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2011 Nissan Quest: First Drive

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, shoppers are faced with completely new versions of the 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2011 Honda Odyssey, the highest-rated minivans at... read more

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan: First Drive

Along with most of the Chrysler lineup for 2011, this year's Grand Caravan pitches headlong into the rejuvenation fad. Not that it didn't need a tightening here, a mini-lift... read more November 23, 2010 by  7


 
2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Dodge Journey: First Drive

In the two years since the Dodge Journey first showed up in showrooms, Chrysler's been through a couple of near-death moments. For all its turmoil with the private-equity... read more November 23, 2010 by  4


 
2011 Chrysler 200

2011 Chrysler 200 Limited: First Drive

No more drama, please. It's not just us making the request. It's the folks at Chrysler, too, we're sure. The last three years have played out in Auburn Hills like a season of... read more November 14, 2010 by  4


 
2011 Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lexus CT 200h: First Drive

Remember the Lexus HS 250h that was introduced last year? Yes? Well kindly forget about it for the moment and reboot. Actually, consider it a full-on system crash and... read more October 31, 2010 by  5


 
2012 Ford C-Max

2012 Ford C-Max: First Drive

In the world of the 64-ounce Big Gulp, the sizzling buffet and the Expedition EL, can a size-medium MPV make a big noise? Drive the 2012 Ford C-Max, and you'll hope so... read more October 5, 2010 by 


 
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost burnout

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost: First Drive

If you're not ready for the notion of a V-6 engine in a full-size pickup truck, you're probably even less prepared for the thought of a twin-turbo V-6 challenging some of the... read more September 27, 2010 by  15


 
2011 Ford F-150 XL

2011 Ford F-150 V-6: First Drive

What does the best-selling pickup truck on the planet do for a follow-up act to the biggest recession in a generation or two? Last week, High Gear Media traveled to Dallas... read more September 27, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor CrewCab

2011 Ford F-150 5.0 and 6.2: First Drive

It's second nature in trucks, like the first beer of football season. You order a full-size pickup--you order a V-8 engine, unless you're buying for Uncle Sam or someone... read more September 27, 2010 by  3


 
2011 Kia Optima EX

2011 Kia Optima: First Drive

Kia quite simply gets it: Basic doesn't have to be boring. We've seen it in the host of models the brand has introduced over the past model year: the Forte small sedan, the... read more September 27, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Infiniti M37

2011 Infiniti M56 - M37: A Luxury Performer Families Can Love

Don’t you just love it when automakers come out with their “all-new” models? I mean, it’s like Christmas Eve and you’re gazing upon all the... read more September 17, 2010 by 


 
2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class: Posh Crossover or Pricey Alt-Minivan?

Consumers today, especially those with families, want it all: style, performance, versatility, space, comfort, fuel economy, safety, and as much technology they can get... read more September 17, 2010 by 


 

2011 Sonata SE: Mid-size sedan, full-size hit

Sonata SE:  Ramp Up Output Hyundai has a problem! It cannot mint enough Sonatas.  Due to soaring demand for its swept-side sedan, Hyundai shifted production of its Santa Fe... read more August 31, 2010 by 


 
2011 Toyota Avalon

2011 Toyota Avalon: First Drive

The 2011 Toyota Avalon isn't a big mystery, but we'll forgive you if you didn't know a new Avalon was even in the works. It's been buried. With Toyota's recall troubles... read more August 10, 2010 by 


 
2011 Scion tC

2011 Scion tC: Driven, And Priced

Scion fell into a sales funk last year, with the teensy xD and the bloated new-generation xB falling prey to the likes of Kia and Hyundai. The Scion tC? The same story. The... read more August 6, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Chevrolet Cruze

First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

After decades of low expectations for affordable compact sedans, the market for plain, stripped-down products is simply withering away. Shoppers might be happy with a small... read more July 30, 2010 by  4


 
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