Elegance, Performance and More
Dec26

Elegance, Performance and More

Cornwall, n.y. — It is a car beautiful in appearance and performance. It is small, gifted with a terrifically improved suspension and symmetrical all-wheel drive, meaning it is wonderfully maneuverable in weather fair and foul. Just one note on the latter point: It is a sports car usually shod with summer high-performance tires. Winter demands compromise. To wit: For improved winter traction and safety, sacrifice some handling and...

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Firefighters Sue Siren Maker Over Their Hearing Loss

New York — There were times by the end of his shift that firefighter Joseph Nardone’s head would be pounding, his eyes crossing from the noise of the siren on his truck. “The siren was so loud inside the cab that it actually physically hurt,” said the former New York City fire battalion chief. Even though he’s been retired for over a decade, he said, the effects of the sirens linger in hearing loss that has left him unable to...

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Auto Review: Leading the Pack of Midsize Pickups
Dec20

Auto Review: Leading the Pack of Midsize Pickups

Mean-spirited midsize pickups shook me into a denim and tie-dyed froth in the ’70s . I looked like some sort of wobbly hippie-dippy milkshake when I poured myself out of those trucks — and that was after just a 10-minute trip to the grocery store. My first puny pickup — a tinny, mustard-colored ’77 Datsun that I bought after extended exposure to the Grateful Dead and Elvis Costello — bounced and vibrated so badly that I could not see...

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Lincoln: A Lot of SUV for a Princely Sum
Nov22

Lincoln: A Lot of SUV for a Princely Sum

The crossover segment is hot and the competition is fierce. Lincoln’s 2016 MKX will be vying for buyers against a whole batch of “X” sport utility vehicles: the BMW X5, Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and segment leader Lexus RX. Complicating things for Lincoln, Lexus is coming out with a brand-new version of that SUV, a fourth generation of its top-selling vehicle. To score, Lincoln will have to attract two kinds of buyers. First, it will...

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Smooth, Sporty and Spacious
Nov15

Smooth, Sporty and Spacious

Quick question: What’s your favorite Scion model? Odds are, you’ll probably have to stop and think about it. Since its inception in 2002, Scion has produced a grab bag of models, from the forgettable (xA, xD), to the wonderful (tC, FR-S) and wild (iQ, xB). It’s a lineup that seems irrational. The models share little except a badge, a low price, their use of front-wheel drive and four-cylinder powertrains and the desire to attract...

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