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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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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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2015 Toyota Yaris L | Photo Credit: Toyota USA

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 Trekking

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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Lexus IS 350 F in snow

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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Melanie and Javier Ford Edge

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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