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#NewElantra | Hyundai’s 2017 Elantra delights and surprises

Hyundai is standardizing features in the compact car segment that we’ve never witnessed before. The sheer amount of technology and traditionally luxury features found on the 2017 Elantra should make this sedan a no-brainer for those looking to the traditional small four-doors from Toyota, Nissan, Ford, and even perhaps Honda. We spent the day driving […]

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Test Drive | 2016 Passat SE 1.8T with Technology

Weeks after the unveiling of the fully revamped 2016 VW Passat in New York City, including some amazing tunes provided by Lenny Kravitz, an event that coincidentally was in sync with initial reports of the company’s diesel testing woes, Volkswagen hosted Be Car Chic and several other local media at its Virginia headquarters for a […]

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2016 Mazda CX-3 | Small in stature, spunky in design

It’s no secret that small crossovers are no longer a small segment in the market. Each manufacturer has its own take on what a compact ute should be, how it should look, drive and function for consumers who find themselves in between a four-door sedan and a full-on SUV. Mazda first addresses this market segment […]

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2016 Honda Civic Sedan | Fun-to-drive compact, reloaded

By Ron Sessions, Contributing Editor Successful do-overs aren’t that common in the auto space. Flub an intro on an all-new model and the razor-sharp competition will close in for the kill. The last-gen Honda Civic was the child of the worldwide recession in 2008-2009. Its focus was on cost-cutting for the mass market, chasing Corolla. […]

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2016 Honda HR-V Review | Compact and Capable

Compact utility-focused vehicles are becoming ubiquitous in the auto industry’s quest to achieve maximum fuel efficiency without forgoing practicality. Honda recently introduced its latest endeavor to reach this goal in its 2016 HR-V crossover. We tested the five-door all-wheel-drive EX-L with navigation. Refreshingly, nearly all features came standard at no extra cost, ringing in at […]

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Driven First: 2016 Kia Optima SX

Though it may not be obvious from the outside, Kia has completely overhauled its game-changing Optima from the inside. Packed with technology features found on its upscale Sorento SUV and K900 full-size sedan, the Korean brand remains dedicated to keeping its prized mid-size offering neck-and-neck with the competition. And in this segment, the competition is […]

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Muddin’ in the rain with Autobytel’s Dan Gray | 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4

Melanie Batenchuk and Dan Gray of Autobytel ride along with Jeep’s Jim Morrison to take the Renegade through an off-road gauntlet. We hit the muddy trails surrounding the raceway at Summit Point as part of a recent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) event. The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 is a real Jeep, and we’ve got […]

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Aspen, Vail and the 2016 Kia Optima

Melanie Batenchuk joins MotoManTV for an adventure in the Rocky Mountains, hitting up Aspen, Vail and the Continental Divide in the all-new 2016 Kia Optima. On our journey, Melanie and MotoMan debate the design and driving dynamics of the new Optima, and continue their fried chicken rivalry. This is an episode of MotoManTV you don’t […]

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First Drive | 2016 Infiniti QX50 small luxury crossover

Heading into 2016, Infiniti has big plans for both its current models and the new Q30 (unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show), Q60 and QX30 concepts. Kicking off a series of vehicles we’re anxiously awaiting to get our hands on in the New Year, is the refreshed QX50 crossover. Now with 3.8 inches more wheelbase, […]

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Love at First Drive | Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review

If I said the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is my favorite car of the year, I wouldn’t be lying. For starters, this Italian beauty is one heckuva feast for the eyes. Yes, I do believe in love at first sight. And don’t worry, I confirmed this feeling once I got behind the wheel. Welcome back […]

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4

Maybe it was a bout of nostalgia over my Barbie’s 1994 ‘beach cruiser’, or the fact that we’ve all been dreaming for Jeep to deliver us a Jeep that’s compact yet not a total compromise from its brethren. Of course, this is a dream not for Wrangler purists but one for other consumers who (literally), […]

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Infiniti QX60 | The practically perfect mommy-mobile

Full disclosure, I’m not a mom; therefore, I don’t really have a need for a mommy-mobile. But if I did? Well, read the title again and you’ll see that I’d choose the gorgeous, three-row Infiniti QX60. We’ve said it before — Infiniti has been impressing us big-time by striking a delicate balance between style, comfort […]

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2015 Scion FR-S | Budget-friendly sports coupe

The 2015 Scion FR-S, when seen on the road in Firestorm Red, is quite the looker. Toyota’s youth brand joined forces with Subaru to create a sports coupe that appears sleek, yet aggressive, and is certain to turn heads. The Basics The FR-S we tested was the base model, which starts around $25,000. The 6-speed […]

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10 cars we really didn’t want to give back this Summer

September is officially here, which means Summertime is coming to a close. As schools fill up with children and America’s asphalt arteries clear out, we couldn’t help but reflect nostalgically on a few of our favorite cars this Summer. As automotive writers, we receive dozens of vehicles to test each year. It’s not an easy […]

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2016 Scion iM and iA | Two-fer for Toyota’s youth brand

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor Toyota’s Scion division hasn’t had any all-new product in quite a while, but the youth-oriented sub-brand gets a huge shot in the showroom arm this month with the addition of two all-new models, the iA and the iM. iM: No more dull xB boxes Let’s start in reverse alphabetical […]

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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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