Clifford Atiyeh is a reporter and photographer who has spent a good portion of his life driving cars he doesn't own. He is vice president of the New England Motor Press Association and committed to saving both manuals and old Volvos.

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2019 Lexus RC F Test Drive Review
Rear-wheel-drive coupes have a place in every car enthusiast's heart, but they don't have a spot in every enthusiast's garage, because children and spouses and college loans have built up a natural re...
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Drive Review
The Toyota Prius has become a household name over its 20-year lifespan, the Camry Hybrid arrived back in 2007, and Ford was first with a hybrid crossover in 2009. So, the RAV4 Hybrid was beyond overdu...
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Test Drive Review
Volkswagen settled on a basic formula in the 1980s: Take a popular economy car and hot-rod it without dramatically increasing price or fuel consumption. The result was a hopped-up Rabbit hatchback dub...
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2019 Maserati Levante Test Drive Review
When the Maserati brothers opened shop in Bologna during the months before World War I, they conceived a racing team that would ship out beautiful, hot-blooded sports cars—and then see them return wit...
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2019 Honda Civic Test Drive Review
The tenth-generation Civic has been out since 2016, and for 2019, Honda makes only minor tweaks to this compact car's winning formula of style, value, and performance. Lots of cars are good these days...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Test Drive Review
Military vehicles are not meant to massage their passengers into a heated slumber. They're made to transport soldiers and lay down suppressive fire. That the original 1979 Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, ...
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2020 Kia Telluride Test Drive Review
Usually, when I step out of an SUV and feel great, there's a luxury nameplate on the tailgate. Not this time. The Telluride grabbed me from the moment my white-over-grey test car arrived. And after 50...
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2019 Kia Niro EV Test Drive Review
Brand-new for 2019, the Niro EV is the first electric Kia to crack 200 miles of range. It’s based on the Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, which Kia introduced in 2017, but it forgoes the gasoline engin...
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2019 INFINITI QX80 Test Drive Review
Maybe you’re considering a giant SUV with a fancy badge. If so, you presumably enjoy an unlimited gas budget. You’ve peeked at the Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz GLS, and maybe the ...
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2019 Honda Passport Test Drive Review
With four SUVs currently in its lineup, it may be hard to imagine, but there was a time when Honda had no idea how to build one. In 1993, Isuzu did the hard work, offering its body-on-frame Rodeo, whi...
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2019 Jaguar I-PACE Test Drive Review
For car owners who still cringe upon reading “electric” and “Jaguar” in the same sentence, fear not. The 2019 I-Pace has gone through the most thorough development cycle in the British automaker’s his...
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2019 Nissan Maxima Test Drive Review
The Maxima has endured for eight generations as a premium midsize Nissan sedan. While not the “four-door sports car” that Nissan proclaims, the Maxima’s powerful V6 engines and crisp handling have ear...
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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Test Drive Review
Lincoln’s alphabet soup of car names is no worse than Acura's, Cadillac's, or INFINITI's, and they haven’t done much good for Ford's middling luxury division. The quest to copy European brands by drop...
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2019 Genesis G70 Test Drive Review
In 2017, Hyundai launched a new brand, Genesis, as a dedicated car company vying for new showrooms and tens of thousands of potential new customers. At least in theory, what worked for Acura, Lexus, a...
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2018 Jaguar E-PACE Test Drive Review
In 2012, Jaguar sold only three models, none of which attracted anyone seeking practicality. Low to the ground, rear-wheel drive, and packed with big V8 engines, these cars were expensive—and incredib...
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2018 Lexus LS 500 Test Drive Review
Since its 1989 debut, the Lexus LS has delivered more luxury at less cost than large sedans from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Toyota created the Lexus brand as a bold upstart built on reliability, value, an...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Test Drive Review
When Mercedes-Benz introduced the CLS in 2004, the curvy 4-seater was the most radical-looking sedan the company had ever made. The world had witnessed more obscure sedans with extreme style—the Rover...
