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2015 Subaru Outback gets a major makeover

Ready to start a new chapter in its illustrious history, the fully redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback made its debut at the New York Auto Show boasting more of everything that matters. Still available in 2.5i/2.5i Premium/2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited variants, the fifth generation of Subie's versatile compact all-wheel-drive crossover SUV matches a bolder appearance with enhanced on/off-road capabilities, greater efficiency, new tech touches... Read More

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Diesel Car Lows: A Fossil Fuel Nevertheless

There are valid engineering reasons why the diesel engine has not been the powerplant of choice for passenger cars in North America. Diesels have a very...

Diesel Car Highs: More Efficient than Gasoline

Here's the bottom line for the diesel engine: Its operating efficiency is significantly higher than that of a gasoline engine. The old rule of thumb was...

Gasoline Car Lows: Politics & Pollutants

Strictly as a transportation fuel, gasoline does a great job. It packs a lot of energy for its volume and weight; it's fairly easy to handle and...

Gasoline Car Highs: Refine, Pump & Go

Gasoline has its advantages, chief among them that it works. In fact, the gasoline engine does a good job of offering power for the dollar, which is why...

Natural Gas Car Lows: Cost Versus Efficiency

Of the more than 15 million vehicles sold in the U.S. in a typical year, those that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) account for less than one-tenth...

Ethanol Car Lows: Turning Plants into Fuel Isn't Cheap or Easy

Many believe that alternative fuels are essential for a sustainable, energy-independent future. The U.S. uses 140 billion gallons of gasoline annually....

Ethanol Car Highs: An Endlessly Renewable Resource

Produced from plants, which are renewable, rather than from petroleum, which isn't, biofuels are already making a difference in fuel prices and our...

Global Warming Extreme: Nothing to Worry About

The surface temperature of the earth may be getting warmer -- or, it may not -- but humans and cars and factories have nothing to do with it. This is...

Ford SYNC: Talking to Your Car Finally Gets Results

The simple act of driving is actually pretty darn complex. Add to that the distractions created by in-car electronics, mp3 players and cellphones and...

Recent Drive: 2009 Nissan Murano

We were negotiating our way up a twisty incline near the outskirts of Scottsdale, Arizona when we began to fully appreciate the second-generation...


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