Christian Wardlaw has nearly two decades of experience reviewing cars, and has served in editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, Autobytel, and J.D. Power and Associates. Chris prefers to focus on the cars people actually buy rather than the cars about which people dream, and emphasizes the importance of fuel economy and safety as much as how much fun a car is to drive. Chris is married to an automotive journalist, is the father of four daughters, and lives in Southern California.

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Preview
For 2020, Land Rover introduces a few updates for the Discovery, the company’s midsize SUV. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and blind-spot monitoring now come standard and a new Landmark Edition debuts. ...
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2020 Toyota Corolla Test Drive Review
If ever a car was to be described as an appliance, the Toyota Corolla was it. Cheap to buy, dependable as a sunrise, thrifty with fuel, and roomy enough for a frugal family, the Corolla faithfully del...
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Preview
The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the largest crossover SUVs you can buy, making it perfect for carrying both people and cargo. For 2020, the family hauler gets next-generation Chevrolet Infotainment 3...
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2020 Chevrolet Equinox Preview
The Chevrolet Equinox, a compact crossover SUV, receives a handful of changes for 2020. Several driving-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies now come standard. Fans of diesel engines will b...
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2019 Toyota Tacoma Test Drive Review
Unapologetically unrefined, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is a truck, pure and simple. It doesn't try to be anything else, and its raw honesty, at first unappealing, becomes its most endearing trait. Over th...
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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Preview
Chrysler's Pacifica Hybrid, a plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) minivan, gets several updates for 2020. It competes with other minivans like the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. Aside from a new honey
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2020 BMW X6 Preview
For 2020, the X6 gets completely redesigned. Longer, wider, and lower than the version it replaces, the new 2020 BMW X6 is about the same size inside as the 2019. Three versions are available. The
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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Preview
For 2020, every Mercedes-Benz C-Class receives more standard equipment. Mercedes-Benz makes its AMG Drive Unit, which is a driver-selectable traction system, optional for the AMG 43 coupe and cabriole...
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2020 Toyota Sienna Preview
Entering its 10th year since its last complete redesign, the 2020 Toyota Sienna gains a new edition. It competes with the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Kia Sedona. Available in L, LE, SE, X
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2019 Kia Optima Test Drive Review
Even though Americans appear to be trading in cars for good, the midsize family sedan looks better than it’s ever been. Nearly every choice in the segment sports impressive design, engineering, and eq...
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Preview
Designed and engineered to match the performance of cars that cost two or three times its price, the new 2020 Corvette Stingray credibly competes with a broad spectrum of sports cars. They range from ...
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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Test Drive Review
Since the midsize Chevy Colorado returned for the 2015 model year, every one of its competitors except the Nissan Frontier has been redesigned. Normally, that would spell doom for a vehicle. However, ...
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Test Drive Review
I love spikes in gas prices. Seriously. My Southern California neighborhood gets quiet because all the people with loud motorcycles and fast muscle cars and giant trucks with oversized mud tires stop ...
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2019 MINI Cooper Test Drive Review
When we were growing up, my dad frequently took my brother and me go-karting. Sitting low to the ground on a tiny frame, feeling the wind in my face, racing around paved tracks no doubt set the stage ...
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2019 Toyota Prius Test Drive Review
Reliable, efficient, affordable, practical, and safe, the 2019 Toyota Prius checks off multiple boxes on a typical car shopper’s list. The latest version is even decent to drive, but the Prius' stylin...
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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Review
Americans love SUVs for many reasons. After all, they’re ready to do what we want, when we want, and where we want. Not all SUVs, however, are created equal. Some are great on the pavement but can’t t...
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2019 Honda CR-V Test Drive Review
Refined, roomy, and historically reliable, the Honda CR-V has earned its status as one of the best selling vehicles in America. This is a safe SUV, too, and it returns good fuel economy while deliveri...
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Test Drive Review
There were rumors that this new Jeep pickup would be called the Scrambler. But "Scrambler" sounds like a breakfast special you order at Denny’s. Gladiator, the name chosen, conveys strength, focus, pu...
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Test Drive Review
Chevy Blazers have historically been capable machines built upon pickup-truck skeletons. The all-new 2019 Blazer is anything but an off-roader. With 21-inch tires and standard front-wheel drive, this ...
