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Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Coupe

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Coupe

The striking LF-LC Concept – LF-LC stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in 2012 to thunderous applause although few believed it would ever make it into production relatively unchanged. It defied the odds, however, and was introduced as the …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus RX 350

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lexus RX 350

Introduced some 20 years ago, the Lexus RX 350 is now in its fourth iteration. RX stands for Radiant Crossover and the RX was a pioneer in the luxury crossover segment. The updated RX (unveiled in 2015 at the New York International Auto Show) builds on this foundation, sporting a …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

The Infiniti Q50, which made its debut in 2013 as a replacement for the Infiniti G sedan, became much sportier two years ago with the introduction of the Q50 Red Sport.
The Q50 Red Sport is equipped with a powerful engine, quick-shifting transmission, sporty styling, performance brakes, model-specific Red Sport 400 …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve and Black Label

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve and Black Label

Back in the day, when I was in high school secretly reading car magazines instead of the approved reading assignment, the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe was a fairly big deal. One of the leading car magazines of the period would refer to the winner as “King …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota C-HR

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Toyota C-HR

Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota C-HR keeps everyone guessing what C-HR might stand for. In introducing the car, Toyota said the name was derived from both Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Run-about, but that really doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that it has a distinctively …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower …

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 …