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Good things come in small packages. Automotively, small cars can be a great solution for people who don’t regularly have to haul around lots of people or cargo. Small cars can offer a smaller purchase price, good fuel economy and a lot of driving fun.
Though often maligned as a ‘mom-mobile,’ the minivan remains the most efficient and practical way to move large numbers of people and/or copious amounts of cargo—certainly in comfort, and maybe even with a little style.
SUVs (sport utility vehicles) are everywhere: Moms drive them instead of station wagons; men drive them instead of pick-ups or large sedans; and younger adults drive them to haul all their equipment to their extreme outdoor adventures.
‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
What do you get the person who has everything? If you have a six-figure budget, a really cool sports sedan might be the perfect gift-giving idea this holiday season.
On a recent warm St. Louis night, Maserati St. Louis introduced the new four-door Quattroporte to a large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Café Napoli in Clayton.
Just because you have to drive carpool or shlep around a bunch of kids doesn’t mean you can’t have a vehicle that is sporty, attractive and fun to drive.
Sedans offer a practical way to transport your family economically with the availability of several attractive attributes, including luxury, performance and all-weather mobility. Several sedans offer all-wheel-drive, which means that power is distributed to all four wheels to improve handling, as well as traction in wet conditions.
Anyone can drive up in a truck and say they will fix your creaky stairs, leaky pipe or questionable electrical wiring. But hire the wrong handyman, and that new paint job in your family room might turn into more trouble—and a bigger mess—than you bargained for. We turned to local handymen Dave Dothage of Aspen Home Maintenance and Greg Filley of Kirkwood Handyman for recommendations on the best questions to ask before your job is started, to make sure it gets done right.
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘diesel?’ Though Americans were traumatized by a colossal diesel failure by GM in the late ‘70s, Europeans have embraced diesels for their better gas mileage and durability.
In celebration of Earth Day this month, we focus on electric/hybrid automobiles. Though some may think electric cars are something new, from about 1900 to the late 1920s, there were a number of electric cars built and sold in America, including Milburns, Bakers and Detroit Electrics. They were mainly driven around town by women who didn’t want to deal with the oil, gas, fumes and shifting of an internal combustion engine.
Aerodynamics seems to be shaping most cars these days. And for sedans and coupes, that means a sharply raked rear window, which, in turn, translates to a relatively small trunk opening, making it hard to insert and remove large objects. An easy solution to this problem is the hatchback. Long popular in Europe, this extremely functional body style is under-appreciated here in the U.S.
Families these days come in many shapes and sizes. Similarly, cars for families come in a variety of shapes, sizes, trim levels and prices. If your family doesn’t require the space of a minivan or SUV, a sedan can be a great way to get the family around in style and comfort at a price commensurate with your desired level of performance and luxury.
Unless you’re pushing 100 years old, you probably don’t remember the first wave of electric cars that rolled along America’s roads in the early 1900s. Fast-forward, and what’s old is new again, as a number of automakers are building cars that run on electricity alone.
Once in a while, a whole new automotive category is created, and often, in an interesting and innovative way. The best recent example of this is the BMW X6, which pioneered a new class of vehicles. The X6 looks like a BMW X5 SUV with a sloping rear hatchback. It has the higher center of gravity, weight and poor gas mileage of an SUV without all the utility of a tall cargo area. That said, it is a macho-looking vehicle: I’ve always liked the look of a sloping rear hatchback design, which also makes loading and unloading cargo very easy, compared to a vehicle with a trunk. However, the electrically operated hatchback does impinge on rear-seat head room and reduces the height of cargo that can be carried under the hatch. I’m usually willing to sacrifice a little utility for style. The best analysis of the X6 I’ve found is that it’s the answer to a question nobody asked.
For those who enjoy the finer things in life, a luxury sedan is a great way to get around. Modern luxury cars offer unprecedented levels of comfort, convenience and technology, all wrapped up in an attractive package.
For once, my timing is good. As gas approaches $4 a gallon, my topic this month is small cars, whose primary benefits is good gas mileage. For those who don’t need anything bigger, a small car offers a small price, high gas mileage, easy parking and with the latest models, high quality, as well.
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Every driver has a fantasy car, and there are plenty of them out there from which to choose. An interesting new vehicle that’s beautiful, fast, fun—and even fairly practical—is the Audi A7.
For many families needing to haul lots of people and cargo, the size, comfort and versatility of an SUV often is the perfect solution. An appealing new entry to the field, which is really a re-entry after a short absence, is the Dodge Durango. Sporting a modern, attractive exterior and tons of interior room and conveniences, the Durango, especially in its top-of-the-line Citadel trim, seems to have it all.
With warmer weather comes one of the best aspects of motoring: the ability to drop the top on a nice sunny day. Many convertible options are available in today’s market at a variety of price points and sizes. Among the more practical convertibles are those with a back seat. One of the nicer examples is the Lexus IS350C.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a man who needs no introduction. A staunch defender of the environment, he serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, co-hosts Air America Radio’s Ring of Fire and has been named one of TIME magazine’s ‘Heroes for the Planet.’ LN snagged an exclusive interview last week, prior to his engagement at the Maryville University St. Louis Speaker Series.
Station wagons have changed noticeably in the last 20 years or so. Gone are the full-sized land yachts that hauled families around suburbia, to be replaced by minivans and SUVs. Nowadays station wagons can still fill the role as a family hauler, but they also offer a more civilized, better driving alternative to SUVs for active people looking to transport gear and literally get off the beaten path.
I too find myself on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, I love Vince Vaughn. I love his acerbic wit, I love his on-screen persona. He strikes me as a smart, sardonic guy who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The rest of the cast is terrific, as well. Kevin James is likable enough, Jennifer Connelly is an Oscar winner and I welcome the return of Winona Ryder. On the other hand, this movie is so idiotic and pointless it makes me want to rethink my evaluation of anyone who signed on to the project.
For those who want the flexibility and utility of an SUV, but want to maintain a comfortable ride and decent fuel economy, a crossover SUV may be the perfect solution.