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2019 Audi A6 Test Drive Review
One of Audi’s four Russian-doll sedans, the redesigned 2019 A6 is both instantly familiar and radically different from its predecessor. Initially available with a single drivetrain choice, and in Prem...
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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Test Drive Review
Bigger, more capable, and more useful than ever, the redesigned 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 has been improved in every way. That’s a good thing, too, because it faces fierce competition in the most popular v...
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2019 Lexus UX Hybrid Test Drive Review
Small luxury vehicles that lack a special value proposition have never made any sense to me. For example, I understand the BMW 2 Series, which is a rear-drive, sport-tuned, enthusiast driver’s delight...
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2019 Mazda CX-9 Test Drive Review
There is plenty to like about the 2019 Mazda CX-9, a roomy and safe family-sized 3-row crossover SUV. When it comes to Mazdas, though, fans of the brand expect to fall in love with their vehicles. And...
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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Test Drive Review
Driving is fun. Lots of people don’t realize this because their driving is largely limited to traffic-clogged commutes and running errands, and that’s no fun at all. But when the opportunity presents ...
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2019 Volkswagen GTI Test Drive Review
Small, fun cars hold a special place in my heart. I’ve always been a fan of little yet mighty automobiles, and not just because they put performance within easier financial reach. You simply cannot he...
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2019 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive Review
Customer satisfaction is dependent on multiple factors. For example, let's say you go out to a new restaurant. Even if the service is great, or the bill is inexpensive, or the restaurant has a lovely ...
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2019 Kia Sorento Test Drive Review
If I said you could get a stylish, even luxurious, midsize SUV made in America that offers a class-leading warranty and roadside assistance program, supplies plenty of room for a family of four, and w...
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Test Drive Review
Pickup buyers tend to declare loyalty to one brand and stick with it, no matter what. Their choice in a truck becomes a part of who they are, a way of life, and a source of pride. When it comes to the...
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2019 Kia Soul EV Test Drive Review
Kia estimates the 2019 Soul EV will provide up to 111 miles of driving range on a single charge. By modern standards, that is not an impressive number. But the Soul EV is reasonably priced and well eq...
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2019 Mazda CX-3 Test Drive Review
Tiny and impractical, comfortably seating just two people, in need of more power, yet plenty of fun to drive, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the Miata of SUVs. It competes against other inexpensive entry-leve...
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2019 Acura MDX Test Drive Review
Slowly but surely, Acura is picking itself up and dusting itself off after a decade of wayward product development and marketing decisions took Honda’s luxury division off-track. Through it all, thoug...
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2019 Honda Insight Test Drive Review
Twenty years ago, the original Honda Insight was the first hybrid to go on sale in America. It had two seats and a funky teardrop shape, but amazing fuel economy. Honda’s next Insight was a Prius c
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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Test Drive Review
Hatchbacks are hot right now. At the moment, it seems like every car company offers one, and that means the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback faces lots of competition. There is no doubt that the new ...
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2018 Buick Regal TourX Test Drive Review
Designed, engineered, and built in Germany (by former General Motors brand Opel), the 2018 Buick Regal TourX is an all-wheel-drive station wagon styled to resemble an SUV. Appealing design, a turbocha...
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Test Drive Review
Don’t try to rationalize the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe. The less expensive Chevy Traverse is better at hauling people and cargo than a Tahoe, and other full-size SUVs can tow more trailer wei...
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2018 Ford EcoSport Test Drive Review
Americans have an insatiable thirst for SUVs. From the smallest and most affordable to the largest and most expensive segments, the SUV is transforming traditional ideas of what a car is and what a ca...
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2018 Toyota Sienna Test Drive Review
A friend of mine once owned a T-shirt that said: “Mini-van, mega-fun.” He doesn’t have kids. He wasn’t married at the time. Yet he drove a Chevy Astro, which he used as a surf wagon, a beach hangout, ...
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Test Drive Review
Mazda wants to move into the same premium product territory currently occupied by Acura, Buick, MINI, Volkswagen and, increasingly, Kia. To support this move, Mazda is launching a new “Feel Alive” mar...
