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2001 Cadillac DeVille DTS Road Test

   Category:  $45,000 - $60,000 Luxury Sedan  Who should buy this car:  An upwardly mobile executive that wants it all. Power, comfort, lots of room, loads of technical wizardry  Comparable...Read more

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Hybrid Power Systems for the New Millennium

The Concept -- How Hybrid Cars work in simple terms The Cars -- What it's like to drive them The Nuts & Bolts -- How the hardware works in technical...Read more

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2007 Acura RDX Road Test

   Category: $30,000-$40,000 Mid Sized SUV  Who should buy this car: A person looking for a mid luxury SUV with style, performance and handling  Comparable models in this class: BMW...Read more

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2005 Audi A4 Road Test

Photos by Charles Ofria  Category:  $27,000 - $35,000 Compact Sport Sedan  Who should buy this car:  A person looking for a high quality European sport sedan with style  Comparable cars...Read more

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2004 Toyota Solara Convertible Road Test

Convertibles stir your soul and add a new dimension to driving, creating a sensation almost like riding a bike or a scooter. Your forehead feels the heat of a sunny...Read more

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2006 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Road Test

To all the people in the northeast, I apologize. The rain and subsequent flooding that hit in early October was my fault. You see, I scheduled the Ford Mustang GT...Read more

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2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX Road Test

Car enthusiasts consider Volkswagen to be one of the top manufacturers of competent automobiles in the low to mid price range. But for many baby boomers, especially those who pay...Read more

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2003 Hummer H2 Road Test

Well, the General does know what he's doing. General Motors saw an icon in the making and bought the Hummer name from American General. The idea was to create and...Read more

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2008 Volvo C30 Road Test

Volvos nifty little C30 hatchback is a lot like a contemporary version of the unusual P1800 ES from the early 1970s. One of the key similarities is the all-glass tailgate....Read more

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2007 Volvo S80 Road Test

Judging this car strictly by its cover, its easy to believe that there's not a lot new about the redesigned 2007 Volvo S80 luxury sedan. The styling update is so...Read more

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2005 Scion tC Road Test

Do you remember your first car? I know I do. It was a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 2 door hardtop. I just got my driver's license and I needed a...Read more

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2006 Lexus GS430 Road Test

It never fails. I road test a bunch of cars, become impressed with a few and, in the process, bump up my expectations of how a fine car should feel...Read more

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2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca Road Test

If you've been following the company over the years, you just had to know that Subarus newest version of the sport-utility vehicle would not travel down the same well-worn road...Read more

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2004 Lincoln Aviator Road Test

Once you slip inside the posh leather interior of the Lincoln Aviator your whole definition of a sport utility vehicle will change. Preconceptions once associating SUVs as rugged, outdoorsy vehicles...Read more

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Toyota 4Runner Road Test

Toyota took a perfectly good truck and made it as quiet and smooth riding as a car. After finishing my first drive of the all-new 2003 Toyota 4Runner, I had...Read more

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2005 Mazda3 Road Test

Tons of competition crowd the compact sedan category, which includes some notable entries like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus and VW Golf; however, most cars in this class...Read more

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2003 Toyota Matrix Road Test

Finding a brand new market segment is a dream of most automobile manufacturers. It means that, for awhile at least, you have the market all to yourself. One of the...Read more

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2002 Mazda MPV Road Test

Mazda has added power and better handling to its popular MPV minivan, but it may be what is not added that makes the vehicle so appealing. You see, Mazda has...Read more

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2001 Mercedes Benz C320 Road Test

Ah,the "Mercedes Mystique." It began more than a century ago when the founders of Daimler Benz invented the automobile itself in 1886. Since that historical beginning,Mercedes has maintained a well-deserved...Read more

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2006 Mercedes Benz CLS Road Test

Mercedes likes to strut their stuff at car shows, often displaying radical styling exercises in order to gauge public reaction, but usually these one-off show cars are never actually built...Read more

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2006 Mercedes Benz ML350 Road Test

When Mercedes-Benz first introduced the original ML320 as a 1998 model, the big buzz was that it was the first Mercedes to be built in the United States in more...Read more

