2015 Volvo S60 Review

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"While Volvo has built a reputation for safety, the 2015 S60 succeeds because it is a powerful, agile sedan," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. Check out Hanley's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 18, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

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"The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the best version of the three-row SUV, with strong, smooth power and excellent fuel economy — as long as you can afford its steep price," said Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger. Read the review for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Hyundai Tucson Review

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"The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish, comfortable, surprisingly agile little SUV, but its size deficiency, mediocre gas mileage and worrisome crash-test ratings keep it from being a top choice," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Macan: First Drive

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I spent a day driving Porsche's all-new 2015 Macan luxury compact SUV throughout Southern California, up and down the mountain roads of the Angeles Crest Highway and at Willow Springs International Raceway in the high Southern California desert. All in all, the variety of terrain offered plenty of opportunity for the Macan to show off, or to fall short.

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The Macan Turbo I drove on the way out to Willow Springs had pretty much every box checked: Porsche Active Suspension Management with air suspension ($1,385), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus ($1,490), underbody skid plates ($1,410), adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe ($1,600), Burmester High-End Surround Sound System ($4,290) and the Premium Package Plus with a host of safety and luxury features ($4,660) just to name a few. The Macan Turbo has a starting price of $72,295 (including destination), but with all of these options the price tag inched into "holy cow" territory: $101,325.

On the road the Macan is docile, especially in Normal driving mode. The suspension management system puts the adaptive shock absorbers into a more pliant setting, and the steering was lighter than I would have preferred but was still very accurate and managed to avoid the overboosted, floaty feeling found in less refined electric power steering systems. Moving the Macan into Sport or Sport Plus sharpens the SUV, especially the transmission, which delightfully holds onto lower gears. But it's still a tamer experience than I had envisioned given Porsche's claims.

By Brian Wong | July 14, 2014 | Comments (6)

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2014 BMW 4 Series Review

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"Along with its new name, the all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe is much more defined than the 3 Series coupe it replaces," Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek said. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Lexus NX First Drive

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As badge engineering goes, Toyota's luxury division has more hits than misses. The ES midsize sedan feels considerably nicer than a Toyota Camry; the GX bears little resemblance inside or out to its Toyota 4Runner sibling. And so it goes for the NX, a car Toyota Corporate Marketing Manager Brian Bolain says is "very loosely related to the RAV4," Toyota's popular small SUV. Bolain insists it has 90 percent different parts and a structure that's 20 percent more rigid.

2015 Lexus NX: First Look

Indeed, the two seem like distant cousins at most. The NX hits U.S. showrooms in December, one of 80 global markets in which Lexus plans to sell the SUV. Pricing is still to come. But at a media preview in Seattle, I drove preproduction versions of the gasoline-powered NX 200t and gas-electric NX 300h hybrid, and my early take is the NX holds promise.

As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines sufficient driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, though anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere in this crowded field, or stick to the brand's popular RX.

By Kelsey Mays | July 11, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Review

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"The brute power, luxurious roominess and remarkable technology of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic make it a superior — albeit expensive — choice among ultra-luxury full-size sedans," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Chevrolet Volt Review

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"Although the Chevrolet Volt has received a big price cut, it still retains its novel extended-range electric car abilities — as well as its poor visibility, questionable touch-sensitive panels and cramped interior," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback First Drive

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By Bill Jackson

The Subaru Outback has always straddled the line between SUV and wagon, owing to its off-road chops, high ground clearance and body style. I tested the refreshed-for-2015 Outback on- and off-road, and with the new model, Subaru plays to the Outback's usual strengths and refines some of its previously rough edges.

2015 Subaru Outback: First Look

The major changes are updated exterior styling, interior refinements, a new drivetrain and improved fuel economy. The Outback is available in 2.5i Standard, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims with a 175-horespower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and as a 3.6R Limited that comes with a 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

Previously, there was a mix of transmissions — a manual, standard automatic transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission — but for 2015, both engines pair with a CVT; all-wheel drive is again standard.

By David Thomas | June 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

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