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2018 Subaru Outback Test Drive Review
One of the original “crossover” SUVs, the first Outback was a trim level for the 1995 Legacy station wagon. In 1996, in a stroke of sheer brilliance, Subaru jacked up the suspension, put some oversize...
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2018 Ford Expedition Test Drive Review
With more interior room, greater comfort, superior cargo space, and significantly more towing capacity than either the Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon, the Ford Expedition has, for several years, been the be...
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2018 GMC Terrain Test Drive Review
Proving that a yummy-looking recipe can produce a yucky-tasting meal, the 2018 GMC Terrain is a conceptually appealing compact crossover SUV that falls apart under scrutiny in the reality of daylight....
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2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In Test Drive Review
If you’ve never heard of the Honda Clarity before, let alone seen one, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Up till now, the Clarity has been a production fuel-cell car sold to a handful of Californians. No...
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Test Drive Review
Remember New Coke? Coca-Cola, and the rest of the product development and marketing industry, learned a valuable lesson from that reformulation of a classic and beloved recipe: Don’t do it. With the r...
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Drive Review
Among 3-row, 7-passenger crossover SUVs, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is somewhat of a wallflower. It doesn’t help that it has been half a decade since the Santa Fe was last redesigned. Do not, however, ...
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2018 Ford Mustang Test Drive Review
Ever heard the term “pony car”? It is a direct reference to the Ford Mustang and the American 2-door sports coupe segment it has dominated since 1964. Today, the 2018 Mustang is less rudimentary and m...
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2018 Ford Fusion Test Drive Review
Want a basic but stylish car? How about a hybrid, or even a plug-in hybrid? What about an undeniably luxurious sedan, or a genuine sports sedan? The 2018 Ford Fusion lineup has them all, ranging in pr...
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Test Drive Review
Chevrolet is no stranger to building big SUVs. With the redesigned 2018 Traverse, Chevy demonstrates mastery of the three-row crossover SUV segment, creating one that is larger, more useful, and more ...
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Test Drive Review
Affordable and a great value, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is roomy and safe, it comes with a killer warranty and roadside-assistance plan, and it offers the latest technologies. Plus, you can get it in re...
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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Test Drive Review
“Fake news!” We’ve all heard about it, but some of us clearly have no idea what it is. The answer is simple: Fake news is a news report based on something other than direct or reasonable circumstantia...
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2018 Audi Q5 Test Drive Review
Audi’s best-selling model is the Q5, and this year the compact SUV gets redesigned for the first time in almost a decade. Highlights include the latest technology from the Audi grab bag, improved perf...
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2018 Audi A5 Sportback Test Drive Review
In the $40,000 range, Audi meets your cargo-hauling needs in three different ways. There is the Audi Q5, which is an SUV. There is the Audi A4 Allroad, a station wagon wearing an SUV costume. And ther...
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Test Drive Review
For more than a decade, Chevy has positioned the Equinox in the space between compact and midsize crossovers, mixing generous seating room for people with somewhat restricted space for cargo. Marking ...
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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Test Drive Review
Tried and true, the formula behind the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is nothing new. Take a station wagon, add all-wheel drive and SUV styling cues, raise the suspension a bit, and solve for a variety...
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2018 Volkswagen Atlas Test Drive Review
After years of ignoring American vehicle preferences, and then misreading market changes, and then suffering the humility of “Dieselgate,” Volkswagen fittingly rises from defeat in the muscular arms o...
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2017 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review
After spending a week with a Dodge Charger Daytona 392, I was ready to drive something invisible to both the public and public safety officers, like a sensible grayish beige Chrysler Pacifica. That’s ...
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2017 Toyota Yaris iA Test Drive Review
Cutting to the chase, I like the Toyota Yaris iA. However, it is important to make a critical distinction between the Yaris iA and a standard Toyota Yaris hatchback. The iA sedan was originally a S
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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Test Drive Review
Rodney Dangerfield was a legendary stand-up comedian, and while his on-stage shtick was all about how he didn’t get any respect, as a comedic talent he was held in the highest esteem. That’s not the c...
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Test Drive Review
What makes the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV so special is not that it offers 238 estimated miles of driving range on a single battery charge. And while a base price of $29,995 after the maximum federal tax ...
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2017 GMC Canyon Test Drive Review
At some point, everybody needs a truck. When that need arises, your choices are a midsize pickup, a full-size light-duty pickup, or a full-size heavy-duty pickup. If towing and hauling are a part of t...
