A love for the Outback

Subaru Outback
Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The 2020 Subaru Outback has several improvements over last year’s model, including a new engine and more cargo space.

Love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru, it appears.

The love owners have for the pioneering crossover earned it the IHS Markit (formerley Polk Automotive) Loyalty Award in its vehicle class – mid-size crossover utility – for four years in a row (2015-2018).

Poring over Jetta's pressure problem

Last month a customer brought in her 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE with a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. The customer said her check-engine light was on and she felt a rough idle on cold starts.

We connected the car to the Volkswagen factory tool (ODIS) and pulled two codes: P3078 (throttle control air flow at idle too low) and P0106 (manifold/barometric pressure sensor implausible signal). The codes led us to test the engine’s air intake system.

Volvo's S60 is a nice mix of safety & style


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The Volvo S60 is a hybrid with a robust 400-horsepower engine that gets the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

 

Those of us of a certain age remember when Volvos were boxy sedans and station wagons sold largely on their safety. In the 1980s, Volvo’s TV commercials were largely videos of its cars in crash tests – including plummeting off cliffs into a concrete pit 45 feet below.

It's good to pull over to make a call, just don't do so in the bike lane

I’m sure most of us know drivers are not supposed to use their hands for calling or texting while behind the wheel – it’s the law.

But one of my pet peeves is people who know that and do the right thing by pulling over to use the phone but do so on the shoulder or bike lane of a busy road at rush hour. Bike lanes were not put there to serve as cellphone parking lots.

New Range Rover Evoque evokes luxury


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The Range Rover Evoque gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway, according to EPA estimates.

Like a lot of car names, “Evoque” seems to be a made-up word. But in the case of the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, it sounds like the English word for “evoke” – and it matches the meaning. This vehicle evokes luxury unexpected in this size class and all the attributes of the Range Rover brand.

Range Rover’s 2020 model is the second-generation Evoque, and it’s even sleeker and smoother than the original, which launched on these shores as a 2012 model.

Corolla gets a makeover


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The 2020 Toyota Corolla not only has a sportier look this year – it also has a more powerful engine than the previous model.

For 54 years, the Toyota Corolla has been the car that was everywhere and went unnoticed.


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