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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 nails the right luxury notes

Roy Orbison and compact crossovers are growing on me as I age. A consequence of achy knees and feels that comes with many years and many more miles, perhaps. I wish I could say the same about my smarts, though. 

The wisdom in compact crossovers like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class certainly isn’t in its low price. Its $51,210 price tag is anything but compact, yet it nearly pulls off a luxury car and crossover impossibility: The GLB250 almost feels worth it. 

The GLB-Class shares much in common with the A-Class, GLA-Class, and CLA-Class, including engines, infotainment, and some hardware. I’ve

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The 2020 Volkswagen GTI’s swan song hits all the right notes

One of the top five cars I drove last year was almost as old as I am. 

I found it in an oceanside parking lot, next to a row of ancient Volkswagens. It fired up with a fitful sputter and found first with less confidence than an American League pitcher at-bat. Once the car was alive, I never wanted the drive to end. 

The 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI is the archetype for budget bliss behind the wheel and to be clear, an automotive legend. I love that car and foolishly dared to lick a New York subway turnstile to buy

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