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2017 Honda Pilot Test Drive Review
Honda builds the 2017 Pilot for people who are exactly like me. I’m a parent. I’ve got four kids, two still living in the house, which is located in the suburbs of a major city. I’ve got places to go,...
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Test Drive Review
Reportedly, “Camaro” is a derivation of *camarade*, a French word for a friend or companion. Due to space constraints, you’ll be able to bring just one *camarade* along in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS...
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2017 Subaru Forester Test Drive Review
Two distinctly different Subaru Forester models exist. The Forester 2.5i provides everything that is good about this compact crossover SUV in a sensibly priced package. The Forester 2.0XT adds power, ...
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2017 Kia Cadenza Test Drive Review
There is nothing particularly wrong with the redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza. At the same time, there is nothing particularly memorable about this new full-size sedan, either. And it competes within a seg...
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Test Drive Review
Before you rush out to buy the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 because it is the most expensive version and therefore must be the “best” one, you need to think about how you’re actually going to use this vehi...
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2017 Honda CR-V Test Drive Review
Nobody wants to hear that their baby is ugly, which is why social norms require everyone to coo, and babble, and exclaim to new parents just how adorable their little bundle of joy is, even if he or s...
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2017 Volvo S90 Test Drive Review
Nearly two decades ago, Volvo reinvented itself with the broadly shouldered S80 sedan. Now, the equally bold 2017 Volvo S90 sedan replaces the essentially forgotten S80 as the automaker’s flagship car...
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2017 Buick LaCrosse Test Drive Review
Within the General Motors hierarchy of brands, Buick has always served as a bridge between less-expensive Chevrolets and more-expensive Cadillacs. From time to time throughout its long history, Buick ...
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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Test Drive Review
Seems like everybody wants a compact crossover SUV, and among them the 2017 Nissan Rogue presents a compelling case for purchase. It looks sharp, it’s got a roomy interior, and the price is right. Plu...
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2017 Genesis G80 Test Drive Review
Last year, this car was a Hyundai. This year, this car is the 2017 Genesis G80. Does the new G80 have what it takes to compete with other midsize luxury sedans? The short answer is yes, but with an up...
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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Test Drive Review
Equipped with good looks, a comfortable interior, a roomy cargo area, and an affordable price, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport easily deserves your consideration. Then, you realize how safe it is, how...
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2017 Ford Mustang Test Drive Review
Don’t try to rationalize the purchase of a 2017 Ford Mustang. Choosing this iconic American pony car is a purely emotional decision, one fueled by memories of times gone by, achievement of lifetime go...
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2017 Kia Sorento Test Drive Review
In terms of styling and design, comfort and controls, safety and technology, value and practicality, and driving dynamics, the 2017 Kia Sorento is one of the best vehicles in its segment. Plus, it's e...
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2016 BMW 3 Series Test Drive Review
Forget about Nissan’s claim that it builds a 4-door sports car. Especially in new 340i guise, the BMW 3 Series is the real deal, an actual sports car equipped with four doors, thrilling to drive under...
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2016 MINI Cooper Clubman Test Drive Review
Eventually, people grow up, start families, and need a bigger car. With the redesigned 2016 Clubman, MINI also grows up and builds the biggest car in its history, one that can theoretically serve as f...
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2016 Acura TLX Test Drive Review
When it comes to Acura, the talk amongst automotive journalists is that the company has forgotten its heritage and what it's supposed to be. Leadership changes and a new design direction are the first...
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2017 Audi A4 Test Drive Review
For 2017, Audi continues the design, engineering, and technological shift ushered in by last year’s all-new TT sports car. This year, the A4 sedan, the Q7 SUV, and the R8 supercar receive complete red...
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2016 INFINITI Q50 Test Drive Review
Improved for 2016, the Infiniti Q50 can be taken more seriously as a legitimate luxury sports sedan. Attractive, comfortable, and technologically sophisticated, this is a stylish alternative to the st...
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2016 Ford F-150 Test Drive Review
Looking for a luxurious pickup truck? Ford has the answer in the new 2016 F-150 Limited, which is loaded with extras and has lots of tasteful trimmings. Combine these upgrades with what is arguably th...
