2017 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Platinum

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There are wagon fans and then there are those who just don't quite grasp what all the excitement is about. The latter notion is understandable, especially among those my age and considerably older who grew up with station wagons as their go-to family haulers and therefore disdain them as much as those raised in minivans dislike their parents' modus operandi, but despite falling into the former ... Read More

2017 Jaguar XE 20d Prestige AWD

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Jaguar has been doing exceptionally well as of late. Last year's U.S. sales more than doubled with 31,243 deliveries compared to 14,466 in 2015, the latter number already a far cry more to celebrate about than the scarily low 12,011 sold in 2012 (or even worse 11,955 in 2009). The reason for renewed interest came from growth in its redesigned XF mid-size sedan and full-size XJ, but most ... Read More

2017 Toyota Corolla iM

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If asked to select new models for last year's car of the year awards, I would've put Scion's iM at the top of my list. I've always been more impressed by inexpensive practical cars done well than luxury sport models charging pricey premiums, and the iM did everything asked of it very well indeed. For 2017 it's mostly carryover except for two important features, the badge on the grille and a host ... Read More

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

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My singing teacher had one of these back in 1980. She was a cool old lady living in one of the nicer areas in the city, and driving what most of us at the time considered the poor man's, or in this case woman's, Mercedes SL. She was hardly poor, but merely understood that you can have just as much fun in a less expensive sports car while enjoying a more carefree type of prestige. I won't go ... Read More

2017 Infiniti QX70 AWD Limited

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Have you ever wondered why something can be the best thing since sliced bread one day and all of a sudden yesterday's has-been? The car industry is sometimes hard on modern-day classics, or rather new vehicles that haven't been updated in a while. Infiniti's QX70 falls into this category, but really it deserves much more attention than it gets. When its predecessor and this second-generation ... Read More

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

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The Pacifica is going to be a very interesting experiment. Let's be honest for a moment. The Chrysler brand isn't exactly robust when it comes to sales or models. As of last year it has become the slowest selling mainstream brand in the U.S. other than Mitsubishi, Mini, Fiat and Smart. Yes that means even Mazda outsells Chrysler. What's more, the Japanese alt-brand has already sold nearly 50 ... Read More

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

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