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2018 Buick Regal GS — Replanting Buick's flag in performance arena

By Russ Heaps
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(November 4, 2018) “That's not a Buick,” were the first words about the 2018 Buick Regal GS out of the mouth of one of the valets at my favorite downtown hangout as he waved the key fob at me. “I had to look around for a minute to find it. I never believed those commercials,” he continued referring to Buick's current TV campaign with people unable to identify the brand's vehicles. “But they are dead on!”

Volkswagen Atlas is perfect for the chores of life

By Russ Heaps
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 24, 2018) There is nothing terribly glamorous about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. It exhibits the two-box design typical of crossovers and SUVs. The emphasis being on “box.” But, don't let the uninspired styling lull you into thinking it's a boring vehicle to drive. That's simply not the case. Its driving dynamics are engaging and, although it's a crossover, “Utility” is its middle name.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 — Luxury mingles with performance

By Russ Heaps
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(August 10, 2018) Every Mercedes-Benz showroom is packed full of a diverse assortment of high-end hardware prompted by the German carmaker's relentless obsession to create a model in every luxury nook and cranny. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 I recently piloted for a week is just one example of that obsession.

One of four core grades of the E-Class sedan, it slots in between the 329-horsepower E 400 and the 603-hp AMG E 63 S. The 241-hp E 300 anchors the powertrain-based E-Class line-up.

Ford EcoSport designed for an urban environment

By Russ Heaps
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(July 30, 2018) To say I'm a little ambivalent about the 2018 Ford EcoSport wouldn't be stretching the truth. On one hand, it actually handles relatively well for a CUV. On the other, it accelerates with all the urgency of a street sweeper, even with its larger 2-liter engine. I find its styling somewhat underwhelming, as well, but looks are subjective. Does anyone really care what I think about the design? I'm still wearing stone-washed jeans for crying out loud.