Posts Tagged automotive

Competitive luxury in the 2019 Acura RDX

When a vehicle offers luxury, comfort and performance, you seem to find reasons to run more errands and take short road trips. That was the case during my six days with the 2019 Acura RDX Platinum Elite. First impressions More than one onlooker commented on this SUV’s

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Squeezing in one last 2018 model review: the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Have you ever looked at a vehicle and wondered how the manufacturer came up wth its name? I suspect you didn’t have that issue when you first saw the Volkswagen Atlas. I spent a week with the Execline trim, including Captain’s package. First impressions The name aptly

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The asymmetrical hot hatch: the 2019 Hyundai Veloster 1.6 Turbo

It’s hard to believe Hyundai released its 3-door hot hatch, the Veloster, back in 2011. For 2019, this hot hatch gets styling and performance tweaks while keeping its distinct shape, making the 2019 Hyundai Veloster 1.6L Turbo a must-drive for autocross drivers and performance enthusiasts. First impressions The Racing

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Road trippin’ with the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium

A conference earlier this year took me to Ottawa. During that week I drove Ford’s 2018 Escape Titanium. Ford updated this decades-old CUV model with better looks and a solid ride that made the Toronto-Ottawa round trip a relaxing drive. First impressions Long gone is the stout,

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A sportier plugin? The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

The writing is on the wall. Automakers are increasingly moving to propulsion systems that depend less, or not at all, on fossil fuels. Different automakers have implemented different strategies to increase fuel efficiency across their fleets. Hyundai has joined the party by offering three separate alternative powertrains on just

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Zippy, Pert, Perfect: The 2018 Mazda3 GT

Mazda justifies its ongoing use of the “Zoom Zoom” marketing tagline by putting the driving dynamics of a high-end sports sedan in an economical package. It was fun to remind myself of this during my time with a 2018 Mazda3 GT with a 6-speed manual. First impressions

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Sunny Ways and Happy Days: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Coast Convertible

Car buyers typically look at information like fuel economy, room in the cabin and other practical information when they consider their choices. If you’re checking out the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Coast Convertible, these things might not matter as much as how the car makes you, and everybody around

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New Gold on the Road: The All-New BMW X2

The evolution of an automaker’s vehicle lineup can’t be an easy thing to manage. Fortunately, when an automaker offers a wide range of vehicles, it can experiment with several evolutionary lines at the same time. BMW’s all-new X2 takes the pride of Bavarian manufacturing in the direction of

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Maximum MINI with verve: the 2018 John Cooper Works MINI Countryman ALL4

As I promised in an earlier review, I took a MINI Countryman, the biggest Mini of the bunch, out for a spin in John Cooper Works trim. As I said when I reviewed the Countryman ALL4, the crossover personality battles MINI design. Seeing the Countryman next to

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Taking value-priced cars upscale: the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door Hatchback

I’ve enjoyed plenty of fine vehicles over the years, but I still have a soft spot for practical cars that eschew unnecessary frills and deliver a good ride at a competitive price. Over the years, Korean automakers have competed hard using this philosophy. Competitive vehicle pricing is a

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