But you already knew that. You knew that the moment Honda showed off the new Insight. It was ugly like a Prius, but didn’t get nearly as good gas mileage. Finally, Honda realized what you knew all along.

The introduction of the super cheap and super thrifty Prius C surely didn’t help the Insight’s cause. Customers have always known what was up – that’s why Honda dealers have over an eight month supply of Insights languishing on their lots. Honda sold fewer than 5,000 Insights for the entire year in 2013.

Published on February 27, 2014 in Honda,Hybrids

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Just to be clear, that’s the starting price, not the top-end price. You can’t get a brand new 2015 Tahoe for less than forty five grand. You’ll have to suffer with cloth seats and a front-row bench, too. For forty-five thousand American dollars.

Want leather? Chevy will be happy to oblige, for just $50,995. The LT comes with leather, Bose, and a power lift gate.

Want to pay a Cadillac price but still get a Chevy badge? Boy, are you in luck. Chevy will happily sell you an LTZ Tahoe for a cool $59,995. I’m sure it’s amazing, but it’s a sixty thousand dollar Chevy that doesn’t say Corvette on the back, so who cares?

Sometimes, I don’t know what’s going on anymore. In what kind of world is a $60k Tahoe reasonable?

Published on February 10, 2014 in Chevrolet

Mini / BMW pulled back the curtain on the all-new 2014 Mini Cooper. Outwardly, it’s clearly a Mini, and that’s good news indeed. It looks great – it’s just a modern evolution of the traditional Mini that we all know and love. It did grow in every dimension, which is much less good. It’s 4.5 inches longer and 1.7 inches wider than the outgoing model. It’s also just a hair taller. I love the bigger Mini variants, but I’m not thrilled with a growing Cooper. With BMW using this platform for both the Mini and the new BMW 1 series, it was inevitable.
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Published on November 18, 2013 in Mini

Autoblog reviews the 2013 Acura ZDX. Here’s a gem from the article:

So, there are any number of reasons why you and I didn’t buy a ZDX over the last four years, and plenty of good ones for Acura to kill the model off after 2013. But I started this review by asking how history will judge it, and the optimist in me believes that it could still find love in the years to come.

Read the article if you will, but it doesn’t make sense. The Acura ZDX doesn’t make sense. It never did. It’s obscenely expensive. It’s ugly. It’s impractical. There are dozens of better ways to spend $50,000 on an automobile. Even if it was $40,000 it would be a bad deal.

Published on October 14, 2013 in Acura

GM Shows off new 2015 Tahoe, Suburban, and Yukon

The latest and greatest ginormous SUV’s from General Motors have been unveiled. True to form, they are still old-school body-on-frame. The world is moving to unibody designs nearly across the board, but GM is keeping it old-school. Under the hoods of these beasts lies a 355 HP 5.3 liter V8. The Denali gets an upgraded […]

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Honda Ridgeline is dead

Officially, Honda is only canning the unloved Ridgeline for two years1, with plans to resurrect it in 2016. Given the poor sales and tightening fuel economy standards, I can’t see a business case for bringing back the Ridgeline. Yes, I know that Ridgeline sales has technically been up this year, but they’re still terrible. Honda […]

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Chrysler recalling 400k+

Chrysler is recalling nearly half a million vehicles worldwide. The issue is the mechanism that controls the active head- restraints. (These help prevent whiplash injuries from car accidents.) These mechanisms could potentially be faulty in the affected vehicles. Even though no one has reported any injuries, Chrysler is issuing the recall. In some cases, a […]

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2014 Jeep Cherokee gets a price

Do you have a thing for the new misshapen, FWD, Italian Jeep? It’ll cost you at least $23,990. If you want all the fancy stuff, you’ll have to spend just over $30,000. I’m not sure who this makes sense to. Read more about the 2014 Cherokee.

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