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Feb
01
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt in Orange Burst Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin In the world of electric vehicles, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt might well go down as a game-changer.

Jan
29
2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD in TorRed

Consumer Guide First Spin While it’s certainly not the first all-wheel-drive coupe on the market, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is putting a new spin on an old formula.

Dec
12
2017 Subaru Impreza

2017 Subaru Impreza sedan in Lithium Red Pearl

Consumer Guide First Spin Since its introduction for 1993, Subaru’s Impreza has stood out in the compact class as being one of the few – and in many years, the only – member to offer all-wheel drive. And since 1997, AWD has been standard.

Dec
01
2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Consumer Guide First Spin Honda introduced the compact CR-V to the U.S. for 1997 to resounding reviews and great sales success. In fact, the company says it has stood as the best-selling SUV – of any size – for most of the two decades since.

Nov
22
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in Silver Teal

Consumer Guide First Spin When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.

Nov
15
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring in Sonic Gray

Consumer Guide First Spin Honda’s popular Civic was redesigned for 2016, arriving first as a sedan, then as a coupe, both offered in rather conventional LX, EX, EX-T (turbo), EX-L, and Touring trim levels.

Oct
18
2017 Infiniti Q60
2017 Infiniti Q60

Consumer Guide First Spin Coupes account for only five percent of the premium vehicle market, but they’ve also traditionally been important halo vehicles for their respective brands. That’s certainly been the case at Infiniti, where the Q60 coupe and convertible (and their G35/G37 predecessors) have typically been the most stylish and dynamic vehicles in the marque’s model lineup. After a year’s absence, the Q60 coupe returns for 2017 with a new design that shares elements of its architecture with the Infiniti Q50 sedan. We recently had the opportunity to sample the hottest version of the Q60 on a San Diego-area drive route.

Oct
18
2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
A hatchback version of the compact 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is set to go on sale later this year at a starting price of just over $22,000.

Cruze

America’s relationship with the versatile, practical hatchback has been a decidedly on-and-off affair.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was “on.” Virtually every mainstream manufacturer offered one. But they were usually the cheapest cars you could find, and thus garnered a negative image that screamed, “I bought the cheapest car I could find.” Hardly a prestigious statement. As a result, their numbers dwindled during the ‘90s and remained low for the next couple of decades.

Oct
04
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

A plug-in version of the Toyota Prius returns for 2017 as the Prius Prime. It boasts unique styling and offers up to 25 miles of electric-only range, after which it carries on as a regular hybrid — for a total of up to 640 miles between fill-ups.

Scion iM

When the Toyota Prius was redesigned last year, its Plug-in sibling was notably absent from the lineup. But a plug-in version returns for 2017 as the heavily updated Prius Prime, and it stands as a truly viable alternative to the “normal” Prius.

Oct
03
2017 Nissan Rogue
Besides freshened styling, the 2017 Nissan Rogue adds a host of new features along with first-ever Hybrid versions. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale dates, which should be in November for gas models, late December for the Hybrids.

Nissan Rogue

We covered updates to the 2017 Nissan Rogue in a previous post based on information from its early September reveal at the Miami Auto Show, but we didn’t have a chance to drive it then. Now we have.

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