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No gimmicks on RAV4: Toyota crossover offers a straightforward take on family transit

No gimmicks on RAV4: Toyota crossover offers a straightforward take on family transit

The Toyota RAV4 has never screamed for attention, which might be a big reason it’s been so successful.

October 12, 2014 2:55 pm
Honda gets built-in vacuum: Odyssey adds dream feature to help keep minivan clean

Honda gets built-in vacuum: Odyssey adds dream feature to help keep minivan clean

Fear not, parents of messy children. Your dream car has arrived.

October 02, 2014 11:12 am Photos

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Sorento is solid, competitive: Kia crossover has the refinement, features to fight in hot market

Sorento is solid, competitive: Kia crossover has the refinement, features to fight in hot market

It’s not easy to stay competitive in the hotly contested world of crossover vehicles, but the Kia Sorento is managing to remain one of the best.

September 24, 2014 1:07 pm
Luxury with distinction: Lincoln MKZ has unique look, exclusive features

Luxury with distinction: Lincoln MKZ has unique look, exclusive features

Many of today’s luxury cars seem to carry a look of understated elegance, which — at least in some cases — is another way to say “boring.”

August 31, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Full-size European value: German-engineered, American-built Passat starts under $21,000

Full-size European value: German-engineered, American-built Passat starts under $21,000

The Germans know how to make great cars, but what about providing a great value?

August 23, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Civic has no weaknesses: Honda compact car gets better cabin, side-view camera

Civic has no weaknesses: Honda compact car gets better cabin, side-view camera

In recent years I’ve found myself longing for Hondas of the past, when newfangled VTEC engines and space-age cockpit lighting made them seem more like weird Japanese science projects than ordinary commuter cars.

August 10, 2014 2:53 pm Photos

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Nothing cute about it: Ford F-250 is built for work, with looks and driving feel to match

Nothing cute about it: Ford F-250 is built for work, with looks and driving feel to match

When you’re behind the wheel of a Ford Super Duty, you actually feel like you’re driving a truck.

August 02, 2014 4:01 pm Photos

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A6 TDI offers impressive combo: Efficiency, power, German luxury and style

A6 TDI offers impressive combo: Efficiency, power, German luxury and style

Cars that make 428 pound-feet of torque aren’t usually designed for good gas mileage.

July 26, 2014 1:55 pm Photos

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A Jeep for the racetrack: Strange combination proves crazy can also be wonderful

A Jeep for the racetrack: Strange combination proves crazy can also be wonderful

An off-road SUV that feels at home on the racetrack? It goes against the laws of nature, but that hasn’t stopped Jeep from giving it a try.

July 17, 2014 1:47 pm Photos

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FIAT ups the retro factor: Special 1957 Edition gives car a classic Italian makeover

FIAT ups the retro factor: Special 1957 Edition gives car a classic Italian makeover

Ever since it was introduced to America in 2010, the FIAT 500 has been a throwback car designed to evoke fond memories of yesterday’s Italian coupes.

July 16, 2014 1:39 pm Photos

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Light on fuel, not fun: Redesigned Mazda3 among best new small cars

Light on fuel, not fun: Redesigned Mazda3 among best new small cars

Mazda must be dabbling in black magic.

July 04, 2014 3:04 pm
A sharper Lexus RX

A sharper Lexus RX

Ever since the Lexus RX was launched 15 years ago, it’s followed a three-part formula that buyers seem to like.

July 01, 2014 2:01 pm Photos

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Soul is still stylin’: All-new version of popular Kia remains funky, enjoyable

Soul is still stylin’: All-new version of popular Kia remains funky, enjoyable

If there was an award for the vehicle that offers the most style per dollar, this car — the Kia Soul — would be a top contender.

June 29, 2014 6:04 pm
Altima getting more popular: Nissan’s mid-size sedan sees sales jump after 2013 redesign

Altima getting more popular: Nissan’s mid-size sedan sees sales jump after 2013 redesign

It takes a lot for a four-door car to stand out in today’s world, but the new-generation Nissan Altima seems to have found the right recipe.

June 27, 2014 12:31 pm Photos

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Tremor shakes things up: Ford builds sport-truck model to send off current F-150 platform

Tremor shakes things up: Ford builds sport-truck model to send off current F-150 platform

Sport trucks can be an awful lot of fun. And fun is the whole point of the Ford Tremor, a special version of the F-150 designed to go fast and look good, not necessarily to do actual work.

June 21, 2014 2:26 pm Photos

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Avenger an American value

Avenger an American value

If you’re someone who appreciates the golden age of domestic sedans — those big, comfortable, heavy-feeling cars with a uniquely American sense of style — this one ought to pique your interest.

June 12, 2014 3:59 pm
All-new A3 has style, grace

All-new A3 has style, grace

Luxury brands build their reputations around their biggest and most expensive cars, which is why vehicles like this — the new, compact A3 from Audi — can sometimes be disappointing.

June 11, 2014 4:46 pm
New Corvette is best ever: With 455 horses and exotic looks, Stingray is a fast, wild ride

New Corvette is best ever: With 455 horses and exotic looks, Stingray is a fast, wild ride

If I could wave a magic wand to improve the last generation Corvette, there’s a whole list of things I’d want to change on it.

June 05, 2014 4:41 pm Photos

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A high-performance hybrid: Lexus’ fuel-sipping GS 450h delivers V8-style acceleration

A high-performance hybrid: Lexus’ fuel-sipping GS 450h delivers V8-style acceleration

If you want to feel like you’re helping the planet but don’t want to sacrifice even a smidgeon of comfort, here’s a car for you.

May 30, 2014 5:56 pm
Small engine makes big impact: Three-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine in Fiesta gets hybrid-like fuel economy

Small engine makes big impact: Three-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine in Fiesta gets hybrid-like fuel economy

American car companies are known for bragging every time they unveil a big, powerful engine.

May 29, 2014 3:29 pm Photos

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Comfort, luxury for families: Toyota Sienna is intelligently designed for long road trips

Comfort, luxury for families: Toyota Sienna is intelligently designed for long road trips

It’s not very often that a minivan makes you say “wow,” but a few features on the Toyota Sienna do exactly that.

May 25, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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Chrysler 200 sets new direction: With Italian bones and American finesse, new car a drastic improvement

Chrysler 200 sets new direction: With Italian bones and American finesse, new car a drastic improvement

It’s hard to overstate how much this car, the all-new 200, means for the Chrysler brand.

May 24, 2014 2:57 pm Photos

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Tomorrow’s Caddy, today: Electric-powered ELR coupe packed with drama, style

Tomorrow’s Caddy, today: Electric-powered ELR coupe packed with drama, style

Just how big is the market for high-end, electric-powered luxury cars? We’re about to find out.

May 11, 2014 3:26 pm Photos

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Lancer aims for value: Touch-screen sound system among content additions for 2014

Lancer aims for value: Touch-screen sound system among content additions for 2014

The Mitsubishi Lancer has always been a great car for people who want to pretend they’re driving in a rally race.

May 03, 2014 12:02 pm Photos

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VW Jetta growing up: Lineup replaces five-cylinder model with more efficient engine

VW Jetta growing up: Lineup replaces five-cylinder model with more efficient engine

The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a youthful, funky car — at least by four-door sedan standards.

April 27, 2014 5:32 pm Photos

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2015 Mustang Unveiled

2015 Mustang Unveiled

After 50 years and more than 9 million Mustangs sold, Ford faced one of the toughest questions in the automotive world: How do you redesign an icon?

December 19, 2013 2:29 pm
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