2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited: Approaching luxury with latest iteration

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

It seems every time we test drive a new Subaru, it’s more quiet, composed and refined than the last one was. This invariably sets up cognitive dissonance with our memories of the rough, noisy, cramped Subarus of the 1970s and ’80s. Those qualities, negative yet somehow endearing, were excised ...

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Connecticut International Auto Show surprises

The Fiat 500 drew admiring crowds.

The Connecticut International Auto Show, held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford each November, reliably sprinkles some surprises among the usual array of shiny new sedans, sports coupes, SUVs and pickup trucks. We didn’t expect to see Ford’s daring new F150 pickup truck, the ...

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2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop: Charming, with some drawbacks

2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

The holy trinity of fun retro minicars – the Fiat 500, Volkswagen New Beetle and the Mini Cooper – evoke memories of small, fuel-efficient, versatile cars designed to serve working-class families. The modern versions remain small and easy on gasoline, but versatile, they’re not. Many Americans ...

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2015 Honda Fit EX: Less fits now with redesign

2015 Honda Fit EX

Summarizing the Honda Fit five years ago, we observed: “The Fit has minivan versatility and sports-car fun to go along with its econobox fuel economy and Japanese reliability.” Although the Fit has been redesigned since 2009, its essential character hasn’t changed much. It’s a little quieter, a ...

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

It’s been a great run for Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, introduced 25 years ago and produced nonstop in Japan ever since. The formula Mazda used was deceptively simple: Build a sweet-handling, inexpensive, reliable roadster, build it right, and let the competitors try to do as well. To date, no one has. ...

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD: No surprises with Toyota quality

2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Crisp handling, a firm ride, an efficient yet responsive engine, and up-to-date styling inside and out, assure Toyota loyalists the 2014 RAV4 won’t be another one of those bland, boring compact crossover SUVs. We’ve driven quite a few over the years that fall into that category, but most ...

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2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio GQ Edition

2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio GQ Edition

The Italian automaker Fiat foisted some spectacularly bad cars on the American public during the 1970s and ’80s, but it seems all is forgiven. The tiny Fiat 500, a retro-styled minicar, is gaining acceptance in a U.S. market niche created more than a decade ago by the Mini. August sales of the ...

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