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52 Cars in 52 Weeks part 28: 2014 Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot and Compass hit the lineup in 2007, and they felt like a pair of unwanted half-siblings. The product of an unholy congress between a Jeep and the already somewhat unloved Dodge Caliber, the Patriot and Compass were a departure from the brand’s tough, off-road heritage. Sure, the lineup needed to be expanded to improve profits, but if this was the cost, was it worth it? Continue reading

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52 Cars in 52 Weeks part 27: 2014 Buick Regal GS

Buick has cranked up the style in recent years, that’s for sure. The brand is experiencing a minor renaissance thanks to increased success in China, which has led to some Chinese influence in the design as well. Buick isn’t suffering from this Asian fusion, however, and the latest Regal shows off a face and attitude that chart a good course for the brand. I spent some time with the all-wheel drive Regal GS, which aims to add a bit of luxury-sport to the mix as well. Continue reading

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Dodge Charger gets Hellcat treatment for 2015

The thing about a good thing, when it comes to cars, is that it’s hard to have too much of it. So when you’ve got a fantastic powerplant like the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 in the new Dodge Challenger Hellcat, you’ve got to spread the love around, right? Surely there are more uses for such an engine than just one muscle car…

You were already looking at the Charger, weren’t you? Continue reading