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2016 Camaro Driven | Chevy tones up the Hugger

By RON SESSIONS | Contributing Editor Staying in shape is never easy, especially as the decades pile on. Chevrolet’s Camaro, rippled and muscular in the 1960s and early 1970s is now approaching the Big Five-Oh. Fifty years of mullets and burnouts and cruisin’ were great, but where to go from here? The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro […]

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Scandinavian Sanctuary | 2016 Volvo XC90 Driven

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor It’s clear that Zhejiang Geely Holding, the Chinese owners of the vibrant new Volvo car company, haven’t been idle since buying the Swedish luxury carmaker from Ford in 2010. The 2016 XC90 is the first “clean sheet,” all-new-from-the-ground-up vehicle from Volvo under the new ownership. The styling is noticeably […]

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2015 Chrysler 200C AWD Review

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor Car companies can’t live without a good midsize sedan offering, and Chrysler has been lacking one for a few years now. Enter the 200C, a true competitor in the segment. Like its compact Dodge Dart sibling, the 200 traces its roots the Fiat-developed Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, which also […]

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The 2015 Lexus NX 300h features chiseled styling and a fuel-efficient powertrain.

Hybrid Perfection | 2015 Lexus NX 300h

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor Toyota may have finally built the perfect hybrid, but you’ll have to opt up into the Japanese automaker’s luxury brand, and into a crossover, to buy it. The 2015 Lexus NX 300h combines everything we love about the original crossover, the Lexus RX, with the kind of sensible fuel […]

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The 2015 VW Golf features a simple interior with intuitive controls.

Road trip in the 2015 VW Golf TDI

We now understand why MotorTrend Magazine selected the 2015 Volkswagen Golf as its North American Car of the Year (NACTOY). This VW follows a long line of heritage for both functionality, practicality, and more recently, reliability. Bundled up in a small package, the Golf is anything but menial. Image credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons First of […]

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Posh & Petite | 2015 Toyota Yaris SE Review

If you’re looking for a reliable compact car with great fuel economy and without all the fuss, the 2015 Toyota Yaris may be the car for you.

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2015 Nissan Murano carries all of the brand's new styling cues.

Meet Nissan’s 2015 CUV lineup | Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue and Juke

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger Nissan has a herd of crossovers–from the three-row maxi-ute Pathfinder all the way down to the appropriately named super-fun, mini-ute dubbed the Juke. We recently had an opportunity to drive all of Nissan’s CUVs on a short, varied test loop at a press event in Michigan. These […]

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2016 Fiat 500X | Go Big(ger) and cuter, or go home

BY RON SESSIONS, Contributor Even though FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is the seventh largest automaker in the world, many Americans are unfamiliar with the Fiat brand. That’s understandable considering Toyota currently sells more cars and trucks in the U.S. in two weeks than Fiat does here in an entire year. And the Fiat footprint in […]

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Driven | 2015 Ford Expedition EL Platinum

Ford has done it again with its 2015 Expedition. Having had several Expeditions at home growing up, it’s nice to see that Ford has kept the Expedition true to form over the years – boasting the comfort and spaciousness of an SUV coupled with the tow and off-road capabilities of a pick-up truck.

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2015 Lexus IS 350 F | Snow drift

We were thankful that our tester Lexus IS 350 F came with all-wheel-drive once the snowflakes started falling. The AWD system proved worthy after several inches of the white stuff rested on the streets, ensuring that our daily routines weren’t too disrupted. The #snow button is so necessary today. Glad this #Lexus has #AWD! A […]

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2015 Ford Edge gets “teched” out

We ventured to sunny Arizona for a welcome reprieve from the harsh East Coast winter to drive Ford’s new-for-2015 mid-size utility vehicle. Ford focuses on tech for its 2015 Edge Ford has been leading the way among everyday car brands in bringing affordable technologies to its full suite of models. For under $40,000 decked out, […]

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Audi's all-wheel-drive A4 provided a perfect platform for testing Continental's new tire.

Texas Tire Torture | Conti DWS06 review

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger I’ve been on a few wide-ranging trips with the German-based automotive supplier Continental, covering everything from vehicle-to-vehicle communication to collision avoidance systems, in locales from Detroit, Michigan, to Regensburg, Germany. But my most recent outing with the company was tightly focused on one product: the new Continental ExtremeContact […]

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2015 #FordEdge drive with Javier Mota of Autos 0-60

We linked up with Javier Mota of Autos 0-60 again, but this time in person and in Arizona for the 2015 Ford Edge media drive. We spend 15 minutes taking you the inside of the vehicle to get a real feel for the new Edge. Sounds like a long time, but put us on in […]

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2015 Audi A3 Sedan | Driving the 2.0T Quattro S tronic

Audi has done well to develop a strong brand in the U.S. that spans both generations and income tax brackets. Young people who are looking for a car that represents them are turning to Audi for a performance-focused sedan without all the fuss. The only problem is, at $40,000, it will cost them almost as […]

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Performance Minded | 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo

There are few sports coupes today that can live up to the nostalgia of Nissan’s original 300ZX. It struck just the right balance of performance, creature comforts and style in its heyday back in the 1990’s. My brother still owns a 1994 black 300ZX twin turbo, his fourth Z car since high school. Needless to […]

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North American Truck of the Year: 2015 Ford F-150

North America’s Best | Ford F-150 & Volkswagen Golf

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We channel what’s good and not-so-good with the tip of the spear this year I’ll admit to being somewhat surprised that Ford didn’t sweep the North American Car and Truck/SUV of the Year awards for 2015, with the Mustang and F-150 taking top honors. I was half right, […]

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2015 Audi Q3 stands tall from any angle.

Clash of the Crossovers | Mercedes GLA vs Audi Q3

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We pit MB’s GLA against Audi’s Q3 Welterweights fight it out in the entry luxury class One of the fiercest battles for automotive supremacy rages between the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA and 2015 Audi Q3—two of the latest entries in the industry’s hottest segment of entry-level luxury crossovers. Other […]

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Driving Mazda’s CX-9 | Function for the whole family

Last refreshed for model year 2013, Mazda’s CX-9 has become a fan favorite, providing a just-right blend of practicality, function and value. We first laid eyes on the company’s seven-seater in December 2012 during a private media preview of the car. Then, it was evident that the CX-9 would be a great value for families […]

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2015 Kia Soul EV | Life outside California

The week I spent with the 2015 Kia Soul EV had to be the coldest, most blustery week of this winter season in D.C. Living in a metropolitan area, just because you own a house does not mean you have a garage for your car. I was nervous about how well the Kia would do […]

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Chevy Cruze Diesel was a long-distance road warrior.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel | Cruisin’ USA

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger For some time now, I’ve been intrigued by the long-distance road-trip potential of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. So when the folks from Made Across America asked if I could drive the car round-trip from Detroit to Washington, D.C., I jumped at the opportunity. Made Across America Made […]

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