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The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

One fine fall day, I pulled out of a parking lot, momentarily forgetting what I was driving, and hit the accelerator with a little more oomph than was wise. I woke up quickly to the power on tap that drove the 2018 TLX A-Spec SH-AWD. First impressions Acura’s

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A new looker on the road: the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Budget hatchbacks don’t tend to catch the eye. But sometimes one comes along to buck the trend. That’s one of many reasons why Hyundai’s 2018 Elantra GT proved a pleasant surprise. First impressions The updated exterior is one of the updates from last year’s Elantra. My Fiery Red

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The fastback look on the Mazda MX-5 RF

Diminutive sports cars stand the test of time. From the old-time barchetta (pronounced “bar-KETT-a”) to the Japanese hatchbacks of the late 70s and early 80s to the “spiders” from various manufacturers, that mix of just the right amount of power and driving dynamics in a tight package

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A souped-up hatchback: the 2017 Kia Forte5 SX

Four-door hatchbacks are still the same. Yet they’ve come a long way. Sure, they’re utilitarian runabouts that are economical to run. And yet they often look better than ever, drive like they don’t need modifications and offer the creature comforts formerly limited to higher-end models. You can expect all

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The Zero Dollar Car?

Many people use free email services and social networks without much thought as to why they’re free. There may be a grudging acceptance of companies using information about you in their marketing efforts. (Conspiracy theorists spell out more nefarious motives.) John Ellis follows this topic more closely

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Sensible, yet stylish: the 2017 Mazda6

Sensible sedans abound in today’s marketplace. To stand out from the crowd takes a mix of understated good looks, interior comfort and a balance between power and fuel economy. That seems to be the philosophy behind the 2017 Mazda6. First impressions This 6 is a refinement of the one

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A hotter hatch: the 2017 Ford Focus ST

Four-door hatchbacks have always been the way to go. This might be my respect of cars popular in Europe, but they’re utilitarian, they maximize access to space, they offer decent fuel economy – what’s not to love when you have a hatchback as a dally driver? OK,

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The return of a classic cruiser: the 2017 Lincoln Continental

There’s a well-defined market for large, luxury highway cruising sedans. Their buyers may drive themselves, but don’t be surprised to see them in the back seat as a chauffeur takes care of the driving. American automakers have a long history of excellence here, and one of them recently

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A hot car for hot weather: the 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

During ten days of hot weather, I had to decide whether to shield myself from the sun or enjoy windy open-top motoring in the 2017 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) convertible. Lesson learned: if you buy this car, stock up on sunscreen. If you don’t, stock up

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Many names, one great car: the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Sometimes, carmakers create models that practically sell themselves. Toyota has developed a few perennial bestsellers, among them the economical Corolla. Back in the 2000s, it also produced the Matrix. This tallish four-door hatchback had been part of Toyota’s lineup for about a decade before it was moved to the

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