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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2021 Toyota Supra Test Drive Review
One year after its return, the Toyota Supra comes with two new engines: one that makes this two-seat coupe more powerful and one that makes it more affordable. Styled in Japan, developed in Germany, a...
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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Test Drive Review
Mercedes-Benz treats motorsport with the same awestricken passion as it does safety. Nearly a century's worth of racing victories and records are the lifeblood beating within a car like the AMG GT. Wh...
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2020 Toyota Highlander Test Drive Review
Midsize three-row SUVs are all spacious and powerful, but only the Toyota Highlander reaches the premium threshold for passenger comfort. Redesigned for 2020, the Highlander's revised styling and tech...
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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Test Drive Review
It's easy to hit 40 miles per gallon in a big sedan with three other people. Sophisticated gas-electric hybrid systems make this possible on larger cars without sacrificing comfort or space. But now, ...
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2020 BMW X3 M Test Drive Review
The BMW X3 looks great, drives even better, and has the utility and straightforward design that will still appeal to buyers 10 years from now. Redesigned for 2018, the 2020 X3 brings two new trims aim...
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2020 Genesis G70 Test Drive Review
The Genesis G70 has everything going for someone who wants a small, sporty sedan. Speed, sound, style, quilted stitching, valet service—everything that starts with an "s" except status. The mass marke...
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2020 Porsche 911 Test Drive Review
A new Porsche 911 is a historic event deserving a ticker-tape parade. Its humble, altogether feeble beginnings as the Porsche 356, a Volkswagen Beetle offshoot, have progressed over six decades as the...
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2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Test Drive Review
A Mercedes-Benz is a physical indulgence that gives as much or as little pleasure as your checking account allows. The 2020 E-Class starts off well-equipped in ways a $55,000 Mercedes wasn't just a fe...
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2020 Hyundai Kona Test Drive Review
The Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is one of the smallest cars you can buy with all-wheel drive. It competes in a class of four-door hatchbacks with the lifted suspensions and higher driving positions th...
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive Review
New for 2007, the Hyundai Elantra enters 2008 with one fewer trim level and more safety features. It has fresh styling and is worth a look against established competitors like the Honda Civic, Toyota ...
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2008 Hyundai Accent Test Drive Review
New for 2006, the Hyundai Accent is a subcompact car built on skimpy bones. It sells on price rather than any particularly redeeming qualities you can see, hear, or feel. It's not safe, it's not hands...
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2007 Audi A3 Test Drive Review
New to the U.S. market for 2006, the Audi A3 is a compact four-door hatchback sharing much of its family DNA with the Volkswagen Golf. But as an Audi, it offers more technology, luxury, and refinement...
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2007 Lexus IS Test Drive Review
New for 2006, the Lexus IS carries into 2007 as a fresh compact sedan with loads of standard amenities and a sport-tuned chassis that can keep up with BMWs. Drivers who prioritize comfort over outrigh...
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2020 Honda Civic Test Drive Review
Minor design tweaks, more standard safety and convenience features, and more manual transmissions arrive as the standout changes for the Civic's 2020 model year. Last redesigned for the 2016 model yea...
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2008 Lexus IS Test Drive Review
The second-generation Lexus IS debuted for 2006. While not as overtly sporty as its predecessor, this IS now has the comfort and refinement shoppers expect from a Lexus. But just when you think Lexus ...
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2005 Ford Mustang Test Drive Review
Since 1964, the Ford Mustang has been the go-to car for Americans who want to look good with a couple friends and maybe, if they've spent just a bit more, tear down the road with a grumbling V8 engine...
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2008 Dodge Charger Test Drive Review
Since relaunching the Charger name as a modern 4-door sedan for 2006, Dodge has continued its streak of building aggressive-looking cars with big engines. Very few changes are in store for the 2008 mo...
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2008 Acura TL Test Drive Review
For its final year of the current generation, the 2008 Acura TL returns with even more power and some touchups to its hot exterior. It remains one of the best values among luxury sedans, and the Type-...
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2006 Audi A6 Test Drive Review
New for 2005, the Audi A6 is one of the most stylish 4-doors money can buy, starting in the low $40,000 range. Where the smaller A4 is a nice starter Audi, the A6 puts power and technology on full dis...
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2005 Acura TL Test Drive Review
One year into a fresh redesign, the 2005 Acura TL is big on power, edgy style, and standard equipment. It's one of the most feature-packed luxury sedans on sale—and one of the most fun to drive.
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2005 Ford Explorer Test Drive Review
The 2005 Explorer was the last of the third generation, which debuted for 2002. It's based on a truck frame and has more heavy-duty chops than many of its owners will ever use. Key for 2005 is standar...
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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Review
The Grand Cherokee, like the Grand Wagoneer before it, has appealed to the Jeep set who want to get all roughneck in the woods but also go home in comfort with their doors assembled. New for 2005, the...
