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  • 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX Review

    By: David Merline
    December 19, 2014

    2014 Kia Forte Koup SX Review

    With its increased quality and with an embarrassment of standard options, the Kia Forte Koup deserves serious consideration, even among such hallowed company. Introduction As a car from a relative …

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  • 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited Review

    By: David Merline
    December 17, 2014

    2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited Review

    Subaru is a brand loved for its practicality, its economy, and its safety, all of which the 2015 Legacy 3.6R Limited has in spades. Introduction It's not easy to stand out in the midsize sedan …

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  • 2014 Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    December 12, 2014

    2014 Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX Review

    If you're willing to sacrifice some luxury in order to procure yourself a damned decent off-roader and people-hauler, you can snag quite the good deal without losing most of the important stuff. …

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  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review

    By: David Merline
    December 8, 2014

    2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review

    The Hyundai Sonata offers a lot of comfort for just a bit over $25K Definitely a contender. The seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata benefits greatly from the recent restyling of the Hyundai Genesis. …

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  • 2015 Buick LaCrosse Premium I Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    December 5, 2014

    2015 Buick LaCrosse Premium I Review

    The LaCrosse's interior gives the car a bit of character that its competition lacks. Intro When it comes to figuring out the angles for each of GM's brands in the 21st century, your author has …

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  • 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    December 1, 2014

    2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Review

    It's heavy, it's powerful, and it's more of a blunt object than a precision instrument. But that doesn't make it bad; on the contrary, actually. It makes it fun as hell. Intro America: We're all …

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  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    November 27, 2014

    2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE Review

    The Jetta TDI allows you to stay efficient without sacrificing the fun factor. Introduction 2015 marks the introduction of the EA288 two-liter diesel engine, and with it, a moderately refreshed mid- …

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  • 2015 Audi Q3 Review

    By: David Merline
    November 26, 2014

    2015 Audi Q3 Review

    The Q3 strikes the proper balance between lively lane-darting and comfortable cruising, and the steering and handling are capable of moving from one to the other without the need for a mode change. …

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  • 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review

    By: Richard Noel
    November 21, 2014

    2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review

    Introduction This review is special. Why? Because rarely, if ever, is someone handed the keys to test drive a vehicle and given 11 days and no mileage restrictions. Afterall, I was headed to the 201 …

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  • 2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Review

    By: David Merline
    November 17, 2014

    2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Review

    The BRZ is a very refined, affordable sports car. Or maybe it's a rather speedy sedan. From whichever angle you approach it, it works. Introduction The Subaru BRZ deals mostly in fun. Like its …

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  • 2015 Honda Accord Touring Review

    By: David Merline
    November 14, 2014

    2015 Honda Accord Touring Review

    The Accord is the best car on the road. Full stop. It's the car you think of when someone says the word car. The Story So Far ... The Honda Accord has been among the top-selling full-size sedans …

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  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    November 10, 2014

    2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review

    Driving the F-Type R Coupe is an experience like no other. Main Body September 13, 1848. The Rutland & Burlington Railroad needed to set a blast in order to prepare a roadbed for the next stretch of …

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  • 2015 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport Review

    By: David Merline
    November 7, 2014

    2015 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport Review

    The IS 350 looks like a car that went from designer to production with minimal compromise-forcing from middle management. Sleek and seductive With its F-Sport trim package, Lexus is attempting to …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Toyota Yaris

    By: Richard Noel
    November 5, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Toyota Yaris

    I was adamant about one thing when picking out my Yaris - a manual transmission. Intro I must admit, I now like the Yaris. When it first hit the market I thought, 'Oh, god. Not another sub-compact …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Toyota Sienna

    By: Richard Noel
    October 31, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Toyota Sienna

    The 'swagger wagon' certainly has some serious swagger now. A man cave on wheels Stepping out of the 2015 Camry, my driving partner and I made our way to the 2015 Toyota Sienna. 'You can drive first, …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Toyota Camry

    By: Richard Noel
    October 29, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Toyota Camry

