2017 Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus

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With more than half a million Q7s down the road since inception no one argues against the mid-size luxury SUV's market success, but the outgoing first-generation was starting to look and feel a bit stale when its near decade-long tenure finally ended last year. Since then it's been made clear there was pent-up demand for an all-new Q7, which when combined with unparalleled growth in the luxury ... Read More

2017 Kia Niro

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For decades, the Korean brand Kia was an enigma in the United States. During its early history, Kia supplied engines and transmissions to Ford for use in U.S. and European models. When I first married, I bought my then wife a 1988 Ford Festiva, a Kia-powered tiny affair that retailed for $4,995. We drove the Festiva for 54,000 miles with the only problem being a faulty driver-side, rear wheel ... Read More

2017 Acura RDX AWD

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  If you want to know what makes a brand tick, drive its most inexpensive models in their most basic trims. With respect to Acura's SUV lineup, that would be this RDX. The SUV you're looking at has zero options other than all-wheel drive and the AcuraWatch suite of active safety features. AWD on its own would means the RDX hits the road at $37,170 plus freight and dealer fees, a full ... Read More

2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4×4

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You may not realize, but Nissan's U.S. operation just had a year worth celebrating. No, I'm not talking about its best-ever sales of 1,426,130 units. Come to think of it, Nissan's bigwigs might not even be aware of the somewhat smaller party going on down the hall in the full-size truck-based SUV department, but 2016 was the first year the Armada SUV outsold Toyota's Sequoia. The numbers won't ... Read More

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan

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No automaker has more fully capitalized on its in-house performance sub-brand than Mercedes-Benz with AMG. Where BMW's M-badged fleet has grown to 10 models in the U.S. market, Audi is now offering four cars under its top-tier RS banner (and two R8s that qualify), Cadillac having three Vs vying for contention, Lexus earning street cred with a couple of F models, and Volvo anteing up with an equal ... Read More

2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance 6 Passenger

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Now this is an MDX I can easily warm up to. Not that lesser trims leave me cold. It's just that a luxury SUV should make its owner feel rich, or at least richly pampered, and this top-line MDX six-passenger model with the Advance package is one nicely tailored ride. After ogling the stunning open-pore hardwood trim and beautiful satin-finish aluminum across the Advanced model's instrument ... Read More

Where Rubber Meets Glass

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If there's any part of our vehicles that routinely gets ignored, it's the wiper blades. They're not sexy, and unless one fails altogether, we often wait to replace them until either a torrential rainstorm or a hideous snow dump is predicted. Windshield wiper, though, are critical for safe driving, and they should routinely be inspected and replaced. There's more to buying replacement blades, ... Read More

Top 10 Songs for Road Trips

There's something kinda' magical about getting behind the wheel and pointing your car down a stretch of pavement that reaches out to the horizon. Every great road trip needs a great soundtrack -- the kind that'll stir your senses and make you one with the road -- and we've assembled a group of classic road trip tunes that'll compliment any playlist. Turn the key and just press "play"... Life ... Read More

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