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From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most re... (More)

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Test Drive Review A subset of the automotive community insists the answer to every type of “what car should I get?” question is “Mazda Miata.” This passionate response stems from the fact that the Miata is reliable,
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2017 Cadillac Escalade Preview Is there any vehicle that better encapsulates American exceptionalism than the Cadillac Escalade? It's a rolling manifesto of opulence, style, and accomplishment. Where other large SUVs are niche v
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta Preview The concept of a compact sedan doesn’t always conjure up images of the highest-quality vehicles. In fact, it probably makes most people think of bare-bones commuter cars. But not all compacts need
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2017 smart fortwo Preview Want proof that big things can come in small packages? Look no further than the smart fortwo. It’s a 2-seat urban runabout that takes up minimal space for the ever-crucial challenge of city parking
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2017 Lexus CT 200h Preview It doesn’t look like anything else on the road, and why should it? A hybrid hatchback designed for a new generation of discerning car buyer should be anything but your ordinary grocery-getter. Lexu
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2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV Preview The Cadillac Escalade represents the height of safety, luxury, and technology among American SUVs. Although it has sometimes been cast as a study in excess, its fourth generation has grown far more
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2017 Maserati Ghibli Preview The Maserati brand conjures up images of the height of Italian luxury. Say the name and you can almost picture a classic grand touring car gracefully running along a road that hugs the shore of Lak
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2017 Audi RS 7 Preview Whoever said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it too has clearly not heard of the 2017 Audi RS 7. Based on the A7 and S7 fastback sedans, the RS 7 delivers a seemingly improbable amount of luxur
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2017 Audi TTS Preview You don’t need a supercar to feel like you're driving at the height of performance. Sure, a midengine monster like the Audi R8 halo car will turn heads anywhere it goes. But for those less interest
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2017 BMW 4 Series Preview The personal luxury coupe. It's a statement of individuality and accomplishment. The 4 Series, BMW’s entrant in this market segment, is both aspirational and attainable. The twin-kidney grille and
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2017 Audi TT Preview You can often tell a lot about the purpose of an object simply by its appearance. From the raked rear window emphasizing front-seat occupancy to the wheel wells pushed out to the corners, anyone ta
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2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Test Drive Review What ever happened to station wagons? What once seemed like the ultimate blend of form and function in the 1960s has evolved into a completely niche vehicle segment. As history goes, wagons gave wa
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2017 Nissan Altima Preview By their very nature, family sedans are not barn-burning performance vehicles. But just because a class of vehicle prioritizes practicality and reliability doesn’t mean it also has to be boring. Wh
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2017 Nissan 370Z Preview In pursuing a pure sports car you can drive every day, a few requisites need to be met. The car must have strong acceleration and precise cornering, yet it must also have creature comforts and acce
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2017 Honda Accord Coupe Preview In the modern car market, the personal commuter coupe is something of a dying breed. This was once a segment dominated by cars like the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Thunderbird, and other American m
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2017 Honda Accord Preview Consumer tastes can be fickle. The station wagon was once the ultimate family vehicle, but it was soon replaced by the minivan. And now it appears the minivan has given way to the crossover. But th
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2016 Toyota Prius Test Drive Review About 10 years ago, if you looked at hybrid sales, they would be closely tied to the price of fuel. As gas prices rose, so did sales of fuel-saving hybrids. As they fell, people were more likely to
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2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Test Drive Review The Jeep Wrangler is an American icon, embodying the best combination of attributes you can buy in a vehicle today. It’s got a convertible top for the summer and 4-wheel drive for the winter and go
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Test Drive Review You say, “It’s never going to be me.” You tell yourself it can happen to others. Then you’re there, standing under the piercing lights, the cold air sending chills down your spine. You’re in an air
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2017 Toyota Camry Preview Being a top-selling car does not take some kind of automotive wizardry, or sales managers who can hypnotize customers. It takes a solid foundation of 5-passegner comfort, easy-to-use technology, a
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2017 Audi S8 Preview How do you define a no-compromise luxury car? On the one hand, you have performance; on the other, comfort and lavish appointments. By their very nature, full-size luxury flagship sedans err toward
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2017 Audi A8 Preview The full-size luxury sedan market runs the gamut from the lavish to the performance-oriented. Cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class err on the side of the former, while the BMW 7 Series errs on the l
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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Test Drive Review Midsize pickup trucks offer some advantages over their full-size brethren, like improved fuel economy and the ability to actually fit in city parking spaces. But start shopping around for these sve
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2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Preview Few names carry as much weight in the performance car world as the name “Shelby.” The late Carroll Shelby helped Ford earn its first-ever win at the vaunted Le Mans 24-hour race in the GT40 racecar
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2016 Toyota Corolla Test Drive Review With a focus on impressive fuel economy and cost-effectiveness, the Toyota Corolla has long been the cornerstone of the economy-car market, but for 2016 it faces its strongest competition to date.
