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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 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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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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The 2015 Subaru Legacy is steady, reliable and fun

I first learned about Subaru while working at a car dealership in Chapel Hill, NC during college. We had several import brands, and I knew the least about this Japanese car. Thankfully, I had a few Subaru salesmen friends who were passionate about these vehicles – come to think of it, every Subie salesman I […]

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Stop shopping, be happy | Welcome to the all-Mazda garage

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We’ve driven and tested hundreds of cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles over the years, and we’re often asked what we’d buy. It’s not an easy question to answer, and it depends on the segment, and whether we’re talking wants vs. needs, styling vs. substance, and new vs. used vs. […]

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2016 Kia Sorento | New 2.0L Turbo takes the cake

Last week, Kia launched two all-new versions of its Sorento crossover utility vehicle in the beautiful, scenic Lake Tahoe. The 2016 Kia Sorento gets a full-body makeover with offerings for every type of buyer in the mid-size CUV segment, including the price points that will attract consumers at each trim level. Overview The new Sorento […]

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2015 Honda CR-V | Does a small utility vehicle get much better than this?

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributor | @bobgritzinger For the 2013 model year, Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4 shed its utilitarian, entry-ute appearance for a more stylish and aerodynamic wrapper and a much more pleasant and comfortable interior. Judging by a recent drive of a 2014 RAV4 XLE, we’d say “mission accomplished.” We certainly don’t miss that unique RAV4 […]

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Considering electric | Is the Nissan LEAF right for me?

A recent life change has me pondering the adventure of an electric vehicle. What was this massive shift in my world? I went from taking public transportation every day (bus to the metro) to walking a quarter-mile to work. I know, I realize this is an anomaly and completely unfair to those of you with treacherous […]

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First Drive | 2015 Kia Soul EV and Sedona minivan

Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to attend Kia’s national media introduction of the new, all-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV and Sedona in sunny Dana Point, California. Views were breathtaking at the beautiful St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, where we were accommodated (did I mention there was a private beach?). The first night in […]

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Infiniti QX70S | the X6 antithesis women will drive

We’re not sure about you, but we aren’t exactly fans of the BMW X6. Don’t get us wrong, it’s an upscale SUV from a fan favorite. But in reality, it’s a fast, pricey, slightly more aerodynamic Pontiac Aztek. Somehow, BMW miraculously can put its badge on any nonsense these days and automatically create a new segment in the industry. […]

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Summer Shakedown | 2014 Jeep Cherokee Tested

BY Bob Gritzinger | Contributor | @bobgritzinger With the 2014 Cherokee, Jeep (and by extension, parent Chrysler) finally has a competitive entry in the market’s hottest segment, small crossover vehicles. Jeep’s all-new Cherokee hits the sweet spot between the brand’s rough-and-ready military-grade hardware like the Wrangler (and the cute but overbuilt Liberty), and the underwhelming front-wheel-drive-based […]

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A spin in the all-electric BMW i3

Racing is in my blood so I never thought I’d see the day that I actually liked an electric car so much I’d add it to my “to-own” list. Of course, BMW would make me fall in love with the i3. I found the hatchback’s styling strange at first, but it quickly grew on me. […]

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