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2016 Volkswagen GTI Test Drive Review
Driving is fun. You might not realize this because of the vehicles you’ve owned over the course of your lifetime, but it is true. And the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI is among the most entertaining rides ...
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2016 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review
Americans frequently fail to look beyond the surface in order to examine the substance, and that's true when it comes to the 2016 Dodge Charger. A better car than most will give it credit for, the Cha...
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2016 Nissan Pathfinder Test Drive Review
With the 2016 Pathfinder, Nissan gets many things right. However, at the same time, Nissan gets many things wrong. The result is a functional but forgettable family-sized crossover SUV.
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2016 Nissan Murano Test Drive Review
Nissan’s traditionally polarizing Murano crossover SUV has always been about both style and substance. Now, in 2016, it appears that the Murano is about style over substance. While the design certainl...
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2016 Jeep Renegade Test Drive Review
Built in Italy by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this little Italian American love child sure is cute. Jaunty and sparkly eyed, the 2016 Jeep Renegade looks ready to take on the world. You might even be t...
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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Review
There are three reasons to choose a Jeep Grand Cherokee over other SUVs: You need to tow a fair amount of weight, you need to go far off the pavement, or you simply like this Jeep’s styling and image....
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2016 Chevrolet Volt Test Drive Review
Compromises are inherently dissatisfying, but the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt represents a rare exception to this rule. The Volt provides half the range of a traditional electric car and returns fe...
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2016 Subaru Outback Test Drive Review
Some automobiles are themselves objects of passion. Others are designed to facilitate the pursuit of passions. For example, BMWs are known as the Ultimate Driving Machines. Along the same lines, the 2...
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2016 Volkswagen Passat Test Drive Review
Volkswagen is fighting an uphill battle with the unpopular Passat. J.D. Power says the top reasons people buy a specific car are reliability, styling, previous experience with a brand, and the reputat...
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Test Drive Review
Designed for commercial use, the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris might pique the interest of consumers who might otherwise buy a traditional minivan. Pricing overlaps with those useful family haulers, a...
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2016 Jeep Cherokee Test Drive Review
When you buy a new vehicle, chances are that you’re looking for one car, truck, or SUV that can meet a long list of requirements and perform a wide variety of tasks. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk i...
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2016 Lincoln MKX Test Drive Review
Without a talented chef, the best ingredients from around the world can produce a mediocre meal. Thus, the redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX comes across as half-baked, a stylish and remarkably well-equippe...
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2016 Kia Optima Test Drive Review
In almost every respect, the redesigned 2016 Kia Optima is the standard-bearer of the midsize family sedan segment. From its exterior styling and interior design to its safety and infotainment systems...
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Test Drive Review
Representing the point at which value, performance, engineering, and design intersect on the sports-car continuum, the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is more than a perfect example of why driving st...
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2016 Kia Sedona Test Drive Review
In order to carve a niche for its Sedona model, Kia marries SUV design cues with the utility and practicality of a minivan. Then, for extra measure, the top-of-the-line SXL model gets the materials an...
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2016 Mazda MAZDA3 Test Drive Review
The greatest criticism that can be leveled against Mazda's Mazda3 is that it is small inside. Even for a compact car. If that’s not a problem for you, then you’re going to love this fantastic automobi...
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Test Drive Review
Mitsubishi has made more than 100 changes to its 2016 Outlander crossover SUV. Do the upgrades improve the vehicle? Yes, absolutely. But it remains a vehicular wallflower in a segment awash in terrifi...
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2016 Hyundai Sonata Test Drive Review
In creating the latest version of its Sonata, Hyundai has rigorously checked every important box on the long list of midsize family sedan requirements. What’s left out of the recipe is difficult to ar...
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2016 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive Review
Although its design is now 6 years old, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra remains an impressive entry in the compact car class. Stylish sheet metal that still looks futuristic rather than dated is just a part ...
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2016 Honda Accord Test Drive Review
Honda bestows a number of improvements upon the 2016 Accord, making the popular family sedan better in several ways. Unfortunately, numerous flaws remain, small oversights that, collectively, produce ...
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2015 Kia Sportage Test Drive Review
Although its design and engineering date to 2011, the Kia Sportage has aged exceptionally well and remains a compelling choice among compact crossover SUVs. Stylish, practical, and affordable, the Spo...
