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A station wagon for the crossover crowd

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Station wagons are making a comeback. Old-school wagons were abandoned in America back in the late 1980s like rotary telephones, video arcades and waterbeds. The reason? Minivans, followed by SUVs. But now that crossovers dominate our automotive landscape, there appears to be a quiet backlash from buyers that want a roomy vehicle that ...

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2018 Mazda CX-3 quick take: Stylish, small and fun

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: Mazda’s smallest crossover utility aims to stand out from competitors by delivering the brand’s sleek styling, accented with brushed metal and swooping curves. Inside, too, Mazda one-ups this utilitarian set with upscale trim and high-quality leather/faux suede that looks like it belongs in a higher-end car. No surprise, then, that ...

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First drive review with photos and specifications

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Small crossovers are big news and the Jeep Cherokee wants to be a bigger player in the segment. “This is the largest SUV segment in the world,” said Scott Tallon, director of Jeep Brand. “It’s 9 million sales globally and 2 million in U.S.” The segment leaders alone, the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 ...

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The convertible S5 manages to engineer out emotion

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet is the convertible variant of the company’s compact-luxury platform. It’s only offered in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige. Standard features include crash-mitigation functions like Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear, along with rear-cross traffic assist and vehicle-exit assist. Key Competitors: Mercedes-AMG C43 ...

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How the Acura Integra changed the sport compact scene

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email The Up to Speed video series has jumped on the Acura Integra and all the VTEC goodness that goes with it. The sadly discontinued front-wheel-drive sporty hatch (and sometimes sedan) is especially dear to my heart, — I’ve been the proud owner of a 2001 Integra GS-R since I was 15 years old. ...

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A truck for on and off road

Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email What is it: The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a midsized pickup with serious off-road credibility but sized a bit smaller than the full-size Ford Raptor. It’s the most expensive trim in the Colorado lineup and adds off-road appearance pieces,  increased ground clearance and track width. Key Competitors: Toyota Tacoma TRD, GMC Canyon, ...

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