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Style is Key for Buick's Stately LaCrosse Presentation

The 2014 LaCrosse may lack the brashness of the competing Lexus ES, Acura TL or even a pack of Volvos and Lincolns, but it still manages to shoot to the top of the class when you consider all the amenities and convenience it provides.

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Jeep Patriot's Low Price Makes it Compelling

If your new year's plans include acquiring a rugged four-wheel drive off-road marvel to subdue steep hills, ravines and boulders without a sweat, a Jeep may be a very wise choice.

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Hyundai's Big Front-Driver Packs Plenty

Hyundai is in a hurry to conquer the world.

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Pint-Sized Kia Rio Packs Tons of Premium Features

The small-car market is undergoing a renaissance.

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Countryman: Mini's Thrilling Bite-Sized Crossover

If you have ever circled around a city block looking for a free space, struggled to parallel park into what seemed like a safe opening only to realize that your car was way too long, then you may appreciate why millions of drivers love the Mini Cooper.

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Hyundai's Santa Fe Not Just for Budget Buyers Anymore

South Korean automaker Hyundai has carved out significant market share in recent years by building solid, reliable vehicles that are packed with features few others can match at the price.

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Always Steady, More Dynamic Toyota Avalon

This week’s feature automobile, the Toyota Avalon, has been the Japan-based carmaker's answer to the big American sedan.

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Mercedes-Benz Diesel Beats Competition to Clean-Car Punch

After spending a week driving the GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic, there’s no doubt that this diesel is the star child of the company's small SUV lineup.

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Hyundai Equus Brings Premium Luxury to the Value-Conscious

Undercutting the competition with the proposition that buyers prefer value over pedigree, Hyundai is hoping that buyers will look past the label while considering this week’s test vehicle, the 2014 Equus sedan.

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Mitsubishi Regains Relevancy with New Outlander

It's easy to understand why many think Mitsubishi might not survive for long in the highly competitive U.S. market. But the automaker’s officials say they have strong expectations, and new models such as the Outlander Sport crossover are leading the way.

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2013 Lexus RX 350 Offers Luxury, Comfort and Utility

We recently tested the RX 350 and were pleasantly surprised that the 2013 model still retains the qualities that have made the RX series a standout for over a decade.

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VW Beetle TDI Packs Plenty of Punch for a Diesel

The Beetle TDI is extremely frugal on gas, proving that hybrids aren't the only game in town when it comes to good fuel economy.

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Toyota Plugs-In the Prius, Erasing Range Anxiety

Re-charging cars will strike many as odd. But we had better get used to the idea because plugging in cars is the wave of the future.

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Chrysler 200: A Little Dated but Still a Bargain

Though the 200 is a bit dated now and is not as polished as the rival Mazda6 or the Ford Fusion models that we drove in the last few months, it still delivers better-than-average handling, and performs nicely when equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Kia Optima's Evocative Styling Draws in New Buyers

With all of the new cars rolling out of American showrooms this summer, the midsize sedan stands out as the overall value leader.

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Lexus LS Flagship Offers Every Conceivable Amenity

I have spent the last six days driving the 2013 Lexus LS 460. And after roughly 650 miles of errand-running, commuting and highway cruising, I can safely say this: It’s a blast to live somebody else’s privilege.

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Revamped Taurus Tops Segment in Gas Mileage

When Ford Motor Company retired the Crown Victoria in 2011, many wondered whether the car buying public would warm up to the Taurus – which by default had become the largest sedan in Ford’s lineup.

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Revamped Taurus Tops Segment in Gas Mileage

After spending close to a month in two different trim levels of the Taurus, we are pleased to report that the Taurus is light years ahead of the Crown Victoria.

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VW Jetta Hybrid's a Blow-out Success

Volkswagen has made a bold declaration. Executives at the Germany-based carmaker have announced that they plan to steer VW into the world's No. 1 carmaker position by 2018.

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Hyundai Sonata Leapfrogs Competition

The automotive press, oblivious to real facts on the ground, has been heralding for several years the imminent ascendancy of the crossover as the de facto family hauler. But despite the cheering squad chatter, the buying public has continued to reward mid-size sedans for their all-around family usefulness and respectable fuel economy.