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2016 Ford Focus Test Drive Review For as red-hot and competitive as the economy-car segment is, success in this corner of the market is based on some pretty mundane variables. It comes down to things like fuel economy, price, numbe
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2017 Bugatti Chiron Preview When Bugatti launched the Veyron in 2005, it instantly set the gold standard for on-road automotive performance. With 1,000 hp and record-setting speed, the Veyron even changed the vernacular: the
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Test Drive Review It’s easy to forget how important a car like the Chevrolet Camaro is to American car culture. When it was first introduced, it served as General Motors’ mighty counterpunch to the iconic Ford Musta
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2017 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive Review Every year, compact cars get better and better. As early as the mid-2000s, it occurred to some automakers that commuters desired features like heated leather seats, navigation, and keyless entry in
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2016 Ram 1500 Test Drive Review The 2016 Ram 1500 Limited is quite possibly the most luxurious truck we’ve ever driven. It gives the GMC Sierra Denali a run for its money. But Ram’s first true entrant in the “luxury truck” market
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2017 Lexus LC 500 Preview Certain automakers have seemingly inescapable reputations. While Lexus has a sterling record for its reliable cars, it has also–perhaps undeservedly–earned a stigma for making boring cars. In an ef
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2016 Cadillac CTS Test Drive Review Every brand needs to undergo occasional makeovers to keep its product portfolio relevant. Brands like Lexus and Jaguar have been doing this the last 5 to 10 years, but the brand that took it upon i
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2016 Infiniti QX60 Preview Luxury can mean different things to different people. The old definition usually involved lots of interior space and leather appointments. These days, it means the latest high-tech entertainment an
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2017 Ford GT Preview The American Supercar is an illusive and evolving notion. Sometimes, cars like the Chevrolet Corvette ascend to supercar level with offerings like the ZR-1. Other times, the Dodge Viper steps up wi
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2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Preview It has been said that convertibles are a reward. They're not really as useful or versatile as a crossover, minivan, or SUV, and so they usually end up reflecting a desire rather than a need. But no
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2017 Infiniti QX30 Preview The compact luxury market is currently one of the hottest new-car segments, including both small sedans and hatchbacks and red-hot compact luxury SUVs. Somewhere in the middle is the all-new 2017 I
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2017 Bentley Bentayga Preview As ever more car brands expand into all manner of new crossover and SUV segments, automakers that were once relegated to very specific vehicle types are now venturing into uncharted terrain. We've
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2017 Jaguar XE Preview When it comes to the luxury sedan market, names like the 3 Series or A4 are often mentioned as longtime leaders. But the 2017 model year sees a new entrant in the form of the Jaguar XE. With propor
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2016 BMW M2 Preview The BMW M division was founded in 1972 as the venerable German automaker's motorsport wing. Almost 45 years later, M has grown into a massive division with a full model lineup of its own. However,
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2016 Toyota Mirai Preview The automotive landscape is arguably undergoing some pretty serious change. The auto industry must look pretty unfamiliar to anyone who thinks hybrids and electric cars are still novelties, now tha
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2016 Lexus RC 200t Preview The daily drive to work can be a pretty boring affair, and maybe you've been feeling like you need something to liven it up. That's where the 2016 Lexus RC 200t comes in--a fun and engaging 2-door
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2016 Lexus RC F Preview For too long, the the performance coupe market was limited to the same three German entrants: The BMW M3 came first, and was eventually joined by the RS4, RS5, and C63 AMG. But now Lexus is crashin
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2016 Lexus RC 300 Preview The automotive marketplace is expanding in new and exciting ways. From luxury crossovers to high-performance hatchbacks, pretty much anything is on the table these days. But sometimes we still year
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2016 Lexus RC 350 Preview There are only a handful of luxury coupes out there that cater to the discerning customer with an artful 2-door body style. Even fewer are the coupes that also deliver impressive performance. At th
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2016 Hyundai Genesis Preview The definition of luxury has changed throughout the years. It was once meant to refer to unquestionable opulence and excess. But now that we live in a world where even the biggest banks and automak
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2016 Subaru BRZ Preview In recent years, the automotive industry has been in a crisis. Cars are safer, more efficient, and more powerful than ever, not to mention more technologically advanced in regard to both infotainme
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2016 Cadillac CT6 Preview Cadillac is undergoing a complete rejuvenation. Well, maybe more like a shot in the arm. The true metamorphosis occurred in the mid-to-late 2000s, with the growth of the CTS sedan, the maturation o
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2016 Toyota Prius v Preview Certain brands become such a standard-bearer for their genre or market that their name comes to represent that segment as a whole (like a synecdoche). This could be said of Kleenex (tissues), or th
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2016 Ferrari California Preview Few brands, automotive or otherwise, command the sort of recognition and gravitas that Ferrari does. The automaker truly has a reputation that precedes it, respected and adored by people the world
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Preview The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has grown from the German automaker's entry-level car to a matured, handsome 5-passenger executive sedan. Not only has it grown in terms of its physical size, but its styl
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2016 Honda Accord Coupe Preview Personal luxury is a concept that sometimes feels lost in the age of carpooling and ride-sharing. But while cars like the Acura Integra or Cadillac Eldorado have gone the way of the Dodo, the Honda
