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  • 2013 Ram 1500 Review

    By: Tim Healey
    December 23, 2012

    2013 Ram 1500 Review

    A long highway jaunt was more agreeable in the Ram than one would expect. Introduction Pickup trucks are popular rides in this country, and high gas prices and rising fuel prices aren't doing …

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  • 2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review

    By: Tim Healey
    December 21, 2012

    2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review

    The Kia rode with grace and stability that's somewhat surprising for an all-wheel-drive crossover SUV. It felt heavy and solid, but not cumbersome. Introduction Automakers love to call their compact …

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  • 2013 Honda Accord Review

    By: David Merline
    December 15, 2012

    2013 Honda Accord Review

    Along comes the 2013 Accord, much improved from previous iterations, and voila! Honda's got its groove back. Introduction One of the problems about being on top for so long is that all anyone can do …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

    By: Tim Healey
    December 5, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

    The Volt was also pretty quiet, but the gasoline four-cylinder made odd growling noises when it kicked on. Introduction There's been much fuss about the Chevrolet Volt. It's been a political …

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  • 2013 Nissan 370Z Review

    By: Tim Healey
    November 21, 2012

    2013 Nissan 370Z Review

    We found the car to be capable of giving us an endless supply of grins. Introduction We're suckers for cars that make us grin, and powerful front-engine, rear-drive sports coupes with manual …

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  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Review

    By: Tim Healey
    November 16, 2012

    2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Review

    Want to chirp the tires? Easily done with a stab of the gas. Introduction Diesel engines are gaining popularity in the U.S., overcoming negative stereotypes caused by the stinkers of the '80s while …

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  • 2013 Acura ILX Review

    By: Tim Healey
    November 13, 2012

    2013 Acura ILX Review

    It's quick to scamper away from stoplights, it handles with poise and accurate, sharp steering; and the clutch and shifter are engaging. Introduction It's a luxury car, it's a sports car, it's...the …

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  • 2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Review

    By: Tim Healey
    November 9, 2012

    2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Review

    Be prepared to be tugged into the weeds if you aren't paying attention, or if you don't have both hands on the wheel. Introduction Some cars tug at your heart, but the Mazdaspeed3 tugs at the wheel, …

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  • 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Review

    By: Tim Healey
    November 3, 2012

    2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Review

    It came as no surprise to us that slamming the gas pedal resulted in tire squeal followed by neck-slamming acceleration. Introduction Massive horsepower and torque numbers are nice. Adding luxury to …

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  • 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

    By: Tim Healey
    November 2, 2012

    2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

    On-road performance wasn't the only issue we had with the i. Introduction Automakers are working hard to get customers past the perception that electric cars are just glorified golf carts. The Tesla …

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  • 2013 Nissan Sentra Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 27, 2012

    2013 Nissan Sentra Review

    Introduction When involved in an arms race, it's best to bring your best. No use bringing a knife to a gunfight, to paraphrase one of Sean Connery's best lines.So it's somewhat surprising to us …

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  • 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 26, 2012

    2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review

    Introduction If you've ever been a bit late to catch on to a current fashion trend, you'll know how Nissan likely feels about the 2013 Pathfinder. Nissan is moving the Pathfinder from truck-type …

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  • 2012 Range Rover Evoque Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 19, 2012

    2012 Range Rover Evoque Review

    Like other Range Rovers, it seems to get the performance versus luxury balance just about right. Introduction Everything about Range Rover's Evoque seems to evoke a bit of British cheekiness. There' …

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  • 2013 Buick Verano Turbo Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 15, 2012

    2013 Buick Verano Turbo Review

    Its emergency responsiveness was satisfactory, as we found when a wandering Chihuahua without a healthy self-preservation instinct entered our path. Introduction Buick has been trying hard to win …

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  • 2013 Buick Enclave Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 15, 2012

    2013 Buick Enclave Review

    The Enclave eats interstate miles in comfort, although it's never soft. Introduction Buick's Enclave crossover has been a big part of the company's move away from the LeSabres and Park Avenues of …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 5, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Traverse Review

