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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan: First Drive

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 there, a spa weekend most everywhere (and mostly for its plasticky, creaky cabin), but the Grand Caravan's always been a... read more

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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 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 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 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


 
2011 Hyundai Equus

2011 Hyundai Equus: First Drive

If you're a car company that Hyundai has in its sights, it's a safe bet you're rather alarmed. Hyundai's on a roll. The Korean automaker has marched into new segments, and... read more July 26, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive Coverage

  We're done with today's first drive of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. And while the copy elves are toiling away at a full review, you can still get the basics on the new... read more July 22, 2010 by 


 
2011 Kia Sportage

2011 Kia Sportage: First Drive Coverage

It's been a busy week here in San Francisco. Today, High Gear Media hit the streets with the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta--but earlier this week, we sampled the new crossover from... read more July 22, 2010 by 


 
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta: Live Drive

  We let you ride shotgun yesterday while we went for a first drive in the 2011 Kia Sportage. Tomorrow, High Gear Media is taking you along for another spin--this time in... read more July 21, 2010 by  1


 
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