    Almost 2,000 parts were changed or redesigned. That's a lot of ground to cover. Intro Toyota's mid-cycle revamp of the Camry is everything it was hyped up to be. Having spent a day in sunny …

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  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    October 24, 2014

    2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Review

    From the second you open one of the Genesis' doors, you'll be gobsmacked at how, well, European it looks. Introduction We already spent some time with the 2015 Hyundai Genesis on roads in and around …

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  • 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    October 22, 2014

    2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Review

    Cadillac is pulling out all the stops to shove a wrench into the German midsize-luxury machine, and it's succeeding. Introduction We've come a long way from the time when you'd immediately look at a …

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  • 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    October 17, 2014

    2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

    Sure, there are more than a few unibody crossovers that will accomplish this for you. However, like microwaving two-day-old leftovers, you know you're not getting the full experience. You're missing …

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  • 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Review

    By: Lindsay Prossnitz
    October 14, 2014

    2015 Nissan Versa Note SR Review

    If you're not one for touchscreens, excessive knobs, or confusing nav systems, then you'll appreciate the simplistic layout of the Note's dash. Intro Nissan forced their way into the crowded …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Honda CR-V Touring Review

    By: David Merline
    October 10, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Honda CR-V Touring Review

    The 2015 CR-V Touring has got some of the most advanced active safety features on the market, which alone makes the Touring trim worth the extra bulk to the monthly payment. Introduction There was …

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  • 2014 MX-5 Miata GT Review

    By: David Merline
    October 6, 2014

    2014 MX-5 Miata GT Review

    The MX-5 is a real 'driver's car' - not because it's a car only driving enthusiasts could love, but because driving it turns everyone into an enthusiast. Background Although it's a maxim well known …

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  • 2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review

    By: Richard Noel
    October 3, 2014

    2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review

    'This thing is a land yacht.' Carbon footprint be damned! If you're in the market for a tank-sized throwback SUV of titanic proportions wrapped in leather and wood grain, look no further than the …

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  • FIRST DRIVES: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado + GMC Canyon

    By: Andrew Krok
    September 30, 2014

    FIRST DRIVES: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado + GMC Canyon

    General Motors nailed this one, and it's going to take a lot of scrambling from Toyota and Nissan to catch up. Introduction The Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon have been out of the midsize …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lexus RC

    By: Andrew Krok
    September 26, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lexus RC

    It begs to be driven harder, harder, harder, god damn it, HARDER! Introduction The 2015 Lexus RC is an ambitious car. Instead of going with the same formula as the last generation and just creating …

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  • 2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

    By: David Merline
    September 24, 2014

    2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

    The RAV4 is a much nicer looking car now than perhaps at any time in its long history. Background The RAV4 was the first of its kind, so it makes sense that it should do everything a crossover is …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

    By: Andrew Krok
    September 19, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

    The Golf is, and has always been, the sensible choice. Introduction Volkswagen's e-Golf represents a significant departure from VW's standard U.S. efficiency strategy. Anybody halfway familiar with …

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  • 2015 BMW M4 Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    September 16, 2014

    2015 BMW M4 Review

    Grab that sucker by the scruff and beat the everloving tar out of it. Introduction People have plenty to complain about with the 2015 BMW M4. Of course, these complaints are minor, and completely …

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  • 2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible Review

    By: David Merline
    September 12, 2014

    2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible Review

    Barreling down Chicago's North Avenue toward nowhere in particular, having come from somewhere back there -- none of that matters though. All that counts is now. This second. In this car. The …

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  • 2015 Honda Fit EX-L Review

    By: David Merline
    September 10, 2014

    2015 Honda Fit EX-L Review

    The whole thing has a sleek windswept look from the front that's quite a bit more pleasant than the rather bland visage of the previous generations. Fit and It Knows It Honda may not be the sexiest …

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  • 2015 Lexus RX 450h Review

    By: David Merline
    September 5, 2014

    2015 Lexus RX 450h Review

    No one is taking an RX to the track of course, and as a family transport, the RX is comfortable and capable. It just isn't very much fun. But that isn't really the point, is it? Intro Sales of …

