2013 Honda Accord Touring V-6: ‘Delicious’ to drive, top of the line

2013 Honda Accord Touring V-6

2013 Honda Accord Touring V-6Honda Accords long have been renowned for peerless reliability, durability, refinement (if you didn’t mind a little road noise), and excellent fuel economy. They never really matched the comparable models turned out by Honda’s upscale brand, Acura. Until now. ...

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2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LT: An appealing ‘minicar’

2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LT

2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LTMost of our friends and coworkers had never seen a Chevrolet Spark before, and the reactions were all over the board. “Cute,” said one. Another joked that he had stumbled into the diminutive hatchback in the parking lot and tipped it over. “I don’t see how it’s any ...

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2013 Cadillac XTS AWD Premium: Luxury and traditon remain after downsize


2013 Cadillac XTS AWD Premium.We share the nostalgia for the block-long Cadillacs of old. They were cars we never cared to own (or could afford to own), but we never failed to delight in the occasional opportunity to ride in one or even drive it. Those cars oozed luxury and tradition, and they ...

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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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