2015 Nissan Murano AWD Long-Term Test Wrap-Up: Rock-Steady Road Tripping

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Not to sound like Michigan’s tourism bureau, but the northern reaches of Car and Driver’s home state contain dozens of charming places. And it seemed as though our long-term Nissan Murano seemingly visited most of them during its 40,000 miles with us. It went to Traverse City multiple times. It deposited kids at camp at Burt Lake. With a 14-foot canoe strapped to its roof rack, it hauled gear, beer, and tents to Mio for a bachelor party along the Au Sable River. It crossed the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula on the way to a duck-hunting expedition. It even rode a ferry to Beaver Island. READ MORE ››

2015 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD – Long-Term Road Test Review

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New Cars for 2017: Reviews, Model-Change Info, Comparison Tests, and More

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Details of each brand’s 2017 model-year lineup begin here. Significant changes merit their own entries; minor trim updates, unchanged models, and discontinued vehicles are noted at the end of each brand’s rundown. We’ve also included predicted sales volumes and market share for 2017, according to IHS Automotive. And don’t be surprised if you find some upcoming 2018 models in here, too—we uncovered a lot of long-range information in our reporting. READ MORE ››

Stealers Wheel: Thieves Steal More Than $200,000 in Wheels and Tires from Texas Dealership

Chevrolet-Camaros-theft-no-wheelsLast weekend was a bad time to be a Chevrolet dealer in Tyler, Texas. That’s when thieves broke in to Peltier Chevrolet and removed more than $200,000 in rolling stock right from the axles of vehicles on the lot. According to a report in Automotive News, the staff arrived in the morning to find 48 vehicles, including Camaros, Traverse crossovers, and Silverado pickups, missing their wheels and tires. Initial police reports indicate the theft began around 1:00 in the early morning of Sunday, August 21.

Although the lot was secured, the police say the thieves cut the locks on the gates at the rear of the dealership, where much of the inventory was kept, and “knocked out” the bright security lights that are generally on at night. Although security footage shows a large box truck arriving at 1:22 a.m., the lack of lighting prevents the video from revealing the number or identities of the alleged thieves.Chevy-Silverado-No-Wheels-Theft-Texas

The manager of the dealership currently pegs the loss at $200,000 to $250,000 and notes that most of the wheels were of the 20- to 22-inch variety, while others were “nothing out of the ordinary.” The estimated monetary loss may sound unbelievable for wheels and tires for 48 cars; but consider that original-equipment tires—without wheels and tire-pressure monitoring sensors—for the Camaro SS run approximately $1100 for a set of four. Adding to the loss is the fact that many of the vehicles were damaged by being dropped directly to the ground or placed improperly on blocks.

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Doing the arithmetic reveals that the perps were no strangers to the business end of an impact wrench. Barring the presence of a few formula-skewing three-wheeled Morgans or Robin Reliants among the 48 burgled cars, the theft amounts to a total of 192 wheels. Considering the approximately four-hour window that the police figure it took to perpetrate the crime, that’s a theft rate of one wheel every 1.25 minutes. And the thieves removed nearly 1000 lug nuts in the dark. Whoever the perps are, clearly Rowdy Burns needs to hire these guys. They also must have been packing plenty of spare battery packs for the cordless impact guns that we assume they used in the heist.





Now, of course, comes the hard part: Turning all that rolling stock into cash without attracting too much attention. Good luck with that.

2017 Porsche Macan GTS Tested: Porsche’s Hot Hatch

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Porsche’s marketing department likes to say that the Macan is a compact crossover, but that’s not how we see it—especially not in its new GTS trim. Compared with others in its segment, the Macan GTS has a low-slung body free of gaudy plastic cladding, a ferocious appetite for high-performance driving, compromised rear-seat and cargo space, and relatively limited off-road capability. So why not call a spade a spade and label the Macan as Porsche’s hot hatch? READ MORE ››