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2006 Audi A4 Test Drive Review
The B7-generation Audi A4 is new for 2006 with more performance, amenities, and big-grille styling. Though it's really a refresh of the 2001 A4 is no demerit. Available in sedan, wagon, or convertible...
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2007 Ford Focus Test Drive Review
The first-generation Ford Focus continues into 2007 with minimal changes to its winning formula of fun, practicality, and efficiency. New for 2007 in some markets is a special badge that lets people k...
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2007 Dodge Caliber Test Drive Review
Replacing the Neon sedan for 2007 is the Caliber, a 4-door hatchback that sits higher than a conventional compact car and lower than many compact SUVs. While it packs some nifty convenience features a...
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2006 Ford Focus Test Drive Review
The first-generation Ford Focus continues into 2006 with minimal changes to its winning formula of fun, practicality, and efficiency. A new Street Performance Package dresses up the ST, while buyers o...
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2007 Honda CR-V Test Drive Review
The 2007 CR-V is brand-new in its third generation. New exterior and interior style, more refinement, and higher fuel economy round out the big changes. A lot carries over, but some things are missing...
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2005 Honda CR-V Test Drive Review
Upgrades to the second-generation Honda CR-V are minimal for 2005, except for big improvements in passenger safety and a new trim level. The CR-V is easy to drive, all-weather friendly, and it will ke...
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2005 Nissan Altima Test Drive Review
This year marks the biggest change for Nissan's once-compact sedan, the Altima. It now becomes a true midsize car, with massive jumps in interior space and cargo room. For 2005, the Altima added a spo...
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2005 Toyota Corolla Test Drive Review
New for 2003, the ninth-generation Toyota Corolla continued this compact sedan's fuel efficiency, cost, and steadfast reliability while improving quality and safety. The 2005 is a notable model year f...
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2020 Nissan LEAF Test Drive Review
This is the car I wish Nissan made 10 years ago, when the first-generation Leaf almost stranded me on my way to work. Batteries have improved so much since 2010, they've made those early cars practica...
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2020 Genesis G90 Test Drive Review
The Genesis G90 exists for a very small number of car buyers. The Korean-made flagship of the Hyundai Motor Group is a satisfying car to drive, yet it has no direct competitor. No one who can afford a...
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2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Drive Review
The 2020 Corsair replaces the MKC as the most entry-level Lincoln in the lineup, and it doesn't look the least bit short on style. If you haven't checked out a new Lincoln SUV, you're missing a brand ...
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2020 Nissan Sentra Test Drive Review
For 38 years, Nissan has peddled the Sentra as its definitive starter car. It’s a household name like Civic, Corolla, and Jetta—all of which are brand-new or have been refreshed in the last couple of ...
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2020 Toyota Tacoma Test Drive Review
Growing up in the post–Marty McFly era, I saw small Toyota pickups everywhere in America. When the American automakers abandoned this market in the late 2000s, Toyota kept on trucking. The Tacoma rema...
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2020 RAM 2500 Test Drive Review
Heavy-duty trucks are all about headroom. It's packing a half-ton of timber in the bed without feeling a thing in the cab, or pulling 8,000 pounds and knowing there's another 8,000 or more in reserve....
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2020 Ford Explorer Test Drive Review
For nearly 30 years, the Ford Explorer has settled into the American lexicon like Cheerios. We've gobbled up millions of them, from the rock-crawling Eddie Bauers of the 1990s to the brand-new ST that...
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2020 Nissan Titan Test Drive Review
Not many shoppers pick the Titan over a Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, or Ram 1500. Nissan has redesigned the Titan only once since its 2004 model-year debut, and twice over, it's been mediocre. Just as...
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2020 Volvo XC90 Test Drive Review
The XC90 has been one of our favorite family shuttles for 18 model years. This 3-row Volvo continues for 2020 as it was during its 2016 redesign, which brought dramatic new design language, chassis ar...
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Test Drive Review
Suburbs mean a lot to Mercedes. Company research is dead set on an American future of growing megacities, which feed growing mega-suburbs underserved by mass transit—basically, all the places we’re mo...
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2020 Toyota Prius Prime Test Drive Review
Stop right here if you want to save the most money on gas. Close your other browser tabs and take a bank check to the nearest Toyota dealer. The Prius Prime is the most efficient plug-in hybrid on sal...
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2020 Cadillac XT6 Test Drive Review
Loaded minivans offer unrivaled space and top out near $45,000, but they don’t have the same presence and style as 3-row SUVs and crossovers from luxury brands. Cadillac is very late to this market, t...
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2019 BMW 3 Series Test Drive Review
Since 1975, the BMW 3 Series has defined what a small, sporty sedan should be. In its seventh generation, the 3 is very much in the zone it created. It’s trim and athletic, handsome yet stoic, and abo...
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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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