2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD: Roomy and youth-oriented

The 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD.

Ford has been a leader in the sport-utility-vehicle segment since the mid-1960s, when it introduced the Bronco. Today, the blue-oval brand offers five SUV choices – the Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition and Flex, plus the popular F-series crew cab pickup truck that seats five. The Edge stands ...

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2014 Range Rover Evoque: Get past its great looks and find a great SUV

2014 Range Rover Evoque.

It’s hard to do, but try to look past the Range Rover Evoque’s stunning shape. Even if it looked frumpy, it would be one special sport-utility vehicle. And it certainly doesn’t look frumpy. Beneath the daring styling, Evoque’s unique qualities are readily discernible. The manufacturer, Tata ...

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 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring: Rugged and ready for rough roads

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring

Subaru’s Lafayette, Ind., assembly plant is a model of environmental sensitivity, but the Japan-based automaker was slow to join the gasoline-electric hybrid movement. It’s in, but not exactly all in, with the 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid, based on the compact Impreza but designed for off-road ...

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Touring: Redesigned compact SUV still fun to drive

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Among an assortment of forgettable cars and trucks Mitsubishi has produced over the decades, there are two standouts: the Evo pocket-rocket based on the Lancer subcompact sedan, and the Outlander, long one of our favorite compact crossover sport-utility vehicles. Over the years, what we liked ...

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2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL: Lighter and thriftier, no skimping on comfort

2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

Admiring the stratospheric fuel-economy numbers attached to our 2014 Nissan Altima test car, we recalled how three automakers that inflated their fuel-economy statistics had to compensate owners. At the time, the industry was engaged in a frantic quest to reach 40 mpg. Anyone who thinks these ...

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4X4: An SUV that surprises

2014 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4X4

We didn’t expect to be bowled over by the Nissan Pathfinder, a model we’d never test-driven before. We’d heard Pathfinders were rather rough around the edges, while most of the sport-utility vehicles we’ve driven in recent years have been comparatively smooth and refined. But the 2014 ...

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2014 Subaru BRZ Premium: Nice handling, enough power

2014 Subaru BRZ Premium

Subaru earned its chops in the performance-car sector 12 years ago with the introduction of the WRX, a very fast 4-door compact sedan based on the more pedestrian Impreza. The decidedly unconventional Japanese automaker has dabbled in sports coupes (or, more accurately, sporty-looking coupes) ...

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