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2005 Mercedes Benz SLK350 Road Test

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class cars have always taken a back seat to the bigger, more powerful SL-Class cars. The SL cars, of course, are derived from the legendary 300SL introduced 50...Read more

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2003 Mitsubishi Diamante VR-X Road Test

The Diamante has an uphill battle to fight in order win buyers, and the sporty VR-X version is Mitsubishi's attempt to get people talking about their flagship sedan. Today's new...Read more

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Road Test

Somewhere in the private recesses of a research lab, the engineers at Nissan have apparently developed a highly industrialized growth hormone. How else can one explain the mighty Nissan Armada...Read more

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2004 Nissan Titan Road Test

A lot of times manufacturers tend to get carried away in the naming of their vehicles. "Super Cab" and "Power" this and that sometimes are misnomers for a slightly larger...Read more

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2005 Land Rover LR3 Road Test

Land Rovers replacement for the Discovery, the LR3, is not only bigger and better looking, but it is a showcase for technology. This all-new Land Rover, the first to be...Read more

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2007 Corvette Z06 Road Test

The gut-thumping acceleration of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 plastered such a big smile on my face that my jaws got tired. Corvette Z06 DashEven though the Z06 looks a lot...Read more

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2006 Dodge Durango Road Test

The totally new vehicle is 7 inches longer, 3 inches wider and 3 inches taller than the previous model. It rides on a 119.2-inch wheelbase, which is longer than an...Read more

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2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Road Test

Just the thought of throwing ten dirty bags of compost into the back of an SUV makes me cringe. Getting the carpet clean means an afternoon at the car wash....Read more

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2001 Ford Focus ZX3 Road Test

The Ford Focus ZX3 was a bright, spunky little thing and we had a good old time together. As long as the weather held out, that is. While it's fine...Read more

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2007 Acura TL Type-S Road Test

From sparkling throttle response to superb steering feel, the Acura TL Type-S is a thoroughbred. Our test car looked and felt like a black stallion ready to respond to our...Read more

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2002 Honda Civic SI Road Test

You were accepted into the college of your choice and your straight A's in high school won you a scholarship that will absorb much of the cost of your education....Read more

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2007 Audi RS4 Road Test

PASADENA, Calif. Audis hot new sports sedan, the RS 4, challenged my perception of sports-sedan performance with a 420-horsepower V-8, rear-biased all-wheel drive and racetrack handling that is capable of...Read more

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BMW 745i Road Test

I am fascinated whenever one of the megabuck sedans comes up for a complete makeover because manufacturers typically use this opportunity to showcase groundbreaking technology for the first time. I...Read more

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2001 Buick Regal GS Road Test

Buick built its first production car in 1904, quickly attaining the position of number one producer of automobiles in America by 1908. In the years that followed, this GM division...Read more

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Cadillac Escalade ESV Road Test

Few vehicles have gained such celebrity status as the Cadillac Escalade has. With its strong lines and self-assured stance, the Escalade has found a lucrative niche for itself: young, affluent...Read more

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2005 Infiniti QX56 Road Test

Infiniti's luxury on a grand scale sport-utility is the largest luxury SUV on the market. It outweighs them all. It out-torques and out-tows them. Its almost the widest, its taller...Read more

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2004 Audi A8 L Quattro Road Test

So you finally got a key to the executive washroom, and your paycheck has garnered an extra digit. Your new golden parachute is tucked in a safe place, and you...Read more

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2006 Cadillac STS-V Road Test

Newsflash: The 2006 Cadillac STS-V isn't an automobile. Yes, it has four wheels, seats and an engine. An engine and a half, actually. And it will take you from here...Read more

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2002 Jaguar XJ Road Test

Want to know how it feels to be seen as a person with undeniable class? Get behind the wheel of a big Jag, like the Vanden Plas, and you'll find...Read more

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox Road Test

The Equinox SUV is the latest model in Chevy's new product blitz, and it fills a niche that is very popular with competitors. The car-based Equinox stacks up against the...Read more

