2012 Ford Focus SEL: A top choice around the world

2012 Ford Focus SEL

2012 Ford Focus SELRemember the old Packard slogan — “Ask the man who owns one”? The 2012 Ford Focus provides an update: Ask the half-million people who own one. The Focus, a mainstay of the American automaker’s small-car lineup since 2000, finished the 2012 model year with 489,616 units sold ...

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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited: Redesign adds comfort, better MPG

The 2012 Subaru Impreza.

The 2012 Subaru Impreza.The redesigned Subaru Impreza sedan is more impressive than ever for 2012. While falling short of the overall comfort and refinement of Subaru’s bigger, pricier Legacy, it’s much improved over 2011 — with a roomier, better-appointed interior, better fuel economy and the ...

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2013 Volvo S60 AWD: Smooth ride; a top safety pick

2013 Volvo S60 AWD

Remember when Volvos were so boxy, safe and dull, they spun the dial all the way back to cool? Those days ended with the arrival of the turbocharged 740 — sporty enough to escape the brand’s niche status — in the mid-1980s. Volvo is solidly mainstream today, offering a diverse mix of sedans, ...

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2012 BMW 335i: Subtle changes in redesign

The 2012 BMW 335i.

The 2012 BMW 335i.BMW fans understandably await the occasional redesign with some apprehension. Does any midsize sport sedan offer the same blend of crisp handling, brisk throttle response and overall refinement of the sort only German engineering can deliver? Probably not. Is it even possible ...

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Space and sweet handling

The 2012 Beetle.

The 2012 Beetle.The 1998-2011 Volkswagen New Beetle was an amusing diversion at best, utterly lacking in functionality at worst. Unlike the iconic Volkswagen sedan to which it owed its shape and popularity, it was passenger-unfriendly and seriously lacking in cargo room. What VW got right in ...

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Subaru Legacy: Comfortable ride and crisp handling


2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited Roomy. Refined. Loaded with safety features. Subaru. Really? Subaru has been shaving the rough edges off its signature Legacy, Impreza and Forester models for years — so much so that some of its fans may actually miss the cars’ quirks. This is a smooth, highly ...

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Much to like in the 2012 Mustang


The 2012 Mustange Coupe.Remember when some guys liked Fords, others preferred Chevrolets, and the rest chose MOPAR products? That kind of brand loyalty seems to have diminished since the 1970s. But the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang have revived those barroom arguments ...

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