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2016 Ford Explorer Test Drive Review
For 2016, Ford refreshes the popular Explorer by updating the styling, upgrading the available features, offering a new and more efficient engine option, and adding a new Platinum luxury trim level. C...
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2016 Hyundai Tucson Test Drive Review
Completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Hyundai Tucson wades into small crossover SUV battle with great styling, a more comfortable and functional interior, top safety ratings, and industry...
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2016 GMC Canyon Test Drive Review
Not everyone needs a full-size truck, and until recently, only Nissan and Toyota offered alternatives. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the re-launched Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are hot sel...
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2015 Chevrolet Impala Test Drive Review
Has the world moved beyond the full-size family sedan? The answer might be yes. Considering that a Chevrolet Impala provides just a few inches of extra space here and a few cubic feet of additional tr...
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2015 Cadillac ATS Test Drive Review
Modern Cadillacs demonstrate that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself, to question traditional wisdom, to challenge prevailing conventions, and to excel in the face of adversity. Want proof? Driv...
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2015 INFINITI Q50 Test Drive Review
Depending on how you set a Q50 up, it can serve as a comfortable and quick all-weather performer, a modern and advanced technological tour de force, a fuel-efficient luxury car, or a fast and furious ...
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2015 Cadillac CTS Test Drive Review
Look no further than the 2015 CTS for evidence of Cadillac’s ongoing transformation. This midsize luxury sport sedan requires greater attention to the details, but gets the fundamentals exactly right....
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2016 Nissan Maxima Test Drive Review
At this point, calling the Nissan Maxima a 4-door sports car seems like an outright lie. A BMW 335i is 4-door sports car. The Maxima? Not so much. But if you like the way this car looks, you’re probab...
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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Test Drive Review
When people go shopping for a rear-drive, 4-passenger sports coupe, the Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang are the primary contenders. Few people add the Hyundai Genesis Coupe to that li...
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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Drive Review
Not too big and not too small, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is an attractive, practical, and fun-to-drive crossover SUV that appeals equally to the left and right sides of your brain. While the int...
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2015 INFINITI QX60 Test Drive Review
Although it sprouts from mainstream Nissan roots, the Infiniti QX60 impresses in terms of style, simplicity, and the successful integration of useful infotainment and safety technologies. While imperf...
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2015 Cadillac Escalade Test Drive Review
As iconic for Cadillac as the Corvette is for Chevrolet, the 2015 Escalade is redesigned and better than ever. Context is everything, though, and it sure seems like Cadillac is charging big money for ...
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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Test Drive Review
When it comes to building a full-size pickup truck, the recipe is simple: Engine + cab + box = truck. The ingredients that go into the recipe, however, vary from one automaker to another. Chevrolet’s ...
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2016 Acura MDX Test Drive Review
Normally, when a car company takes steps to improve a vehicle, the goal is to make people like it more and not less. Somehow, each time Acura improves the MDX, I like it less and not more. That’s true...
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2016 Acura RDX Test Drive Review
For 2016, Acura gives its 5-passenger crossover SUV, the RDX, a thorough update, upgrading the powertrain, enhancing vehicle safety, installing new infotainment technologies, and more. To make sure pe...
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2016 FIAT 500X Test Drive Review
If the new Fiat 500X proves reliable and passes crash tests with top marks, this little crossover has the power to change the automaker’s course, shine its image, and crank up the profit machine. If i...
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2015 Nissan Juke Test Drive Review
The 2015 Nissan Juke is not for everybody. First, you need to love the styling. Second, you need to accept space limitations. And third, you must dismiss unimpressive crash-test ratings and a lack of ...
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2015 Ford Focus Test Drive Review
Engineered in Europe, built in Michigan, and available in a variety of configurations, the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus is a more sophisticated automobile than many people likely expect. Forget what you ...
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2015 Mazda MAZDA6 Test Drive Review
Can a midsize family car exude sensuality and inspire desire? Yes, it can, when it is wearing a Mazda badge. The 2015 Mazda6 looks terrific, blending sleek design and an upscale appearance with deligh...
