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Review and Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

When Ford introduced the original Mustang in 1964, it also introduced an entirely new class of car, “pony cars,” a new category that comprised sporty yet affordable performance cars with long hoods and short rear decks.
The Mustang’s launch on April 16, 1964 was nothing if not monumental. To build excitement, …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

When it was introduced in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover was a sea of firsts. It was the first to make use of the automaker’s Kodo design language, for example. Introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010, Kodo is something the automaker says is intended to serve as …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

Those not in the know might assume that the typical Volvo wagon driver is a retired college professor, or perhaps a dentist somewhere in New England. Starting with the introduction of the storied automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture and the S90 sedan, Volvo is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, that image …

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

NEW YORK — The auto industry is showcasing dozens of new cars this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

A Tale of Two Jeeps: 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4 and 2017 Compass Limited 4×4 – Review and Test Drive

A Tale of Two Jeeps: 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4 and 2017 Compass Limited 4×4 – Review and Test Drive

The Jeep brand goes back to the Willys-Overland MB Jeep of the Second World War and the name “Jeep” itself was slang for an army vehicle even before that.
After the war, Toledo, Ohio-based Willys-Overland introduced a civilian version, the Jeep CJ for “civilian Jeep,” and, as the first sport utility …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

When the striking Ultrasonic Blue Mica Lexus RC 350 F Sport coupe showed up at the Frequent Business Traveler driveway, it got more than the usual share of attention a new car in the press fleet typically garners.
First unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC was introduced to …

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market …

Review and Test Drive: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Coupe/Roadster

Review and Test Drive:  1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Coupe/Roadster

One of the most beautiful cars ever built arguably was the Mercedes-Benz SL coupe, which was introduced in 1954 as the 300SL, a model known for its distinctive gullwing doors. The legendary 300SL was developed specifically for the U.S. market as the result of a suggestion by legendary European automobile …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

September signals the end of the meteorological summer season and what better send-off to summer than a Soul Red Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF. Indeed, that’s what arrived at our offices on a warm and sunny day, perfect convertible weather.
With a striking silhouette that gives it a more coupe-like …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

If you scratch your head when someone mentions the Infiniti QX30, you aren’t alone: based on the Q30, the QX30 was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015. It made its U.S. debut the same year at the New York International Auto Show.
Nissan’s third SUV also bears an …

Introducing The Green Car Driver’s 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Test Car

Introducing The Green Car Driver’s 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender Test Car

The BMW i3 is a car that has long fascinated me, both for its unusual and handsome good looks, unparalleled greenness, and the story that goes with it. While we’ve spent considerable time with the i3 since its launch, the Bavarian EV gained additional range and power for 2017 and …