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We drive a carload of kids in Lexus’ new 3-row RX

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email The mid-size premium crossover utility market – try saying that after five rounds of sake — is up by around five percent or so, and the biggest seller in that market, by far the biggest seller, is the Lexus RX. Its 108,307 sales last year were more than the Mercedes GLS and GLE ...

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We test it in the cold, and there’s a lot to like

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email The problem with Aerostich gear is that, once you get it all on and zipped up and the Velcro flaps adjusted and all the cold air is outside and all your body warmth is inside, you pretty much want to give up your dull, plodding existence in (Insert Name of Town Here) in ...

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2018 Mazda CX-9 quick take: Mazda goes premium

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The CX-9 crossover is Mazda’s largest offering, and arguably its most luxurious. Predictive all-wheel drive and exclusive G-Vectoring Control heighten driving dynamics and for 2018 all CX-9s get automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert standard. Key Competitors: Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer Base Price: $33,105 ...

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Here’s what it’s like to drive a 1000+ hp AMC Javelin

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email In 1970 or so, then-20-year-old Mike Ring was in the U.S. Navy out in the vast Pacific Ocean, defending freedom and occasionally going for a swim (his job in the Navy was “Rescue Swimmer;” if you got blown off the carrier deck by jet blast and landed in the water, it was Mike ...

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A twin-turbo V6 irons out all the problems

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The 2018 Kia Stinger is the company’s first real foray into sports sedan production. The sportback style lends itself to convenient cargo space and the vehicle is positioned as luxury model for the brand, with better-quality materials and more safety tech. The Stinger GT2 is the top trim level. Key ...

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Here’s what you need to know

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The Camry Hybrid is a midsize sedan with gas/electric hybrid technology to make it more fuel-efficient, from a company known for its green street cred. The XLE model is the top trim level available, above LE and SE, and shows its status with 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels, a metallic front grille, ...

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2018 Nissan Armada quick take: A handsomer full-size utility

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The 2018 Nissan Armada is a full-size SUV with room for eight passengers. It comes with a 5.6-liter V8 making 390 hp along with an 8,500-pound towing capacity. The Armada was redesigned last year, taking more styling cues from its luxury Infiniti cousin and sitting atop the global Nissan Patrol ...

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Stop pretending like you don’t love wagons

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a midsize station wagon overflowing with Scandanavian presence, evoking safety, utilitarianism and a chic minimalist style. Volvo has used the Cross Country moniker for 20 years now, but its flexible Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform — shared with the XC90 crossover and S90 sedan — ...

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2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe: Here’s what you need to know (first hint: It’s not a coupe)

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The 2018 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe is, at its core, a 3-Series sedan with a liftback rear hatch. The name, along with its inclusion in the supposedly 2-door 4-Series lineup, remains a mystery. Key Competitors: Audi A5 Sportback, Buick Regal Sportback, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Base Price: $46,095 As-Tested Price: ...

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Here’s everything you need to know about Jag’s littlest SUV

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email “Grace, space and pace” are the characteristics company founder William Lyons said make up a Jaguar. Were he still with us today he would probably add, “…and a highly profitable diversity in the compact crossover utility segment.” When Jaguar added the F-Pace to its lineup two years ago it doubled the company’s sales ...

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