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The Swiss Army knife of automobiles

courtesy of Volkswagen
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged gas engine.


As car reviewers, we sometimes play the game “If we could have only one car and we had to buy it with our own money, what would we buy?” With our recent experience in the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, we certainly have a new contender for the title of best all-around.

How to rid your car of rodents

Last month a new customer brought in his 2012 Subaru Forester X. He said every time he fills his wiper fluid, it leaks out almost immediately. He added that it leaks even faster when he engages the washer sprayers.

We lifted the car and removed the lower-left front-fender liner to gain access to the washer reservoir. That’s when we discovered that three of the hoses were damaged – but not by normal wear and tear. Rodents had chewed them.

Hyundai takes it up a notch

courtesy of Hyundai
The Genesis G80 is part of Hyundai’s new luxury brand. It may be ordered with a V-8 or V-6 engine; the former has 420 horsepower.

Toyota – a brand known for being practical and economical – introduced the Lexus 30 years ago, an unabashedly luxurious brand intended to compete not only with Lincoln and Cadillac, but also with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Now Hyundai is seeking to do the same thing with its new brand Genesis.

Tips to keep dogs from getting carsick

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Having a dog face forward in a car can help with car sickness.

With winter travel in high gear, many people plan to hit the road with their pooches. However, for some four-legged family members, road trips can mean upset stomachs.

Dogs sometimes experience motion sickness on car rides, and that distress can be an ordeal for the pets and their families.

Take two for the team: Comparing SUVs from Hyundai and Chrysler

Courtesy of Chrysler
The Chrysler Pacifica comes with automatic sliding side doors and a self-opening rear hatch.


When your weekend includes carpooling cheerleaders or soccer players to an away game, it’s nice to have a seven-passenger vehicle.



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