Posts Tagged automotive

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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Upping the Ante: the Genesis G90 3.3L Turbo

Some cars are meant to drive. Others are meant to be driven in. Which one is the 2017 Genesis G90? I’m still trying to figure that out.

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Trusting technology in the 2017 BMW X5 40e

Few automakers seem as determined to advance vehicle technology as the wunderkinds from Bavarian Motor Works. The speed with which they plug new features into their vehicles probably outpaces the ability of most drivers to keep up with those changes. That’s certainly the case for me. I love truly useful applications of

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2016.5 Mazda CX-5

Sometimes a vehicle earns its way into your heart with a performance that etches itself into your memory. An ancestor to this week’s vehicle did exactly that. There was no drama or wheelspin or tight turns, no excitement. In fact, the experience was entirely tranquil. I simply drove up

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition

You might think the diesel emissions scandal would still dog Volkswagen. You might be wrong. VWs are still flying out of showrooms around the world. The “people’s car” continues to hold a distinct place in the automotive world, largely defined by value and German engineering without the German car

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Zippy, roomy, perfect – the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

The four-door hatchback may be the most practical (and to my mind, the most desirable) style of automobile ever designed. When small size is packaged with surprising roominess and an engine that balances between decent power and miserly fuel consumption, the automaker likely has a winner on its

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