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2014 Mazda CX-5: First Drive

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 class, the CX-5's halo holds—even if you expand upward to luxury makes and outward to bigger, brute-force performance utes... read more

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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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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


 
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