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2015 Lexus RX 350 Test Drive Review
Last year, the Lexus RX was the best-selling luxury vehicle in America. Quiet, comfortable, practical, dependable, and upscale on the surface where it counts the most, there are good reasons for this ...
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2016 Ford Edge Test Drive Review
For its larger family-oriented cars and crossovers, Ford is slowly fleshing out a “Sport” labeled sub-brand. The Explorer Sport came first, the Edge Sport arrived shortly thereafter, and the Fusion Sp...
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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Test Drive Review
The Lexus CT 200h is not without merit. It is a Lexus. It gets terrific gas mileage. The interior is quite nice. And hatchbacks always help to make life easier. But to be completely up front and hones...
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2015 Toyota Venza Test Drive Review
Equipped with appealing design, a roomy and practical interior, and an indisputable value equation, the 2015 Toyota Venza ought to be a big seller in a country rabid for crossover SUVs. After seven ye...
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Test Drive Review
When buying a Mercedes-Benz CLA250, don’t kid yourself into thinking you’re getting a prestigious luxury car for $30,000, because you’re not. What you’re getting is a ton of style accessorized with a ...
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2014 Nissan Sentra Test Drive Review
It’s easy to tell when someone is “phoning it in.” That’s the feeling I get about Nissan from the 2014 Sentra, a roomy and relatively fuel-efficient small car that otherwise fails to distinguish itsel...
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2014 Nissan Rogue Test Drive Review
My wife and I both got the impression that the new 2014 Nissan Rogue was designed solely around government regulations, focus-group results and parts-shelf component availability, as though the stylis...
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2014 Toyota Camry Test Drive Review
Think of the 2014 Toyota Camry as the peak of the bell curve for midsize family sedans. There’s nothing wrong with this car, but there’s also nothing inspirational about a Camry, nothing to get the ri...
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2014 Nissan Altima Test Drive Review
While it's true that the latest version of the Altima isn’t particularly engaging to drive, that doesn’t mean that it fails as a midsize family sedan. Quite to the contrary, actually, as the 2014 Alti...
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2014 Dodge Dart Test Drive Review
There’s much to like about the 2014 Dodge Dart, a more sophisticated small car than its namesake could possibly convey. Safety is excellent, both in terms of crash-test performance and available techn...
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2014 Toyota Sienna Test Drive Review
Few people actually want a minivan. Rather, these are vehicles purchased primarily for their utility and functionality by practical people who, most likely, will own one for as short a period of time ...
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2014 Dodge Journey Test Drive Review
There’s plenty to like about a 2014 Dodge Journey, from its low pricetag and practical interior to its powerful V6 engine and good crash-test ratings. Perhaps more than anything else, the available Uc...
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2014 Toyota Venza Test Drive Review
Roomy, comfortable, safe and stylish, the 2014 Toyota Venza represents money well spent. In exchange for these attributes, however, buyers must accept that the Venza lacks modern safety technologies a...
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2014 Honda Civic Test Drive Review
Proving that you don’t really need to spend more than $25,000 to obtain a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient, technologically advanced and even luxurious sedan, the 2014 Honda Civic exudes refinement in t...
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2014 Subaru Legacy Test Drive Review
The 2014 Subaru Legacy isn’t the prettiest of the 4-door family cars you can buy, but it is an exceptionally talented wallflower when it comes to fuel economy, safety, comfort, quality and battling th...
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2014 Chevrolet Traverse Test Drive Review
Roomy, safe and dynamically satisfying, the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse delivers full-size SUV space in a more fuel-efficient crossover SUV package. The main concession over a traditional SUV is the Trave...
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2014 Honda Pilot Test Drive Review
You buy a 2014 Honda Pilot because you need one, not because you want one. Form follows function with this midsize crossover SUV, a family-size vehicle designed to carry as many people and as much stu...
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2014 Honda Fit EV Test Drive Review
Honda sure makes it easy to own a 2014 Honda Fit EV, thanks to a cheap lease payment, free maintenance, 82 miles of driving range, a maximum recharging time of 15 hours and a roomy interior. Still, ra...
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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Drive Review
Before you choke on the price tag affixed to a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, remember that it is now packaged, priced and positioned to compete against other midsize, 3-row, 7-passenger SUVs. Not only that, ...
