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2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: First Drive

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, almost the small-car highway norm. Now even Mazda is laying claim on 40 mpg in the 2012 Mazda3, with a new-generation engine and... read more

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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


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: Quick Drive

It's received accolades as the North American Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, and it still doesn't fit the definition of what a "car" should be. The 2011... read more July 10, 2011 by 


 
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan First Drive

Blending new elements with an existing look is tough, and often fails. You should have seen the 70-something gentleman trying to rock 30-something "hair" aboard my recent... read more June 14, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, SoHo district, New York City

2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio: First Drive

When a guy in a glossy black twin-cab diesel pickup truck leans out the passenger window with a camera to take your picture--and you're driving a tiny avocado green 2012 Fiat... read more May 20, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX

2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX: First Drive

The Kia Forte replaced the compact Spectra a few years ago, bringing style to and dare I say flair to the Kia showroom. But the market is changing and Kia recognizes this... read more April 5, 2011 by 


 
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Driven

Mitsubishi's idea, last year, of previewing its Outlander Sport by making it the first model ever that could be remotely test driven, live—via a virtual system that... read more April 4, 2011 by  4


 
2011 Kia Sportage SX

2011 Kia Sportage SX: First Drive

When we first drove the 2011 Kia Sportage EX we said that it's one of the most svelte crossovers on the market. After being on sale for over a year there is no question that... read more April 4, 2011 by  1


 
2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus: First Drive

While it's easy to find a good, sensibly-sized and relatively fuel-efficient small car, it's really hard to find much personality. At the same time, you could argue... read more January 30, 2011 by  3


 
2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer: First Drive

Reinvention has become something of a specialty among the domestic automakers. GM's kicked its reputation as being electric-car killers with the 2011 Volt, and Chrysler's... read more December 12, 2010 by  5


 
2011 Nissan Quest

2011 Nissan Quest: First Drive

If you've been shopping for a new family minivan this year, you're probably confused--and you're forgiven. With changes to every minivan offered in the U.S. this year... read more December 12, 2010 by  9


 
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: First Drive

Carmakers [in 1998]: “SUVs are the new minivans, because young parents hate the minivan’s Soccer Mom connotation. Also wagons are a non-starter for precisely the... read more December 8, 2010 by  4


 
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