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  • 2017 Jaguar XE pounces on compact sport sedan segment

    2017 Jaguar XE pounces on compact sport sedan segment

    When Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to India's Tata Motors in 2008, it seemed that Jaguar would fade out of the new millennium. The British heritage brand known for full-size saloons and artwork roadsters with awful reliability didn't have much to offer a crossover crazy-world. Eight years later came...

  • Rugged Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup returns with new design, new power

    Rugged Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup returns with new design, new power

    The midsize truck segment has been kicking up some serious gravel the past couple of years, so it's no surprise the class-leading Toyota Tacoma has revved its engine to keep stride. After General Motors caused some excitement by reintroducing the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, Toyota, being careful...

  • 2017 Porsche 911 taps into all that is good

    2017 Porsche 911 taps into all that is good

    It's widely accepted that the Porsche 911 is the world's most admired and accessible sports car. Turning heads since 1963, the road hugging coupe with curves in all the right places has pretty much remained its same iconic self on the outside, despite countless variations. So maybe the familiarity...

  • 2016 BMW 340i fends off competition with better engine, sublime stick

    2016 BMW 340i fends off competition with better engine, sublime stick

    The Lake of the Ozarks winds through old oak forests and carves out limestone bluffs in endless rolling dells. Missouri's massive man-made reservoir, which at its construction in 1931 was considered one of the largest in the world, has been called the Magic Dragon due to its long serpentine body....

  • Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle has 238-mile range

    Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle has 238-mile range

    Crowds formed and money seemed to rain from the sky when Tesla began taking deposits for its 200-mile, $35,000 Model 3 electric sedan in the spring.  It will be more than a year before the Model 3 hits the road — and that’s if Elon Musk makes good on his promise to deliver the car by late 2017....

  • 2017 Jaguar F-Pace crossover worth the wait

    2017 Jaguar F-Pace crossover worth the wait

    We play a guessing game with guest passengers about the price of test cars before we look at the sticker. Usually the price is higher than our guest's estimate. That's not the case with the all-new Jaguar F-Pace crossover. Starting at $55,300 for the higher end R-Sport trim and checking out at...

  • 2017 Ford Escape improves but engine, tech disappoint

    2017 Ford Escape improves but engine, tech disappoint

    The refreshed 2017 Ford Escape comes with a smarter engine, advanced safety features, and a new(ish) infotainment system. Escape is Ford's second-best seller, behind the U.S. sales king known as the F-150. It trails the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 among crossovers, America's largest segment. On...

  • 2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

    2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

    There are 16 compact crossovers on the market, another 20 midsize crossovers, and nearly a dozen subcompact crossovers. Then there's the luxury makes. With so many crossovers on the market, automakers are playing with paint, parts and design — anything and everything — to stand out. The fourth-generation...

  • Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in crossover showdown

    Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in crossover showdown

    One of the most common vehicles shuttling between downtown Chicago and its two airports is the blacked-out livery vehicle, or fancy cab. These tinted-windowed SUVs from Lincoln and Cadillac carry clients who presumably want to ride in space, anonymity and a degree of luxury. Yet, the degrees between...

  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe fails to resound in three-row crossover class

    2017 Hyundai Santa Fe fails to resound in three-row crossover class

    The noise started when we hit cruising speed on the highway. It wasn't a particular noise, but noise in general coming from the back. And it wasn't coming from the kids. My passenger and I figured maybe in the thrill of new car buttons, the kids accidentally cracked a window. They didn't. The 2017...

  • 2016 Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan is American luxury: understated but loaded

    2016 Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan is American luxury: understated but loaded

    Cadillac is on a quest to attract new buyers — a few at a time, at least for now. The luxury nameplate has begun offering a new flagship dubbed the CT6, a low-volume, full-size luxury sedan aimed at getting those looking for premium luxury into the Cadillac fold. In June, its third month on the...

  • 2016 Mazda CX-9 crossover balances style with value, power with economy

    2016 Mazda CX-9 crossover balances style with value, power with economy

    The police officer circled back to us saying, "I gotta stop you, man." My kids stopped putting their baseball gloves in the liftgate, where we were having ice-cold sodas from the cooler. I thought maybe he was stopping to tell us the road was blocked by our doors, which were open to air out a 100-degree...

  • 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum crossover provides luxury for a price

    2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum crossover provides luxury for a price

    Some things bear repeating. In Cadillac's case, it is the shield shape of its crest tattooed all over the new XT5 crossover. Here are a few design elements bearing the horizontal five-point crest: lift gate area holding the license plate, gate light above rear fender, dashboard, climate control...

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is king of the family car hill

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is king of the family car hill

    Moving from the city to the suburbs resulted in losing a bet dating to my college days. Not for swapping town for country, so to speak, but for something far more offensive to the know-it-all collegian: buying a minivan. The details of the wager are vague, like most things from college, but it...

  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup in a crossover body

    2017 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup in a crossover body

    When Honda pulled the Ridgeline midsize pickup from the market in 2014, it appeared the segment would go with it. Gone were the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Only the low-selling Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma remained. The Ridgeline is back for 2017 at a time...

  • 2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman gets big, bruh

    BMW's Mini division has always delivered on the promise of cute and cuddly, but for 2016 it has added cozy and comfortable as well, thanks to stretching its top-of-the-line Clubman model from a subcompact into a compact. It is nearly a foot longer, 2.9 inches wider, and the wheelbase is extended...

  • 2016 BMW M2 sports coupe is for drivers who like driving

    In the past five years, BMW has launched more than 20 new or redesigned products and variants, from electric pods to crossover coupes. There was worry among 3-Series purists that the "ultimate driving machine" had devolved into everyone's everyday appliance. It is a classic growth conundrum, like...

