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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2014 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo: A small bright spot in the Chevrolet line

2014 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo

Sadly, most of the news lately about Chevrolet’s subcompact segment has been negative. But there’s a silver lining around the clouds encompassing the Cavalier and Cobalt. The Sonic, a subcompact sedan that debuted during the 2012 model year, achieves a clean break from the mediocrity or worse ...

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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 Hyundai Equus Signature: Can Hyundai sell luxury?

2014 Hyundai Equus Signature

2014 Hyundai Equus Signature: Can Hyundai sell luxury? Like American Motors Corp. with the Ambassador and Volkswagen with the Phaeton, Hyundai is tempting fate by building a very fine automobile profoundly out of step with the company’s more prosaic reputation. Meet the Equus, which is taking ...

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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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