    Managing to feel light while still feeling planted is a nice trick. Introduction Spot a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse on the road, and you might not realize that Chevy's mainstream has gone under the …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

    By: Tim Healey
    October 5, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Equinox Review

    The extra power is appreciated, as the Equinox lunges from the line in a manner that we're unaccustomed to from a small crossover. Introduction One way to liven up a mainstream crossover is to give …

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  • 2013 Ford Fusion Review

    By: Tim Healey
    September 28, 2012

    2013 Ford Fusion Review

    Hit the corners, and the Fusion feels stable and sure-footed, driving like a larger car. Introduction Ford is faced with a difficult challenge in the mid-size segment as it introduces its redesigned …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Review

    By: Tim Healey
    September 28, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Review

    Steering initially felt twitchy and too light, but it seemed to firm up a bit when attacking the corners. Introduction Ford is about to flood our shores with the Euro-influenced Focus ST and Fiesta …

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  • 2013 Cadillac XTS Review

    By: Tim Healey
    September 19, 2012

    2013 Cadillac XTS Review

    We found the ride firm but not punishing--gone is the soft float of big Caddys of yore. Introduction Cadillac is working hard on rehabbing its image to appeal to a younger demographic, since a brand …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark Review

    By: Tim Healey
    September 11, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Spark Review

    One of the Windy City's notorious pizza-sized potholes nearly swallowed the Spark after we failed to take evasive in time. Meet the Spark Most new-car press launches are set in places that offer …

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  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt Review

    By: David Merline
    September 8, 2012

    2012 Chevrolet Volt Review

    The Volt gives the advantages of both hybrids and EVs without the sacrifices. The Basics We love electric cars, in theory. If they made an electric car that got the same range as any other car, we'd …

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  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Review

    By: Tim Healey
    September 7, 2012

    2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Review

    Hammer it in the GT500, and time seems to warp as distance disappears in a hurry. If you're not careful, you'll be well above speeding-ticket territory before you know it. Introduction Strap …

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  • 2012 Dodge Journey SXT Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 25, 2012

    2012 Dodge Journey SXT Review

    As befits its mission, the Journey struck us as competent in all fields, not standing out in any way. Introduction Is it a minivan? A crossover? Or something in between?Technically, Dodge's Journey …

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  • 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 24, 2012

    2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review

    Where the C-MAX shines is in ride and handling. The ride is sporty but never overly stiff, and the C-MAX offers nicely weighted steering with a precision accuracy rarely found in this class. Meet the …

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  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 Review

    By: David Merline
    August 17, 2012

    2013 Mazda CX-5 Review

    Most of the time we forgot we were driving a crossover, which is about the biggest compliment we can think to give a car in this category. Intro The CX-5 is Mazda's new compact SUV/crossover and is …

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  • 2012 Jeep Liberty Sport Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 15, 2012

    2012 Jeep Liberty Sport Review

    As car reviewers, we have an obligation to be mean when it's called for, and with the Liberty, that's called for plenty. The Basics Today's class of mid-size SUVs is generally lacking old-school …

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  • 2012 Prius C Review

    By: David Merline
    August 13, 2012

    2012 Prius C Review

    The Prius C comes out of the gate seriously handicapped. It's already garnered more than its share of negative press, but we approached it with an open mind, ignoring the haters and even wanting to …

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  • 2012 Hyundai Azera Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 11, 2012

    2012 Hyundai Azera Review

    The car isn't a road rocket, but merging and highway passing aren't problems. Introduction Hyundai has been expanding upmarket of late, and while the original Azera was an attempt to tap into the …

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  • 2012 Ford Edge Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 10, 2012

    2012 Ford Edge Review

    It's not particularly fun to pilot, but it never gets nervous about where it's going. Intro In the mid-size crossover game, 'competent and satisfying' might prove to be more appealing to buyers than …

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  • 2012 Chrysler 200S Review

