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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: We Drive The World's Most Efficient Car
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: We Drive The World's Most Efficient Car

At last, for the first time since the now-legendary EV1, General Motors has another all-electric car: the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This past week we spent much of a day using it to get around urban environs in Portland, Oregon, and found it to be one of the best-driving battery electric cars yet...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT convoy on tour in South Africa
Subaru Forester Vs Subaru XV Crosstrek: Which Crossover To Buy?

As we've noted before, many automotive journalists seem to own Subarus as their personal cars. We recently spent three days with a new 2014 Subaru Forester XT--the more powerful turbocharged model--driving South Africa's Garden Route along the country's south coast, from Plettenburg Bay to Cape...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013
2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile...Read More»

2013 Nissan Altima 3.5SL
2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL: Driven

The last-generation (2007-2012) Nissan Altima, in V-6 form, was surprisingly sporty and satisfying to drive. But it tended to feel a bit too athletic—in the form of a very firm ride, and a little more cabin noise and harshness than most buyers probably wanted. In its latest version, which was...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring  -  Driven
2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring: Driven

The Honda Accord is now in its ninth generation, and as we reported in our First Drive of the 2013 Honda Accord last year, the 2013 Accord makes some noticeable leaps forward—and for the most part, it's a better all-purpose sedan than ever, and a return to form in some respects the driver...Read More»

2013 BMW X1 Powder Ride Edition  -  Driven, April 2013
2013 BMW X1 Powder Ride Edition: Driven

Americans have shown over and over again that they don't want sport wagons. Yet in what seems a bit at times like splitting hairs sometimes, they do want utility vehicles en masse—including ones that, as of late, are increasingly lower and more carlike. The 2014 BMW X1 is a great example...Read More»

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander  -  First Drive, March 2013
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander: First Drive

Can Mitsubishi still prove itself relevant in the U.S.? With the quirky Endeavor long gone, the flamboyant Eclipse coupes and convertibles now discontinued, the last Galant mid-size sedans carrying clearance stickers—and no replacement on the horizon for the Evolution sport sedan—you...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo  -  Driven
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Driven

Ever since our first drive of the standard Hyundai Veloster, we'd been pining for the Veloster Turbo. In fact, after hatching plans to make the Veloster one of our inaugural long-term test cars (there are plenty of Six Month Road Test Veloster exploits to catch up on), we kept second-guessing...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic EX: Driven

The Honda Civic was extensively refreshed for 2012, yet amongst most of us who keep tabs on new cars and how they drive, it was met with a collective “meh.” There wasn't anything overtly wrong or half-baked with the new and seemingly stark and more conservative Civic; it just didn't...Read More»

2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5  -  First Drive, February 2013
2014 Mazda CX-5: First Drive

Nearly a year ago, we took a first drive of the Mazda CX-5 and pronounced it the best-handling crossover yet. In the year since, with several new entries in the compact class, the CX-5's halo holds—even if you expand upward to luxury makes and outward to bigger, brute-force performance utes...Read More»

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i  -  Driven, January 2013
2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i: Driven

Last year, in several of BMW's mainstream models like the 3-Series and 5-Series, the German automaker did what might have a few years earlier been the unthinkable for the U.S. market: replaced its much-loved naturally aspirated in-line six with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Now for 2013 BMW...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Forester: First Drive

If the somewhat larger Forester that emerged for 2009 was Subaru's first grab at a wider group of American family shoppers, the latest all-new 2014 Forester is an official coming-out to the mainstream—and at last, a direct rival again to the likes of the RAV4 and CR-V, as well as the Ford...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester Preview Drive  -  pre-production mule, Japan Proving Grounds
2014 Subaru Forester: Preview Drive

The Subaru Forester, at last, fits into the mainstream. And before you pass judgment, we think that’s a good thing. The Forester has a well-established reputation for being a good all-weather vehicle that’s rugged, responsive, and surprisingly versatile—albeit a little quirky and...Read More»

2013 Nissan Sentra SL  -  First Drive, October 2012
2013 Nissan Sentra: First Drive

Nissan's all-new 2013 Sentra has at least one trait in common with the 2012 model it replaces: It simply doesn't leave a very strong impression with you. The outgoing model is a reasonably good compact sedan, and it's sold well; it's just been hard to argue that it provides any particular quality...Read More»

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD  -  Driven, July 2012
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD: Driven

Subaru has, for years, pretty much owned the market for basic, mass-market small cars with all-wheel drive. Looking back, while other automakers have brought out crossovers, minivans, and larger sedans and wagons with all-wheel drive, mainstream AWD offerings that are genuine passenger cars (or...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Equus  -  Driven, August 2012
2012 Hyundai Equus Signature: Driven

For luxury vehicles, brand and brand image really matter. And it's definitely a limiting agent for the Hyundai Equus—a big, comfortable sedan that's appealing, if not a little confounding on its own. Get a luxury-car-owning friend or relative to wear a blindfold for a moment, then get them...Read More»

2012 Dodge Journey SXT  -  Driven, July 2012
2012 Dodge Journey SXT: Driven

There are so many good choices among family crossovers, all well-packaged and reasonably well-performing—some with third-row seating—but for the most part they’re all so darn appliance-like and anonymous that it’s not surprising they drag us toward a state of anhedonia...Read More»

2012 Scion iQ  -  Driven, April 2012
2012 Scion iQ: Driven

In our first drive of the 2012 Scion iQ, last summer, we were pleasantly surprised—almost smitten—with this new minicar (sold as a Toyota in other world markets), and impressed that such a daring product is coming to the U.S. Compared to the Smart Fortwo, which is really the only other...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: Driven

If you want a new Jetta sedan, skip the thirsty, coarse five-cylinder base engine. Heck, we're even tempted to tell you to go ahead and skip what's long been our favorite, the turbo-diesel TDI. That's because for about the same price as the TDI you can have what feels like a much more sophisticated...Read More»

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