1.12.2017

Fiata: The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso.
I am a beauty addict.

That's why I came thisclose to buying a 1979 Fiat Spider brand new.  And why the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider speaks so strongly to me now.

1.11.2017

Price Control: The 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL Premium

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL Premium
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL Premium.
Challenge:  Find a 2017 car priced only $100 higher than the same car's 2014 model.

You would be looking a long time.  Most cars have had several hundred dollars in price hikes over those four model years (2014-2015-2016-2017).  But the top-of-the-line 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL Premium has a base price of $30,995.  And that is a mere one hundred dollars more than the 2014.

1.10.2017

One With Everything: The 2016 Jeep Renegade Limited 4X4

Front view of 2016 Jeep Renegade Limited
The 2016 Jeep Renegade Limited. 
Back in August, the Phoenix bureau wrote a very positive review of the 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport, the base model of the small Jeep.  Now, we up here at TireKicker World Headquarters in Northern California have had a turn...but ours was a very different Renegade.

1.07.2017

Timing Is Everything: The 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
The 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD.
It is better, they say, to be lucky than good.  Nissan had the good fortune of introducing a heavily-refreshed Rogue at about the same time the promotion began for the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One.  And in a bit of corporate synergy, Nissan and Lucasfilm/Disney cooked up a promotional campaign that benefits both, though one has nothing to do with the other---and thankfully, the parties involved avoided trying to squeeze Nissan product placement into a film about a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  There is, however, a Star Wars Limited Edition Rogue.