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Test Drive Review
No new car feels so comfortably worn as the Jeep Wrangler, and arguably none has a more fanatical and fiercely loyal group of followers than this 77-year-old American brand. The Wrangler is a sun-lovi...
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2018 MINI Countryman Hybrid Plug-in Test Drive Review
In their physical operation and everyday practicality, plug-in hybrids are head-scratchers. So are MINI Coopers, which are a personality cult of quirky, offbeat designs. The two have finally met in th...
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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Test Drive Review
BMW makes so much money it can afford to develop peculiar cars based on its popular cars. The 6 Series Gran Turismo, which replaces the 5 Series Gran Turismo (in production since the 2010 model year),...
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2018 Hyundai Kona Test Drive Review
Hyundai's new Kona is a subcompact crossover sized and priced below the Tucson and two Santa Fe models. It’s a cute, funky runabout that offers a lot of conveniences at a reasonable price. Style and t...
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2018 BMW X2 Test Drive Review
Based on the MINI Cooper, inspired by the Subaru Crosstrek, and priced like a BMW, the new X2 is the company’s latest of six crossovers. It’s smaller and more expensive than the X1, cheaper than the X...
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2018 Honda HR-V Test Drive Review
Introduced for 2016, the subcompact HR-V sits below the compact CR-V and midsize Pilot. It’s based on the Fit hatchback but offers higher ground clearance, optional all-wheel drive, and a more premium...
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2018 Nissan Rogue Test Drive Review
Without counting pickup trucks, the Nissan Rogue is the second best-selling car in the entire U.S. In 2017, Americans bought more than 403,000 of them (only a few thousand more people chose a Toyota R...
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2018 Honda Accord Test Drive Review
While American sedans have come and gone, the Honda Accord has kept a singular purpose (and the same name) for 42 straight years. It’s reliable, roomy, efficient, and unpretentious. Yet unlike most fa...
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2018 BMW X3 Test Drive Review
The South Carolina-built X3 is one of five BMW crossovers on sale. Soon there’ll be seven, progressively stepping up in size and price from X1 to X7. Look closely at the 2018 X3, otherwise you won’t r...
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Test Drive Review
Most Land Rover owners have enough income and free time to spend a week and $10,000 off-roading in Colorado. That isn’t sarcasm—it’s a pleasant reality for this luxury SUV brand. Cash-rich buyers will...
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2017 Porsche Panamera Test Drive Review
Introduced in 2010, the Panamera wasn’t surprising for being Porsche’s first-ever sedan. The shock was that a large luxury four-door could perform at the highest levels exhibited by the company’s 911 ...
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Test Drive Review
You get what you pay for. For a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, you’ll pay a lot, but the reward will be owning one of the finest luxury cars on the face of the planet. The only reason to shop around is if you...
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2017 Lincoln Continental Test Drive Review
Lincoln was a legend. The Continental, which carried enormous V12 engines in the ‘40s and several U.S. presidents in the ‘60s and ‘70s, was a masterpiece. Today, Lincoln is lucky to be in business aft...
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2017 Ford Focus RS Test Drive Review
Europeans did this to us. They made us crave the Ford Focus RS, a street-legal rally car with way too much turbocharged power driving the front wheels. That was in 2009, and only in 2016 has Ford’s Eu...
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2017 Nissan Titan Test Drive Review
Like loose change under a sofa cushion, the Nissan Titan has been here all along, waiting to be discovered. In 2016, 8,000 people grabbed one. The other 2.7 million truck buyers found a Ford, Chevy, G...
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2017 Dodge Challenger Test Drive Review
No car is more overtly retro than a Dodge Challenger. I wasn’t born in the sixties or seventies, and so I didn’t pack any buddies in the back to chase girls and do burnouts when gas was 25 cents a gal...