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Road Test

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee is clearly more refined yet more trail-worthy than the vehicle it replaces. This was obvious the moment a handful of auto writers...Read more

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Road Test

General Motors' newest cars - the Saturn Aura, Cadillac CTS and now the Chevrolet Malibu - are evidence of a sea change taking place at the General's house. The 2008...Read more

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2004 BMW 530i Road Test

Photos by Charles Ofria  Category:  $45,000 to $55,000 Rear wheel drive mid-sized sport sedan  Who should buy this car:  A person looking for the ultimate touring sedan  Comparable models in...Read more

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2001 Cadillac Catera Sport Road Test

Photos by Charles Ofria    Category:  $30,000 to $40,000 Rear Drive Sport Sedan  Who should buy this car:  A person looking for a comfortable driver's car with crisp handling and...Read more

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Chevrolet Cobalt Road Test

It has taken a long time for some in the automotive industry to understand that small, inexpensive and economical are not necessarily synonymous with cheap. Chevrolet, for one, has ambled...Read more

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2004 Cadillac SRX Road Test

 Category:  $40,000 to $50,000 Sport Utility Vehicle  Who should buy this car:  A person looking for a comfortable car-based SUV that has style and class  Comparable models in this class:...Read more

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2003 Honda Element Road Test

Category: $16,000 - $20,000 Sports Utility Vehicle Who should buy this car: Someone looking a fun utility vehicle that won't break the bank Comparable models in this class: None really,...Read more

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2006 Honda Ridgeline Road Test

Honda's innovative pickup truck LA JOLLA, Calif. Aside from cars, the list of products bearing the Honda name is staggering: Weed whackers, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, personal watercraft, outboard motors,...Read more

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2005 Buick Terraza Road Test

Buick calls the Terraza a sport utility in its advertisements. It's even called a "special purpose" vehicle on the window (price) sticker. But in reality, it's a minivan. It shares...Read more

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Road Test

Settle inside the 2006 Hyundai Sonata, twist the key and its clear that the family-sedan landscape is undergoing a substantial change. The all-new South Korean four-door, built at Hyundais plant...Read more

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Road Test Review

Category: $10,000 to $15,000 Sub Compact Sedan Who should buy this car: A person looking for an inexpensive, practical small sedan with an American nameplate Comparable models in this class:...Read more

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2006 Audi A3 Road Test

German manufacturer Audi is trying to cut itself another slice of the United States sales pie with the recent introduction of its compact A3. It is the smallest and least...Read more

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2004 Buick Rainier Road Test

With the addition of the Rainier, Buick now has two trucks in its lineup. The Rendezvous, which is a cross between a minivan and an SUV, and Rainier are key...Read more

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2006 Audi S4 Road Test

Category: $45,000 - $60,000 Compact All-wheel Drive Performance Sedan Who should buy this car: A person who wants a high powered sports car, but needs a family sedan Comparable cars...Read more

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Road Test

Category: $16,000 - $20,000 Compact Wagon Who should buy this car: Someone looking for an interesting looking small station wagon with good fuel economy. Comparable models in this class: Chrysler...Read more

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Road Test

I was asked by my nephew if I would dog-sit fora week. I reluctantly agreed. It's not that I dislike dogs or even that I dislike this dog. I don't....Read more

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2005 Buick LaCrosse Road Test

Take a good look at the new Buick LaCrosse and you'll pretty much get the whole story without ever stepping inside. It's all-new, obviously, but it doesn't stand out in...Read more

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2005 Audi A4 Road Test

   Category:  $27,000 - $35,000 Compact Sport Sedan  Who should buy this car:  A person looking for a high quality European sport sedan with style  Comparable cars in this class:...Read more

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2002 Cadillac Escalade AWD

Cadillac has redesigned the Escalade sport utility for the 2002 model year. The new face of Escalade is striking. Our tester, for example, was painted in"infrared," a deep red metallic....Read more

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2008 Audi R8 Road Test Review

   Category: $100,000 Plus Super Performance Sports Car Who should buy this car: A person looking for an exotic sports car that looks like it stepped out of the future...Read more

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2004 Chevrolet SSR Road Test