    By: David Merline
    August 5, 2012

    2012 Chrysler 200S Review

    The most noticeable difference between the 200 and its Sebring forebear is everything. Intro Chrysler introduced the 200 as the replacement of sorts for its much-reviled Sebring, and as a midsize …

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  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth and 2012 Fiat 500 Sport Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 3, 2012

    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth and 2012 Fiat 500 Sport Review

    The Abarth is a noisy brute, with a bleating exhaust that sounds out of place in such a small urban scooter. Introduction Fiat's return to American shores has been led by the pint-size 500, and now …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Review

    By: Tim Healey
    August 2, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Review

    We expected a better-handling SS, and while we got that, we also got a car that was a baby ZL1. Introduction If the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 tickles your fancy but you don't have more than $50K sitting …

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  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

    By: Tim Healey
    July 20, 2012

    2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

    The GL handles turns with an aplomb not normally seen in this class. Introduction Does the world, or at least the world outside of Beverly Hills, need a seven-seat SUV that tickles the $100K mark …

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  • 2012 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback Review

    By: David Merline
    July 13, 2012

    2012 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback Review

    The 2012 Fiesta is evidence that Ford is now taking subcompacts seriously, but have they gotten it right? The Basics We must begin by admitting that, unlike much of the car-buying public, we're …

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  • 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

    By: Tim Healey
    July 11, 2012

    2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

    Step on the go pedal and it's immediately clear that this is a changed car. Introduction Face it, America has become a nation of excess. Too much is not enough. We won't settle for anything less …

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  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Review

    By: Tim Healey
    July 2, 2012

    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Review

    The GT is perfectly peaceful around town but it's willing to dance on the back roads. The Basics Not content with coupe and sedan flavors, Hyundai has added a GT five-door hatchback to its Elantra …

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  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Review

    By: Tim Healey
    June 28, 2012

    2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Review

    We've been hard on Hyundai in the past for the brand's lack of steering feel, and this time around, the company seems to have addressed that concern. Introduction One way to make a sporty-looking …

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  • 2012 Subaru Outback Review

    By: Tim Healey
    June 25, 2012

    2012 Subaru Outback Review

    After all, not all Outback buyers will be hitting the trails--most will be trucking to Whole Foods. The Basics Subaru is known for being quirky and outfitting just about all of its cars with …

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  • 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

    By: Tim Healey
    June 25, 2012

    2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

    The car feels like an extension of one's self at speed, without sacrificing much in the way of comfort around town. Introduction Zoom-zoom.Mazda bases its entire philosophy around that phrase, with …

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  • 2013 Lexus ES First Drive Review

    By: Tim Healey
    June 14, 2012

    2013 Lexus ES First Drive Review

    Evolution over revolution appears to be the name of the game with the next ES. And that will probably work just fine for Lexus. Introducing the Next ES When it comes to well-known automotive …

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  • 2013 Nissan Altima First Drive

    By: Tim Healey
    June 1, 2012

    2013 Nissan Altima First Drive

    We found the Altima to be a pleasant driving companion on our charge across central Tennessee, with a bit of sporting flair. Introducing the 2013 Nissan Altima Twenty years ago, the world was …

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  • 2013 Scion FR-S First Drive Review

    By: Tim Healey
    May 14, 2012

    2013 Scion FR-S First Drive Review

    Keep the car in the peak rev band, and it wants to play all day long. Introducing the 2013 Scion FR-S Few all-new designs have been as eagerly awaited as that of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S duo ( …

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  • 2013 Dodge Dart First Drive Review

    By: Tim Healey
    May 10, 2012

    2013 Dodge Dart First Drive Review

    Like the original Dart, the 2013 iteration is a compact. Unlike the original, it has foreign roots, based off the Alfa Romeo Giuletta platform. Introduction We were bombing away at speeds well north …

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review

    By: Tim Healey
    April 30, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review

    Point it straight ahead, and the Malibu settles into comfortable cruise mode nicely. It's a pleasant road-trip companion. The Next Malibu Earlier this year, we flew to Virginia to drive Chevrolet's …

