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2015 Toyota Yaris: First Drive

2015 Toyota Yaris: First Drive

The 2015 Toyota Yaris is one of the better-looking subcompacts on the market; yet in too many respects—especially from the driver's seat—it feels like a small car from another era. Putting it tersely—after driving several versions of it this past week, on the mostly leisurely... read more

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid  -  Quick Drive, July 2014

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Quick Drive

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid probably isn’t going to win over typical hybrid shoppers; but it’s going to charm the traditional Subaru crowd—as well... read more July 26, 2014 by 


 
2015 Subaru Outback  -  First Drive

2015 Subaru Outback: First Drive

“Gear up!” It's what outdoorsy people often remind each other—whether experienced granola-and-carabiner types or relative newbies—before heading out... read more July 3, 2014 by 


 
2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R

2015 Subaru Legacy First Drive

Suddenly, Subaru? It's taken a decade of rescaling and repositioning its cars, ditching some upmarket dreams in the process. And it hasn't happened overnight--just at an... read more May 21, 2014 by 


 
2014 Honda Civic EX CVT  -  Driven

2014 Honda Civic EX CVT: Quick Drive

Call it Civic responsibility; Honda has been giving the current generation of its compact-car line new and meaningful improvements each of the past several years. And this... read more May 20, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon  -  First Drive, May 2014

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon: First Drive

Ford is calling the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon the unminivan. It’s a tag that elicits eye rolls, as with the most cursory look at this vehicle's profile—its... read more May 6, 2014 by 


 
2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E  -  Driven, April 2014

2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E: Quick Spin

Can subbing in a completely new engine and transmission significantly change the character of an existing model? Yes, it certainly can—and the Volvo S60 is the best... read more April 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES  -  Driven, April 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Quick Drive Of A Not-So-Quick Car

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a disappointing car. It doesn't offer anywhere close to today's standards of refinement or performance, when we compare it not to cars that are... read more April 23, 2014 by 


 
2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive

2015 Honda Fit: First Drive

The Honda Fit has made a fitting name for itself, as the best cheerleader out there for affordable, practical hatchbacks. And with an all-new 2015 Fit reaching dealerships... read more April 9, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Fiesta SE  -  Driven, March 2014

2014 Ford Fiesta SE: Driven

No matter what you’ve started to consider in a next new car, there are two things that taking a quick spin in a 2014 Ford Fiesta can make abundantly clear. The first is... read more March 23, 2014 by 


 
2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200: First Drive

Family sedans are mission statements, everything a car company can do well in one package. Just to make it on the family radar, these four-doors have to look good, seat at... read more March 19, 2014 by 


 
2015 Audi A3 Sedan  -  First Drive, March 2014

2015 Audi A3 Sedan: First Drive

From the driver's seat of the 2015 Audi A3, it's easy to play favorites. This new most affordable sedan in the Audi lineup has the best in-car interface—and perhaps the... read more March 15, 2014 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Suburban & Tahoe

2015 Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali, Chevrolet Suburban: First Drives

The world, and the United States, has changed a lot since the late 1990s, not least in the automotive sphere. There are electric cars that aren't punchlines to poorly told... read more February 28, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo  -  Driven, December 2013

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo: First Drive

Recalibration. If you have preconceptions of what the 3-Series has been and should be, it's what you need to do when first getting behind the wheel of the new 3-Series Gran... read more December 26, 2013 by 


 
2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive

2014 Mazda 3: First Drive

If you enjoy driving, yet need a practical, economical small car, you'd be foolish not to include the 2014 Mazda 3on your shortlist. After spending time with several versions... read more November 10, 2013 by 


 
2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude

2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude: Does It Drive Better Without the CVT?

The answer, in a word, is 'yes.' Yes, the 2014 Jeep Patriot does drive better with the new six-speed automatic transmission than it ever did with the continuously variable... read more November 6, 2013 by 


 
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