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Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu

May 23, 2012

It only takes a short drive in the completely redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to realize that this car is aimed at families.

  • Acura RDX

    May 16, 2012

    Proving there's always more than one way to reach a goal has become easier. Just look at the completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX.

  • Mini Cooper Coupe

    May 10, 2012

    It might be hard to believe, but there are people who think the Mini hardtop is too big. Think about that. A car named Mini isn't small enough.

  • Porsche 911 Carrera S

    May 3, 2012

    In a sad twist of fate, one of the first of the 2012 Porsche 911s arrived for review just a few days after the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer who conceived the original 911. He was 76.

  • Buick Verano

    April 26, 2012

    Americans usually have no problem equating quality with small size. Take Fabergé eggs or iPods, for example.

  • Volvo XC60

    April 19, 2012

    With its abundance of safety features, it can be easy to lose sight of the actual car when evaluating the Volvo XC60.

  • Nissan Murano

    April 11, 2012

    There are two versions of the Nissan Murano: The crossover utility vehicle and a convertible, the Murano CrossCabriolet. One is rational, the other whimsical. Rationality rules for this review.

  • 2013 Lexus GS 350

    April 5, 2012

    By nearly any measure, Lexus has been phenomenally successful. The brand is synonymous with luxury, comfort and dependability.

  • 2012 Infiniti FX50S

    March 29, 2012

    Typical sport utility vehicles tend to be long on utility and short on sport. For buyers who find that disappointing, encountering the Infiniti FX should be a pleasant experience.

  • 2012 Ford Explorer

    March 22, 2012

    Last year's complete redesign - redefinition might be more accurate - of the Ford Explorer was a great success. Sales rose 125 percent.

  • Audi Q5

    March 15, 2012

    There are two schools of thought on how best to judge an automobile. The first holds that all you need to know is in the numbers. For these folks, acceleration times, stopping distances, fuel economy and interior measurements reveal a car's worth.

  • Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

    March 7, 2012

    Redesigned and improved for 2011, the Volvo S60 sedan returns this year with two new models added to the lineup, the base T5 and the high performance T6 R-Design.

  • Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

    February 29, 2012

    Let's start by making one thing clear. The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is not your typical fuel-sipping, penny-pinching hybrid. Rathe,, this Porsche manages to blend high performance with a modicum of fuel efficiency.

  • Chevrolet Sonic

    February 22, 2012

    There's one aspect of the Chevrolet Sonic that might escape a buyer's initial inspection. Unlike the Aveo, which the Sonic replaced, this subcompact isn't an import.

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee

    February 15, 2012

    Last year's redesign of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was an overwhelming success from nearly every perspective. Not only did auto writers heap praise on the latest version of the Grand Cherokee, but buyers stepped forward in large numbers.

  • Toyota Camry

    February 8, 2012

    Redesigning a vehicle that has long been a market leader is fraught with danger. Even the best automakers have been known to come up with a replacement that falls short of the performance and appeal of the previous model.

  • Buick LaCrosse

    February 1, 2012

    A quick glance at the Buick LaCrosse will reveal none of the significant changes that have taken place for 2012. The styling remains the same; it's what's under the hood that's new.

  • Range Rover Evoque

    January 25, 2012

    Range Rovers pose an interesting question: Do we really need to experience the height of luxury while traveling off road to a destination that will allow us to rough it?

  • Ford F-150

    January 18, 2012

    Americans love the underdog, yet also admire top performers. The Ford F-Series truck line is clearly in the latter group. These trucks have been the nation's bestselling vehicles since 1982 and the best selling trucks in this country for 35 years.

  • Chrysler 300

    January 11, 2012

    The 300 has played many roles in the Chrysler lineup. Originally, the 300 letter-series cars were fire-breathing, high performance models that offered power, speed and handling no other Chrysler - and few competitors - could match.

  • Volkswagen Beetle

    January 4, 2012

    The original Volkswagen Beetle became an icon even before its production ceased in 2003. When the end finally came, over 21 million cars had been sold using variations of the original platform. Beetle sedan sales ended in the United States in 1977, though the convertible was sold here until 1980.

  • Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC Diesel

    December 28, 2011

    Diesel engines have played a significant role in the history of Mercedes-Benz. The company released its first diesel sedan in 1936 and the diesel 180 D sedan debuted in the United States in 1960. By 1981, nearly 80 percent of Mercedes-Benz customers opted for a diesel.

  • Hyundai Accent

    December 21, 2011

    For decades most low-budget models never let you forget that you scrimped big time on car shopping. Even now, not everyone has adjusted to the idea that inexpensive small cars don¿t need to feel cheap.

  • Dodge Charger

    December 14, 2011

    There has been a lot of good news for Chrysler, maker of Dodge cars and trucks, over the last year. Sales for 2011 are up 25 percent, well ahead of the 15 percent increase in the overall market. And in November, sales rose 43 percent, while the market was up 16 percent.

  • Range Rover Sport

    December 7, 2011

    Logic suggests that vehicles such as the Range Rover Sport might be facing some challenges in this underwhelming economy. So much for logic.

  • Honda Civic HF and Natural Gas

    November 30, 2011

    When asked which cars get the best fuel economy, most people immediately think of gas-electric hybrids. There¿s good reason for this, as compact and midsize hybrids produce outstanding EPA fuel economy numbers.

