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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Sedona
    Injecting New Life Into A Tired Segment, But Will Anyone Notice? 1410969540

    Minivan sales have stagnated in recent years, and Kia tells me that no fewer than 15 models have been completely eliminated from the market since crossovers rose to prominence. So why in the world is the company not only sticking by the Sedona, but also actively investing in it, giving it a ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Audi TT [w/video]
    The Slight Sandpapering Of An Icon 1410364680

    What came first, the metrosexual or the Audi TT? While it was close, the descriptor-turned-epithet preceded the 1995 concept car by one year. However, they were both notable cultural evolutions and they happened to work together perfectly. Hugh Grant, playing the cad Will Freeman in the 2002 film ...

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    Review: 2015 Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe
    The Middle Child Is Just Right 1409759820

    My first, ill-fated job in the auto world was at an exotic car dealer in metro Detroit. The job itself sucked, but the cars, they were exceptional. Amidst a sea of Tiptronic Porsche Boxsters, first-gen Mercedes-Benz SLKs and abused second-generation Range Rovers, there were some real gems. In ...

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    Review: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
    Flying High In Caddy's First-Class SUV 1409328000

    I have never liked traveling to Monterey, CA. The picturesque coastal city is about 300 miles from my home in Los Angeles, which means cramped and uncomfortable regional aircraft are part of the equation when the turnaround is only one night. Over the years, I have cursed the LA Basin's ...

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    Review: 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX
    The Softer Side Of Sport 1409155080

    The Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra have long followed similar paths, with each available in a four-door sedan, a five-door hatch and (most recently) a two-door coupe bodystyle. The recent death of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe in the US may be threatening to change the narrative on these two ...

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    Review: 2014 Audi R8 V8
    Dissecting The Enigma That Is This Everyday Super Coupe 1408463820

    Where to even begin with the Audi R8 V8. Let's start with the Ferrari 458 Italia, a car that doubles the base price of the Audi. It's much more fun to drive than it is to talk about; discussions among enthusiasts usually begin with someone saying, "It's amazing!" and end with everyone else ...

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    Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon
    For Nerds And Connoisseurs Alike 1408031880

    On a recent, transcontinental flight home I warded off the mild urge to get some work done and started browsing Delta's list of terrible movies for something that a) I hadn't seen before, and b) I wouldn't get in trouble for watching without my wife. I settled on a documentary called Somm, which ...

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    Review: 2014 Audi SQ5
    S4 Avant? What S4 Avant? 1406217420

    It may be obvious at this point, but here in the United States, European manufacturers routinely give us the short end of the stick. Now, I'm not talking about models or brands that don't come here, like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class or the entire Renault line. No, instead, I'm referring to cars that ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/videos]
    If You Ain't First, You're Last 1406044620

    Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland to wake up as Dodge and SRT drivers and engineers – somber-faced to a man – give me the track talk that will ...

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    Review: 2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer / Sonata wagon
    Little Wagon, Big Payoff 1404835020

    Recently, we took a vacation to Australia, because sometimes we have to get away from all of that other travel and good living that we withstand in order to bring you the latest car news. While there, we grabbed the keys to a Hyundai i40 Tourer, essentially the Sonata wagon we never got a chance ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Sonata
    Charting A Premium Course In A Crowded Segment 1404143820

    Completely redesigning a vehicle competing in a fiercely contested segment requires delicately balancing styling, performance, safety, efficiency, innovation, passenger comfort and pricing, while simultaneously not alienating model loyalists. In other words, it's no simple task. Automakers ...

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    Review: 2014 Mini Cooper S
    Striking The Balance Its Predecessor Never Could 1403884620

    One of the big challenges as an automotive journalist is reviewing cars that you have a personal connection to. I have a strong passion for Minis. My first new car was a 2004 Cooper S, and I still own a 2006 model. It's this affinity that's left me with a general disdain of the 2007 to 2013 model ...

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    Review: 2014 Jaguar XJL AWD 3.0
    Traditional Chariot Of Grandeur Gets A Few Upgrades 1403712060

    A bit of British nobility floods the senses when piloting the 2014 Jaguar XJ. It's an emotional rush, a perception based on physical surroundings that influence the mind in much the same manner that a stein of pilsner tastes best when consumed in a German beer garden and no sand is softer than ...

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    Review: 2014 Hyundai Elantra
    A Light Refresh Keeps This Compact Korean Near The Head Of The Class 1403539200

    The reality of growing up and living in Detroit is an interesting one. You're essentially born with minute traces of gasoline in your veins and everyone you know is associated with the auto industry in some way. That's not an exaggeration. They might be the child of a line worker at the local ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C [w/video]
    The Exquisite Beauty Of Imperfection 1402934220

    The dissonance between first look and first wheel turn was jarring. Alfa Romeo had chosen a suitably hip venue in which to showcase the coupe that will mark the brand's honest-to-God return to the US market – a graffiti-festooned warehouse housing a boutique furniture company in San ...

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    Review: 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD [UPDATE]
    Seeing The Country In America's Latest Midsize Sedan 1401724620

    I love road trips. Honestly, one of the best parts about this job is the freedom we're given to experience the open road, whether at new car launches or while bombing around with whatever we're testing on our home turf. But the longer-form road trip is equally special to me, and it's something ...

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    Review: 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
    Shot Through The Heart By A Rosso Corsa Italian Cupid 1401292620

    I wasted my last hour with the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale pacing the polished concrete floor of Home Depot. My quest was to find an industrial-strength adhesive that would permanently bond me to the bright-red Italian's carbon-fiber racing seat. At that moment, I was determined to spend the rest ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 Sedan
    The No-Compromise Four-Door M 1400602500

    BMW's all-new M3 Sedan is dynamically nearly identical to its two-door M4 Coupe sibling: a stopwatch reveals that both are sub-four-second cars to 60 miles per hour, a racetrack proves that the mechanical twins are equally as adept on a road course and a full afternoon of driving on public roads ...

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    Review: 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD
    Acura's Best-Seller Aims For The Heart Of The Market 1400169420

    There are certain vehicles on sale today that are affected by what I call 'Camry Syndrome.' Named after Toyota's ubiquitous family hauler, Camry Syndrome affects a fair number of cars and trucks, many of which are exceedingly popular with consumers. The issue I have with these vehicles is that ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW M4 Coupe
    Rising To The Next Rung Up The Ladder 1399910340

    Launched out of the seat by a huge, unexpected dip in the road, yet still held largely in place by the smooth webbing of my safety belt, I clench my teeth waiting to come back to earth. A tenth of a second later, the M4 Coupe touches down and my body is slammed into the leather seat cushion. All ...

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