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2011 Ford F-150 5.0 and 6.2: First Drive

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 equally tightfisted. Ford knows the allure of the V-8 better than just about anybody in the truck business. For more than three... read more

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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


 
2011 Kia Sportage

2011 Kia Sportage: Live Drive

San Francisco is one of the best places on earth to drive a new vehicle. Great roads circle the city, perfect photo locations crop up at almost every turn. And you don't have... read more July 20, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Buick Regal

Driven: 2011 Buick Regal

Look, you're just going to have to get used to the fact that Buick's given up some stuff to survive. It's making the grade as an authentic near-luxury brand with cars like... read more June 30, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Driven: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

There's a clash of titans set for the end of this year, when the 2011 Ford Explorer makes its public debut after an endless teaser campaign on Facebook. Yes, that campaign... read more June 28, 2010 by 


 
2011 Jaguar XJ

2011 Jaguar XJ: TheCarConnection's Live Drive

The 2011 Jaguar XJ arrives at dealers in a few weeks--but today High Gear Media will be behind the wheel to drive the new luxury sedan, live from Hollywood. The basics on the... read more April 29, 2010 by 


 
2011 Chevrolet Cruze preview

Preview Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Just a quick preview first drive of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was enough to confirm that GM’s biggest challenge won’t be meeting or exceeding the competition, but sweeping... read more April 18, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Ford Mustang GT

First Drive: 2011 Ford Mustang GT

Let's cut to the chase: The new 2011 Mustang GT is about as badass as you can get in a normal production car. In this case, one with a bargain bottom-line price tag as low as... read more March 28, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Mustang V6

First Drive: 2011 Ford Mustang V-6

Starting at less than $23,000, the new 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 is, surprisingly, one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance coupes. We're surprised here, because the Mustang... read more March 28, 2010 by  1


 
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