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She's No Lady, She's A Machine

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS400 has squared off some of its feminine curves, and sharpened its demeanor to boot. Not unlike a certain 1980s 'Russian' ice princess we grew up admiring.

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Overlook At Your Own Risk

The Ford Edge is redesigned for 2015, and we take it for a Quick Spin to see how the new model measures up.

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Rounding Out The Package Without Dulling The Edges

Mazda's CX-5 has always been a small crossover with driverly appeal. The newest refresh may push it into the sweet spot of the segment, for everyone.

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STI Banishes Body Roll In Its JDM-Only Hauler

If you don't think that stiffened SUVs with bigger rubber and brakes can be a good time at the track, well, we'd encourage you to drive this Forester. Faster.

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Losing A Pedal Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Thrills

Is a car with an automatic less fun the same car with a manual gearbox? Well, not if the vehicle in question is a Fiat 500C Abarth and its six-speed auto.

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A Smooth Diesel Covers Up Some Wrinkles

Will a beloved diesel engine be enough to kickstart the heart of BMW's aging flagship luxury sedan?

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More Power, More Efficiency

Porsche's plug-in hybrid gets every adjective we expect of a successor from Stuttgart: more complex, more efficient, more powerful, and faster. We put the 2015 Panamera S E-Hybrid through its paces in Southern California.

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Driving Through Texan History Books In The Second-Banana Challenger

The Hellcat may have stolen the Challenger 392's thunder, but a trip from Austin to Johnson City, Texas teaches us that 485 horsepower isn't all bad.

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World's First Three-Row Plug-In Hybrid Has The Makings Of A Sleeper Hit

Volvo's new XC90 is an impressive luxury utility vehicle in any trim, but with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain it has the potential to shake up the segment. We drive the thing in Spain and report in.

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Drop The Top And Raise The Bar

The 2015 BMW 228i Convertible is a more grown-up take on the small premium convertible than was the outgoing 128i... though it may be a bit less special, too.

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What's The Price Of Compact Capability?

We take to the trails of Hollister Hills for our test of the all-new Jeep Renegade's off-road variant – the Trailhawk.

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Ram's Five-Seater Is Ready To Fight Ford

We've already dropped our First Drive of Ram's new entry in the light-commercial van segment, the ProMaster City. Now we go back for a quick second look; this time focusing on the five-passenger Wagon instead of the cargo variant.

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Eight-Speed Transmission Doesn't Hurt, Doesn't Help

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a stunning machine, indeed. And for 2015, there's a new eight-speed automatic transmission mated to that massive V12. Does that help Aston's $300,000 range-topping grand tourer? We take one for a Quick Spin to find out.

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One Man's Goldilocks Is Another Man's Overkill

Conventional wisdom would dictate that adding more power and several key performance enhancements to an already very good car, like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, will end up equaling an even better car. In the case of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe, conventional wisdom sort of applies, but perhaps not as much as we'd have initially guessed.

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Turbocharged Oddity Ups Its Funk Factor

I didn't always like the Nissan Juke. When it launched in 2010, I just couldn't get over the way it looked – it came across as super weird, and kind of hideous at first blush. But I slowly warmed up to the funky little crossover/hatchback/thing, and after spending some time behind the wheel, I really learned to love Nissan's small wonder. It's a genuine hoot to drive, offering hot hatch-like thrills in a package that doesn't look like anything else on the road. The Nismo and RS models that

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VW Offers Up A Safety-First Facelift

The second-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been in production since 2010, and is therefore staring down the last part of its model cycle. To keep buyers interested, the company has undertaken a refresh of its upscale midsize SUV. As is typical of these things, the changes include some exterior and interior rejuvenation, as well as increased content levels and a slight uptick in price.

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Effectively Splitting The Middle Ground Between S and GT3

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story referenced the 911's six-speed manual transmission, but of course, Porsche uses a seven-speed manual in this car. The text has been changed to reflect this.

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The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand's best seller, it's not the only model to to wear the moniker. A decade ago, Smart rolled out the larger Forfour, but like the brand's other models that have come and gone, it wasn't much of a success. Now, Smart is back and taking another stab at it with the introduction of this all-new Forfour. And this time, we think it's in a much better position to succeed.

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Four Rings, Four Seats, For Fun

When my 758-mile journey on the A3 TDI Challenge came to an end in Boulevard, CA, Audi had a very nice consolation prize waiting for me: the 2015 A3 Cabriolet you see here. And with miles left to drive before reaching my hotel in Coronado (just outside of San Diego), what better way to celebrate my personal victory of achieving nearly 60 miles per gallon in the TDI than to run the rest of the route in couple of turbocharged A3 droptops? After all, the efficiency part of my drive was done, so it

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Progressing The Game, Just Not Changing It

You'd be forgiven if you weren't fully aware of this vehicle's existence. While the Soul EV is a big deal for Kia, as it marks the Korean brand's first foray into the world of pure electric vehicles here in the US, it simply has not a been able to garner much regard from the average car fan or, really, the automotive press.

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More Brawn, More Focus From This Fashion-Forward Coupe

We recently drove the Audi TT, and although we wish it were radically entertaining instead of merely very fun, it's nevertheless a sharp coupe that vaults ahead of its predecessor with an inspired interior and eager handling. That car will be precursor to this TTS when it gets here a year from now, with the TTS adding adjectives like "more" and "better" to just about everything found on the base coupe. With the standard car having already put on such a fine edge, we wheeled the TTS on Spanish ro

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