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PowerSteering: 2018 Mazda 6 Review
For the 2018 model year, the Mazda 6 gains subtle exterior updates, more extensive interior changes, structural and engineering improvements, and a new turbocharged engine in most trim levels. The company aims to refine its family sedan, making it quicker, quieter, and more sophisticated, a car that is enjoyable to drive, technologically advanced, and in top Signature trim undeniably upscale.
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PowerSteering: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Review
Volkswagen has redesigned the Jetta for the 2019 model year, the first time the company has done so in eight years. A 4-door sedan that competes on the larger end of the compact car segment, the Jetta is Volkswagen’s most popular model in the U.S.
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PowerSteering: 2019 Volvo XC40 Review
Another new Volvo for 2019 is the plucky little XC40 SUV. Officially the least expensive way to get into a Volvo, the XC40 is also the first model available through the company’s new Care by Volvo subscription program.
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Test Drive: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Even Hyundai says the outgoing Santa Fe family looked and felt more like a minivan than an SUV. From their clean, understated styling to how they drove and felt from behind the steering wheel, the 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport and 7-passenger Santa Fe simply weren’t rugged enough to appeal to SUV buyers. But the automaker aims to change that with a 2-pronged replacement strategy.
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PowerSteering: 2019 Subaru WRX Review
Bleating its signature turbocharged boxer-type 4-cylinder engine symphony through its new high-flow performance exhaust system, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI ripped up Mulholland Highway after a sunset run along the beach, its steering responsive LED headlights illuminating the way in rapidly dimming light.
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Test Drive: 2019 Honda Pilot
For more than 15 years, Honda has offered the Pilot to American families who require three rows of seating, lots of interior and cargo space, and light off-roading and towing capabilities. That formula remains in place for the 2019 Honda Pilot, which gets a freshening that updates its appearance, technologies, and equipment.
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PowerSteering: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review
In a world gone mad with a multitude of crossover type vehicles in every size and price point, a sane alternative cries out in the dark, touting almost as much utility, greater fuel economy and, in many cases, a lower price point. That car? The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback...
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Test Drive: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
For the 2019 model year, the Mustang Bullitt returns for a third time. The latest iteration offers more power, performance, and equipment than a standard GT along with special styling and interior design elements.
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Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln MKC
The Lincoln MKC is a critical component of the luxury automaker’s bid to reclaim its former sales glory. Now, the 2019 Lincoln MKC gets a freshening designed to keep it competitive until a rumored replacement called the Corsair arrives.
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2018 Buick Regal TourX Review
Now that everyone drives a crossover SUV, perhaps wagons will regain their 1970s popularity. If that happens, the new Buick Regal TourX makes a compelling case for Americans seeking a different kind of utility vehicle.
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PowerSteering: 2018 Ford EcoSport Review
When it comes to the 2018 EcoSport, Ford has nothing to lose. It’s costing them a relative pittance to upgrade the EcoSport for American consumption, ship it to the States from the factory in India, and to market the vehicle to consumers who are rabid for small SUVs.
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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Review
Among full-size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe is the most popular when it comes to sales, offering plenty of room for passengers and loads of strength for towing.
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2018 Volkswagen Golf Review
The Volkswagen Golf is thoroughly modern in terms of styling, technology, and mechanicals, but uses the same basic recipe it always has, minus the splash of diesel, of course.
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review
Can Alfa Romeo carve out some territory for the Stelvio from within the crowded Compact Premium SUV segment? A week-long test suggests the answer is yes.
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PowerSteering: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Review
With a price that starts at just under $51,000, and with styling that mimics the larger and more expensive Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the new Range Rover Velar may prove itself to be the company’s most popular model.
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Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks
Featuring a fresh, Brazilian-inspired design, a healthy dose of standard tech, and armed with a starting price beneath $18,000, the 2018 Nissan Kicks looks to be a formidable player in the small but rapidly growing subcompact SUV segment.
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PowerSteering: 2018 Nissan Leaf Review
Offering greater driving range, new styling, a reworked interior, and more technology than ever before, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf represents substantial improvement.
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PowerSteering: 2018 Toyota Sienna Review
The aging Toyota Sienna still gets plenty of love from families on the go, even though it last saw a complete re-do back in 2011. Nevertheless, Toyota makes numerous changes to the 2018 Sienna, from revised front styling to new infotainment and safety technologies.
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PowerSteering: 2018 Hyundai Kona Review
Though Hyundai already sells the Tucson, it is rolling out an even more diminutive crossover called the Kona. Named after the Hawaiian resort area of the Big Island, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is available in a variety of trim levels, paint colors, and with a choice between different powertrains.
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Test Drive: 2019 Subaru Ascent
Since it discontinued the Tribeca midsize 3-row SUV after the 2014 model year, Subaru has lacked a larger vehicle into which it could direct growing families, and attract new ones. That changes with the debut of the 2019 Subaru Ascent.
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