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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If you are an enthusiast, the MazdaSpeed3 has got to place all your senses on red alert. Laser-like response to steering, throttle and braking inputs.  A rumbling, head-turning exhaust not...

2010 Mazda Mazda3

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Nobody asked me, but . . . The Mazda3 is a great success story.  The first generation sold for the past five years was purchased by nearly 2-million owners around the world.  One out of every three Mazdas sold worl...

2010 Suzuki Kizashi

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Last time we met at this Suzuki hitching post was in July, the 30th to be exact, and I stated the following: “Suzuki believes that what the world is missing is an affordable, world-cla...

2009 Audi S5 manual quattro

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Bytes & Bullets Summary I was prepared not to like this car; I much prefer 4-doors in this size car, but I am delighted with the fun-to-drive characteristics It ain’t cheap (MSRP $51,400; $62,665 with optio...

2009 Toyota Corolla

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Is it possible for a car to get too big for it’s britches?  Case in point: the new for 2009 Toyota Corolla XRS. The 2009 Corolla is the 10th generation of the best selling passenger car in ...

2009 VW Jetta Diesel

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s safety critics didn’t worry about pedestrians not hearing a diesel coming as they do with current electric vehicles.  From three blocks away you could hear diesel ...

2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Mazda designers and engineers faced a serious dilemma as they gathered to create the next Mazda6.  The current model didn’t have the broad appeal of its direct family sedan Asian competitor...

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . It’s gonna come up at some point anyway so let’s deal with the hyperbole surrounding the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid right now.  Here’s what Chevy says: “First example of GM’s two-mode ...

2008 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Take a practical and functional Nissan Sentra compact 4-door sedan and send it to a Jose Canseco athletic club for a 2-week “treatment” and what do you get? Give up?

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

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Nobody asked me, but . . . I knew I was in trouble two seconds after I finished organizing all the material I had been gathering on Chrysler’s fifth-generation minivan: The stack of paper was about two inches high, a...