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  • 2014 Audi A7 TDI Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    September 3, 2014

    2014 Audi A7 TDI Review

    Audi's diesel offerings are a real breath of fresh air compared to hybrids (as ironic as that sentence may be). Introduction If you spend more time on the highway than you do in the city, diesel …

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  • 2015 Kia K900 Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    August 29, 2014

    2015 Kia K900 Review

    It's also a great throwback to the classic luxo-barges of the 1980s, because the K900 may or may not handle like an Oldsmobile Delta 88. Introduction Wait, Kia builds a luxury car?' That's the …

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  • 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

    By: David Merline
    August 27, 2014

    2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

    With the optional Performance package (the only options package available on the Turbo), it is well outfitted with a beautiful panoramic sunroof, a touch-screen infotainment center with nav, park …

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  • 2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    August 22, 2014

    2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S Review

    It's not like all too many other small cars, where the seating position feels like you're on top of the engine; instead, you have to work to remember where the nose ends. Introduction The Mini …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lexus NX

    By: Tim Healey
    August 18, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lexus NX

    This from the same brand that makes the RX? There's hope, after all. Introduction We didn't have high hopes that the newest Lexus luxury crossover SUV (or CUV), the NX, would offer much in the way …

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  • 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Review

    By: David Merline
    August 15, 2014

    2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Review

    Like the minivans they're supposed to be cooler than, crossovers are virtually impossible to tell apart, but Nissan has done a commendable job using angles, lines, and contours to give some character …

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  • 2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    August 11, 2014

    2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Review

    The sound that comes from the exhaust is otherworldly. Introduction For those of you who aren't familiar with the 'slow car fast' mentality, it works like this: It's more fun to drive a slow car …

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  • 2014 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    August 8, 2014

    2014 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

    Whether you're driving safely on account of the children, or whether you're blasting through traffic like you're late for your own wedding, the Mazda5 makes for a quality driving experience. …

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  • 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited Review

    By: David Merline
    August 4, 2014

    2015 Chrysler 200 Limited Review

    The 2015 200 shares a platform with the Dodge Dart, which, while certainly a step up from a Sebring platform, is far from a game-changer, performance-wise. A step in the right direction. The …

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  • 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Review

    By: David Merline
    July 31, 2014

    2014 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Review

    Kia's UVO infotainment system remains the most user-friendly and bug-free, and the Infinity sound system is also better than those in the Accord and the Camry. Excellent levels of comfort and style. …

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  • 2014 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Review

    By: Andrew Krok
    July 30, 2014

    2014 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Review

    At a starting price well below 100 large, the XJL stands as a good value-buy against the S-Class. Introduction We've already reviewed a different variant of Jaguar's long-wheelbase flagship XJL. …

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  • 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

    By: David Merline
    July 25, 2014

    2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

    You know what fake air vents are good for? They're good for taking money out of the pockets of people who don't care that their car is playing dress up. What it is and what it never should be. You …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

    By: Andrew Krok
    July 22, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

    Can it work as a replacement for a second family car, or for something to complement the minivan? Absolutely, so long as you don't mind the gas mileage. Introduction While there's plenty of newness …

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  • 2014 Toyota Prius Review

    By: Tim Healey
    July 21, 2014

    2014 Toyota Prius Review

    One area where the Prius does surprise is in cornering. Introduction Some cars have just one mission in life. Mazda's Miata is meant to be enjoyed on a country road. A Bentley is meant to coddle …

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  • 2014 BMW M235i

    By: Andrew Krok
    July 18, 2014

    2014 BMW M235i

    The TwinPower single-turbo straight-six (code name: N55) is a great motor, with plenty of down-low torque and an engine note that gets pretty loud near redline. Introduction Do you remember the 1- …

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  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    By: Andrew Krok
    July 17, 2014

    2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    If you ever need to cross a pile of rocks (or drive over a line of cars in the Bloomingdale's parking lot), the Evoque is ready. Introduction You've likely seen several Range Rover Evoques parked at …

