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    Review: 2014 Kia Cadenza
    A Premium Sedan Building A Premium Badge 1395244620

    Teenage passengers are often among the first people I turn to for second opinions about a test vehicle. While they understandably aren't allowed behind the wheel – most aren't even old enough to drive – their honest and generally unbiased observations, coupled with a complete lack of ...

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    Review: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Bluemotion TDI
    Not For US Because It's Not For Us 1395158280

    What are auto writers always asking for from global automakers? "Give us your hip European wares," we plead, "give us your diesels and your manuals and your wagons, your tauter suspensions and Welsh B-road handling, your neat matrix lighting and your funky little Hello-Kitty-sized trailer hitches ...

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    Review: 2014 SRT Viper GTS
    "It's A Viper. It Should Scare Some People." 1395071820

    My boyhood shelves were packed with all sorts of toys, but my favorites were miniature diecast cars. Even though I'd spend hours building challenging gravity tracks for the smallest and sleekest of the bunch, my prized vehicles were not scaled-down production models. Instead, I preferred to ...

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    Review: 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 [w/video]
    Easy To Fall For, Harder To Live With 1394639820

    For one reason or another, this is a car people stare at. They might be drawn to its curvaceous shape riding on immense wheels. They could be intrigued by its gaping, blacked-out grille which houses an equally outsized trident logo, or doing quick calculations about the last time they saw a car ...

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    Review: 2014 Honda Accord V6 Touring
    The Sedan That Would Be King... And Probably Should Be 1393865820

    America's midsize sedan segment is one of the most crowded and fiercely competitive in the business. The Toyota Camry has long been our nation's best seller, while the Honda Accord has dutifully come in second place, like some sort of codependent Cal Naughton Jr. riding Ricky Bobby's back ...

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    Review: 2014 Buick Regal GS AWD
    Updated Sedan Goes Nice On Ice 1393520220

    "This is just silly," I said as I laughed my way sideways around the icy track at Circuit ICAR, a racecourse, drag strip and kart track at the Montreal-Mirabel International Airport in Quebec. It wasn't the activity that had me cracking up, though. After all, winter driving experiences aren't ...

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    Review: 2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum 4x4
    A Good Toyota, But A Good Truck? 1393433820

    The Toyota Tundra is the automotive version of off-brand Cheerios: it doesn't dominate the market, and it's not the first model people think of when they hear the term "pickup truck." Ford, General Motors and Ram dominate the segment with vehicles that offer ridiculous levels of towing and ...

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    Review: 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
    A Mighty V12 With A Sexy Coupe Wrapped Around It 1392742740

    Most cardiologists and physiologists maintain that a human's maximum heart rate is calculated with a mathematical formula: subtract a person's age from 220. But some leading doctors are now questioning the established academics, which trace their origins back to 1970, claiming that a simple ...

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    Review: 2014 Kia Sorento
    More Than Meets The Eye 1392224220

    For most new car shoppers, three-row crossovers are little more than a way for the family-minded to avoid succumbing to the minivan stigma. Admit it – the only things that differentiate most larger CUVs from minivans are their lack of sliding side doors and – on most of them – ...

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    Review: 2014 Lexus IS 350
    Almost-Realized Aspirations Of A King Slayer 1391533020

    Long regarded as one of the best driver's cars of all time, the BMW 3 Series has always been targeted by luxury automakers trying to create their own exciting, bang-for-the-buck sport sedan. For years, BMW has managed to ward off would-be rivals to its iconic 3 Series, but the combination of a ...

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    Review: 2014 Infiniti Q50S
    Growing Up Has Its Pros And Cons 1391446620

    Ten years ago, nearly to the day, I took delivery of a brand-new 2004 Infiniti G35 6MT. The sporty rear-wheel drive sedan, equipped with its throaty 260-horsepower V6, slick manual gearbox and limited-slip differential replaced my 2001 BMW 330i because the Japanese competitor touted a product ...

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    Review: 2014 Mazda3
    Smiling On The Inside 1390928220

    Almost by definition, affordable compact cars aren't supposed to be fun. Sure, hot hatches get our blood pumping, but not long ago, the terms "compact car" and "economy car" could safely be used interchangeably. A key exception for the last decade has been the Mazda3, a car that has consistently ...

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    Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
    Simply Irresistible 1390237020

    If working from home these past few years has taught me anything, it's that I genuinely miss commuting. Yeah, you heard me. Maybe it's because, historically, my commutes have always been pretty enjoyable – not like the opening scene from Office Space, one of those ...

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    Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Sedan [w/video]
    The Best, Or At Least Not The Worst, Or Nothing 1389286620

    The great all-arounder. A concept as familiar to sports fans as it is dear to gearheads, the expression sums up a person or thing that excels by way of diffuse – rather than concentrated – excellence. This is an especially formidable concept in the picky midsize sedan segment of the ...

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    Review: 2014 Nissan Rogue
    Objectively Replete But Subjectively Incomplete 1389200280

    The compact crossover segment is crowded because it offers near-perfect transportation for small families and empty nesters alike. As more and more consumers discover the benefits of compact crossovers – riding tall in traffic, enjoying four-cylinder fuel economy and the confidence of ...

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    Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
    Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda 1389113880

    This could have been something great. Last fall, Mitsubishi slapped its triple-diamond badge on a dainty little hatchback called Mirage, offering plenty of functionality and 44 miles per gallon on the highway, all starting at a super-low $12,995. For budget shoppers, this seemed to be a good ...

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    Review: 2013 Nissan NV200
    Always Have The Right Tool For The Job 1388422680

    Moving is not fun. On the scale of adult activities, it ranks somewhere between taxes and jury duty. Boxes need to be loaded, furniture needs to be lifted and the entire affair is typically fueled by a combination of pizza, beer and pain killers (a combo my friends affectionately refer to as ...

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    Review: 2014 Fiat 500L
    Expanding The Menu 1386178380

    The saying goes that man cannot live by bread alone, and neither can automakers live by selling one car alone. This holds especially true for automakers with a budding dealer network to support, like the Fiat brand, which returned to US shores in 2011 after a 28-year absence. The company's single ...

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    Review: 2014 Acura RLX
    Same Book, Different Cover 1384880220

    Earlier in the year, I reviewed a powder-blue Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and I witnessed a group of high-school-aged girls ogling the car as it sat in my driveway. In my head, I found it to be a funny-yet-fitting scene that I didn't think of again until a 2014 Acura RLX showed up in my ...

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    Review: 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S [w/video]
    The Smallest Cat Bellows With A Lion's Roar 1384448280

    Withhold judgment on the world's greatest exhaust note until after you've heard the Jaguar F-Type V8 S (scroll down now for a sneak peek). Its cackle, boom and pop under deceleration will have you rifling through its glovebox looking for a tool to remove the stereo. An in-dash audio system is ...

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