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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Driven
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Driven

When the New Beetle arrived, back in 1998, it elicited waves of nostalgia from Baby Boomers who had owned the old air-cooled Beetles, and loved what they had come to symbolize. At the time of the New Beetle's launch, it was exactly what they wanted—a vehicle that carried forward the iconic...Read More»

2012 Acura TL
2012 Acura TL SH-AWD: Driven

Mention the Acura TL as a next-car possibility, in certain sport-sedan enthusiast circles, and it's possible you might lose some credibility. If you want a serious sport sedan, they'll argue, you might as well get one on a dedicated rear-wheel-drive platform, like the BMW 3-Series, Cadillac CTS, or...Read More»

2012 Honda CR-V
2012 Honda CR-V: First Drive

In these days of tighter family budgets, and in many cases a desire to be more understated, compact crossover vehicles like the Honda CR-V have a lot of appeal. Parents know that they provide more versatility—and freedom, by some gauges—than sedans, and they’re a little smaller...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda5 Driven: As Thrifty And Fun As Three Rows Can Be

For most shoppers, the decision to get a third row of seats—to seat six or more when needed—is one that's going to involve some sacrifice, both in terms of the family budget and driving enjoyment. First there's the initial blow, as most vehicles with three rows typically cost thousands...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic EX  -  Driven review
2012 Honda Civic EX: Driven

Throughout the '90s and even well into the last decade, large swaths of shoppers on both coasts of the U.S. tended to dismiss small cars from GM and Ford, and flocked to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla—for a number of good fiscal reasons, like durability, reliability, and resale value. As...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 200 sedan
2012 Chrysler 200: Driven

Most mid-size sedans have, for decades, typically offered a base four-cylinder or an available V-6. And not too long ago, on a number of mid-size sedans, the conventional wisdom—at least among car critics—for many of the models was that you should step up to the V-6. They often brought...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe
2011 Smart Fortwo: Driven

"Wow. Can't believe you fit into that thing." That's the first thing we heard over and over again during a recent week with the 2011 Smart Fortwo. And the well-designed cabin deserves lots of recognition; at a long-legged 6'-6," this driver had absolutely no problem fitting into the surprisingly...Read More»

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV: Driven

When driving the Cadillac Escalade—even in the context of the same trip—it's quite easy to feel both reverence and revulsion. At close to 19 feet long, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is one of the longest normal passenger vehicles you can buy. It's a couple of inches longer than the longer...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo: Driven

Just a few years ago, the conventional wisdom with mid-size sedans was that, unless you counted yourself among frugally minded tightwads, you'd be much happier with the optional V-6 than with a standard four-cylinder engine. Then four-cylinder engines found a new benchmark for power last year, when...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS: Driven

Sold under nearly any other major automotive brand, the 2011 Kizashi Sport would be a major sales success. So far for Suzuki, however, it hasn't; and we think that's a shame, as it's one of the best sport sedans for anyone on a tight budget. After a follow-up drive with the new 2011 Suzuki Kizashi...Read More»

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Driven

Mitsubishi's idea, last year, of previewing its Outlander Sport by making it the first model ever that could be remotely test driven, live—via a virtual system that promised way more than a tilt-and-pan virtual showroom tour—was the first of its kind. And it's definitely one of the...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Touring
2011 Mazda Mazda2: Driven

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 is uncomplicated; and that's quite nice. While vehicles like the MINI Cooper or the Ford Fiesta can feel a bit overwrought or even gimmicky for some tastes, especially inside, it feels like Mazda has intentionally gone for a simpler—yet sporty—look and feel for its...Read More»

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Sportback
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS: Driven

The Lancer GTS is often overlooked by small-car shoppers on a tight budget—and they're missing out on a good thing. For the same money as less-inspiring drives that fully feel like budget transportation, there's a lot more to the Lancer, and its surprisingly able handling and refreshingly...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Kia Sportage EX: Driven

At first glance, there's a lot to like about the 2011 Kia Sportage. With its 'hot hatch on steroids' look, it's one of the most svelte crossovers from the outside. An impressive feature set and sporty, richly detailed cabin round out what feels like a very desirable package. Start the Sportage EX's...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
2011 Lincoln MKX: Driven

Crossover vehicles are so often touted as catch-all solutions for busy families that you can lapse into blind assumptions when shopping. As we learned recently, when we took on a new 2011 Lincoln MKX for a weeklong test, not every crossover fits every family task, and they can be packaged quite...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta SES: Driven

As you've probably heard by now, the small-car market has changed radically over the past few years: They've become better equipped, more fun to drive, and safer than they used to be. But as we recently saw in a follow-up drive with the 2011 Ford Fiesta SES, sometimes those waves of small-car...Read More»

2011 Subaru WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI: Driven

A week of inclement weather wasn't looking like such a great time to get a follow-up drive with the most potent of the pint-sized rally racers, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. But over seven showery days—yes, only in the Pacific Northwest—including a couple of torrential downpours...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda3
2011 Mazda3: Driven

The Mazda3 is one of our favorite small cars on the market, but with every drive, we're reminded that this benchmark fun-to-drive small car (and Mazda's best-seller) might not be the right choice for every small-car shopper. In our opinion, there's only one way to go regarding the body styles. The...Read More»

2011 Buick Enclave
2011 Buick Enclave: Driven

When the Enclave crossover was introduced for 2008, it not only replaced the half-hearted Rainier and Rendezvous but gave the brand a smooth, class-leading vehicle; it could be seen as the first of a new generation of Buicks. Oh, how times have changed. Normally, three years isn't a big deal; but...Read More»

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