  • Review: Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is convenient crossover, capable crawler

    I had a friend who drove a soft-top Jeep Wrangler TJ all across the country all through our itinerant 20s. Loud, unruly, inefficient and mindlessly fun, it was a perfect symbol for the wayward post-college years. A decade or three removed, I thought of that Wrangler while driving the Jeep Renegade,...

  • Rolls-Royce Dawn delivers everything in $400,000 convertible

    The Rolls-Royce Dawn has four wheels, two doors, orange seats and a steering wheel. So why does it cost more than most houses? At a starting price of $340,000 that effortlessly rises to the $400,000 that our pre-production test model cost, drivers — and passengers — of the handmade Dawn are paying...

  • Elio, the 84-mpg three-wheeler, makes Chicagoland pit stop

    The Elio three-wheeler is getting a taste of the hype elicited by the Tesla Model 3. People have been waiting nearly two years to get a glimpse of the three-wheeled two-seater with a gas engine that gets an estimated 84 mpg on the highway. And at a pre-production price of about $6,800, you can...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid is most fuel-efficient AWD compact crossover

    There are two trends that show no signs of slowing: Gas prices will continue to rise and Americans will continue to buy crossovers. Toyota is hoping that Americans will start to buy hybrids again. The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is a first for the trailblazing compact crossover launched in 1996. Toyota's...

  • Infiniti's largest species is a luxury beast

    Some objects are larger than they appear: Pro basketball players, locomotives, the Grand Canyon. Add the Infiniti QX80 to the larger than life list. So large it didn't fit in a 2.5-car garage; so large my 9-year-old said to paint it green and put a gun on top; so large the passengers needed grunts,...

  • Volvo XC90 plug-in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future

    Most new-car debuts are a whole lot of hype wrapped around four wheels and some steel. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is not one of those. The redesigned three-row SUV with a plug signifies a comeback for Volvo and a future of cleaner, smarter, safer cars. The turbo and supercharged twin engine has a battery...

  • Porsche goes turbo with new 911 Carerra

    Porsche has been making 911s since 1963. So a new one is no big deal. And outwardly the 2017 is just last year's model with a new paint job. But inwardly this is a dramatically different machine. The 911 has gone turbo. For this 911 Carrera 4S, the German car company has replaced the traditional...

  • 2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a compromise

    "Is that the new BMW X5?" asked my neighbor. When I tell him it is actually the X1, two sizes smaller, he looks perplexed. "It has grown up!" Exactly. It has grown up — casting a wider shadow from a body that's noticeably more sophisticated. It's pretty nice inside too. But is it a real BMW — a...

  • 2016 Audi TT is a cute coupe with more style than power

    The third-generation Audi TT is ... cute. It's a coupe that doesn't have the performance chops to compete with the thoroughbreds of the class, but has enough style to stand out from the herd. The TT coupe has four seats, unlike the two-seat Roadster, but those rear seats are best used for a four-legged...

  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra packs more tech than the compact competition

    The Hyundai Elantra compact has been known for doing more with less on the dollar. The outgoing model won North American Car of the Year in 2012, arguably the industry's most independent and esteemed new-car honor, for being more luxurious, more fuel efficient and more versatile and roomier than...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Passat fails to stand out in shrinking midsize sedan segment

    Volkswagen has a problem. It doesn't begin or end with the refreshed Passat, but the middling midsize provides a convenient case study. First, to address the dirty elephant in the room, there is no diesel for the 2016 model due to the ongoing unresolved 7-month-old scandal where VW used a software...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid charges ahead of competition

    You like trees. You like cars. With the Chevrolet Volt, those preferences don't have to be at odds. The second generation of General Motors' plug-in hybrid improves on range, efficiency, tech and styling. Despite being 3 inches longer, it doesn't look much different than the previous model except...

  • 2016 Jaguar XF luxury sedan delivers sporty elegance

    Jaguar is evolving. Its future was uncertain as recently as 2008, when Ford dumped it and Land Rover at the onset of the global recession. The classic British brand has been rejuvenated under Tata Motors, India's largest automaker. For model year 2017, Jaguar is expanding its three-car lineup to...

  • Ford losing Focus on competition: Hatchback due for a redesign

    If the Ford Focus compact could talk, it would be the Jan Brady of the Ford bunch, complaining about all the attention and preference given to its big sister: crossover, crossover, crossover. Though the Focus compact is one of the best-selling nameplates in the world behind the Toyota Corolla,...

  • 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is AWD antidote to the crossover craze

    Back in the day, Volvo built wagons shaped like a brick but powered by turbo. It seems appropriate that the automaker fortifies its heritage with a jacked up turbo wagon that seems sculpted for the wind as much for the road. Channeling the larger XC70, the midsize V60 Cross Country wagon flaunts...

  • 2016 Honda Civic shapes up with leaner, longer, sportier ride

    If you don't know what car your roommate owns, chances are it is a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. The two best-selling compact sedans in the U.S. are reliable, fuel-efficient values that don't stand out much from the large-but-shrinking compact segment. But Honda wants its redesigned 2016 Civic...

  • 2016 Nissan Maxima straddles sedan side of sport, sophistication

    The redesigned Nissan Maxima is like a new shoe. It looks sharp but feels better, and the more you wear it, the better it feels. The Maxima is footwear that is both athletic and sophisticated, functional and stylish. You can schlep the kids in it, take it out for anniversary date night on the town,...

  • Honda lurches ahead with pesky 9-speed transmission

    Nine-speed transmissions are here to stay. They're being touted as a fuel-efficient selling point in vehicles such as the 2016 Honda Pilot, in top-of-the-line Touring and Elite trim levels. But these transmissions are also something that might take some getting used to. One aspect of these "teething"...

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