Category - Reviews and Road Tests

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S:S:L Review – 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63S Wagon

Automotive enthusiasts have long been fighting the anti-Crossover and SUV battle with friends and families. I’ve seen countless conversations online encouraging people to stop buying shapeless blobs of soul crushing driving anti-fun, and instead consider alternatives like the tried and true station wagon. Unfortunately, that battle seems to have been lost with SUVs and Crossovers dominating the new product and sales announcements month after month. In fact, there are currently less than ten true wagons on sale in the US as of this writing. Somewhere along the line, wagons became uncool, and took on a social ranking ever so slightly higher than the minivans of the world.

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz is still building wagons that prove they’ve never been cooler. In fact, they are out to prove to the world that their 603-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 powered, all-wheel drive, carbon fiber adorned AMG E63S 4Matic Wagon can be as good at hauling people and cargo as it is a hauling around a racetrack.

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Rental Review: 2018 Volvo S90

I’ve preached the gospel of rental company Sixt on these pages before, though a recent trip home to Florida afforded me yet another opportunity to test the company’s mettle and see what sort of untraditional rental fare I would end up with. So far I’ve had just one miss in five swings with the German-based company, with the miss coming in the form of a dismal Fiat 500L in Italy. On the plus side, at least that mini-minivan was a manual – and I was in Italy, after all. Things weren’t that awful.

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Driven: 2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label

After a 14 year hiatus, the Lincoln Continental is back in a big, big way. The Continental name became an American legend in the automotive realm, and one that was synonymous with flagship luxury. To say that Lincoln had their work cut out for them in reinventing the brand and resurrecting the Continental would be an understatement.

We are happy to report though that Lincoln has not only done the iconic Continental name justice with the 2017 Continental, but they might have reinvented the entire Lincoln brand in the process – in a very good way.

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Loaner Review: 2017 Camaro V6

Despite no longer cosying up to the warm bosom of the press fleet industrial complex, I still occasionally find myself behind the wheel of cars other than my own. Such was the case last week when I brought my own car, a C7 Corvette Z51, into the dealer for some warranty work and found myself sitting in the fortified bunker – aka cabin – of a loaner 2017 Camaro. Unlike the other sixth gen that I previously wrote up on these pages, which was option-laden but also saddled with the middling 2.0T Ecotec, this one featured nary an add-on save for the 3.6L LGX “High Feature” V6…a swap that made this drab-looking coupe immeasurably better to drive.

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Rental Review: 2016 BMW 328i

Friends, let me tell you about the promised land, because I’ve been there. The rental car promised land, that is. Imagine gleaming rows of current year luxury models and sports cars, from Mercedes E550s to BMW 335is to Toyota GT86s, even the occasional premium model like an M3 or 911. Impossible, short of a fly-by-night Las Vegas exotic rental outfit, right? Nay. The promised land exists, and perhaps unsurprisingly to most car enthusiasts, it’s in Germany. Germany, the land of greatness and the home of Mietwagen Kreta where I rented this beast for the week!

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