• 2018 Subaru WRX STI

    Taco Winter

    The Subaru WRX STI has been a mainstay in the sport-compact scene for years, but the mid-cycle revisions that the current iteration received for 2018 bear witness to its more gradual evolution versus newer, more radical hot hatches on the market. Available only in a three-box-sedan body style—which it shares with the lesser but nearly as…

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  • How to Check the Fluids in a Vehicle

    Taco Winter

    To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it’s essential to check the fluids regularly. Armed with these auto pro tips, you’ll be able to check everything from brake fluid to transmission fluid in a matter of minutes. 1. How to check transmission fluid * Start your vehicle and leave it running. Ensure the car is in…

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  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster / Veloster Turbo

    Taco Winter

    As Larry David might say, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is pretty, pretty good. The Seinfeld creator often says this with more than a little sense of relief and an acknowledgment of unexpectedly favorable outcomes for his bumbling travails in the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Only there really isn’t anything unexpected about the new, second-generation Veloster’s satisfying overall execution. Hyundai is…

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  • 2019 Subaru Ascent

    Taco Winter

    It’s hard to distinguish between want and need, especially when it comes to cars. Subaru has spent decades convincing shoppers that they not only want all-wheel drive, plastic body cladding, and extra ground clearance but that they need these features, too. Sure, they aren’t strictly necessary for your daily commute, but what if someday you…

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  • 2018 BMW M3 CS

    Taco Winter

    Automotive journalists can be spoiled. Give us 600 horsepower, and we’ll invariably think that another 100 horsepower or so wouldn’t hurt. This crowd is hard to please. But every once in a while, there’s a car that leaves us wanting nothing more. Today, we have driven one of those: The BMW M3 CS. It’s the…

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  • 2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

    Taco Winter

    There’s a crackling rush from the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR’s 630-hp V-12 engine as it hurtles from corner to corner like a glossy, art-deco bullet. In supplanting the previous non-AMR DB11 V-12 coupe, the addition of the Aston Martin Racing suffix to this sleek two-plus-two’s name denotes its status as the new zenith of the DB11 lineup, a…

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  • 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.0L

    Taco Winter

    Screwy language plagues the auto industry. “Titanium” and “Platinum” are no indication of the presence of those metals, “Limited” means unlimited sales, “coupes” often have four doors, “sport” has nothing to do with competition, and no collector buys a “Collector’s Edition.” But of all the whacked, dopey, lazily overused terms, nothing beats “Eco.” There’s Ecotec,…

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  • 2018 Lexus LS500 F Sport AWD

    Taco Winter

    When Lexus debuted its new LS sedan at the 2017 Detroit auto show, the company proudly declared that it was breaking from European norms for luxury cars and establishing a new definition for Japanese luxury. The LS unquestionably does that, with ambient lighting inspired by andon paper lanterns, metal and wood trim evoking traditional Japanese crafts, and even an…

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