2015 Jeep Renegade: Here Comes the Baby Jeep
Apr17

2015 Jeep Renegade: Here Comes the Baby Jeep

People are calling the 2015 Jeep Renegade a baby SUV or a Cute Ute.  I myself just called it the Baby Jeep two seconds ago in this post’s headline.  But, truth be told, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is a (semi-) serious, off-road SUV that is fully worthy of carrying the Jeep badge atop those seven vertical grill slats.   The 2015 Jeep Renegade broke cover at the Geneva Motor Show last month, but it has since made its US debut at...

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Review: A Most Surprising Road Test
Feb11

2014 Jeep Cherokee Review: A Most Surprising Road Test

I recently had the opportunity to road test the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  Sometimes when I test a car, it turns out to be more or less what I expected.  For example, I knew the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was going to blow me away.  And, surprise, surprise, it did.  But, there are other times when I’m caught off-guard.  Times when I fully expect a car to be lackluster, only to be proven woefully incorrect.  The road test of the...

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition: Frigid Jeep to Hit US Dealers in November
Oct27

2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition: Frigid Jeep to Hit US Dealers in November

Jeep really likes their limited edition Wranglers… The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition, the 2014 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon X.  And, the latest limited edition of the iconic 4×4 is the frosty 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition.   Unveiled back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Wrangler Polar Edition is, ironically, based on the Wrangler Sahara model.  With...

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition: Why Not Call It the Jeep Dragoneer?
Sep14

2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition: Why Not Call It the Jeep Dragoneer?

At the 2012 Beijin International Automotive Exposition, Jeep showed off a dragon-themed Wrangler concept to widespread praise.  So many people like it, in fact, they just announced the production version 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition.   Basically a black Jeep Wrangler covered in dragon stenciling that is quite pretty… sorry, manly… quite rugged and manly.  Bronze Satin Gloss paint nicely sets off the wheels, grill...

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Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000
Dec08

Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000

2014 Best SUVs Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000 Unbelievably, it’ll be 2015 in like 28 days. Crazy, right? That means it’s winter (or almost winter) in a huge chunk of the country. And, winter means snow. And, snow means you need traction. And, traction means four-wheel-drive,  failing that all-wheel-drive, failing that front-wheel-drive. And, finally, that means SUVs. (Or, at least it...

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013: The Hot Wheels Report
Aug19

Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013: The Hot Wheels Report

Today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (aka NICB) released their annual “Hot Wheels” auto-theft report for 2013 listing the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars.  As usual, if you have a Toyota sedan, Honda car or American-made full-size pickup, you better lock your doors.  Although, after a minor increase in 2012, the FBI estimates an overall national vehicle theft decrease of 3.2 percent for 2013.  All the 2013 numbers...

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Range Rover Sport SVR Laps the Nurburgring in Record Time (UPDATE: Price, 0-60)
Jul30

Range Rover Sport SVR Laps the Nurburgring in Record Time (UPDATE: Price, 0-60)

(UPDATE: The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge The SVR features a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph1 on the track Pricing starting at $110,475) The Range Rover Sport is often seen as the Range Rover people buy when they either can’t afford the big daddy Range Rover or are...

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Fiat Buys Balance of Chrylser in a $4.35 billion Deal
Jan01

Fiat Buys Balance of Chrylser in a $4.35 billion Deal

You can now add Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mopar, Ram and SRT to the ranks of Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati.  In a $4.35 billion dollar deal announced today, Turin-based Fiat S.p.A. gets the remaining 41.46 percent of Auburn Hills-based Chrysler Group, LLC that they didn’t acquire a few years back.  The Chrysler Group, LLC is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A.   Fiat is beginning 2014 with a...

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2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…
Jan01

2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…

So, not only did we survive December 21st, 2012, we’ve made it all the way through 2013.  HA!  Take that Mayans!  Now that it’s 2014 (2014, weird, isn’t it?), I thought I’d do the most cliché thing blog-ily possible.  This is a TickTickVroom.com 2013 Year in Review post.   2013 was a banner year for TTV… a new, fancy-schmancy website, a bunch of cool road and track tests (sooooo much fun) and some...

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2014 Fiat 500L: Around the Block Road Test Review [Driven]
Nov15

2014 Fiat 500L: Around the Block Road Test Review [Driven]

There is something decidedly Italian about the 2014 500L, not Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini Italian, but grabbing a fresh loaf of Filone di Renella on the way to Gucci to pick up a new pair of loafers Italian.  It’s a bit more Italian than its closest competitor, the MINI Countryman is British.  Allow me to elaborate…   I recently had the opportunity to take the 2014 Fiat 500L for a spin Around the Block for a...

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