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Jun
27
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

First Spin Nobody can accuse Alfa Romeo of not taking this seriously.

Two years ago – after a 20-year absence – the Italian automaker dipped its toe into U.S. waters again with the highly strung 4C sports car, a pseudo “exotic” 2-seater with great appeal but a limited audience.

Jun
26

2015 Soul EV

“We’re baaaaaack.”

It was the 90s calling.

No, not the 1990s, with its mullet haircuts, punk-rock videos, and 50 shades of teal. Rather, it was the 90-mile range estimates on our Kia Soul EV.

Jun
21
2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota Camry XSE

Consumer Guide First Spin

Toyota’s Camry has been the best-selling car for most of the past couple of decades, and its 2018 redesign brings it thoroughly up to date with leading class rivals. Yet it probably won’t tally the kind of sales numbers it has managed to amass in the past.

That’s not due to any failing with the new Camry itself, however. Rather, it’s a sociological thing.

Jun
12
2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

Consumer Guide First Spin

Volvo is on a tear.

After years of product stagnation, the Swedish company recently announced that it would bring out a string of eight new or redesigned models over a four-year period – a rather ambitious undertaking for such a small company.

May
18
2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

Consumer Guide First Spin Maybe Acura saw it coming.

Back in 2015, the company replaced its TSX compact and TL midsize sedans with the singular TLX that slotted between the two in size and price, offering both the TSX’s 4-cylinder engine and the TL’s V6 (and available all-wheel drive) to cover the spread. Considered a midsize, it was on the small end of that class, which always hurt it in comparisons of interior space.

May
09
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Consumer Guide First Spin It seems you just can’t cut the crossover pie into small enough slices.

Nearly all manufacturers have multiple crossovers in their model lineup, some with multiples in the same class. And Nissan just became one of the latter, slotting the new Rogue Sport into the gap between the company’s subcompact Juke and the compact Rogue with which it shares a moniker.

Apr
13
Koenigsegg Agera RS1

Koenigsegg Agera RS1

New York Auto ShowIn the rarified world of hypercars, Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg has produced its share. Among them was the CCX, which in 2005 wrestled the long-held Guinness World Record of “fastest production car” from the McLaren F1, ending its nine-year reign. The company’s latest creation, the Agera RS1, hit the stage at the New York Auto Show.

Apr
12
2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

New York Auto ShowAcura debuted a revised 2018 TLX sedan at the New York Auto Show that features fresh styling and added features.

Apr
12
2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

New York Auto ShowVolvo’s entry in the popular premium compact crossover segment has been a strong seller for the company, but after a nine-year run, it’s more than time for a change. And that change — a completely redesigned XC60 — debuted at the New York Auto Show.

Apr
12
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

New York Auto ShowIt’s just a concept for now, but this “4-door coupe” seems a logical addition to the existing Mercedes-AMG GT 2-door Coupe.

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