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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 Audi RS7 [w/video]
    A Very Sensible Supercar 1390496340

    The subject of what makes up a true "supercar" is a difficult one, fraught with personal connotations and the rare ability to bring close colleagues into heated confrontation with one another in the blink of an eye. I say this because, while the 2014 Audi RS7 most certainly does not make the ...

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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: Gran Turismo 6
    Is The Real Driving Simulator Still The Best? 1386953820

    In the car world, there is a segment of the population that believes tried and true trumps what's novel or new most of the time. A car is a machine with a purpose – be it to deliver your kids to school or afford you the best lap time – and machines are better when they're less likely ...

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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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    Review: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    Open Up And Say 'Aahhh!' 1383235020

    The last time your humble narrator found himself driving a Corvette, someone saluted. It happened last fall in a 2013 427 Collector Edition Convertible, white with silver stripes, and the unexpected gesture of respect came courtesy of one of America's finest servicemen in khaki fatigues: a UPS ...

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    Review: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
    BMW M Gets Its Hands On The Sleekest Of 6ers 1383148620

    One of the many perks of this job is, not surprisingly, the cars. It's relatively easy to snag the keys to a vehicle for a special occasion, whether that be for a road trip, tailgating or helping a friend move. And while sometimes the tailgating might happen with a Ford F-150 instead of a Range ...

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    Review: 2014 Nissan Versa Note
    Making A Big Bang For Not A Lot Of Bucks 1383062580

    The original Austin Mini was not designed as a fun-to-drive, sporty small car. Its go-kart-like handling and general chuckability were an unintended byproduct of essential aspects of its design. Its four wheels were pushed to the absolute corners of the car to maximize interior space, and its ...

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    Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium
    The Biggest Little Luxury Car You Can Buy 1382976060

    You might not be interested in owning a subcompact (B-segment) hatchback for $20,000. Let's be clear from the get go here: there are any number of reasonable arguments for staying away from the highest-content versions of these small cars. Ford's player in the B-segment arena is the newly updated ...

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    Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    America's Midsize SUV Standard of Excellence 1382543820

    Jeep appears to have nailed it this time. After two decades of assembling its Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, the American automaker has finally delivered a world-class off-roader capable of taking on everything in its segment – and more – with a high likelihood of coming out on ...

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    Review: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
    An Efficient New Take On A Well-Worn Formula 1382371020

    People, us included, make a big stink about the importance of family sedans. There's no doubt they're critical – they represent a huge slice of the market's annual sales and profits. However, despite accounting for far fewer transactions than the midsize sedan segment, the fullsize sedan is ...

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    Review: 2013 Acura ZDX
    1381334220

    What Is, What Could Have Been, And What May Yet Be History is largely unkind to losers. That's true in the world of politics and sports, and it follows on with a few caveats in the realm of automobiles. In terms of cars, historic losers tend to be remembered in one of two broad ways. Every once ...

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    First Drive: Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer
    1381161420

    An Iconic Sports Car, Restored to Seduce I have been strapped behind the iconic Momo Prototipo steering wheel for a little more than an hour, all windows down as I carve my way up a rugged canyon during an unusually warm Southern California evening, and I am overwhelmed with emotion. My heart is ...

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