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2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Preview The spectrum of luxury automakers runs from the comfort minded to the performance oriented. BMW has long prided itself on leaning toward the performance end of things, signified by its “Ultimate Dr
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2016 BMW 4 Series Preview Driving a performance sedan is the perfect compromise between the thrill of driving and everyday practicality, but it’s just that—a compromise. When you truly want a driver-centric experience every
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2016 BMW 5 Series Preview Within the BMW sedan lineup, prospective buyers have something of a “Goldilocks” scenario. On the one end you have the hard-driving 3 Series, offering performance at semi-reasonable cost. On the ot
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2016 BMW 3 Series Preview BMW has clung to its slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” even as that definition has changed through the years. Once considered the expression of pure driving performance, BMWs have now come to
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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Drive Review Hybrids have been sold since around the turn of the century. In that time there have been sedan, hatchback, and even pickup hybrids. There have also been a few hybrid SUVs here and there, but Toyot
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2014 Infiniti Q60 Test Drive Review Don’t look now, but the luxury coupe is a dying breed. Once the staple of the American Road, it is hard to imagine a brand like Lincoln or Chrysler without luxurious, powerful coupes. But there are
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2015 Hyundai Genesis Test Drive Review Have you ever seen a sports or action movie in which the protagonist makes a first attempt at a goal early in the movie, fails, then embarks on a training montage, only to succeed in the end? The l
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2014 Toyota 4Runner Test Drive Review It's a marvel that traditional body-on-frame SUVs continue to exist in the modern marketplace. With the explosion of the crossover market, buyers have eschewed traditional SUVs for car-based crosso
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2014 Kia Soul Test Drive Review A car does not always have to be a V12-powered exotic supercar to make a statement. Take the Kia Soul, for example—it's hard to think of another vehicle whose purpose is to be a fuel-efficient, dai
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2014 Toyota Tundra Test Drive Review How does one "eat crow"? I’m not quite sure, but after spending a week with the Toyota Tundra, I must officially change my stance on Toyota’s full-size pickup and put it right up with the Big Three
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2014 Ford Fiesta Test Drive Review If more subcompacts were like the Ford Fiesta, more buyers might actually want to own city cars. I have not always felt this way about the diminutive Ford runabout, but with its 2014 mid-life refre
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2014 Toyota Prius c Test Drive Review The Toyota Prius family is growing. The iconic hybrid has been so successful Toyota has seen fit to expand the Prius into a multi-vehicle sub-brand. It still lives under the Toyota name, but has ex
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2014 BMW X5 Test Drive Review With vehicles like the X6, 5 Series GT and 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW seems bent on breaking traditional notions of vehicle classes. Sport Activity Coupes, 4-door coupes and performance crossovers mi
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2014 Toyota Highlander Test Drive Review The crossover has come a long way. Sure, that sounds like a tired trope, but when you are in the market for such a ubiquitous family vehicle, you should probably be used to over-done terms like “In
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2014 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review Oh, to be the King of Hazzard County. I’d say Duke, but driving around in a 2014 Dodge Charger SXT feels that much better. Though not quite as powerful as the V8-powered R/T and SRT variants, this
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2014 Infiniti Q50 Test Drive Review What’s in a name? If you are employed in Infiniti’s marketing department, that question has been a source of frustration and ire as of late. The Japanese luxury brand has renamed its entire lineup
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2014 Subaru Forester Test Drive Review If you live in New England, Colorado or the Pacific Northwest, Subarus are common sights. Here in Massachusetts, they frequently line the frost-heaved and salt-worn streets. Subaru has focused on t
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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Test Drive Review If you own a pickup truck, you know it gets used for far more than hauling loads and general work duty. It is also the family wagon, camping support vehicle and the ride that everyone can rely on n
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2014 Volkswagen Passat Test Drive Review One of the most important aspects of going to a high-school reunion is what to wear. You want to dress up but not too much, so as to send the right message. Go in a suit, and people will think you’
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2014 Toyota Corolla Test Drive Review Certain vehicle segments define themselves by hyperbole in a particular metric. Performance cars are measured in horsepower and 0-60 times, pickup trucks are vetted on towing and hauling capabiliti
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2014 BMW 4 Series Test Drive Review The 3 Series Coupe is dead. Long live the 3 Series Coupe. BMW’s compact luxury 2-door was the thing that enthusiasts lusted for, pinching pennies for the chance to pick one up in the classi
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2013 Chrysler 200 Test Drive Review The Chrysler 200 is in no risk of going down in the pantheon of “Greatest Cars of All Time.” In fact, it was one of the striking symbols of a low point for the American automaker. But few cars have
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2014 Kia Forte Test Drive Review Kia has come a long way. For the majority of its 20-plus-year presence in the North American market, the Korean automaker moved vehicles under a bargain-basement approach, dealing no-frills rides a
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2014 Lexus ES 350 Test Drive Review Although in the North American market since 1989, Lexus came to be the pillar of reliability and comfort that it is now in the mid-1990s. A first-generation Lexus ES 300 did not have the performanc
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