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  • Volvo's family sedan and wagon get a kick in the pants with some serious performance tweaks
    Sweet Swedes

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Sometimes, the Swedes do something that's totally uncharacteristic. Volvo is, in general, a very conservative company -- boxy design and safety was its bailiwick. However, as the years have ticked on, its style evolved to the point where a new owner could throw away the box and …

    June 13, 2014

  • Handsome body, safety and tech changes highlight Highlander updates
    Miss Piggy will love it

    Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea. Toyota, for those who missed the Super Bowl ad, has enlisted the help of Jim Henson's finest to sell its all-new Highlander SUV. This would be a hoot except for one awkward fact: This thing holds Muppets a lot better than actual people. The new …

    June 13, 2014

  • Mazda CX-5's mill comes in two sizes now
    Extra zoom optional

    The compact sport-utility segment is so unbelievably competitive that last year's front-runner could easily be relegated to today's "whatever" if it doesn't keep up with its rivals and shifting consumer expectations. Last year, more than 315,000 compact SUVs were sold in Canada, second only to compact-car sales. Sure, some models, such …

    June 13, 2014

  • Superior ride, but numbers are iffy
    Is the Cruze Diesel worth the premium?

    The questions surrounding the introduction of a diesel engine into the Chevrolet Cruze lineup are, of course, manifold.Can the Americans build a small diesel worthy of competing with the Europeans? (Cruze Diesel revelation No. 1: They don't have to, they just sourced it from their Germany-based subsidiary, Opel.)Can the Cruze …

    June 13, 2014

  • Range Rover Sport's cachet highly attractive
    Lovely luxury

    As automotive journalists, we strive to look past such superficial things as luxury badging, sumptuous leather interiors and oversized alloy wheels when putting a new vehicle to the test.That's right, we don't care when the manufacturers' fleet managers try to put their best foot forward by carefully selecting the options …

    June 6, 2014

  • Nissan's Micra costs under $10K, BUT IT DELIVERS
    Right for the price

    MONTREAL - Context, as every celebrity or politician who has ever been "misquoted" will tell you, is everything.Circumstances and comparison form the setting by which we judge statements, events or, in the case of a car review, the performance of an automobile.Thus, a 903-horsepower McLaren P1's performance might be inexplicable …

    June 6, 2014

  • Camaro Z/28 transformed into a top-tier track weapon
    Muscle-car metamorphosis

    Monticello Motor Club, N.Y. -- I hate it when Motor Trend gets it right.But props must be accorded when props are due, and the May edition of the magazine was absolutely right when it dared to compare Chevrolet's new Z/28 with Porsche's 911 Turbo S and the Track Edition of …

    June 6, 2014

  • Steering, shifting hold back Kia's powerful and stylish coupe
    Kia's new Koup catches a wave

    CALIFORNIA - The first part is catching the wave. The second part is knowing what to do once you've caught it.Here in Huntington Beach -- Surf City USA by dint of protracted legal battle -- Kia proves that it has learned its lessons watching big brother Hyundai carve, tuck and …

    June 6, 2014

  • Not a hot hatch yet, but Kia Forte5 makes major strides
    Things are heating up

    CALIFORNIA -- In the pantheon of hot hatchbacks, each has a role to play.The Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST illustrate the tail-wagging possibilities of the breed; the lunatic Mazdaspeed3 provides a torque-steer forearm workout en route to smoking the tires; and the GTI remains the sole vehicle you can …

    June 6, 2014

  • RLX a nice car, but not worth the price

    Strip away the price tag and ignore all of its competitors, and the 2014 Acura RLX isn't a bad car.It's a quiet, luxurious and stylish front-wheel-drive sedan that sits at the top of the lineup for Honda's premium brand.Unfortunately, the RLX has plenty of competition, since it swims in the …

    June 6, 2014

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