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Nov
17
2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited

Consumer Guide Automotive

The subcompact-car market isn’t anywhere near as hot as the subcompact-SUV category these days, but there is still activity afoot. The segment’s biggest news for 2018 is the introduction of two redesigned contenders from South Korea—the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent. Both of these vehicles are built on the same basic platform; we’ll be driving the new Rio in the near future, and we just got our first taste of the new Accent.

Oct
02
2018 Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

Consumer Guide Automotive Although consumer sentiment has shifted to crossovers of late, midsize sedans still account for a sizable chunk of automotive sales. And for more than two decades, Honda’s Accord has accounted for a sizable chunk of the midsize market.

Sep
26
2018 Lexus LS 500 and Lexus LS 500h

2018 Lexus LS 500

Consumer Guide Automotive Few cars have made a stronger entrance than the Lexus LS 400. Introduced for 1990 as the make’s debut into the U.S. market, this luxury offshoot of plebian Toyota immediately set the premium-sedan segment on its ear.

Sep
05
2017 Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Consumer Guide Automotive After 20 years and five generations, Americans will finally get their shot at a legendary car that has long been dangled in front of them like the proverbial basket of forbidden fruit.

Aug
30
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Consumer Guide Automotive Even in the rarified world of sub-4-second 0-60 cars, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk stands out. But not for the reason you might expect.

Jul
17
2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

First Spin Subaru’s smallest crossover just keeps on getting better.

When introduced for 2013, the XV Crosstrek was essentially Subaru’s Impreza compact wagon set on stilts. Simplistic as that may sound, it was a formula the company had used nearly two decades earlier to turn the ho-hum Legacy wagon into the wildly successful Outback. And while the XV Crosstrek never quite matched its larger sibling in sales, the redesigned version arriving later this summer certainly has a chance to narrow the gap.

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
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium

First Spin All of the sudden, Volkswagen is back in the crossover SUV game in a big way. Hot on the heels of the recently launched Atlas midsize SUV comes the long-awaited (some would say long overdue) second generation of VW’s Tiguan compact SUV.

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.

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