The Sleuth recently drove the automaker’s new entry-level small utility rig and it’s good, despite a few notable shortcomings. The small-but-roomy wagon’s electric power steering assist (EPAS) feels too amped up, resulting in a numb feel. It reminds The Sleuth of older EPAS systems from other automakers, although those systems that have since been improved […]

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The Spy Guy’s take on BMW’s newest “sport activity vehicle” is that it’s a bolder, better model than the previous generation. Most noticeable is an enlarged version of BMW’s grille that also sits quite upright. The new platform that was originally developed for the automaker’s big 7-series sedan gives the X5 a longer, lower and […]

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Although perplexed at the lack of info forthcoming regarding FCA’s strategy for the Chrysler, Dodge and Fiat brands, The Spy Guy thinks the future looks bright for Jeep and Ram. For Jeep, there will be a redesigned Renegade for the 2019 model year, including new front and rear styling and a refreshed interior. Mechanically, it […]

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The Sleuth recently experienced a problem that he suspects is more common than you might think. He parked a car outside but did not push the “start” button to turn it off, returning four hours later to realize the engine was still running. Other than wasting fuel, there was no apparent harm or foul, but […]

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Hyundai’s size-small utility wagon is in line to receive the N performance treatment. This will likely mean the installation of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower, compared to the Kona’s non-turbo base 2.0-liter engine that makes just 147 horses. The Kona N isn’t expected before 2020, one year after the electric Kona. […]

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The Sleuth’s sources report that Toyota’s luxury division will launch a new utility vehicle for the 2020 model year. Apparently called the LQ, the midsize model will be based on the California-designed LF-1 Limitless concept that broke cover at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., in January. It was positioned as a […]

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Keeping your vehicle’s interior clean is an ongoing process that can be made a bit easier with The Carrand AutoSpa Interior Car Detail Duster. This handy item’s chenille microfibers are specially designed to get into tight spots such as cup holders and pockets and can also tackle larger surfaces. They’re also designed to grab and […]

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If $3 million for the Bugatti Chiron is a bit out of your price range, perhaps a $350 version from Lego Technic that you build yourself will do the trick. Still, the 1:8-scale Chiron is made up of a mind-boggling 3,600 pieces, including body panels, interior, wheels, active rear wing and the 16-cylinder engine (with […]

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The Sleuth’s sources report that General Motors will follow Ford’s lead and reduce the number of sedans (plus others) in its lineup over the next couple of years. The endangered-species list includes the automaker’s line of full-size sedans, including the Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, all of which share the same platform. As […]

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The Spy Guy doesn’t mean a racetrack, but rather a research-and-development test course in Michigan that’s slated to be completed later this year. The property has been designed for engineers to conduct emergency maneuvers involving other vehicles and pedestrians in simulated urban and extra-urban traffic environments. With a small but occasionally lethal number of incidents […]

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