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Test Drive Review
As cars lose out to more popular trucks and crossovers, the C-Class sedan is still the best-selling Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. More than 70,000 Americans took a C-Class home in 2016, all of them attrac...
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Test Drive Review
Like designer clothes that end up on the T.J. Maxx rack, consider the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class as runway-grade fashion for a fraction of the price. Introduced for 2014, this curvy compact is the cheape...
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2017 Jaguar XE Test Drive Review
BMW invented the category. Everyone else has tried it. The compact luxury sedan is typically what hooks people to or steers them away from a car brand. Jaguar, after the X-Type between 2001 and 2008, ...
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2017 Jaguar F-PACE Test Drive Review
In most every situation, the first time isn’t the best time. But Jaguar’s first SUV is so good—in style, performance, and value—that we’re struck at what could possibly be next. Few American buyers ch...
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2016 Honda Civic Test Drive Review
Through each of its nine previous generations, the Honda Civic has upheld thrift and dependability in a very small, fun-to-drive package. The all-new 2016 Civic takes bold chances in elevating small-c...
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2017 Honda Ridgeline Test Drive Review
Honda likes to build cars, yet it’s also proficient at building motorcycles, airplanes, lawn mowers, generators, and even homes. With so many corporate divisions, it’s fair to assume Honda engineers d...
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2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Drive Review
Toyota started building hybrid SUVs before anyone else bothered to try. That the Highlander Hybrid has survived 11 years with the most meager of sales—typically, it’s less than 3 percent of all Highla...
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2016 BMW X1 Test Drive Review
The march of Xs rolls on and cannot stop, especially when it comes to the little BMW X1. Redesigned for 2016, the X1 arrives right as compact luxury SUV sales are surging. That might be good for BMW, ...
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2016 Lexus RX 350 Test Drive Review
In 1998, Lexus had a revolutionary idea for its all-new luxury SUV: Mount the body on a lower, smooth-riding car chassis instead of a rough-and-tumble truck. Presto—the RX, and the entire luxury cross...
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Test Drive Review
I’m intimate with the Chevrolet Cruze like few other car writers. I took my best friend’s 2012 Cruze from Baltimore to Las Vegas, past tractor trailers hauling coffins in Kansas and through lonely 100...
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2016 Audi Q3 Test Drive Review
Compact crossovers and SUVs are among the nation's hottest-selling vehicles, and that means plenty of choices. Audi's latest is the Q3, which slots below the compact Q5 and the three-row Q7. There's a...
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2016 BMW 2 Series Test Drive Review
BMW doesn’t call itself the maker of the “Ultimate Driving Machine” for nothing. The 2 Series—which replaced the 1 Series in the U.S. for 2014—is that sort of car. BMW can sell swift-handling SUVs all...
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2015 Jaguar XJ-Series Test Drive Review
It’s entirely understandable if, off the top of your head, you can name only two luxury car brands. Mercedes and BMW are the most recognizable, because they’re all most Americans buy when $700 monthly...
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2016 Honda Pilot Test Drive Review
Under its tall, truck-like proportions, the all-new Honda Pilot is built on a minivan chassis. Since the first 2003 model, Honda has paired truck-like styling with car-like driving, an ideal combinati...
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2015 BMW X5 Test Drive Review
Once upon a time, a large, utilitarian BMW was a 5 Series station wagon and nothing more. Today, BMW sells eight high-roof models in the U.S., only one of which is a genuine wagon. The X5, first intro...
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2014 GMC Acadia Test Drive Review
Let’s face the facts on plush, carlike SUVs with 3 rows of seats. They didn’t get popular because American families faced an influx of motorboats appearing on their lawn, requiring a powerful vehicle ...
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2014 BMW 3 Series Test Drive Review
If you can afford to shop for a BMW 3 Series, you’ve probably made up your mind about this venerable sports sedan. Arriving in 1981, the 3 Series invented the very category, offering a near-unbeatable...
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