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First Drive and Review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD RTL-E

Introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model, the Honda Ridgeline, which just returned after a brief hiatus, was not only the Japanese automaker’s entry into the highly competitive pickup truck market, but a way to offer pickup-truck buying Honda owners a way of maintaining a “Honda only” garage.
Built in Alabama on the same platform as the Honda Pilot, the Ridgeline’s combination of a cavernous cabin, gobs of storage, technological innovation, …

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review and Test Drive

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review and Test Drive

When it comes to compact SUVs, it’s hard to imagine of one having been around for almost a quarter of a century. The Kia Sportage was introduced in 1993 and the first generation Sportage shared numerous components with various Mazdas thanks to the Ford-Mazda-Kia alliance that existed at the time.
Fast forward to 2015, when Kia unveiled a completely redesigned Sportage – the fourth generation – at the Frankfurt Auto Show. …

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

Growing up partially in Europe, where the majority of my time behind the wheel was on the Autobahns of Germany and Austria, I was struck by the poor lane discipline exhibited by drivers in the United States when it came to driving on the right and passing on the left.
Lane courtesy, or lane discipline, which essentially means that slower traffic should yield to faster traffic, is a dying art but …

Review and Test Drive: 2016 Lincoln MKX

Mention the Lincoln brand and many immediate think of the legendary 1961 Lincoln Continental, a masterpiece of design by Elwood Engel, thanks to its elegant and restrained lines and restrained use of chrome at a time when Detroit was madly in love with flamboyant tail fins.
Built on the underpinnings of the Ford Edge, the 2016 Lincoln MKX, a completely redesigned version of the first MKX that hit the auto show …

Review and Test Drive: 2016 Kia K900 Luxury V8

A year can make all the difference. When we last looked at the Kia K900, we found it wanting in some areas. Elegant styling and advanced technology can only get you so far if all of the pieces in the puzzle don’t quite fit together.
With the 2016 Kia K900, however, Kia has nailed the rear-wheel drive luxury sedan market. It’s not what Kia has added for 2016 – although a …

First Look: 2017 Buick LaCrosse – Review and Road Test

In my childhood, my family had a strong preference for Buicks and Opels. In the States, it was always the Buick Electra, while in Europe it was the Opel Senator.
Buick, the oldest American marque still in production, was known as “the doctor’s car” because physicians didn’t want anything as flashy as a Cadillac when making house visits (yes, physicians would actually call on a patient). It’s still, as a 1969 …

Review: 2016 Buick Cascada and Chevrolet Camaro SS – A Tale of Two GM Droptops

Summer is in full swing and that’s usually our cue to talk about convertibles. This year we looked at two from General Motors, the Buick Cascada, designed from the top down as a convertible, and the Chevrolet Camaro SS, a classic pony car.
While both start in the $36,000 range (although our Camaro, in SS guise, costs substantially more), the two are very different animals and are intended for two different …