2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI: European manners

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI.

A certain type of American driver is compelled to seek out European cars, or failing that, American cars with European personalities. This quest remains challenging despite the real, albeit uneven, progress some U.S. automakers have made in fulfilling this widespread demand. Not everyone can ...

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2015 Dodge Dart GT: This compact shows its European roots

Steven Macoy tests out the 2015 Dodge Dart 2015 GT

With styling cues derived from Fiat Chrysler’s midsize and large sedans, the compact Dodge Dart is in no danger of being mistaken for the popular Dart models of the 1960s and ‘70s. It’s a nice-looking, functional four-door sedan that can be equipped for economy, luxury or sport, and after a ...

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2015 Lexus IS350 AWD Sedan: Definitely a top-shelf midsize sedan

2015 Lexus IS350

For Lexus engineers and marketing gurus, building and selling a top-shelf midsize sport sedan may have been the easiest part. Getting the public to take it seriously — and even consider buying one instead of, say, a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-class — was the bigger challenge. Lexus and its ...

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SUV’s of 2014, plus the Car of the Year

2014 Tesla Model S 85

No one can predict how long Americans will enjoy today’s unexpectedly low fuel prices, but the longer the trend persists, the more sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks automakers can look forward to selling. U.S. motorists love those big, safe, versatile vehicles, especially the carlike ...

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Some favorites from 2014

2014 Subaru BRZ Premium

In 2014, we had the privilege of driving several breakthrough models, some featuring high technology, others reflecting a new direction for familiar automakers. Here are the best of the sedans and sporty cars; next week we’ll feature sport-utility vehicles and our Car of the Year. TOY ...

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2015 Kia Soul EV: All-electric, decent range

2015 Kia Soul EV.

Kia took a bold leap into the electric-vehicle market by bolting a 109-horsepower electric motor into its second-most-popular model, the Soul. Expected to become available in Connecticut in 2015, the electric Soul has more range than many EVs – 93 miles – so it actually brings a degree of ...

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES: Low gas prices work against it

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – right car, wrong year. That about sums up the rebirth of Mitsubishi’s subcompact hatchback as a minicar. The Mirage’s premise is not styling, performance or comfort. It’s a no-nonsense little car that gets fairly high marks for versatility, warranty, fuel economy ...

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