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Review: 2012 Nissan Versa SL Sedan
Jan28

Review: 2012 Nissan Versa SL Sedan

By Kevin Miller

Nissan’s Versa has been a solid entry in the low-cost, entry-level car segment, with a base version of the first-generation Versa sedan actually claiming the title of cheapest car available with its $9995 base price. While that price didn’t include much standard equipment (like air conditioning or a radio), more expensive versions with more generous equipment levels (including features like keyless entry/go and leather-wrapped steering wheel) were available, though with such an inexpensive starting point the Versa was always a Spartan vehicle.

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Review: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design
Jan04

Review: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design

By Kevin Miller

The letter R used to carry a lot of weight at Volvo. The designator for Volvo’s highest performance cars, the R line reached its apogee in model years 2004-2007, when the S60R and V70R were 300 HP, AWD Volvos with Volvo’s first electronically-damped 4C suspension, available manual transmissions, large Brembo brakes, blue-faced instruments, full-leather upholstered seats in custom-colored interiors. Envisioned as halo cars, the R series were the most powerful Volvos ever produced, but they never sold in large numbers, and the erstwhile performance moniker was quietly shelved when the vehicles on which they were based ceased production.

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Truly a Saab Story
Dec20

Truly a Saab Story

 By Kevin Miller 

I don’t know why it had to be Saab that caught my eye in the late 1980s and made me a fan – and driver- for life. I wrote about it once upon a time for Techshake, that post is linked here. Whatever the reason, I’ve been caught up in my favorite brand’s gut-wrenching decline for two years. Even in December 2009, I had practically written my favorite brand’s eulogy. Although the Swedish brand’s fate was delayed for two years, it now, unfortunately, seems to be for real.

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Long Term Test: Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost Update 1
Dec15

Long Term Test: Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost Update 1

By Kevin Miller

It has been about three months since the 2011 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost joined the Miller family and simultaneously joined the Techshake long-term test fleet. During that time we have gotten to know some of the big family hauler’s strengths and weaknesses, so it’s time to give readers an update.

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Review: 2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI quattro
Dec07

Review: 2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI quattro

By Kevin Miller

Something readers may not know about me is that I have an identical twin- or, I am an identical twin. My brother and I share the same DNA, the same “frame,” and look very similar to one another. While my brother and I are literally made from the same genetic material, we’ve grown to be distinct from one another in our professions and hobbies. While we’re essentially the same weight and height, I am an electrical engineer and auto blogger, who spends way too much time at a computer keyboard. My brother, on the other hand, is an Olympic rower turned collegiate rowing coach who bikes to work most days, so he has a distinctly more athletic appearance than I do.

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