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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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    Quick Spin: 2014 Ferrari FF
    A New Panoramic Roof Lets The Sun –“ But Not The Heat –€“ Shine In 1386349140

    Ferrari announced a panoramic roof option for its all-wheel drive FF at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, promising the new full-length glass panel would offer its well-heeled clientele "a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation." That statement was intriguing, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi Q5 TDI
    Efficiency Never Felt So Good 1386187080

    I've struggled with diesel technology. It's not that I have a problem with it or dislike it, but rather that I don't particularly understand what stops its wider-spread adoption. Sure, memories of rust-prone, smoky, sluggish and uneconomical Oldsmobile diesels aren't exactly easy to erase from ...

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    Quick Spin: Chevy Camaros fitted with factory Performance Parts
    Make Your Fast Car Faster 1385151240

    The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is almost universally more show than go. The monster performance cars and unholy super-modified rides that line the show halls are undoubtedly impressive, but we journalists rarely have the chance to do much more than look at them while we're in town. So, it was a real ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Honda Civic Coupe
    A New CVT Headlines Another Refresh 1384984740

    Honda lifted the covers off its refreshed Civic Coupe at SEMA earlier this month, showing off its updated styling and redesigned 18-inch wheels, but didn't unveil its interior or mechanical upgrades until today at the LA Auto Show. Eager to show off its latest arrival, Honda allowed me to check ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Lexus IS 250 AWD F Sport
    All Show, No Go 1383929820

    "Ooh, this looks fun!" my otherwise car-ignorant friend said as we walked up to the 2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport. And yeah, it does look fun. In fact, despite my initial strong negative reaction to the design, I've really warmed up to this new IS, especially with the flashier F Sport package found ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Honda HPD CR-Z
    How A Hybrid Becomes A Hot Hatch 1383674340

    Honda invited us to its Southern California North American headquarters last week to take a spin in a very special CR-Z – one modified with a full complement of Honda Performance Development (HPD) components. While the company has been racing with HPD parts for years, this is the first time ...

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    Quick Spin: 1984 Audi Sport Quattro
    Instigator For All Future, Meaner Audis 1383584280

    There I was, standing next to this 1984 Audi Sport Quattro painted Malachite Green – one of only 15 units ever delivered in said color – in the northern Italian mountain town of Merano. I was about to be encouraged to tear-ass over a few famous high altitude passes in this ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
    Adding Efficiency, Removing Enjoyment 1383073020

    If you've been keeping up with our long-term 2013 Nissan Pathfinder coverage, you already know that, generally speaking, we dig it. After racking up 21,000 miles (and climbing!) on our dear Sweet Brown, we've become very, very familiar with the Pathfinder package as a whole, and many of us ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo
    Too Much Of A Good Thing 1382468280

    Michigan is one of those places where we can sub-divide the seasons into good and bad portions, with each producing a noticeable shift. The week prior to my time in the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo, it was 65 to 70 degrees and sunny, all week long. Anyone care to guess what the following week was ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A8
    Standing Tall In The Long Shadow Of The S-Class 1382457420

    These large-footprint premium sedans have very outspoken fan clubs, for at this scale a company's design logic is laid out big on the table for all to dissect. Speaking for myself, I am an Audi A8/Volkswagen Phaeton kind of person. I absolutely enjoy the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and have a ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Opel Adam
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    General Motors currently finds itself in the great position of having a lot of very good small cars in its US lineup. Less than a decade ago, the eight-branded automaker couldn't have enough trucks, SUVs and vans, but now it finds models like the Chevy Sonic and Cruze, Buick Encore and Verano, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
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    The Tiguan pledged Volkswagen's R-Line fraternity way back in 2008, survived the hazing and humiliation to become a certified member of the ancient German trim-package society (by "ancient," we mean 10 years old). The 2014 Tiguan R-Line is the scion of that first-generation compact crossover and ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
    Ditching The Top Makes This Muscle Car Even Better 1382111880

    I first caught a glimpse of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in person at the New York Auto Show, and the Convertible version (by way of pictures) at its far-flung debut in Germany. As a car writer, a V8 enthusiast, a convertible diehard and, most days, no fool, I've wanted to get my turn in this very ...

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