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Functional, Stylish Subaru Tops Safety Ratings

Japanese carmaker Subaru is best known for its sturdy and versatile station wagons. But one of its best vehicles, the Legacy, is offered only as a sedan.

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Hybrid Lexus Dishes Design, Great Mileage

In the Lexus automobile lineup, the ES series does not stand out in any particular category

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Infiniti Shakes Up the Status Quo

While old-school truck-based SUVs are still the default choice for towing and rugged off-road adventure, the car-based crossover is winning American buyers with its carlike comfort and fuel economy.

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Handsomely Styled Mazda6 Hits High Marks in Family Sedan Segment

The mid-sized cars segment is a wide-open market with several automakers turning their mid-size sedans into key players. The rising challengers include Ford's Fusion, KIA Motors Corp.'s Optima and Volkswagen AG's Passat. Mazda hopes to play here too by wooing midsize car buyers with a redesigned Mazda6 sedan which has undergone a wholesale reboot.

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Little Retro Styled Hatchback Crowns Fiat's U.S. Comeback

Fiat is using its Chrysler foothold in the United States to sell one of its own cars – the Fiat 500.

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Affordable Mazda Miata Tuned to Produce Driver Happiness

The MX-5 Miata – or Miata, as it's more often called in the U.S. – is as uncomplicated and pure as a sports car can get.

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Ford SUV Makes a Radical Break from Its Past

The Ford Escape is one of our all-time favorite SUVs.

S350 BlueTEC: Advanced, Refined Car that Offers Lots of Power

Pray pity on us journalists. On one hand, we are highly sought out conduits who...

2014 Acura RLX: Acura's Flagship Sedan is Reborn

Acura, Honda's luxury nameplate, was at one time the standard by which Americans judged Japanese...

Roomier Sentra Moves Up in Style

The compact car segment is overflowing with stylish performers from the U.S. and abroad. Thanks...

Compact Elantra Combines Function with Style

Hyundai Motor Company, the largest automobile company in Korea, is now one of the top...

Best Selling Volvo Ups the Ante on Style, Comfort and Safety

As much as I try to approach each test drive with a clean mental slate,...

Refined and Easy Going, Focus Shines Light on Ford's Global Success

Ford Motor Company is enjoying spectacular sales success. It is on track to top 2...

New Model Gives Altima a Boost in Crowded Segment

When the Nissan Altima launched 20 years ago, not many would have guessed how quickly...

Agile Roadster Adds to Mini Family

The arrival of this week's test car - the Mini Cooper Roadster - reminded me...

Edgy and Confident, Boxy Kia Aims for the Urban Soul

If you've watched TV at all in the last few years, there's slim chance you...

Despite Clown Face, Mazda 3 is Efficient, Fun to Drive

As the price of gas climbs to $4 per gallon, Americans are increasingly adopting small...

Liftback Features Pint-sized Personality and Lean Design

An automobile at its most basic should be able to get you from A-to-B safely...

Nissan Minivan Offers Bold Exterior Styling, Comfortable Seating

A decade ago, the minivan stood at the top of the hill as the most...

Tiny Ford Aims to be King of the Hill

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when buying an inexpensive cars...

Crossover SUV Boasts Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

Many readers may recall that for more than two decades, the Ford Motor Company owned...

Compact Sedan Fills in the Basics

The Corolla is the car that put Toyota on the map. First introduced in 1966,...

AWD Addition Gives Lancer Needed Grip

Over the past few years, as the economic downturn threatened to choke the life out...

Subcompact is Good Choice for Urbanites Who Want Clever Transportation

Back in college, one of my professors assigned a book that he called "one of...

Stylish and Quick, Coupe's Performance Borders on Brilliant

The beauty of being an automotive columnist is that it helps you develop immunity to...

2012 VW Tiguan's Redesign Gives SUV New Look

America is on a downsizing kick. The days of the supersized product - extra-large fries,...

Lexus Offers High-end Luxury in Power-Efficient Cars

Why do the rich seem happier than the rest of us? I am convinced that...

The Beloved Volkswagen Beetle is Back!

The VW Beetle has wrapped itself so much in my memories that no matter how...

CR-V Provides Efficiency of Car, Functionality of SUV

I have been reflecting on Honda Motor Company's recent fortunes. In March last year, a...

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