Predictably enough, automobile reviews are usually about new cars. But frequently, the new car that suits a family’s needs doesn’t suit its wallet. So, this week I’m going to deal with that problem by resurrecting the rationale for the “Coming Off Lease” column I used to write, and test-driving a three-year-old midsize family sedan: the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu LS.
Exhibit A: The woman driving the U.S. Postal Service truck stopped abruptly in the shopping center parking lot as I was about to get in the BMW i8. There was a big, perhaps adoring, smile on her face as she stuck her head out the window. “That’s a really pretty car,” she said. Exhibit B: I parked the i8 near the entrance to my health club, and opened the door by pushing up, not out. (The i8 has dihedral doors, like the iconic “gullwing” coupé Mercedes-Benz built back in the ’50s.)
The Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey (ICCS) has never been on the New York Times bestseller list, but it deserves to be. Each year, for the last 31, it has shielded the huddled motoring masses from the ravages of automotive price inflation.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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