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  • 2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback Review

    By: David Merline
    July 15, 2014

    2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback Review

    We spent a solid week logging over a thousand miles on our test car, and with the exception of the Ford Sync, we could find no aspect of this car that didn't impress us. Nevermind the Hybrids, Here's …

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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

    By: Andrew Krok
    July 11, 2014

    2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

    If you love the feeling of torque, you're going to be spending plenty of time at the Valero down the street (or sending your assistant to gas it up for you). Main Body The 'S-Class' portion of the …

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  • 2015 Audi A3 Review

    By: David Merline
    July 11, 2014

    2015 Audi A3 Review

    With its base price coming in just under $30,000, the A3 even inches onto the ultra-competitive Accord/Camry playing field, which is where it needs to be if it's going to tempt non-wealthy …

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  • 2014 Lexus ES350 Review

    By: David Merline
    July 7, 2014

    2014 Lexus ES350 Review

    I don't believe I've ever dreamed that driving a car could feel so much like sitting in my chair. Easy on the eyes, and on the hips. The problem with cars these days is there are so many gizmos and …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

    By: Tim Healey
    July 3, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

    You know that friend or co-worker of yours who takes feedback a little too seriously and immediately does what you suggest when he or she asks for advice? The Sonata's like that. Introduction Four …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Subaru Outback

    By: Andrew Krok
    June 30, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Subaru Outback

    The 2015 Subaru Outback does a great job of fixing the previous generation's issues, and the overall result is a well-put-together crossover that's worthy of the Outback name. Introduction The last …

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  • 2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

    By: David Merline
    June 27, 2014

    2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

    The Optima, optimized. The fact that the Kia Optima even bears comparison with perennial buyer and reviewer faves like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry is kind of remarkable, given the poor …

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  • 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali Review

    By: Tim Healey
    June 26, 2014

    2015 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali Review

    Once you get deep into the pedal travel the Duramax comes alive with a throaty roar. Introduction Country music stars, listen up: If you want to sing about trucks - and anecdotal evidence suggests …

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  • 2014 Porsche Cayman S

    By: Andrew Krok
    June 20, 2014

    2014 Porsche Cayman S

    All in all, it's a brilliantly cohesive package that further ingrains the notion that the Cayman and Boxster are being taken nearly as seriously as the 911. Main Body The 2014 Porsche Cayman S, let' …

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  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC Review

    By: David Merline
    June 17, 2014

    2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC Review

    There are cheap cars and there are cars that look cheap. The Outlander is both. Economical and not much else. The Outlander Sport is not trying to impress anyone, so it shouldn't come as a surprise …

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  • 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed

    By: Andrew Krok
    June 13, 2014

    2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed

    It doesn't become uncomfortable at any point; this car errs on the side of luxury wherever possible. Main Body When it comes down to it, anybody that's in the market for a Bentley Continental …

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  • 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review

    By: David Merline
    June 9, 2014

    2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review

    The Santa Fe Sport offers an extremely pleasing combination of utility, comfort and (non-sporty) performance. Stylish and sensible. It's not easy to stand out among midsize SUVs, or crossovers, or …

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  • 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

    By: Andrew Krok
    June 6, 2014

    2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

    The dual-clutch PDK transmission is an absolute joy, and very likely the best automatic transmission I've ever used. Introduction If there's one big point of contention with the Porsche Panamera, it' …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lincoln MKC

    By: Tim Healey
    June 4, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lincoln MKC

    We found it to be plenty torquey for passing and merging, but the transmission is slow to kick down. Introduction Lincoln's in the middle of a much-needed revitalization effort, and the 2015 MKC …

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  • 2014 Honda Civic EX-L Review

    By: David Merline
    May 30, 2014

    2014 Honda Civic EX-L Review

    Civic seemed to fall the farthest in the dark years, so it's doubly satisfying to see the 2014 Civic get everything so right. Back to the basics. Honda has had a tough time of it in the last decade …

