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2013 Toyota Avalon: First Drive

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 recall that Olds once advertised its products as “not your father's Oldsmobile.” After going after the grandpas... read more

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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


 
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: First Drive and Video Road Test

If you're looking around with a puzzled expression, missing the Hyundai Veracruz crossover something fierce, you're not alone. But you are very, very close to it. The... read more August 27, 2012 by 


 
2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport

2013 Lexus LS First Drive and Video Road Test

With the 2013 Lexus LS, Toyota's luxury brand has something to solve. The perennial dogfight between BMW and Mercedes-Benz at the very top of their model ranges all but blots... read more August 21, 2012 by 


 
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD  -  Driven, July 2012

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD: Driven

Subaru has, for years, pretty much owned the market for basic, mass-market small cars with all-wheel drive. Looking back, while other automakers have brought out crossovers... read more August 11, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Subaru Outback

2013 Subaru Outback Video Road Test

Earlier this year, Subaru said its 2013 Outback would be getting some upgrades--a tweak here, a tuck there, a new engine and some dandy new safety features. You'd have... read more August 9, 2012 by  2


 
2013 Audi A4

2013 Audi A4: First Drive and Video Road Test

The A4 is Audi's powerhouse--not just because of its 333-horsepower S4 edition, but even more so, because of what it brings to the brand. Almost 50 percent of Audi's U.S... read more August 3, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class: First Drive and Video Road Test

Back in the mid-1990s, when Mercedes decided to build a factory in America, and an M-Class to take on Ford's Explorer and Jeep's Grand Cherokee, the idea of also taking on... read more July 27, 2012 by 


 
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek  -  First Drive, Oahu, July 2012

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: First Drive

It didn’t take us a journey halfway across the Pacific Ocean to understand that Subaru—and the new 2013 XV Crosstrek, or just ‘Crosstrek,’ as Subaru... read more July 16, 2012 by  2


 
2013 Audi allroad

2013 Audi Allroad: First Drive and Video Road Test

If you're looking for an A4 Avant station wagon as you troll the local Audi dealer this coming model year, you'll be out of luck. Rather than stock the good-looking wagon... read more July 4, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT And Coupe: First Drive

Hyundai's Elantra has been a huge success, missing just a model or two to complete the usual compact-car trifecta. A hot seller and an award winner--the North American Car of... read more June 25, 2012 by  1


 
2013 GMC Terrain Denali first drive

2013 GMC Terrain Denali: First Drive And Video Road Test

It sells more vehicles than Buick and Cadillac combined. Its Denali sub-brand sold more vehicles in May than all of Jaguar and Land Rover did in the U.S. Still, some call the... read more June 14, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Lexus ES 350

2013 Lexus ES: First Drive

For years, the Lexus ES has been a great luxury sedan for impressing the clients. It's been conservatively dressed; plush, premium, quiet, and comfortable inside—yet... read more May 30, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5SL

2013 Nissan Altima: First Drive

It's been twenty years since Nissan decided the old Stanza nameplate had had enough, and brought out the Altima as its new standard-bearer in the mid-size family-sedan... read more May 25, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class: First Drive

It's an unusual day--or maybe a coming of age--when our editors look forward so eagerly to a new diesel-powered vehicle. Don't judge. In this case, it's not just any diesel... read more May 24, 2012 by  1


 
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