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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

Since we last looked at the Kia Soul two years ago, the Korean automaker has made several small changes in styling and one significant change, the addition of a more powerful turbocharged model.
A mid-life refresh has given the boxy but appealing Soul new headlights, front bumpers, wheels, and a new dashboard and infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional eight-speaker 315-watt Harman Kardon sound system is …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo XC60

Now that Volvo has brought the full range of the 90 Series to the market it has turned its attention to the 60 Series, which will be at Volvo dealerships soon. To better appreciate what is to come, we undertook a last hurrah with the current generation XC60, which was introduced at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The XC60 came to North American in 2009 as a 2010 model. Despite …

First Look and Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h

When the striking LF-LC Concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2012, few if any thought it would make it into production relatively unchanged. Indeed, the LF-LC, which stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – in the guise of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 – is coming to a Lexus showroom near you shortly.
Lexus introduced the LC 500 to the world at last year’s …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

This car is most certainly not your father’s Kia.
Our 2017 Kia Cadenza, completely redesigned, arrived at our offices on a sunny winter day and staffers were speculating from afar what it was. “It’s a Kia,” someone said. Others, clearly doubters, started laughing. “No really,” they were assured, as another staff member went into a riff on the Saturday Night Live floor wax skit (“It’s a dessert topping,” “No, it’s a …

Report from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO—February is the coldest month of the year, Chicago is one of the coldest cities in the nation, and the onset of a major winter storm means that, despite the frigid temperatures, it’s time for the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in North America.
At an off-site media event the eve before the show opened to the press, Nissan unveiled an expansion of its Midnight Edition package that was …

Review and Road Test: 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

Acura took the wraps off the then new Acura MDX at the annual New York Auto Show back in 2000, explaining that MDX stood for “Multi-Dimensional Luxury.” Fast forward to today, when Acura refreshed the third generation of the MDX, becoming the first production Acura to receive the brand’s new diamond pentagon grille (à la Acura Precision Concept), redesigned LED headlamps with automatic high beams, LED light pipe daytime running …

Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States since 1989. It also has the distinction of being the …