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Austin, Toyota C-HR, Garrison Brothers, Angel Envy Rye and bubble wrap

By Russ Heaps
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(March 24, 2017) I'm not the kind of guy who heads off to overnight destinations unprepared. I've been a road warrior for more than 30 years, and have racked up nearly 2 million miles on Delta alone. There are times when I only keep up with the day's date to meet the demands of my next plane ticket. When on the road, expect a pregnant pause if you ask me to name the day of the week. And, I don't travel nearly as much as some of my peers, and certainly not as much as I once did.

A great hotel, excellent bourbon, and the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass

By Russ Heaps
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(March 6, 2017) I'm not the kind of guy who raves about this or that hotel. I stay in a lot of hotels, spas and resorts all over the place. Most of them are truly high-end properties that excel in pampering their guests. Generally, carmakers take very good care of us when hosting a media event. I'm not jaded by any stretch of the imagination.

Taking the Telluride Challenge in the 2017 GMC Sierra HD

By Russ Heaps
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(February 27, 2017) TELLURIDE, Col. — I'm not the kind of guy who balks at a little cold weather. In fact, I like getting into the snow and cold now and then, if I'm prepared. So, I didn't hesitate accepting when Autotrader asked me to head to Telluride, Col., for the media launch of the updated GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickup in mid February.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback — A worthy family hauler

By Russ Heaps
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(February 15, 2017) All new for 2017, the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback joins its sedan sibling in delivering a world-class cabin, tons of technical doodads and solid fuel economy for a competitive price. It may not send droves of owners scampering to trade in their Civics, but it can certainly go toe to toe with the Honda, or any of the other Asian compacts for that matter.