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About urbandriverchicago

Mechanical engineer and automobile enthusiast with extensive auto industry experience now writing about vehicles for urban and city use.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali -Drive Report

Entirely new for 2018, the compact GMC Terrain is a bit shorter, just about as roomy as the former model and now powered by a 252-HP turbo 2.0-L four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic. 2018 GMC Terrain Denali prices start at … Continue reading

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2018 Range Rover Velar

The 2018 Range Rover Velar has been judged the most beautifully designed vehicle on the planet, winning the World Car Design of the Year title at the 2018 World Car Awards. The new Velar is based on the same architecture as … Continue reading

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta – First Drive

The Jetta is entirely new for 2019. Now built on VW’s MQB architecture which gives it a longer wheelbase and wider track it also has a roomier cabin. Most importantly, content has been added and pricing has been dropped a … Continue reading

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2018 BMW 640i xDrive GT

What’s not to like about a great road touring sedan? BMW’s coupe-like, 4-door, 5-passenger, 335 HP 640i GT will move you in comfort and speed down the highway. I spent an good many miles behind the wheel of this Gran … Continue reading

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2018 Jeep Midwest Mudfest

Jeeps are designed to get muddy. And that’s exactly what I did. On the invitation of Jeep a bunch of auto writers spent the good part of a day sloshing and spinning through the spring thaw woodlands. We drove the … Continue reading

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2018 Dodge Challenger GT – Drive Review

The Dodge Challenger GT is the first and only two-door American muscle car with all-wheel drive. Dodge designed the AWD to transition between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. The Challenger GT can provide confident year round … Continue reading

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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI – Drive Review

The original hot-hatch pocket rocket GTI has grown up over the years. Now for 2018 it has gained 10 additional horsepower, now at 220-HP, and matured to a family-like 4-door only. S, SE and Autobahn trims are offered with starting prices … Continue reading

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