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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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