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Review: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Review:  1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Classic. Iconic. Few vehicles are deserved of such exultations as the fourth generation Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Continental Convertible.
Introduced in 1961 with the marque’s first rear-hinged doors in a decade, the 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible was America’s only four-door convertible, not just in that model year but for the entirety …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance …

Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

Review and Test Drive:  Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
The VW tradition of a fabulous send-off, however, continues with the 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE. Just like in 1979, when the United States said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the final original Käfer, or Bug, with …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX50

Shown as a concept car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production version of the second-generation QX50 was unveiled later that year at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2019 model.
The good-looking SUV – which has all the sharp creases that are de rigeur …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Nissan Kicks SR

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Nissan Kicks SR

The uncomplicated Nissan Kicks was unveiled in 2014 as a concept car and was introduced in 2018 in the United States as a replacement for the quirky Nissan Juke. Similar to what Nissan offered with the Juke, buyers can customize the appearance of their Kicks by adding a front lip …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

First announced at the 2000 New York International Auto Show, the Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based SUV crossovers and the hybrid version was the first seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market.
Now in it third generation, the Toyota Highlander continues to offer a hybrid powerplant in an all-wheel …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The Mazda CX-9 is a rare bird, a good looking three-row crossover with a level of refinement, elegance, and excitement that gives it a decidedly upscale look. It’s clear Mazda’s designers had their eyes on the luxury-car segment – Infiniti QX60 and Accura MDX come to mind – and the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota C-HR Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota C-HR Limited

The funky Toyota C-HR, which made quite a splash at its debut last year, has grown to now include three distinct editions, the LE, XLE, and Limited (last year’s XLE Premium). From the base LE up, each has increasingly more gear and more features.
For those who are wondering what Toyota …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Forte EX

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Kia Forte EX

Known as the K3 in its home market of South Korea and the Forte K3 in China, the Kia Forte made its debut at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show after a concept in coupe form appeared at the New York International Auto Show the previous year.
The Forte is an inexpensive …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Few events are as highly anticipated as the annual arrival of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The mid-autumn arrival of the Targa-like sports car brought with it mixed emotions as it was a painful reminder that summer is behind us although not too late in the year to drive an open-topped …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

When a 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited in Parisian Night Pearl – a rather striking color – arrived at our offices right before Labor Day, more than a few staffers thought a Lexus had been delivered by mistake. The confusion was understandable.
Now in its 25th year, the Avalon sports a …