Category: $40,000 to $45,000 Convertible Pickup Truck Who should buy this car: A person looking for a cross between a sports car and a pickup truck that is fun to...Read more

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2006 Dodge Dakota Road Test

Everything about Dodge trucks is large. In fact, everything coming out of the Chrysler Corporation side of Daimler Chrysler sports huge grilles that I for one don't think are attractive....Read more

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2008 Audi TT 3.2 Roadster Road Test Review

 Category:  $40,000 to $50,000 2-Seat Convertible Sports Car  Who should buy this car:  A person who wants a sexy upscale 2 seat roadster with all the right moves and Quatro...Read more

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2005 Cadillac STS Road Test

Another one out of the ballpark: Cadillac continues to redefine their image by adding heavy hitters to their lineup. Theres the elegant titan, the Escalade, which weighs in at 5,554...Read more

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What it’s Like to Drive a Ferrari

Today more people than ever before can afford to own a Ferrari. The question is: how many of these new millionaires, who are also being lured by the performance and...Read more

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2004 BMW X3 Road Test

Category: $30,000 to $40,000 Mid-sized SUV Who should buy this car: A person looking for an SUV with great on-road handling without giving up off-road ability Comparable models in this...Read more

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2001 Chrysler 300M Road Test

Category: $25,000 - $35,000 Luxury Sports Sedan Who should buy this car: A family looking for a well-rounded, roomy sedan with lots of performance and way-out styling. Comparable models in...Read more

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2005 Ford Freestyle Road Test

Category: $25,000 - $30,000 Front-drive (or AWD) 7 passenger High Wagon Who should buy this car: Anyone looking for a comfortable, roomy 7 passenger SUV or wagon with all-weather traction...Read more

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2006 Ford Explorer Road Test

Ford does trucks better than any other manufacturer selling vehicles in the USA. That is not my opinion, it is the opinion of you, the consumer who actually buys these...Read more

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Road Test

Taking Chevrolets redesigned 2005 Corvette for a few laps around the newly completed road course at General Motors Milford proving grounds last week promised to be one of the years...Read more

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2005 Ford Mustang Road Test

Mustang Sally blared through stereo speakers as J Mays squealed a new Mustang GT through the gates of Greystone Mansion, stopping inches in front of auto writers gathered for their...Read more

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2003 Cadillac CTS Road Test

Category: $30,000 to $40,000 Rear Drive Sport Sedan Who should buy this car: A person looking for a comfortable driver's car with crisp handling, new-age looks and room for 5...Read more

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2005 Dodge Magnum Road Test

Category: $22,000 - $30,000 Large Rear-drive (or AWD) Station Wagon Who should buy this car: Anyone looking for a macho ride that will kick the wussy station wagon image in...Read more

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Road Test

The mid-size four door sedan segment of the new car market is very crowded with lots of excellent offerings. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are just two of the...Read more

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2004 Cadillac XLR Road Test

Category: $75,000 - $90,000 Luxury Sports Car Who should buy this car: A person looking for the ultimate personal touring car where price is no object Comparable models in the...Read more

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2004 Ford F-150 Road Test

Category: $20,000 - $37,000 Full Sized Pickup Truck Who should buy this truck: Anyone looking for a full-sized pickup truck that will be used for work or play, on road...Read more

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2008 Audi R8 Road Test Review

WASHINGTON, D.C - Six wedge-shaped Audi R8s rolling through the morning traffic of the nation's capital turned heads like a presidential motorcade. The small motorcade was a group of automotive...Read more

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2007 Buick Lucerne Road Test

 Category:  $25,000 to $35,000 Front-wheel drive Large 4-door Sedan  Who should buy this car:  A family looking for a large, smooth, quiet, comfortable American car with all the traditional trappings...Read more

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2002 BMW 330xi Road Test

Do you love to drive? If so, close your eyes and picture yourself behind the wheel of an "Ultimate Driving Machine," a definitive vehicle that delivers the thrill of the...Read more

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2007 BMW 335i Coupe Road Test Review

