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2013 Ford Taurus: First Drive

2013 Ford Taurus: First Drive

The Ford Taurus was once the epitome of the mainstream, All-American mid-size sedan. But the current version of the Taurus has never been anything but a niche car, and as much as the 2013 Taurus is much-improved, we'd venture to say it's destined to stay that way. Why? While it's a big... read more

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2012 Hyundai Azera  -  First Drive, 2/2012

2012 Hyundai Azera: First Drive

While cruising at 70 mph in the 2012 Hyundai Azera, it's what we didn't have to do that's especially telling. My co-driver and I didn't have to raise our voices above normal... read more February 27, 2012 by 


 
2012 Toyota Yaris SE  -  First Drive

2012 Toyota Yaris SE: First Drive

Toyota has the small-car market pretty well covered. In addition to the 2012 Toyota Yaris, there are the Scion xB and iQ models, which share in many places the same showroom... read more January 6, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco: First Drive Review

Chevrolet's car fortunes are on the upswing, the momentum generated by new vehicles like the beautifully finished Cruze compact sedan and the eager little Sonic hatchback... read more December 14, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Acura TL

2012 Acura TL SH-AWD: Driven

Mention the Acura TL as a next-car possibility, in certain sport-sedan enthusiast circles, and it's possible you might lose some credibility. If you want a serious sport... read more November 22, 2011 by 


 
2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover on test drive, Southern California, Nov 2011

2013 Mazda CX-5: First Drive Of All-New Compact Crossover

The Los Angeles Auto Show, which opened this weekend, was definitely the show of compact crossovers. Both the 2012 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Ford Escape were unveiled to the... read more November 20, 2011 by  10


 
2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V: First Drive

In these days of tighter family budgets, and in many cases a desire to be more understated, compact crossover vehicles like the Honda CR-V have a lot of appeal. Parents know... read more November 16, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Mazda Mazda3 SkyActiv

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: First Drive

In less than a couple of years, 40 miles per gallon has gone from a lofty goal, met by only a few select high-mileage machines (almost entirely hybrids and diesels), to... read more October 14, 2011 by  4


 
2012 Honda Civic EX  -  Driven review

2012 Honda Civic EX: Driven

Throughout the '90s and even well into the last decade, large swaths of shoppers on both coasts of the U.S. tended to dismiss small cars from GM and Ford, and flocked to the... read more October 6, 2011 by 


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic  -  First Drive

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Subcompact, Definitely Not Subpar

With the introduction of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, General Motors at last has some truly competitive, top-notch small-car choices in its lineup. And it's about time; with... read more September 23, 2011 by  1


 
2012 Hyundai Veloster

2012 Hyundai Veloster: First Drive

Hyundai chose to give us the first drive of its all-new 2012 Veloster in Portland, Oregon, a city that's seemingly flooded with the young, educated, creative types that many... read more September 18, 2011 by 


 
2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry: First Drive

Practical, value-minded American families used to be wild about the Toyota Camry. But a few model years ago, word started to spread among shoppers—and review... read more August 23, 2011 by  5


 
2012 Jeep Wrangler - First Drive

2012 Jeep Wrangler: First Drive

Oregon's Coast Range doesn't get very high, but near the top its peaks and ridgelines are so steep and boulder-strewn that all the highways and paved roads follow lower... read more August 20, 2011 by  5


 
2012 Scion iQ - First Drive

2012 Scion iQ: First Drive

I never expected to be hustling the new 2012 Scion iQ city car so quickly along the tightly wound, undulating two-laners in Marin's Muir Woods area, near San Francisco. And... read more July 20, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan: First Drive

After having been behind the wheel of nearly every new model on the market, as we have, it's tempting to lump vehicles into two categories. On one hand are the cars that... read more July 15, 2011 by  1


 
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo – Copyright High Gear Media

2012 Volkswagen Beetle First Drive

When you think of Volkswagen and the people behind the brand, the image of engineers wearing black turtlenecks and speaking with thick German accents springs to mind. Their... read more July 14, 2011 by  3


 
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