  • Hyundai Genesis

    November 23, 2011

    Hyundai's ascent in recent years has been nothing short of amazing. The company has gone from making cars 25 years ago that disappointed to vehicles that today can stand up to the most stringent scrutiny.

  • Volkswagen Passat

    November 16, 2011

    While most automakers want to move models "up market" to command higher prices and, theoretically, produce more profit, Volkswagen has recently moved two of its "up-market" cars down. The results have been astounding.

  • Audi A6

    November 9, 2011

    In recent years, Audi has become a fierce competitor in the premium luxury field with its A6 sedan. Tastefully designed and impeccably trimmed, the A6 has seen sales soar as it managed to avoid the design excesses and manufacturing lapses that have befallen some competitors.

  • BMW 650i

    November 2, 2011

    On paper, the changes BMW made to the 2012 6-Series coupe and convertible seem underwhelming. Both the length and wheelbase are up by about three inches. The engine has been given 11 percent more power and the styling has been refined.

  • Fiat 500c

    October 26, 2011

    Take a quick look at the new 2012 Fiat 500. Look familiar?

  • Honda Pilot

    October 19, 2011

    If you read the press release from Honda, you'd think that the Honda Pilot has undergone significant updates.

  • Mazda5

    October 12, 2011

    By Jim MacPherson

  • Honda Civic

    October 5, 2011

    For those keeping count, the all-new 2012 Honda Civic is the ninth generation of Civics to grace America¿s roads. The car has been a top seller in its class since being introduced in 1973 and was often the benchmark competitors used to chart their own progress.

  • Infiniti M56

    September 28, 2011

    Premium luxury sedan buyers often overlook the Infiniti M sedans. Based on the week I spent with the 2012 Infiniti M56, that¿s a mistake. This luxury sedan is one of the best available

  • Chrysler 200 Convertible

    September 21, 2011

    The 2007 redesign of the Chrysler Sebring produced mixed results, and the car was far from compelling. If you drove one, it was probably a rental. But Chrysler overhauled the Sebring for 2011, renaming it the Chrysler 200.

  • Hyundai Equus

    September 14, 2011

    The luxury sedan club is mostly occupied by cars from Europe. Newcomers such as the Hyundai Equus won¿t be welcomed with open arms. Not every buyer of a luxury car is ready to drive a Hyundai.

  • Nissan Leaf

    September 7, 2011

    The Nissan Leaf is more than the first all-electric, battery-powered vehicle offered this century by a major manufacturer. It is also a vehicular Rorschach test, with onlookers seeing whatever they wish.

  • Volkswagen EOS

    August 31, 2011

    For several years in my town there was a young man who drove his convertible nearly year-round with the top down. He raised the top for rain and snow, but kept the roof down even on the coldest of days.

  • Mini Countryman

    August 25, 2011

    There are many ways to look upon the new-for-2011 Mini Countryman. You could consider it the first four door-Mini to be offered on these shores, the first Mini with optional all-wheel drive, or the first Mini that holds adults in the rear seat comfortably.

  • Lotus Evora S

    August 17, 2011

    Lotus became famous more than 50 years ago for designing light and agile racing and sports cars. They were driver's cars of the fist order.

  • Nissan Altima

    August 12, 2011

    Not only are there many mid-size family sedans to choose from, most of them are quite good. Count the 2012 Nissan Altima as among the best.

  • Toyota HIghlander

    August 3, 2011

    If you¿re still wondering why crossover utility vehicles have replaced SUVs in your neighbors¿ driveways, drive a Toyota Highlander.

  • Auto Review: Ford Fiesta

    July 27, 2011

    As anyone who has opened a gift of jewelry knows, good things come in small packages. The Ford Fiesta is a case in point.

  • 2012 Acura TL

    July 20, 2011

    2012 is the model year Acura tones down the distinctive ¿V¿ on its front grilles, making the cars no longer "the Cyrano de Bergerac of the automotive world.¿

  • Toyota Avalon

    July 13, 2011

    You don't realize how many Toyota Avalons are on the road until you drive one. Drive an Avalon around Hartford for a week, as Paula and I did, and you'll start seeing the car everywhere.

  • Ford Super Duty F-350

    July 7, 2011

    Driving a Ford F-350 Crew Cab pickup truck with four-wheel drive and the off-road package raised me almost to the level of ¿big rig¿ drivers. You sit high and enjoy a commanding view ahead.

  • Infiniti EX35

    June 30, 2011

    Ask Nissan, the parent company for Infiniti, to define the EX35 and you¿ll hear many of the current buzzwords that are ricocheting around the auto industry.

  • Mercedes-Benz CL550

    June 23, 2011

    There is something magical about the way the Mercedes-Benz CL550 turns asphalt into silk.

  • Chevrolet Volt Auto Review by Jim MacPherson

    June 16, 2011

    I regarded the Chevrolet Volt review car in my driveway as a personal challenge. My goal: Use the Volt for a week without burning a drop of gasoline. Not one drop. I succeeded.

  • Honda Civic Hybrid Auto Review by Jim MacPherson

    June 14, 2011

    Honda introduced the Civic to the U.S. in 1973. Since then there have been eight generations of the Civic, with the completely new ninth generation now arriving at dealers as a 2012 model.

  • Range Rover Auto Review by Jim MacPherson

    June 7, 2011

    It takes little time behind the wheel to recognize that the Land Rover Ranger Rover has nothing to do with "needs" and everything to do with "wants."