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2013 Nissan Altima: First Drive

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 segment. What a difference those decades make: not only has the Altima swelled in size along with the other four-doors in its... read more

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2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape: First Drive

When you think "Ford," you probably think of several brands--F-150, Explorer, Mustang, Taurus. Shame on you if that list is missing the Ford Escape. Last year, Ford sold more... read more April 19, 2012 by  5


 
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: First Drive

Forget for a few minutes about your urge to make the absolute smartest fiscal choice. Yes, the economics of diesel ownership often take many, many years to work out as... read more April 17, 2012 by  5


 
2013 Volkswagen CC

2013 Volkswagen CC: First Drive

Four years ago, when Volkswagen first introduced its CC, this “four-door coupe” was a design standout, unlike anything else on the road—and for that matter... read more April 17, 2012 by  2


 
2013 Ford Flex

2013 Ford Flex: First Drive

How can so many people still not see the beauty in the Flex? The boxy Ford Flex wagon isn't just fashionable; it would be on our shortlist of best vehicles to take on a... read more March 16, 2012 by  3


 
2013 Ford Taurus Limited  -  First Drive, 3/2012

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... read more March 16, 2012 by  7


 
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Driven

When the New Beetle arrived, back in 1998, it elicited waves of nostalgia from Baby Boomers who had owned the old air-cooled Beetles, and loved what they had come to... read more March 14, 2012 by  1


 
2012 BMW 528i  -  First Drive

2012 BMW 528i: First Drive

As a casual luxury shopper considering the 2012 BMW 528i, you might not think that there's anything all that radical about this model. It's a good-looking sport sedan, fitted... read more March 9, 2012 by 


 
2012 Dodge Charger SXT

2012 Dodge Charger SXT: Driven

The 2012 Dodge Charger SXT would most definitely see more attention—and more respect—if it weren't for the bombastic greatness and over-the-top V-8 muscle of the... read more March 2, 2012 by  1


 
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


 
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