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    Quick Spin: 2014 Scion tC
    A Softer Enthusiasm 1400083020

    Once upon a time, the Scion brand sought to bring more youthful buyers into the Toyota stable. In the early 2000s, Scion launched with its plucky xA and xB hatchbacks, and a lot of people bought into its affordable, customizable, funky lineup – myself included. I was once the proud owner of ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost
    Three's A Party 1399651080

    I'll be honest; when Ford first unveiled its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, I was skeptical. Past attempts at building turbocharged American cars were almost universally awful, I reasoned, so why would Ford's latest effort be any different? This may seem foolish today, considering the success that the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover L Autobiography
    Size Matters 1398873420

    When it comes to fullsize, ultra-luxurious SUVs, you can't do much better than a Range Rover. We've gushed over the biggest Land Rover several times, praising this latest generation's powerful engines, luxurious interiors, and ability to climb both mountainsides and social ladders all while ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport
    Throwing It Back On The Grille Doesn't Help Flavor 1398441420

    The idea of the Lexus CT 200h F Sport intrigues me. A compact, premium, efficient hatchback with an added dose of sportiness? Sign me up. It's why I'm still crossing my fingers for Volkswagen to sell the Golf GTD on our shores (though recent reports on that front are bumming me out). And judging ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E
    New Engine Makes S60 Quietly Competitive With German Rivals 1398268620

    For those not paying attention, Volvo has updated its S60 sedan range for 2015 with a new range of engines under the Drive-E label. Wearing the same T5 and T6 badges to note the relative levels of power under the hood, both engines are 2.0-liter four-cylinders, with the lesser being turbocharged ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman All4
    Turn A Cool Little CUV Into A Mess For Just $7,000 1397242680

    The standard Mini Countryman is a bit of an odd duck against the backdrop of 'normal' small crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape, but I sort of get it. Apply the same winning Mini formula to a CUV, and you get a smaller-than-average entry in the segment, one that is far more ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon
    Form, Function, And Frugality 1397231820

    There's a running joke among auto writers that the perfect car would be a diesel-powered, rear-drive wagon with manual transmission and no power accessories whatsoever. It would only be available in brown and would somehow be as fun to drive as a Mazda MX-5 Miata. Makes total sense, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi A7 TDI
    Checking (Most Of) The Right Boxes 1396627200

    If you're a frequent reader of car reviews (my money says you are), you've no doubt come across prose about how a car "checks all the right boxes." It's a common phrase – I'm guilty of using it myself. And I'm about to use it again. You see, I've just spent a week with the 2014 Audi A7 ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet
    Subtracting Roof And Adding Style Equals A Pleasant, Pricey Diversion 1396368000

    Drivers are either droptop people or they're not. As most usually aren't – at least as far as the willingness to buy one is concerned – all convertibles tend to remain strictly niche cars. Thus, automakers must ask a noticeably higher price for them. The Audi S3 Cabriolet is about as ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 GMC Yukon Denali
    The Fullsize SUV That's Just Right... For A Price 1395763200

    Automotive enthusiasts often wonder aloud – ourselves included – why General Motors would choose to keep GMC while sending Pontiac (and Saturn, and even Oldsmobile before it) into the great automotive graveyard in the sky. The answer, as is so often the case, is profit. It's much ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi S1 Quattro [w/video]
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    Audi may only now be fully committing to the US compact car market with a range of A3 models, but it's got far more small car expertise than most Americans realize, and its offerings get even tinier, too. Back in 2010, Audi leapt into the subcompact premium fray – in all markets but the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Land Rover LR4
    A Stormtrooper With Flaws 1394650620

    I like the Land Rover LR4. A lot. My first experience with it was back in 2010, when I drove it on, over and around Colorado's San Juan mountain range. Since then, I've been hooked on the three-row British brute. I've always liked that, despite its leather lining, it has always come across as an ...

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    Quick Spin: AEV Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    Back In The States After Winning The Australasian Safari Rally 1393606680

    After their rented 2007 Hummer H3 failed them during the brutal Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco, Amy Lerner and her sister Tricia Reina were on a quest to find the most capable production off-roader for their next competition - they chose a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Their next ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 BMW 535d xDrive
    Diesel Power Makes For A First-Class Five 1392926400

    I absolutely love to travel, but man, do I hate flying. Not the act of flying itself, but air travel in general – slogging through the airport, dealing with security, fighting with delays, only to finally be crammed like cattle into a too-small airplane seat where you're offered $8 ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec
    A Dose Of Diesel With Mixed Results 1388087880

    In Europe, there are a number of strange powertrain combinations for each vehicle. A BMW 3 Series, which has a grand total of four engines in the US market (five if you count the ActiveHybrid), can be fitted with everything from the 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder we get here to a ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 BMW 320i
    Entry-Level 3 Series Is Anything But 1387902420

    When BMW switched its entry level 3 Series, the 328i, from a naturally aspirated, 3.0-liter six-cylinder to a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, we weren't entirely sure what to think. Sure, from a pure numbers perspective, the new 2.0-liter cooked the old 3.0's goose, delivering more torque ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Lexus GX 460
    Old School Meets New Lux 1387558620

    The Toyota 4Runner has always held a special place in my heart for its boxy styling and off-road prowess, but until now, I never had the chance to drive its more luxurious cousin, the Lexus GX 460. Granted, the GX actually has more in common with the foreign-market Land Cruiser Prado, but all ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron
    Technical Innovation And A 585-mile Range 1387396680

    A little more than a year ago, I drove an Audi A3 E-Tron prototype – an early concept electric vehicle built on the outgoing second-generation A3 platform. While I was impressed with the technology, its 3,800-pound weight, 10-second 0-60 time and 90-mile range will likely put it only ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Dodge Dart GT
    "Class Exclusive" Is The Name Of The Game 1387223820

    My younger brother bought a Dodge Dart earlier this summer. It's a basic SXT, in Maximum Steel Metallic, with the 2.0-liter engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and not a whole lot else. Unfortunately, at the time, the Dart was one of the few cars in the compact class I'd never driven. I ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition
    Still Unstoppable, A Little More Liveable 1386781020

    There will forever be a soft spot in my heart for the Jeep Wrangler. The last one I owned was red, and, as a 1990 model, had the square headlights derided by Jeep enthusiasts who grew up on the Civilian Jeeps that descended from their General Purpose military ancestors. As a teenager, I couldn't ...

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