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2017 Acura RDX – Review and Test Drive

2017 Acura RDX – Review and Test Drive

Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the once plain Jane Acura RDX was first presented to society at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The makeover did much to help the RDX stand out in a crowd.
New for 2016 were the cool-looking Jewel Eye LED headlights with light piping on the …

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible – Road Test and Review

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible – Road Test and Review

The calendar may say it is fall, but with blue skies and temperatures in the 80s F (high 20s C), it was still summer as far as I was concerned and the perfect time to motor around town with a droptop Mini Cooper S.
There was no rain in the forecast, …

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature – Review and Test Drive

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature – Review and Test Drive

The Mazda CX-9 was completely new for the 2016 model year and is on its own, no longer sharing the Ford CD3 platform, and even a casual glance shows its designers bestowed on it a new level of refinement and excitement that makes it gravitate towards the luxury-car segment, competing …

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is …

Road Test and Review: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

Road Test and Review: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

Of all the places I had imagined I’d drive a Volvo – Alaska, Gothenburg, even New England in the snow – I never thought of the car as a desert warrior. But there I was in Palm Springs, California, in a Seashell Metallic S60 Inscription T5 and the temperature had …

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

The first-ever Toyota Avalon, a 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1994, and it has been updated several times since. The current fourth generation model, introduced for the 2013 model year marked the debut of the Avalon Hybrid, which is built …

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review and Test Drive

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review and Test Drive

When it comes to compact SUVs, it’s hard to imagine of one having been around for almost a quarter of a century. The Kia Sportage was introduced in 1993 and the first generation Sportage shared numerous components with various Mazdas thanks to the Ford-Mazda-Kia alliance that existed at the time.
Fast …

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

Growing up partially in Europe, where the majority of my time behind the wheel was on the Autobahns of Germany and Austria, I was struck by the poor lane discipline exhibited by drivers in the United States when it came to driving on the right and passing on the left.
Lane …

2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – Review and Road Test

2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – Review and Road Test

Ever since I saw the new Volvo XC90, in particular the sporty R-Design model, I knew I wanted one. I’m not an SUV or crossover person, although I have a fondness for station wagons, but this was different and had my attention. The previous generation XC had been around since …

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Integrated Off-Street Parking Information

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Integrated Off-Street Parking Information

Mercedes-Benz said it is adding information on off-street parking to its E-Class models both in the United States and Europe.
The system, powered by Inrix Off-Street Parking, provides real-time parking information for garage locations, the number of open spots, and rates. It also includes any limitations and restrictions at the garage. …

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

In the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe, king of the hill if you would, it used to be cut and dried: one of the leading car magazines of the period would pit a Cadillac against a Lincoln and select the winner.
More recently, the contenders have been BMW …

Exclusive Interview and First Look: BMW’s All-New BMW Connected Mobility App

Exclusive Interview and First Look: BMW’s All-New BMW Connected Mobility App

BMW of North America announced a new complete new BMW Connected app at the Microsoft Build developer conference Thursday. The new app is intended to go beyond typical vehicle functionality and integrate (and ingratiate) itself into the driver’s schedule and daily routine.
Frequent Business Traveler sat down with Randy Cavaiani, director …