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  • 2014 Toyota Sienna Review

    By: Tim Healey
    May 27, 2014

    2014 Toyota Sienna Review

    It's not as sporty as the Honda Odyssey, one of its main rivals, but we suspect Sienna buyers won't mind. Introduction Note to Toyota marketers: If you're going to dub your minivan the swagger wagon, …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Subaru Legacy

    By: Andrew Krok
    May 21, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Subaru Legacy

    The interior no longer looks like a piece of paper that says 'This Page Left Intentionally Blank.' Introduction Before the 2015 Subaru Legacy media drive, I believed the two best cars in the mid- …

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  • 2014 Dodge Durango R/T

    By: Andrew Krok
    May 19, 2014

    2014 Dodge Durango R/T

    Its aesthetics and its underpinnings appeal to the man that has chosen to settle down with family, without yet sacrificing his desire for a fun car. Introduction It's been given a huge dose of …

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  • 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS Review

    By: Tim Healey
    May 16, 2014

    2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS Review

    The clutch has just the right amount of heft on take-up, making smooth launches a cinch. Introduction Chevrolet loves to market its Sonic and Spark subcompact cars to Millennials, going on and on …

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  • 2014 Lexus IS 250 C Review

    By: David Merline
    May 13, 2014

    2014 Lexus IS 250 C Review

    The 250 C handles ably and it provides a satisfyingly comfortable ride, but despite the aggressiveness of its design, it drives more like an extended-wheelbase sedan than a coupe. The end of a not-so- …

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  • 2014 BMW 428i xDrive Coupe

    By: Andrew Krok
    May 8, 2014

    2014 BMW 428i xDrive Coupe

    The car begs to be driven hard, especially when you add the Dynamic Handling package, which gives you adjustable suspension and steering. Introduction BMW has been making sport coupes for longer …

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  • 2014 Hyundai Azera Limited Review

    By: David Merline
    May 6, 2014

    2014 Hyundai Azera Limited Review

    A lot has changed since 2000, and the Azera has struggled to remain relevant, especially once the Genesis debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show. A true contender, if it wasn't for the Sonata and the …

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  • 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

    By: Andrew Krok
    May 1, 2014

    2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

    To steal a line from Face/Off, 'I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave.' Introduction The biggest change for the refreshed Volvo S60 lies under the hood. There's a new family of engines …

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  • 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

    By: Andrew Krok
    April 30, 2014

    2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

    The Touring Elite trim level is the penthouse, so optioned out that the only actual option you can buy is remote start. Introduction I was not part of a minivan family as a child. I was one of two …

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  • 2015 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

    By: David Merline
    April 25, 2014

    2015 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

    As a general rule, with sedans there are three choices: you can have them luxurious, fast, or affordable, but you only get to pick two. The Mazda6 is one of the rare exceptions that manages to …

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  • 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT Core

    By: David Merline
    April 23, 2014

    2014 Chrysler 300 SRT Core

    Simply calling the 300 SRT fast is like saying Attila the Hun has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Big, Dumb, and Fast as Hell The Chrysler 300 is a throwback to the land yachts of the early 1970s, …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2014 Buick LaCrosse

    By: Tim Healey
    April 21, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2014 Buick LaCrosse

    It pulls nicely, although the near two-ton weight of the V-6 model does drag on acceleration. Introduction Remember when Buicks, especially large front-drive Buick sedans, were derided as old man's …

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  • 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 EcoDiesel

    By: Andrew Krok
    April 18, 2014

    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 EcoDiesel

    With a slew of parking sensors and a hood that doesn't drop off into no-man's land, it's quite easy to drive and know where all your corners are. Introduction Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is on a …

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  • 2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD

    By: Andrew Krok
    April 16, 2014

    2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD

    Lexus has the luxury mid-size sedan down pat. Introduction To be frank, this will be a quick review. That's because this car, the 2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD, is capable of being summed up in relatively …

