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2017 Acura RDX – Review and Test Drive

Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the once plain Jane Acura RDX was first presented to society at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The makeover did much to help the RDX stand out in a crowd.
New for 2016 were the cool-looking Jewel Eye LED headlights with light piping on the front fascia (the rear gets LED taillights), a more distinguished bumper thanks to new character lines, and some finer sculpting …

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible – Road Test and Review

The calendar may say it is fall, but with blue skies and temperatures in the 80s F (high 20s C), it was still summer as far as I was concerned and the perfect time to motor around town with a droptop Mini Cooper S.
There was no rain in the forecast, but we needn’t have fretted. The latest Mini Convertible will alert the driver of impending precipitation with sufficient time to …

Report from Paris: Here Come the EVs

The Paris Motor Show, or Mondial de l’Automobile, was the world’s first auto show and continues to be one of the most important shows in the industry.
This year, many automakers used the occasion to show off their plans for electric vehicles that boast a driving range similar to petrol- and diesel-powered automobiles.
Before the event even began, Volkswagen showed off its I.D. electric concept that it went on record saying that …

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature – Review and Test Drive

The Mazda CX-9 was completely new for the 2016 model year and is on its own, no longer sharing the Ford CD3 platform, and even a casual glance shows its designers bestowed on it a new level of refinement and excitement that makes it gravitate towards the luxury-car segment, competing with the Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX. Indeed, next to our short-term Machine Gray CX-9, the two looked somewhat boring …

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is still futuristic for some, it’s noticeably more conservative than the basic Prius.
Slated to go on sale by the end of …

Road Test and Review: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

Of all the places I had imagined I’d drive a Volvo – Alaska, Gothenburg, even New England in the snow – I never thought of the car as a desert warrior. But there I was in Palm Springs, California, in a Seashell Metallic S60 T5 Inscription and the temperature had cooled down for the evening to a comfortable 102° F (39° C).
With images of melting Vikings on my mind, I adjusted …

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

The first-ever Toyota Avalon, a 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1994, and it has been updated several times since. The current fourth generation model, introduced for the 2013 model year marked the debut of the Avalon Hybrid, which is built on the same platform as the Lexus ES, and also shares a hybrid design with the Camry Hybrid.
Refreshed for 2016 …