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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Toyota’s gas-electric hybrid Camry recently celebrated its tenth birthday and it has remained one of the roomiest hybrids on the market. When launched, it came with a fuel-economy rating of 34 mpg (6.9 l/100 km), 10 mpg better than the conventionally-powered Camry and with little compromise in the passenger cabin …

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW, which currently offers several electric vehicles including the BMW i3, will introduce an all-electric 3 Series at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The news was first reported by the Handelsblatt, a German business newspaper.
The move is intended to counter the Tesla Model 3, a forthcoming compact four-door sedan …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

The Lexus GS first made an appearance in 1993 and throughout all four generations has been available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. A hybrid version debuted in 2005 and the fourth generation GS received a mid-life refresh in 2016.
It’s clear that Lexus has worked hard to differentiate the GS …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Lincoln Continental

During my formative years in Beechhurst, I didn’t know much about my neighbor Rudolph Creteur, but what I did know is that he had been somehow connected to the automobile industry. The gentleman had the most amazing cars in his garage: a black 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille and a dark …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

Mazda’s Mazda6 remains one of our favorite cars to drive when it comes for a week-long stay. We last reviewed it a little over a year ago, taking note of the use of the automaker’s Kodo design language – first introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010. Kodo is …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Honda HR-V EX-L

The original Honda HR-V dates back to the “Wild and Joyfull J-WJ” concept car that Honda unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997. Meanwhile, the second generation HR-V, based on the third-generation Honda Fit’s platform, began to be offered in the United States for the 2016 model year. Like …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum Edition

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Nissan Murano Platinum Edition

The story of the third-generation Nissan Murano, based closely on the Renaissance concept Nissan unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, is unique for its class. It hews so closely to the look of the concept car that Nissan executives were wont to speak of it as a …

Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

NEW YORK—Showcasing dozens of new domestic and foreign cars as well as hundreds of updated ones, the New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two press preview days.
The show, currently at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, dates back more than a century and was previously held …

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

As a child, I had seen them in England but hadn’t paid much attention. It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S60

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Volvo S60

Having most recently driven a Volvo in the heat of a desert, it was refreshing to drive the 2017 Volvo S60 in a climate that it was certainly more familiar with, namely winter in New York. While the S60 is one of Volvo’s oldest models, it has aged well and …

Review and First Drive: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

Review and First Drive:  2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

If you worried what Chinese ownership might mean for the venerable Volvo brand, you needn’t fret. Since Geely took control in 2010, the Gothenburg-based automaker has become nothing if not more Swedish than it was, has sold more cars (it set a record in 2015, when it sold over half …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

The new Cadillac CT6 – the first car to adopt Cadillac’s new product naming conventions announced in 2014 – is more than just a new name with a pretty face.
Indeed, when Cadillac first announced the new product designations – each will start with the letters “CT” followed by a number …