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  • 2014 Audi Q5 TDI Review

    By: David Merline
    April 11, 2014

    2014 Audi Q5 TDI Review

    he 3.0 liter TDI in the Audi Q5 is so good, in fact, that it makes us not even mind driving a crossover, and that's saying something. Diesel Done Right Diesels are making a comeback in the United …

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  • 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

    By: David Merline
    April 10, 2014

    2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

    The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is incredibly well optioned, even with the base Limited trim. Remade/Remodeled The 2014 Highlander had its looks seriously upgraded for the 2014 model. It's not easy …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

    By: Andrew Krok
    April 9, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

    It doesn't mind shooting you through mountain passes at high speeds, but it won't make a fuss of it. Introduction We were sitting on the side of the road, waiting to figure out whether or not the …

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  • 2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review

    By: David Merline
    April 4, 2014

    2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review

    The GX460 is a well-outfitted off-roader, but despite its pretentions of fanciness, it's still can't help feeling like a truck. Which is okay, since as a truck it's pretty damn good. Introduction It' …

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  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover

    By: Andrew Krok
    April 2, 2014

    2014 Land Rover Range Rover

    It goes beyond the traditional definitions of luxury and utility at the same time, without compromise to either. Introduction A hipster walked past me as I was sitting at a Chicago stoplight in the 2 …

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  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Review

    By: David Merline
    March 28, 2014

    2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Review

    We are encouraged by Jeep's decision to downsize its front end - massive, gaping grilles have been the bane of new car design for most of the last decade - but we just don't find this particular …

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  • 2014 Lexus RX 350 AWD Review

    By: Tim Healey
    March 24, 2014

    2014 Lexus RX 350 AWD Review

    Lexus calls its 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 'silken smooth' in its press materials, and for once, that's not hyperbolic PR blather. Introduction Lexus' RX crossover has long been chided as a soft, …

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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Chrysler 200

    By: Tim Healey
    March 20, 2014

    FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Chrysler 200

    If it were our money, we'd definitely spend the $1,950 for the V-6. Introduction When an auto-industry observer talks about the issues that drove Chrysler into federally-managed bankruptcy in 2009, …

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  • 2014 Scion FR-S

    By: Andrew Krok
    March 18, 2014

    2014 Scion FR-S

    I stand firm by the belief that the rear seats are some sort of poorly-translated Japanese joke about Americans being the size of small planets. Introduction 2014 marks the second model year for the …

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  • 2014 Infiniti Q50S AWD

    By: Andrew Krok
    March 14, 2014

    2014 Infiniti Q50S AWD

    The suspension provided a low-body-roll experience, never once giving you the feeling that the powertrain is more than the suspension can handle. Introduction I'll just get this out of the way now - …

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  • 2014 Subaru 3.6R Limited Review

    By: David Merline
    March 11, 2014

    2014 Subaru 3.6R Limited Review

    Because the Outback is a car and not an SUV, it behaves like one. It's maneuverable, it's fast, and even with the faster and far-more-fun 3.6-liter engine, it achieves mileage-per-gallon numbers that …

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  • 2014 Mazda CX-9 Review

    By: Tim Healey
    March 7, 2014

    2014 Mazda CX-9 Review

    The heavy CX-9 doesn't feel very zoomy. Acceleration is fine for around-town driving, but it's limited by the CX's corpulence. Introduction When the white flaky stuff falls, most folks feel safer in …

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  • 2014 Fiat 500L Lounge Review

    By: David Merline
    March 7, 2014

    2014 Fiat 500L Lounge Review

    We like the 500, and we like small, efficient, affordable cars. We just don't know why anyone thinks that making them bigger is in any way a good idea. Introduction The Fiat 500 is a fine little car. …

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  • 2014 Audi A6 2.0T Premium Plus

    By: Andrew Krok
    February 28, 2014

    2014 Audi A6 2.0T Premium Plus

    No matter what we threw at it, the A6 didn't so much as flinch. Introduction During our time with the 2014 Audi A6 2.0T, Chicago was lucky enough to go through both a dry spell and a moderate …

