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The 2015 Golf Sportwagen may resemble the former Jetta Sportwagen, but it arrives as part of the seventh-generation Golf line, and Volkswagen says this is an all-new car. And it is, but the traditional station wagon now being taken over by the Golf nameplate does retain what people liked about the Jetta wagon, except true […]

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Lexus’ first compact crossover sport utility vehicle, the 2015 NX, is proof that the luxury automaker has finally severed the bonds of styling that has been as inoffensive as a chocolate chip cookie. The NX presents a visual intensity with its most ardent expression yet of the “spindle grill” and the family design direction that […]

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Introduced last fall, the 2015 Kia Soul EV makes an arguable case to go electric with good utility and the highest EPA-rated range among all EVs not named “Tesla.” Like any car, the all-electric version of Kia’s second-generation Soul comes with pros and cons though, and arrives at a transitional time for evolving EVs three […]

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Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang is about as far a cry as you’ll get from a Prius and still be considered fuel-efficient, but that it is, at least within qualified terms. Its turbocharged four is the first in three decades since the ’84-’86 SVO was dreamed up to offer better fuel economy in an era still […]

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Completely face lifted and overhauled for the 2013 model year, Ford smacked a home run with its Fusion five-passenger sedan. Its European-influenced styling, quiet cabin, crisp handling, excellent fuel economy and a list of techno gizmos that shames some luxury sedans makes the Fusion one of the top sellers in an extremely competitive segment. For […]

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A few years ago the notion of a “luxury performance hybrid” may have seemed contradictory, but now numerous automakers are going in this direction and among them, Infiniti’s Q50 Hybrid is a car that stands out. Launched last year as a new model and named with the brand’s new “Q” nomenclature arriving with its 25th […]

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Last June following its April introduction of the seventh-generation Sonata lineup, Hyundai offered a counterpoint to the still-pending – but since revealed Hybrid – the Sonata Eco. What makes an “Eco” an eco, and how economical is it? As you’ve guessed already, it’s not a hybrid, but instead taps a trend we’ve seen elsewhere – […]

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Come on, you have to admit that those hip-hop dancing hamsters in their baggy clothes that pitched the Kia Soul soon after it went on sale in 2010 were cute. For the introduction of an all-new 2014 Soul, the little guys slimmed down and buffed up at the gym for the commercial’s sound track. Hey, […]

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Merging elements from the Lexus ES 300h and the Camry Hybrid, the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid delivers on that for which it’s advertised. What’s that? It’s a roomy, mid-sized sedan positioned as a range topper that also gets quite respectable fuel mileage – its 40 mpg combined is 16 mpg better than a six-cylinder Avalon, […]

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While not a hybrid, the conventionally powered Toyota Corolla has long-since garnered a following as a frugal and economical car. Of course the minimum bar for “good” gas mileage has also long-since been raised, but with the 2014 overhaul of the compact sedan that’s been carried forth for 2015, the “Eco” version of the Corolla […]

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