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Driven: 2010 Jaguar XK Coupe
Driven: 2010 Jaguar XK Coupe

Jaguar had already achieved what was, we thought, darn close to the perfect grand-touring coupe, with the current-generation Jaguar XK that was introduced for 2007. But they just made it even better for 2010. Most notably, Jag has fitted its new 5.0-liter V-8 to the XK; it makes 385 horsepower at a...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 450h
Driven: 2010 Lexus RX 450h

In addition to the new Lexus HS 250, Lexus has an entire line of hybrids that are almost indiscernible from a distance from their gasoline-only counterparts. Of those, the bestseller is by far the RX 450h, which brings a hybrid halo to this very popular luxury crossover. We've had a number of...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Driven Again: 2010 Lexus HS 250h

After a follow-up drive with Lexus' compact hybrid luxury sedan, we're still a little underwhelmed. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h doesn't completely miss the mark in any single way; but it does fail to wow in any conventional sense like performance, comfort, or spaciousness. And that makes it a bit of an...Read More»

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
High Gear Media Picks a Winner: 2010 Tesla Roadster Live!

It's a big week at High Gear Media -- with a new version of TheCarConnection.com in your hands, and a new site we've launched with NASCAR, we're looking ahead to bringing you the best of the Web in 2010 across the Web universe, from our learned hands as well as from exciting new sources. You may be...Read More»

2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Second Drive: 2010 MazdaSpeed3

Back over the summer when TheCarConnection.com first drove the 2010 MazdaSpeed3, around California's Monterey Peninsula, we declared it "a joy to drive, even when the surfaces are far less than ideal." But that was in warm summer weather, both on lightly trafficked canyon roads and on Mazda's own...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Driven: 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD

For 2010, the Acura TL is once again offered with a manual gearbox. But you're probably going to have to special-order it, or at least do some calling and searching to even find one. Why? Because even among luxury sport sedans, the number of people opting for a manual transmission is very...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Driven: 2010 Honda Civic

Heated leather seats, a nav system, voice-activated Bluetooth, a moonroof, and XM satellite radio, all on a Honda Civic? Are you kidding? If you've known the Civic as a source of inexpensive, economical transportation in the past, it's easy to think that on first glance at the feature set of our...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
Preview Drive: 2011 Nissan LEAF EV Prototype

High Gear Media has at last driven the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car. Okay, admittedly it's a stretch to say that we actually drove the LEAF, but we did take a quick spin in a vehicle that demonstrates, according to Nissan, how the LEAF will perform and feel behind the wheel. In an unusual—and...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Driven: 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara

While the all-new 2010 Kizashi sedan is earning Suzuki some well-deserved attention, we can't forget that SUVs are what Suzuki has really built its name on in the U.S.  Vehicles like the Samurai, Sidekick, and Vitara forged a path for Suzuki as the producer of sturdy, compact, off-road-capable...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-9
Driven: 2010 Mazda CX-9

Mazda's CX-9 can be more than a little deceiving. Get caught up in the driving experience—as you actually can in the somewhat nimble-feeling CX-9—and you might actually think you're driving a tall but reasonably compact wagon. That is, until you look back from the front seat at the spacious...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
Driven: 2010 Dodge 1500 Laramie Crew 4x4

For a very long time in this country, about 20% of all sales came in the form of trucks. Not what the industry calls “trucks” (i.e., SUVs), but actual pickups. That figure always astonished me; we simply don’t have that many contractors, painters and plumbers and there are fewer actual...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
First Drive: 2010 Mitsubishi Ralliart Sportback

Ever since we first saw Mitsubishi's Concept Sportback at the Frankfurt motor show back in 2005, we've been hoping—along with countless rally-sport enthusiasts—to see a hatchback version of the compact sport sedan come to the U.S. this time around. Well, it's finally (almost) arrived; though...Read More»

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
Driven: 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Diesel

“We get squat.” That was the pronouncement of a journalist and car-nut friend of mine named James who I bumped into on the streets of a northern Italian town this past spring. His pronouncement came when he spied a gen-VI 4Motion Golf TDI. “We” Americans don’t get the new Golf (ne Rabbit)...Read More»

2009 Nissan SE-R Spec V
Driven: 2009 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V

Long before Subaru introduced its WRX in the U.S. and Mitsubishi brought its Evo, Nissan sold the sporty SE-R version of its Sentra sedan. Besides giving the dowdy Sentra a few more horsepower and a new attitude, the SE-R, along with the Honda Civic Si, are often credited for sparking the tuner...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Driven: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

There are only a few reasons to dislike the new Chevy Camaro. I've found them all this past week, I think. Getting into a short-term relationship with the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS has left something cranked up, and it's not the Camaro's chilling exhaust note. It's me. I've driven the trio of muscle...Read More»

Live from Knoxville: 2010 Ford Taurus Photo Gallery

I've just spent the day driving through the hills of North Carolina in a 2010 Ford Taurus. My ride was the model most likely to be the line's best-seller, the front-wheel-drive SEL. The manufacturer retail price for this example (the silver car) is $27,995. At this price, 18-aluminum wheels are...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
Driven: 2009 Audi Q5

Why's the 2009 Audi Q5 the highest-rated compact luxury SUV here at TheCarConnection.com--and even so, why does it get different scores from its 2009 Audi A4 stablemate, when the two share a drivetrain combination, all-wheel drive and lots of other under-the-skin pieces? Answers to those questions...Read More»

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