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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: January 2012
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    Literally two days after my last update about our long-term Mini Countryman, I found myself trudging through a snowstorm at 30 miles per hour on Interstate 94 along Michigan's west coast. I guess Mother Nature had heard my cries about not being able to test our Mini in the snow, and decided to ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: January 2012
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    Stellar fuel efficiency is still the name of the game when it comes to our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI, as it's averaging well over its EPA-estimated 30 city and 42 highway miles per gallon in our hands. In fact, with a deft throttle foot, it's not terribly difficult to crest the 50-mpg ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: December 2011
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    After spending the first half of December up in the San Fernando Vallery with Drew Phillips, our long-term Jetta TDI made its way back into my care for a holiday road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Old Blue saw some great American icons on the trip, such as Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Sonoma ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: December 2011
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    As much as I detest the winter months here in Detroit, the truth is, I'm kind of bummed that we've only seen about a half-inch of snow so far this season. In fact, I was happy that our most recent snowfall actually started to stick to the parking lot across the street from my loft, simply so I ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: November 2011
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    It's been a little over six months since the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI joined our long-term garage, and since then, we've put more than 17,000 miles on this Tempest Blue sedan. After spending much of the summer in Detroit, the Jetta TDI was road-tripped out to Los Angeles where the Autoblog staff ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: November 2011
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    After spending September in the San Francisco bay area with Senior Editor Damon Lavrinc, our long-term 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 moved to southern California during the month of October to serve our esteemed photographer, Drew Phillips. In early November, I handed Drew the keys to our ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate: October 2011
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    Our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate has made its way back to my hands after spending the summer with other members of the Autoblog team. Its mileage has nearly tripled since I last drove the big white luxoliner. Summertime excursions and business trips have added up, meaning the Equus now ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: October 2011
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    The last time we updated you on our long-term 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4, it was in Northern California with senior editor Lavrinc. Since then, we've driving the car down to Southern California, although not before it served as our mode of transportation for the Rennsport Reunion at Mazda ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: September 2011
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    Our long-term 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 has served out its time in Northern California and is set to head down to LA later this month. But before it departs the sunny side of the bay, I've got some closing thoughts after a few months behind the wheel. To begin with, Mini has succeeded ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: September 2011
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    While our long-term Jetta TDI covered thousands of miles in August, mostly thanks to a cross-country jaunt with Michael Zak at the controls, things settled down in September as the blue sedan became accustomed to its new California residence. Bounced around between the team, the frugal four-door ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate: August 2011
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    Our 2011 Hyundai Equus long-termer continues to pile on the miles in the effortless fashion that one expects of a premium sedan. August's main outing was a weeklong stint in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, about 800 miles from Detroit. All-in, the trip accounted for over 2,000 miles, during ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: August 2011
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    August was quite the month for our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Not only did our diesel darling roll over the 10,000-mile mark, it did so while making its journey across the United States – Detroit to Los Angeles – with AOL Autos' Michael Zak behind the wheel. Before hitting the ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 joins Autoblog's Long-Term Garage
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    Welcoming Mini's Burly Uncle into the Family The idea of a maxi-Mini runs counter to everything we love about the brand. But despite our misgivings, our own Steven J. Ewing came away suitably impressed with the Mini Countryman when he drove it this time last year. How much did he like it? He ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, May 2011 [w/video]
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    The long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate made its way into my driveway a few weeks ago, and since being handed the keys, I've added 1,900 miles to the odometer, putting our total distance traveled at just over 5,400 miles since the car's March arrival at Autoblog Towers.

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    Long Term: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, April 2011
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    Between me and Editor-in-Chief John Neff, Autoblog has racked up 3,500 miles on our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate since its arrival in March. Now that the initial honeymoon phase is over, we're getting a very good feel for how the Big Korean handles day-to-day tasks.

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    2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate joins Autoblog's Long-Term Garage
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    The 2011 Equus proves that Hyundai has the Lexus LS 460 in its sights by offering the best value proposition in the luxury flagship segment. We're eager to see how Hyundai's new range-topping model stands up to the day-to-day rigors of American life, and so we've just added one to the Autoblog ...

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    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: It's the little things...
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    With over three months and 5,342 miles on our Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition long-termer, we've moved from the honeymoon phase to the daily grind, and now we're appreciating the little things. Aside from averaging 39.2 mpg since our last update – which included a 10- hour trip to ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Backwards E-brake
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    Long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Executive Editor Paukert has already complained about one button located on the panel to the left of the steering wheel in our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT. But now that the keys have traded hands and I've ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: May 2010
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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Our 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT long-termer has over 4,000 miles on it now, and it's broken in nicely. The six-speed cable shifter has freed up nominally (it's still a bit notchy), and the turbocharged flat-four is singing as ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Simplicity of switchgear a welcome trait
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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT - Click above for high-res image gallery
    After spending a week circumnavigating the country in a pair of BMW sedans on One Lap of America a couple of weeks back, you might think that the drive home to Detroit from South Bend would've been a bit of a disappointment. On ...

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