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  • 2012 Infiniti QX56

    By: Tim Healey
    April 23, 2012

    2012 Infiniti QX56

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and lots of space and luxury duds will warp one's automotive tastes. Introduction Soft-roader. Luxo-barge. Land yacht. All these barbs and more have been aimed at …

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  • 2013 Ford Escape Review

    By: Tim Healey
    April 18, 2012

    2013 Ford Escape Review

    The Escape brings some verve to the segment, leaping from corner to corner surprisingly quickly for a vehicle of its type. Introducing the Escape If you're a 31-year-old unmarried female named …

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  • 2012 Nissan Versa Review

    By: Tim Healey
    April 13, 2012

    2012 Nissan Versa Review

    The Versa reminds us of healthy breakfast choices--we know it's good for us, it's inexpensive and inoffensive, we don't dislike it, and yet, we can't fully embrace it. Introduction Nissan's Versa …

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  • 2012 Cadillac CTS Review

    By: Tim Healey
    April 5, 2012

    2012 Cadillac CTS Review

    Can the standard CTS hang with the competition from overseas? Meet Cadillac's Best Seller When the head honchos at Cadillac began changing the lineup to counter the perception that the company had …

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  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Review

    By: Tim Healey
    March 29, 2012

    2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Review

    Add a Camaro that pumps out nearly 600 ponies and promises real, actual honest-to-goodness handling prowess into the mix, and you have a glimpse of car-scribe heaven. Meet The ZL1 If you're looking …

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  • First Drive: 2013 Ford Flex Review

    By: Tim Healey
    March 27, 2012

    First Drive: 2013 Ford Flex Review

    The Flex appeals to a crowd that just likes to be...different. Why Flex? If you're like us, you're wondering why Ford needs three crossover SUVs. There's the five-seat Edge, the seven-seat Explorer, …

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  • First Drive: 2013 Ford Taurus

    By: Tim Healey
    March 23, 2012

    First Drive: 2013 Ford Taurus

    The SHO is the car for the family man who's forced to give up the Mustang. Introduction Ford's Taurus has had a strange journey since its 1986 debut. It started as a mid-size sedan, endured a head- …

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  • First Drive: 2013 Ford Mustang

    By: Tim Healey
    March 19, 2012

    First Drive: 2013 Ford Mustang

    Our car for the day, a 2013 Ford Mustang GT convertible, was handling the twisties with far more confidence than its driver, and powering through the straights with ease, thanks to the V-8 lurking …

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  • Review: 2012 Toyota Prius C

    By: Tim Healey
    March 7, 2012

    Review: 2012 Toyota Prius C

    Toyota calls the Prius C the most-fuel efficient hybrid that doesn't have a plug. More Hybrid, Less Money When a company has a hybrid that's been as successful as the Toyota Prius has been over the …

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  • Review: 2012 Infiniti M56x

    By: Tim Healey
    March 2, 2012

    Review: 2012 Infiniti M56x

    You'll find yourself getting to the country club early in this ride. Intro Perhaps not coincidentally, the first big snowstorm of the year hit our Chicago-area office just one day after we were …

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  • Review: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

    By: Tim Healey
    February 7, 2012

    Review: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

    Chevy likes to say that it runs deep. That may be debatable, but what is clear is that the brand finally hit the small-car jackpot after years of focusing on trucks and SUVs. Intro For some reason, …

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  • Review: 2012 Cadillac SRX

    By: Tim Healey
    January 23, 2012

    Review: 2012 Cadillac SRX

    While the RX may still rule the soccer-mom roost, the SRX makes a worthy competitor. Intro When Lexus launched its RX crossover SUV well-nigh a decade ago, it only made sense that rival luxury makes …

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  • Review: 2012 Nissan Altima

    By: Tim Healey
    January 9, 2012

    Review: 2012 Nissan Altima

    What's interesting is what this Altima didn't have that other Altimas do. No leather seats. No fog lamps. No navigation system. No satellite radio. No USB port. These are all options that can be had …

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