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  • 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop Review

    By: David Merline
    February 26, 2014

    2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop Review

    The Grand Caravan has almost all the bells, whistles, and safety features you want from a minivan, which is what you ought to expect from the company that invented the segment. Introduction There's …

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  • 2014 Buick Regal GS Review

    By: Tim Healey
    February 21, 2014

    2014 Buick Regal GS Review

    There is a tad bit of throttle/turbo lag, but the power is strong and smooth once it kicks in. Introduction The Buick Regal GS should be a great car. It's handsome (inside and out), has proper …

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  • 2015 Subaru WRX STI

    By: Andrew Krok
    February 17, 2014

    2015 Subaru WRX STI

    There's a reason that Subaru includes the Porsche 911 in its benchmark comparisons, because it's trying to deliver a car that drives like it should cost twice as much. Introduction 'Wait, you're …

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  • 2014 Toyota Highlander Review

    By: Tim Healey
    February 14, 2014

    2014 Toyota Highlander Review

    It's better than the willowy softness of Toyotas past, but just because there's improvement doesn't mean the Highlander is suddenly the enthusiast's choice in this segment. Introduction Automakers …

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  • 2013 Toyota Highlander Limited

    By: David Merline
    February 12, 2014

    2013 Toyota Highlander Limited

    Driving the Highlander, you really can't help feeling like a bus driver, even though it's obviously a much more luxurious experience than driving a bus. Intro We Americans are a fickle bunch. First …

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  • 2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0T Review

    By: Tim Healey
    February 7, 2014

    2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0T Review

    For a quick inter-city blast, the CTS is a fine choice. Introduction Cadillac can thank the CTS for being a big help in its comeback from the abyss. Initially introduced as a replacement for the …

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  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

    By: Andrew Krok
    February 3, 2014

    2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

    The new Cherokee hits all the marks in its segment and stands a good chance to take a bite out of the sales figures of Toyota, Honda, and Ford. Introduction The Jeep Cherokee of old - the XJ, as the …

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  • 2014 Kia Cadenza

    By: Andrew Krok
    January 31, 2014

    2014 Kia Cadenza

    At this price, you get features that you can't find on equally-priced competitor models. Introduction The 2014 Kia Cadenza does not like potholes, not one bit. As I made my way to Detroit for the …

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  • 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Review

    By: David Merline
    January 28, 2014

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Review

    For sporting, adventuring, or for frequent driving through weather conditions that would stymie most other vehicles, the Wrangler is absolutely brilliant, capable, and, above all else, fun. …

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  • 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

    By: David Merline
    January 23, 2014

    2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

    'Once you factor in the money you'll save enjoying the near-Prius-like mileage (47 mpg), you begin to see that the Fusion Hybrid is a very good deal after all.' Introduction The Ford Fusion is a …

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  • 2014 Lexus GS 450h Review

    By: David Merline
    January 20, 2014

    2014 Lexus GS 450h Review

    If you're looking for a sports car, you'd do better with a standard GS450, and if you're looking for a car that saves money at the pump, you could do better with just about any other hybrid on the …

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  • 2014 Audi SQ5

    By: Andrew Krok
    January 16, 2014

    2014 Audi SQ5

    The car will rotate on its axis like it was constructed at the Bolshoi. Introduction More often than not, test cars will be driven in boring weather. The sun might be shining, or it might be cloudy …

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  • 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 2.0T Review

    By: Tim Healey
    January 13, 2014

    2014 Chevrolet Malibu 2.0T Review

    The Malibu won't be the enthusiast's choice, but it's not a snooze-mobile either. Introduction Emergency refreshes seem all the rage whenever a new or redesigned model flops with the press and the …

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  • 2014 Lexus ES 300h

    By: Andrew Krok
    January 9, 2014

    2014 Lexus ES 300h

    It's not for everybody, but it's not supposed to be. Introduction We'll get this out of the way first: Yes, the 2014 Lexus ES 300h is basically a tarted-up Toyota Camry Hybrid. It uses the same …

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