2013 Kia Sorento SX: A well turned-out seven-seater

2013 Kia Sorento SX

2013 Kia Sorento SXWe almost bought a new Kia Sorento in 2004, but settled on a used Mercedes-Benz ML320, which we still have. Though the cars were superficially similar in appearance, the Benz was roomier and more refined. A little more flexibility on the Kia’s price might have turned the ...

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Test drive: The cars of 2012: A sampling

The Chevrolet Tahoe was Large SUV top choice of 2012 test drives.

The Chevrolet Tahoe was Large SUV top choice of 2012 test drives.2012 was a year of considerable churn in the auto industry, culminating in the decision by Suzuki in November to pull out of the U.S. market. This move was particularly disappointing to us, since we’ve reviewed many Suzuki ...

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: More power, but still lacking

This view shows the Veloster's unique door configuration: two on the passenger side, one on the driver's side.

This view shows the Veloster’s unique door configuration: two on the passenger side, one on the driver’s side. Daring yet functional styling, Hyundai value and reliability, a new turbocharged engine … could the Veloster be the best new product the Korean automaker has introduced ...

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2013 Mazda3 i 5-door Grand Touring: Big jump in fuel economy with Skyactiv

2013 Mazda3 i 5-door Grand Touring.

2013 Mazda3 i 5-door Grand Touring.Mazda long has ruled the economy-car sector where fun and refinement  are concerned, but going back even to the days of the Wankel rotary  engine, the cars always finished near the back of the pack in the  fuel-economy race. The last Mazda3 we drove, a 2011 ...

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE PZEV: Sharp-looking exterior, less-sharp handling

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE PZEV

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE PZEV Hyundai doesn’t play fair. Already in possession of the four-door Elantra, one of the sharpest-looking compact car designs on the market, Hyundai boosted its style cred in a big way by rolling out an Elantra coupe for 2013. What’s next, a wagon? (Having ...

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart: This car demands to be ‘driven’

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.The Lancer nameplate dates back to the 1950s and ’60s, when it graced Dodge sedans and compact cars. These were mainly mild-mannered, midpriced family cars, many of them powered by Chrysler Corp.’s legendary Slant Six engine. Under Mitsubishi, the Lancer ...

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2013 Scion iQ 3-door liftback: Great for an urban environment

The 2013 Scion iQ.

The 2013 Scion iQ.Somebody started calling our 2013 Scion iQ test car the “clown car,” and the name stuck. The Hot Lava-colored urban runabout was comically tiny, yet it had seating for four — unlike the similarly proportioned ‘smart fortwo,’ which accommodates a driver and one passenger. In ...

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