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2014 Jeep Wrangler Test Drive Review
Depending on your point of view, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler is brilliant or it is ridiculous. This rugged American icon is built to go just about anywhere at just about any time, and at a surprisingly affor...
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2013 Hyundai Accent Test Drive Review
On the surface, the Hyundai Accent is an impressive little car. It is stylish inside and out, built to unusually high standards using materials that are uncommonly good at this price point, and contai...
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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Test Drive Review
Long an aspirational symbol of personal success, the iconic Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most popular midsize luxury sedan in America. Strip it of its 3-pointed star, though, and the car’s value equat...
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2014 Mazda MAZDA3 Test Drive Review
If you like the way the redesigned 2014 Mazda 3 looks, you’re going to love the way it drives. Aside from the car’s confining and uncomfortable back seat, there’s little to criticize about this car. B...
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2014 Honda Odyssey Test Drive Review
Honda has perfected the minivan recipe. From safety and technology to performance and comfort, the 2014 Odyssey represents the ultimate in family haulers for the majority of Americans. Unless you need...
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2014 Honda Accord Test Drive Review
The Honda Accord is one of the best-selling sedans in America, but in my opinion, it should be the best-selling sedan. Aside from citing production capacity constraints at the Marysville, Ohio, factor...
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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Test Drive Review
Although it's aging, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze remains a strong competitor in the popular compact class. Stylish, safe and affordable, the 2014 Cruze adds yet another appealing attribute in the form of...
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2014 Acura MDX Test Drive Review
Last year’s MDX, though 7 years old, was a terrific crossover SUV: big, bold and stylish, whether you liked its looks or not. Now, a redesigned 2014 Acura MDX is on sale, seemingly sanitized for every...
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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Test Drive Review
Redesigned for 2014, the all-new GMC Sierra 1500 represents a massive improvement upon its predecessor. It is more powerful and fuel-efficient, more comfortable and technologically sophisticated, able...
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Review
A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is no mere boulder-bashing lifestyle vehicle, and while it proudly wears its “Trail Rated" badge, it is a more useful tool for daily living than many SUV buyers might assume...
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2013 Toyota Tacoma Test Drive Review
The 2013 Toyota Tacoma leads a shrinking midsize pickup class in terms of size and capability, but as the latest crop of full-size trucks becomes more fuel-efficient without any loss of hauling and to...
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2013 Toyota Prius Test Drive Review
An iconic hybrid that has long waved the flag of efficient mobility, the Toyota Prius is getting gray around the edges. The car is undeniably practical, incredibly fuel efficient, extremely reliable a...
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2013 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review
Dodge has pitched the Charger at both men and women using advertisements designed to provoke primal responses around themes related to empowerment, control, escape and even survival, but there’s no qu...
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2013 Chrysler 300 Test Drive Review
Luxury doesn't get much more affordable than a Chrysler 300, and while it's not the most refined sedan you can buy, it sure delivers serious bang for the buck no matter which trim you choose. Stylish ...
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2013 Toyota Camry Test Drive Review
Just one year after a complete redesign, the 2013 Toyota Camry is already a senior statesman among midsize sedans. Facing increased competition, the best-selling family car suffers from staid styling,...
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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Test Drive Review
Truck buyers are fiercely brand loyal, and even if Truck A is better than Truck B in some way, Truck B is usually proven superior to Truck A in another way. Measured against its competition, the 2013 ...
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2013 Ford F-150 Test Drive Review
The 2013 Ford F-150 proves that pickup trucks are no longer simple work tools offered with a few extras that make a Saturday night on the town more comfortable. Modern full-size trucks provide all the...
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2013 Honda CR-V Test Drive Review
If you like the way the 2013 Honda CR-V looks and you don’t mind driving a vehicle that’s merely adequate in terms of power, then you’re a good candidate for this compact crossover SUV. As a daily dri...
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2013 Ford Fusion Test Drive Review
The 2013 Ford Fusion represents an almost faultless execution of a modern midsize family sedan. Looking great and driving better, the new Fusion is safe in a collision while offering a range of inform...
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2013 Toyota Corolla Test Drive Review
The 2013 Toyota Corolla is an appliance, a vehicle constructed to and dynamically tuned to lowest common denominator requirements. However, excellent crash-test and reliability ratings, combined with ...
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