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Speed Read: Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD

It’s hard to imagine a time when the compact crossover field wasn’t flush with options. And yet it was just a couple of short decades ago that the Toyota RAV4 and its cousin from Sayama, the Honda CR-V, were fresh nameplates on the scene. A scene that, it must be said, these two players largely established. Sure, you could argue there were other compact five doors with off-roading pretensions available before them. The Jeep Cherokee comes to mind. The AMC Eagle if you really want to get creative. 

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Photo Gallery: All The Wonderful Toys at Porsche North Houston

I recently stopped by Porsche North Houston to check out a 981 Porsche Cayman S that had popped up for sale. I met Efan Hsu who first gave me a tour around the dealership and all their wonderful toys. Porsche North Houston is one part automotive showroom, and one part Porsche museum. There are so many incredible vehicles on display (all for sale) that your jaw will stay on the floor until long after you’ve left.

This is an extremely enthusiast-oriented dealership, and I cannot say enough nice things about Efan and the rest of the Porsche North Houston staff. They are the most welcoming and customer service oriented sales team I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Check out these beautiful machines of Porsche North Houston!

2019 Mini Cooper Countryman S E All4 – S:S:L Speed Read

2019 Mini Countryman S E All4

Mini has jumped into the electrification game with their Mini Cooper Countryman S E All4 PHEV. Based on Mini’s largest model, the Mini Cooper Countryman S E All4 is a blast to drive but ends up feeling like a package of compromises.

Hindered by its low electric-only range and the high price of entry, one has to look hard to find the value. Still, the Countryman S E All4 might be worth a look for environmentally responsible buyers wanting to stand out amongst a sea of Priuses. Read More

Road Trip – 2019 BMW 330i M Sport and Texas’ Best BBQ

The BMW 3-Series has long been the gold standard for German sports sedans. It was the car that had it all – good looks, plenty of power, and incredible handling. All these traits combined to make the 3-Series the Ultimate Driving Machine for almost 40 years.

Other brands have chased BMW over the years to come up with cars that delivered the exciting experience the 3-Series gave its owners. Unfortunately, BMW lost the way with dreadfully dull the F30 3-Series, giving other brands a chance to catch up. The F30 3-Series had painfully numb steering, an overly harsh suspension, and a very reluctant throttle despite the excellent B58 engine.

Thankfully, the all-new 2019 BMW 330i addresses most of those issues with significant improvements to the chassis and engine, and interior. Are these changes enough to propel BMW back to the top of the sport sedan segment?

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