Read more

Peter's Garage: 2020 Lincoln Continental

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It took about 25 years to sink in. The bestselling Lincoln of the modern era isn't a car. It's the Navigator -- Lincoln's version of the Ford Expedition SUV. On the strength of Navigator sales, Lincoln outsold Cadillac for a while back in the '90s.

Until it tried selling cars again.

Including cars such as the Continental -- a car that ...Read more

 

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