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2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio: First Drive

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 500C Cabrio with the roof rolled down--you know this is an unusual car. Not since the introduction of the 2002 Mini Cooper... read more

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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


 
2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Elantra: First Drive

Hyundai has been making much more than baby steps forward with every vehicle they redesign. As of late, they've felt like flying leaps. Such is the case with the mid-size... read more December 6, 2010 by  3


 
2011 Chrysler Town & Country

2011 Chrysler Town & Country: First Drive

The usual flurry of new vehicles that comes each year is a confirmed blizzard at Chrysler. Everything's changing, mostly for the better. And though the most dramatic... read more November 23, 2010 by  4


 
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  0


 
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


 
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