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2015 Chrysler 200: First Drive

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 least four adults, and sport a good track record for safety and reliability. The Chrysler 200 is new this year, and it replaces... read more

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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 


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Driven: At 50 MPG And $30k, Does It Add Up?

Is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid a more compelling vehicle this time around? You might not be aware that this is Honda’s second try at an Accord Hybrid; but as we drove... read more October 9, 2013 by 


 
2014 Kia Soul  -  First Drive, August 2013

2014 Kia Soul: First Drive

Once in a great while, a product can be just enough of an outlier to reach discerning, trend-conscious buyers new and old, yet not so different that it feels contrived, or... read more August 31, 2013 by  1


 
2014 Toyota Corolla  -  First Drive, August 2013

2014 Toyota Corolla: First Drive

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an all-new model, but for better or worse it has quite the birthright. For the kind of person who doesn't like surprises—the kind who lays... read more August 27, 2013 by  2


 
2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

2014 Toyota Tundra First Drive: Video

With a new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, the EcoBoosted 2014 Ford F-150, and the soon-to-offer-diesel 2014 Ram 1500 on the field, the 2014 Toyota Tundra faces a very tough... read more July 29, 2013 by  2


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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... read more July 18, 2013 by  0


 
2013 Nissan NV200

2013 Nissan NV200: First Drive

Small cargo vans might not be the first vehicle you consider when shopping new, but chances are you've gone for a ride in one already--or will soon. The NV200 is new to the... read more June 29, 2013 by  1


 
2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa Note: First Drive

The Nissan Versa sedan was new for 2012, but for all kinds of global-product reasons, the company carried over the previous-generation Versa Hatchback for a couple of years... read more June 21, 2013 by  0


 
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... read more June 14, 2013 by  0


 
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... read more June 13, 2013 by  0


 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan

2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel: First Drive

It may not look any different on the outside, but the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a pioneering vehicle: It's the first passenger car with a diesel engine sold by General... read more June 10, 2013 by  0


 
2014 GMC Sierra First Drive, Santa Barbara

2014 GMC Sierra: First Drive

Drift north out of the lights of Santa Barbara, and California gets dark quickly, as if it's trying to extinguish the whole idea of Lompoc. Somewhere in those 3G-free... read more June 7, 2013 by  4


 
2014 Acura MDX  -  First Drive, May 2013

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... read more June 1, 2013 by  4


 
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: First Drive

Everything's bigger in Texas, and Texans love their trucks. As we got our first drive time in the new 2014 Chevy Silverado this week, in Hill Country near San Antonio, we... read more May 7, 2013 by  1


 
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