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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 Plug-in Hybrid 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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