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2014 Acura MDX: First Drive

2014 Acura MDX: First Drive

We suspect we're not the only ones who think that the very premise behind some high-performance luxury utility vehicles borders on perverse. Who are they kidding? Unless you're seeking revenge, you're not going to load your clients (or your mother-in-law) into the back seat and head out on a... read more

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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... read more March 22, 2013 by  4


 
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... read more March 12, 2013 by 


 
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... read more February 8, 2013 by  3


 
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... read more February 5, 2013 by 


 
2014 Mazda 6  -  First Drive, February 2013

2014 Mazda 6: First Drive

Among affordable, even frugal, mid-size sedans, the all-new 2014 Mazda 6 is about the closest we’ve ever come to love at first sight. We thought the new 2013 Ford... read more February 1, 2013 by  3


 
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... read more January 25, 2013 by  1


 
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... read more January 24, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota RAV4

2013 Toyota RAV4: First Drive and Video Road Test

It's been a rough year for fans of white bread. The last oven timer's gone off at Hostess. Justin Bieber's sprouted chin hair number two. Mitt Romney is just Mitt Romney, no... read more December 19, 2012 by  1


 
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... read more November 14, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon: First Drive

Youthful readers: This is your father's Avalon. There's nothing shameful or denigrating about this declaration. If you're old enough to be shopping for an Avalon, you might... read more October 30, 2012 by 


 
2013 BMW X1

2013 BMW X1 Video First Drive

When it finally lands on U.S. shores this winter, the BMW X1 will have maneuvered itself into a tight parking spot--wedged narrowly between the most feature-rich mass-market... read more October 28, 2012 by 


 
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... read more October 25, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Nissan Pathfinder  -  First Drive  -  10/2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder: First Drive

Have you reshuffled your priorities in a family vehicle over the past few years? Most busy parents have, and those who might have opted for a full-fledged SUV a few years ago... read more October 18, 2012 by 


 
2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid: First Drive

In 2011, it was the minivan segment that reinvented itself. In 2012, crossovers and SUVs witnessed big turnover and a slew of new products. Now in the 2013 model year, the... read more September 25, 2012 by 


 
2013 Honda Accord EX-L

2013 Honda Accord: First Drive

If there's been some kind of communique planning out the obsolescence of V-6 engines in mid-size sedans, Honda must have missed the memo. With the Hyundai Sonata and Kia... read more September 10, 2012 by  2


 
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