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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

The Lexus GS first made an appearance in 1993 and throughout all four generations has been available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. A hybrid version debuted in 2005 and the fourth generation GS received a mid-life refresh in 2016.
It’s clear that Lexus has worked hard to differentiate the GS from its competition as well as from its front-wheel drive sibling, the Lexus ES. It has a more youthful stance, …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Toyota’s gas-electric hybrid Camry recently celebrated its tenth birthday and it has remained one of the roomiest hybrids on the market. When launched, it came with a fuel-economy rating of 34 mpg (6.9 l/100 km), 10 mpg better than the conventionally-powered Camry and with little compromise in the passenger cabin or the trunk.
The conventionally powered Camry has been around since 1982, and it’s grown larger over the decades. It’s also …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental, One of the Most Distinctive American Cars in Years

During my formative years in Beechhurst, I didn’t know much about my neighbor Rudolph Creteur, but what I did know is that he had been somehow connected to the automobile industry. The gentleman had the most amazing cars in his garage: a black 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille and a dark green 1964 Lincoln Continental. He was kind enough to allow me, at the tender young age of nine, to wash …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

Mazda’s Mazda6 remains one of our favorite cars to drive when it comes for a week-long stay. We last reviewed it a little over a year ago, taking note of the use of the automaker’s Kodo design language – first introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010. Kodo is something the automaker says is intended to serve as expression of natural energy. Mazda’s head of design, Ikuo Maeda, said …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

Although it probably wasn’t on your radar back then, the Subaru Impreza made its debut in its home market of Japan in 1992. It was reportedly almost called the Loyale but Impreza sounds better, don’t you think?
The all-new 2017 Impreza – the fifth generation of the model – was introduced at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and went on sale in the fall of that year. The new …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L

The original Honda HR-V dates back to the “Wild and Joyfull J-WJ” concept car that Honda unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997. Meanwhile, the second generation HR-V, based on the third-generation Honda Fit’s platform, began to be offered in the United States for the 2016 model year. Like the Fit the HR-V (which Honda’s website says stands for “Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle) is manufactured at the company’s plant in …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum Edition

The story of the third-generation Nissan Murano, based closely on the Renaissance concept Nissan unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, is unique for its class. It hews so closely to the look of the concept car that Nissan executives were wont to speak of it as a “concept car on wheels.”
The edgy design hasn’t aged at all since we first saw it at the launch drive in …