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2014 Buick Regal Turbo - Three Wishes Granted - Review

Two iconic American motoring names: the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo at Milwaukee's Harley Davidson museum. <br> <br> 2014 Regal changes are more than skin deep. There's more power, available all-wheel drive, driver's assist suites, improved cabin materials and interfacing technology. <br> <br> Starting at $33,300, our Smoky Grey Metallic front-drive tester with Premium II feature set rang in at $38,270. Now laying down the gaunlet to premium European and Asian executive sporty sedans.<br>
Sometimes you want to like something a lot more than you do. When “Drive…He Said” last drove the [then] all-new 2012 Buick Regal Turbo, we gave Buick credit for accepting the mantle from the GM’s deep-sixed Saturn division. For a brand ever popular in Beijing and retirement communities, the Opel Insignia-based front-drive executive sedan was an... Read more »

2014 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD - Boost Me, Baby - Review

"Gems" and "Precious Metals" set this 2013 Ford Fusion premium mid-size family sedan apart from "ordinary Fusions."<br>  <br> "Ruby Red Metallic" is a $375 paint option. "Titanium" is the high-zoot edition which tacks on $11,000 to the price of a base Fusion SE.<br>  <br> The $37,000 MSRP of our tester omits only the kitchen sink and an available moon-roof and Driver's Alert. Otherwise virtually every adjustment aboard is power made...and many by voice commands. And there are high-tech drivers aids + conveniences galore. Count among them Active Park Assist, Blind Spot / Cross-Traffic Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Active Park Assist, Automatic High Beams, Intelligent Key, Multi-color ambient illumination, Remote Start, Comfort Keyless Ignition/ Entry, ETC. ETC.<br>
‘Tis the Season for Giving. Over at Ford Motor Co., CEO Alan Mulally owes Chris Hamilton big-time for his transformation of the Ford Fusion / Mondeo. Hamilton ought stuff a stocking hanging over the mantelpiece of Ian Callum, who penned the Aston Martin DB series, a major Fusion donor. But there are Ford Fusions, and... Read more »

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD and 2013 Audi A4 Quattro - For This Driving Dimension - Review / Comparison

Belles of the AWD compact luxury sport sedan ball. (Top to Bottom): The 2013 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro and the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD.
In another dimension drivers are as capable as a space-shuttle orbiter pilot.  Roads are dry as a bone. The only congestion on them is for those who have the sniffles. Occupants are light as feathers. Heavy cargo: there isn’t any. There the conventional wisdom of rear-wheel drive for optimal vehicle control works just fine. Reality... Read more »
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2013 Volkswagen CC Sport - Planes, Trains, Automobiles - Review

The 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport, airplane watching, from a safe distance.
The last time “Drive…He Said” photographed a sporty executive sedan next to equally sleek aircraft landing at an “undisclosed” Midwestern Aerodrome  we were chastised that the license plate would be recorded for posterity. “Heck, buddy, this car belongs to the manufacturer’s press fleet.” The next time out to the airport perimeter was in the 2013 Volkswagen CC... Read more »