Who needs practicality? The 2007 BMW 335i Coupe isn't the most practical of automobiles.  After all, it has no rear doors, making the rear seat useless to all but the...Read more

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Acura MDX Road Test

And another one joins the fray. Acura has introduced the MDX, a luxury sport utility vehicle that has been designed from the ground up by Acura to be class-leading in...Read more

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2003 BMW X5 Road Test

When BMW announced that it was getting into the sport utility market, everyone wondered just what that vehicle would be like. The original 4.4-liter V8-powered X5 did not disappoint. It...Read more

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Road Test

Category: $30,000 - $35,000 Large 4-Door Pickup Truck Who should buy this car: Someone looking for a cross between an SUV and a pickup truck Comparable models in this class:...Read more

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2005 Hummer H2 SUT Road Test

Category: $50,000 + Sport Utility Pickup Truck Who should buy this car: If you are looking for a vehicle that will intimidate anyone who dares venture out in front of you,...Read more

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2003 Infiniti G35 Road Test

Traffic was crawling and I was impatient. I was driving a car intended to turn the sport sedan field on its collective ear, but all I could do was evaluate...Read more

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2003 Ford Expedition Road Test

Category: $35,000 - 45,000 Large SUV Who should buy this car: A family looking for a large go-anywhere vehicle that is comfortable, kid friendly and rugged. Comparable cars in this...Read more

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2005 Honda Accord Hybrid Road Test

Category: $25,000 to $30,000 Hybrid Mid-Size 4-Door Sedan. Who should buy this car: A family looking for a reliable and comfortable sedan that has luxury, performance and fuel economy, all...Read more

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2007 Lexus GS450h Road Test

Category: $55,000 to $60,000 Premium Hybrid Sport Sedan Who should buy this car: A person who refuses to compromise between a luxury sedan and an all-out performance sedan, but wants to...Read more

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2003 Honda Pilot Road Test

Category: $25,000 - $35,000 Mid-Sized Sports Utility Vehicle Who should buy this car: Someone looking for a car-based SUV with room for 8 an plenty of practical utility. Comparable models...Read more

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2006 Chevrolet Impala SS Road Test

The first official Chevrolet "Super Sport" was an option package on the 1963 Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe. That year's Impala also had "SS" equipment, which was a $161 option...Read more

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Road Test

Category: $21,000 to $28,000 Front-wheel drive (or AWD) Mid-Sized Crossover SUV Who should buy this car: A person looking for a refined crossover SUV that is comfortable and won't break...Read more

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2004 Infiniti FX45 Road Test

Category: $35,000 - $45,000 Luxury Sports Utility Vehicle Who should buy this car: A person looking for the utility of an SUV with the heart and soul of a sports...Read more

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Preview

Category: $20,000 to $40,000 Front-Wheel Drive Minivan Who should buy this car: A person looking for the ultimate in convenience, practicality and utility in a family vehicle. Comparable models in...Read more

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2005 – 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan Road Test

Stow 'n Go seats revolutionize the interior Minivans are all about seats. You need seats for up to seven people, yet the seats get in the way for carrying large...Read more

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2004 Cadillac SRX Road Test

Cadillac's SRX is hard to define. Is it a car or an SUV? It looks like a station wagon drives like a sedan and hauls like a sport-utility. That makes...Read more

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2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Road Test

When I was a child, the world of personal motor vehicles consisted of 3 distinct types--cars, trucks and jeeps. If you think that was an unusual point of view, I...Read more

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Road Test Review

Category: $30,000 to $40,000 Rear-Wheel Drive Large Performance Sedan Who should buy this car: A person looking for a modern version of the American muscle car. Comparable models in this...Read more

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2003 VW Beetle Cabrio Road Test

Category: $20,000 to $25,000 Compact Convertible Who should buy this car: A fun-loving person who wouldn't mind driving a happy face. Comparable cars in this class: Ford Mustang, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder...Read more

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2001 Kia Optima Road Test

Category: $15,000 to $22,000 Mid-sized Sedan Who should buy this car: A person looking for a competent mid-sized sedan at a bargain basement price Comparable models in this class: Chevrolet...Read more