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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2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD: A fine seven-seater SUV

2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD

The Kia Sorento we test-drove last month bore little resemblance to the one we considered buying about 10 years ago. That model was nice looking – it bore a striking resemblance to the rugged-but-elegant Mercedes-Benz M Class – and the price was right. But it was unrefined and boring to drive. ...

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2014 Nissan Sentra SL: Comfortable and composed ride

2014 Nissan Sentra SL

The 2014 Nissan Sentra is priced like an entry-level sedan, but it has qualities that should appeal strongly to older folks: a smooth, quiet ride; great fuel economy; a very large trunk; roomy cabin; and simple, straightforward controls. What it lacks is the pizzazz that lures younger folks to ...

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