Posts Tagged automotive

The high-rise compact crossover: the 2018 Toyota C-HR

Compact crossovers have been gaining ground as slightly less roomy alternatives to crossovers and full-sized SUVs. Their popularity makes the value-for-price competition among automakers seems especially intense in this segment. Toyota competes here as hard as the next automaker. The Japanese company chose to differentiate its entry to

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The evil sibling: the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

They call it TNT Orange. I guess it’s a little different from the Habanero Orange on the Tiguan I drove weeks prior. TNT certainly describes the reaction when you step on the accelerator of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 5-Door. First impressions That orange will catch plenty of eyes. Not

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Continuing the drive towards automotive electrification: the 2018 BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

Automakers the world over are facing a 2025 deadline to reduce emissions, thanks to a 2011 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) agreement. Their strategies vary. Many, like BMW, are banking on PHEVs – plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. BMW will even electrify its M lineup of performance variants. The Bavarian

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2017 Mazda CX-5 AWD

There’s a tier of automakers who keep their lineups spare, betting only on the vehicles and technologies that will keep them competitive. Mazda falls squarely into this category, and its bets have been paying off handsomely. The Japanese automaker made a stir in 2017 when it debuted

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline

After testing the 2017 Wolfsburg model earlier this year, I was looking forward to trying the Highline version of the revamped 2018 Volkswage Tiguan. First impressions My Habanero Orange Metallic tester isn’t part of the “grey is good” class. It stands tall on 18” alloy wheels. A shorter

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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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