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Top 17 Driving Embarrassments By Gender

Top 17 Driving Embarrassments By Gender

By Des Toups Posted : 05/09/2014 inShare0 More Sharing Sometimes our worst fears are realized, and a new survey by Insurance.com proves it. We asked 2,000 drivers (half men and half women) about their most embarrassing driving mistakes, including what they feared most, selecting from a list of 17 gaffes. When asked wha ... Continue reading

Review: 2004 Suzuki Verona

Review: 2004 Suzuki Verona

2004 Suzuki Verona Base price: $19,499 Price as tested: $20,499 EPA mileage: 20 city/ 28 highway By Des Toups The midsize sedan market is perhaps the auto industry's toughest, with great cars (Accord and Camry), interesting cars (Mazda6 and Altima) and bargain cars (Taurus, Impala, Sonata) slugging it out for a piece o ... Continue reading

2003 Infiniti FX45 Review

2003 Infiniti FX45 Review

2003 Infiniti FX45<br> Base price: $44,225<br> EPA mileage: 15 city/19 highway<p> By Des Toups The Infiniti FX45 is all sport, no utility, and it works so well precisely because it does not pretend to be both. This bobtailed wagon fails woefully at mainstream sport-ute tasks: It seats just four comfortably, has less ca ... Continue reading

2003 Ford Thunderbird Review

2003 Ford Thunderbird Review

2003 Ford Thunderbird Base price: $40,355 Price as tested: $41,890 EPA mileage: 17 city/23 highway By Des Toups The Thunderbird is a far better machine than Ford has been given credit for -- poised, gutsy and well-built -- and even after two years on the market, it still turns heads at every stoplight. What's amazing i ... Continue reading

2004 Nissan Maxima Review

2004 Nissan Maxima Review

2004 Nissan Maxima Base price: $27,490 Price as tested: $31,040 EPA mileage: 20 city/ 28 highway By Des Toups The new Nissan Maxima doesn't just want your attention; it's begging for it. Big wheels. Skylights. Dramatically arched profile. A nose that&#8217;s &#8230; avant-garde, to put it kindly. ... Continue reading

Review: 2003 Hummer H2

Review: 2003 Hummer H2

Base price: $48,065 Price as tested: $52,870 EPA mileage: not rated By Des Toups Nobody stares at a Chevy Suburban. Everybody stares at a Hummer H2, which collects eyeballs the way pockets collect lint. Which is the point, after all. No vehicle on the market commands -- and demands -- attention the way the H2 does. Des ... Continue reading

Review: 2003 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer

Review: 2003 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer

2003 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer Base price: $42,780 Price as tested: $46,535 EPA mileage: Not rated By Des Toups The 19-foot-long, 7½-foot-wide, 7,100-pound Ford Excursion is a four-wheeled Flying Dutchman, doomed to circle the block endlessly but unable to park. The Excursion was too tall for the airport garage, too ... Continue reading

2003 Mercedes E320/E500 Review

2003 Mercedes E320/E500 Review

2003 Mercedes Benz E320 Base price: $46,950 Price as tested: $51,915 EPA mileage: 19 city/ 27 highway 2003 Mercedes Benz E500 Base price: $54,850 Price as tested: $59,545 EPA mileage: 16 city/ 23 highway By Des Toups "Viscous-dampened everything," my friend murmured, releasing the rear-seat grab handle of the new Merce ... Continue reading

Car Review: 2003 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L

Car Review: 2003 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L

2003 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L Base price: $50,700 Price as tested: $51,470 EPA mileage: 17 city/25 highway By Des Toups Indictments, headlines, investors bearing torches. ... It's not a good time to be a corporate fat cat. And it's especially not a good time to pull up to the courthouse in a long black limousine. How ... Continue reading

2003 Car Review: Nissan Sentra 2.5 LE

2003 Car Review: Nissan Sentra 2.5 LE

By Des Toups Base price: $16,599 Price as tested: $17,139 EPA mileage: 23 city/28 highway It&#8217;s 2003, but Nissan has conjured up 1968 with a small car just like Detroit used to make: It goes like hell in a straight line but doesn&#8217;t like corners, just like the V-8-stuffed Falcons and Novas that once ruled the ... Continue reading

2003 Review : Hummer H2

2003 Review : Hummer H2

2003 Hummer H2 Base price: $48,065 Price as tested: $52,870 EPA mileage: not rated By Des Toups Nobody stares at a Chevy Suburban. Everybody stares at a Hummer H2, which collects eyeballs the way pockets collect lint. Which is the point, after all. No vehicle on the market commands -- and demands -- attention the way t ... Continue reading

2003 New Car Review - VW Passat W8

2003 New Car Review - VW Passat W8

2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Base price: $37,900 Price as tested: $38,475 EPA mileage: 18 city/26 highway By Des Toups Is it a luxury car if none of the neighbors can tell it's a luxury car? That's the $40,000 question posed by the Volkswagen Passat W8, which wears the same clothes as the $22,000 Passat 1.8T but sports tw ... Continue reading

2002 Honda CR-V EX review

2002 Honda CR-V EX review

2003 Honda CR-V EX Base price: $22,300 Price as tested: $22,740 EPA mileage: 22 city/26 highway By Des Toups Toyota may have invented the cute-ute as we know it, but Honda invented the cute-ute as we love it: tidy, car-based, inexpensive -- and something you didn't have to be a sorority sister to drive. Gimmick-free st ... Continue reading

Review 2003 Mercury Marauder

Review 2003 Mercury Marauder

2003 Mercury Marauder Base price: $34,495 Price as tested: $35,045 EPA mileage: 17 city/23 highway By Des Toups Huge and menacing in shimmering black, the Mercury Marauder -- a name resurrected from the 1960s applied to a sedan that dates to the 1970s -- aims to recapture the glory of big honkin' American iron. As a tr ... Continue reading

New Car Review: 2003 Ford Expedition

New Car Review: 2003 Ford Expedition

2003 Ford Expedition XLT Base price: $39,535 Price as tested: $41,420 EPA mileage: 13 city/ 17 highway By Des Toups The flabbiest of the big sport-utilities has spent some time in the gym for 2003, and if the new Ford Expedition isn&#8217;t exactly buff, it&#8217;s certainly bulked-up, tighter and wearing nicer clothes ... Continue reading

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