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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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S90 T6 Sedan

Right before heading down to the warm Arizona sun for Volvo’s launch of the V90 Cross Country, I spent a week with the Swedish automaker’s new S90 sedan in the frozen apple known as New York City.
As I noted in the V90 review, Chinese automaker Geely’s ownership of Volvo has made the automaker more Swedish than it has been in recent history. Indeed, Volvo has seen a dramatic increase in …

Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

NEW YORK—Showcasing dozens of new domestic and foreign cars as well as hundreds of updated ones, the New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two press preview days.
The show, currently at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
Here’s a brief look at what …

Apple CarPlay FAQ: A Guide to Connecting Your iPhone to Your Car

CarPlay, Apple’s innovative standard that brings iPhone functionality to your vehicle, is slowly and quietly taking over in-vehicle infotainment.
Having CarPlay lends a certain amount of consistency to life in and outside of one’s vehicle, thanks to the ability to use the car’s touch screen, steering wheel controls, or Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.
Think of it as providing a stripped down, bare essentials version of your phone, albeit one that lets you get directions, …

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

As a child, I had seen them in England but hadn’t paid much attention. It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S60

Having most recently driven a Volvo in the heat of a desert, it was refreshing to drive the 2017 Volvo S60 in a climate that it was certainly more familiar with, namely winter in New York. While the S60 is one of Volvo’s oldest models, it has aged well and its elegant appearance belies the fact that the current generation of the S60 was introduced in 2010.
For 2017, Volvo has …