November 4, 2013 |
Paul VI and St. Augustine Prep should play each other in football: They are Non-Public 4 programs representing schools that draw students from similar geographic and socio-economic sections of South Jersey. West Deptford and Delsea should play in football: They are multiple-time sectional champions with similar styles and lots of athletes who know each other from Gloucester County youth sports. Millville and Cherokee should play in football: They are Group 5 programs with rich traditions, supportive fans, and deep, talented rosters.
October 27, 2013 |
Spending a week behind the wheel of the 2014 Q5 TDI, the new diesel version of Audi's compact crossover, proved exceedingly pleasant duty. The only negative note was the fact that the test car had "TDI Clean Diesel" emblazoned in large letters on its front doors. Thus, driving the Q5 made me feel like an automotive answer to the guy walking around with a sandwich board urging people to "Eat at the Four Seasons. " (When you drive a German SUV that weighs in at $51,945 mit der options, you don't eat at Joe's.)
April 7, 2013 |
Thirty years ago, Chrysler's tinkers put a van body on a car-like front-drive platform and the modern minivan was born. A flexible beast of burden good at hauling both people and cargo, the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth minivans became a big hit in suburbia - and thus played a large role in the company's escape from insolvency. Their considerable profitability was why the folks at Chrysler called them "the crown jewels. " Other automakers got into the act, and the mini's annual sales climbed to a million by the dawn of the new millennium.
March 1, 2013 |
ALLEN IVERSON played with a chip on his shoulder the size of Gibraltar. It was his fuel. Sometimes that fuel flooded the engine, but Iverson never backed off a challenge. Maybe it was because of his childhood growing up in Hampton, Va., where he was the man of the house at a too-young age. Maybe it was seeing people from the neighborhood getting killed or going to prison. Maybe it was being imprisoned - wrongly, he believed - and missing out on his senior year of basketball. Or maybe because he was usually the smallest player on the court, feeling he had to prove himself every minute, showing everyone that size doesn't matter.
November 15, 2012 |
2013 Acura RDX AWD vs 2013 Infiniti EX37 Journey AWD: When price and passenger room are not a big concern. Price: Acura, $40,315 as tested, no options; Infiniti, $49,200 as tested ($41,000 base price). Conventional wisdom: Oooo. Ahhhh. Marketer's pitch: The Acura is "built for the size of your life. " The Infiniti is "the ultimate personal expression. " Reality: Some oooage and ahhage will occur. The challenge: Say you have 40 grand (more or less)
September 13, 2012 |
Infiniti JX35 AWD: This is the crossover Volkswagen's Touareg wishes it was. Price: $52,205 as tested; $41,550 base price. Marketer's pitch: Choose to be inspired. (My own) conventional wisdom: Expensive machines that are heavy on gizmos, light on feeling. Reality: Some pretty cool and useful gadgetry in a smart package. Gizmo-heavy? The first thing that caught my eye was seeing my garage in the backup camera. The Around View Monitor shows drivers not just what's going on behind them, but a view of all sides of the JX35.
June 28, 2012 |
2013 Mazda CX-5 Sports FWD SkyActiv: Now here's a small crossover to get excited about. Price: $21,490 as tested (no options). Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com cited it for "very good fuel economy" and "agile driving dynamics. " Consumer Reports praised the handling as "Taut and agile. " Marketer's pitch: "It's like science fiction, without the fiction. " Reality: It's not all Mazda says, but I'm with the folks from Edmunds and CR. The SkyActiv's the limit: Mazda's much-ballyhooed SkyActiv technology is designed to boost gas mileage without sacrificing performance.
June 25, 2012 |
If a car is available with either a four- or a six-cylinder engine, the six usually costs more, right? For example, the Toyota Camry four-banger starts at $22,055, while the V-6 model opens at $26,910. But in the case of the 2012 Ford Edge, the traditional bigger engine/bigger price tag syndrome has been reversed. A 3.5-liter, 285-horsepower V-6 is the standard motivation in this midsize crossover. If you want the new 2-liter, 240-horse four-cylinder mill, that's a $995 option.
June 14, 2012 |
Price: Kia, $37,150; Mitsubishi, $33,605. Marketer's pitch: The Sorento says it's "A departure from the expected. " The Outlander is "Smart, sophisticated and stylish. " Reality: One wins on passenger room, the other on cargo space. This week, we'll look inside; next week, we'll take them on the road. Three rows: Coming off my review of the surprisingly third-row-less large luxury SUV Volkswagen Touareg, I thought I'd compare a pair of crossovers (SUVs on a less truck-like platform)
April 8, 2012 |
Antiques like myself can remember when Volvo station wagons looked like someone had toppled a refrigerator carton. Which is why it's always somewhat jarring when I come across yet another good-looking latter-day Volvo - like the XC60 I just tested. The XC60 is a luxury crossover that seems larger and roomier than its compact designation would suggest. The model I spent a week driving, the XC60 T6 AWD R-Design, is a higher-performing, top-of-the-line variant that features a torque-rich, turbocharged, 3-liter six that develops 325 horsepower.