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Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen that was first introduced in the United States as the Dasher in 1974.It was mechanically identical to the Audi 80, while the five-door Passat wagon was in America as the Audi Fox.
One of the things that attracted me to the Passat was its identity crisis. The sedan version of the second-generation Passat was sold as the Santana in Europe and as …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Prius c

Introduced in 2011, the Toyota Prius c (the letter “c” indicates “city”), is the third member of the Prius family and is marketed as the Toyota Aqua in the Japanese automaker’s home market.
The c is a hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback with a price tag lower than the traditional Prius. It also carries a higher fuel economy rating for city driving than the traditional Prius.
For 2018, the c has donned new …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum

The Volvo XC40 was first unveiled in September 2017 and was fast tracked into production by November 2017. Most notably, the XC40 is the first in the Swedish automaker’s 40 Series of vehicles and is the first to be built on the new CMA modular small car platform.
Unusual for a Volvo, the XC40 has rather funky styling that puts its personality on display as opposed to the Scandinavian minimalist look …

Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

The first generation Volkswagen Golf was marketed as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States when it was introduced in 1974 to replace the Beetle. Wolfsburg introduced a second generation Golf in 1983 along with a sportier model called the GTI.
The GTI is turning 35 next year and Volkswagen is bringing back the Rabbit nameplate with a limited production run of the 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition.
{Editor’s note: GTI, incidentally, …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

The Mitsubishi Outlander first made its appearance in 2001 in Japan as the Airtrek, a vehicle that promised “footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure.” It arrived in the States in 2003 as the Outlander and that name replaced Airtrek in all markets, including Japan, by 2005.
Now in its third generation, the Mitsubishi Outlander has been updated since its launch in 2013 and heavily revised for 2015 with the automaker’s new design language, …

Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

Waze is now the second non-Apple navigation app to work with Apple CarPlay following the release of iOS 12 last week. Version 4.43.4 officially supports the popular option and I updated my iPhone the moment the update was available.
Once the download was complete, I was able to go to the CarPlay settings for my car (General / CarPlay / My Cars) and found the Waze icon on the second CarPlay …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LS 500h

When Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, made its debut in 1989, it marked the first successful volley of a Japanese automaker into the luxury space. Its very existence was headline worthy and it overtook BMW and Mercedes-Benz in overall U.S. sales within two years, although it took a little over a decade to beat Cadillac at its own game. Lexus’ success also reshaped the image auto buyers had of Toyota, …