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2015 Honda CR-V

Honda’s 2015 CR-V still king of the CUV hill

Launched 20 years ago and in its third generation, Honda’s CR-V remains king of the compact utility vehicle hill. In the first half of 2015, Honda sold more than 160,000 units. The CR-V has earned praise from consumers and automotive publications alike for its ease of driving, great fuel economy and family friendliness. We here […]

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Bold styling leads the way in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited

2016 Tacoma | Toyota’s all-new midsize truck ready for battle

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor To demonstrate one of the new features on the totally redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup, a test driver deliberately buried a truck up to its axles in sand. A few minutes later, the truck freed itself—all without the driver doing anything more than pushing an overhead button marked […]

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2016 Mazda CX-5 | Is this America’s favorite CUV?

First introduced in 2012, Mazda’s CX-5 slotted in below the CX-7 (now retired) and CX-9 SUVs at the start of what has officially become a “crossover craze” in America. Both larger SUVs had been well received by consumers, so Mazda took a chance to get in on the small utility vehicle game. That seems to […]

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Small & Mighty | 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

As soon as I laid eyes on this car, I was enthralled by its adorably fierce aesthetic. I’ve always found the Fiat 500 cute, but with a mere 101 HP on the base model, I’m not likely to buy one for myself. The Fiat 500 Abarth Cabriolet changes all of this. A photo posted by […]

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2015 VW Tiguan SE 4Motion with Appearance

The folks at Volkswagen have been pumping out successful SUV’s since the early 2000’s. Now that they have a major American presence, including a factory in Tennessee and North American headquarters in Virginia, VW is honing in on what Americans want — compact sport utility vehicles. Meet the Tiguan, a CUV borne of the words […]

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC | Driven in style

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC not only looks good, it feels good. This sporty compact ute by the German automaker adds a lot of personality to its historically corporate-looking lineup. This is definitely a different kind of vehicle for the brand, but one that is sure to be a solid follow up to the affordable […]

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2015 Yukon XL Denali

Life’s a Beach | Road tripping with the 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali

The GMC Yukon Denali XL is a beast of a vehicle, yet somehow, it is refined enough to make you forget you’re driving a haus of a truck. Ours came in a beautiful brown metallic, which read like more of a muted plum to us. Its uniqueness contrasted well with the striking front LED lights […]

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2016 Sedona SX Limited

2016 Kia Sedona SX Limited | Swanky, seating for the whole fam

Let me be clear. I am definitely not the authority on minivans because, well, I don’t have any youngins to cart around (you may want to check with real-life moms and dads who can better attest to the top family-haulers). BUT I must say that Kia’s Sedona is pretty baller. Yeah, I just called a […]

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Practical fun | 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT 5-Door

Hyundai’s flagship compact brought zero disappointment during our week-long test drive with it. The Elantra has been a top performer for the Korean brand for years, and its five-door GT packs practicality and punchiness into a compact, affordable package. The total package Hovering slightly below $26,000, our 2016 Elantra GT 5-door came fully stocked with […]

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Tackling a load of kayaks was never easier.

Running with the Ram | 1500 EcoDiesel proves its real-world worth

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor A big percentage of the pickup truck-owning American populace rarely needs the kind of capability their vehicle has to offer. But for those who do–the ones who regularly carry heavy or unwieldy loads or tow campers or boat trailers–there’s probably not a better choice on the planet right now […]

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MY16 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson First Drive | DINKs, busy families and empty-nesters wanted

We traveled to middle America to put Hyundai’s newest compact crossover through the paces, taking to the wide-open roads between Minneapolis and Wisconsin to test the 2016 Tucson on a variety of road conditions, including smooth-as-glass asphalt, bumpy pot-hole laden city streets and dirt roads with mud puddles big enough to perform a disappearing act. […]

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Nissan's 2016 Maxima delivers a sports-car feel in a full-sized sedan.

Sporting Intentions | 2016 Nissan Maxima First Drive

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor Nissan would like potential buyers to think of the new 2016 Maxima as a sports car that just happens to sport four doors. Make no mistake: Though its heritage, styling, performance and “4-Door Sports Car” marketing give the impression of a smaller, sportier car, the eighth-generation Maxima is a […]

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Challenging stereotypes | 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT review

I’ve always had a thing for Challengers. It’s my favorite retro muscle car. I was excited to learn whether the 2015 Dodge Challenger is worthy of the title.

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New Honda Pilot ready for take off

BY RON SESSIONS, Contributing Editor These days, minivan-avoiders far outnumber minivan-lovers. The “soccer team on board” sticker in the rear window can be a scary thing. And even though Honda has in the Odyssey perhaps the best minivan on the market, America’s top-selling multi-purpose vehicle last year was the 5-passenger CR-V crossover SUV. There apparently […]

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Lexus LS F-Sport

2015 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport Driven

If you’re the boss or you simply want to feel like one, you’ve got to get into a Lexus LS 460. In classic Lexus fashion, the LS 460 is elegant and turns heads as it glides along the road. From the inside out, the Lexus LS 460 is a superior embodiment of luxury.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

In Pursuit of MPG | 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor The instrument panel “Driving Style” gauge read like an investment portfolio: 20 percent “Economical,” 30 percent “Normal” and 50 percent “Aggressive.” But unlike a retirement account, where the results won’t matter for years, the return on decisions at the wheel of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid […]

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2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid | A very #FarleighGoesSouth road trip

Editor’s note: My co-pilot and I were so excited about this trip that we created a hashtag to document experiences. Follow Be Car Chic on Instagram and check out the #FarleighGoesSouth hashtag for all pictures. Traveling abroad…to North Carolina If you’re not from the South, then it can be a very foreign place to visit. […]

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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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Volvo XC90

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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Chrysler 200C interior

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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