New Car Reviews

Rocket, Refined: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (photo by Dan Lyons)

All cars are evaluated against their competition. But, certain, iconic cars - like the Porsche 911 - are also viewed through the prism of their past. It's a long past, in the case of the 911, which was introduced almost 50 years ago. The 2012 Carrera S is (along with the Carrera and Cabriolet) the first of the 911's seventh generation. The rest of the 911 lineup remains on the former platform.




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More, Better: 2013 Ram 1500

2013 Ram 1500 (photo by Dan Lyons)

More power and better MPGs — that's the headline for the latest, Ram pickup lineup. A new-to-Ram V-6, an updated Hemi V-8 and a brandy-new 8-speed automatic transmission highlight the 2013 pickup models. The former, 3.7 V-6 has been replaced with a 3.6 litre V-6, rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb. ft. of torque.




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Limited Run, Unlimited Fun: 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata (photo by Dan Lyons)

Mazda has been building Miatas for 24 years and counting. And almost from the get-go, they've been making special editions, too. With low production runs and model-specific features, they've been a smart move for Mazda, keeping the brand fresh and holding Miata nation's interest, as the years click by.




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Gran Sport Euro: 2012 Buick Regal GS

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

A 2012 Buick Regal GS, recently named to the Hagerty Insurance "Hot List" of future collectibles, sits in front of current collectible Buicks including (l to r) a 1963 Riviera, a 1970 GSX, and a 1987 GNX (2/2/2012 at the GM Heritage Center)

“There's no replacement for displacement.”

This used to be the party line of the old school guys when it came to high performance cars. The idea was that when it comes to fast cars, nothing beats a big motor for getting it done. (Full disclosure: I have been accused of being old school. I don't deny it, mainly because these are the only occasions when my name and education are mentioned in the same sentence).




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Sharp Sedan: 2012 Buick LaCrosse E-Assist

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

2012 Buick LaCrosse E-Assist (photo courtesy General Motors Corp.)

LaCrosse is Buick's big, four door sedan. This body style ruled the American road for decades; since overtaken in the large vehicle segment by variations on the Sport Ute/crossover theme.




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2018 Car Calendars

Check out the Calendars page for details about my six, car and truck titles for 2018.

The page has direct links to the publisher’s website (Tide-Mark Press), where you’ll find photos and a description of each title, along with purchase information.  



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