2014 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring: A true driver’s car, on a budget

2014 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring

Driving aficionados who dream of owning a BMW someday, but can’t afford one in the here and now, have an easy choice. Among true driver’s cars, the Mazda3 stands out for its strong performance, crisp handling and overall refinement, at a competitive price. Redesigned for 2014, the Mazda3 is ...

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2014 Range Rover HSE: Latest model is superbly capable

2014 Range Rover HSE

Driving around western Connecticut in our gorgeous Fuji White 2014 Range Rover HSE, we got to wondering: Who buys or leases one of these? It’s too expensive for middle-class folks desiring security and mobility in bad weather, and wealthy people may prefer a Lexus or Mercedes-Benz that’s ...

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2014 Acura MDX AWD, ADVENT: A seven-seater that has it all

2014 Acura MDX AWD, ADVENT

Acura’s MDX, a midsize sport-utility vehicle, is one of a handful of cars in its class that can transport as many as seven people in reasonable comfort. It’s one of an even smaller handful that accelerates, brakes and corners like a sports car. It’s also luxurious, and it’s made in America. In ...

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2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo: A sporty car that can handle the snow

2014 BMW 328i GT

The snow was falling steadily in Waterbury, Conn., and we were wondering whether the BMW 328i that was to be delivered that morning would be able to navigate treacherous roads that afternoon. The last 3 Series we’d driven had rear-wheel drive. And the last sporty German rear-drive car we’d ...

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The cars we drove: 2013, Part I

The 2013 Chrysler 2013 Limited.

When assessing our prospective cars of the year, we consider qualities such as price, fuel economy, reliability, ride, power and handling. Oftentimes, several cars fall very close together in these categories, so we have to resort to choosing Miss Personality – the car or truck that makes us ...

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Double Cat SLE: This big truck offers a very refined ride

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Double Cat SLE

by Steven Macoy When we test-drive pickup trucks, we tend to focus on traits like power delivery, fuel economy and ride. A contractor or landscaper would have different priorities. Over the years, we’ve acquired a taste for Ram trucks because of their sharp, aggressive styling, comfortable ride ...

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2014 Dodge Charger SE: Muscle car, updated and improved

2014 Dodge Charger SE

Today’s Dodge Charger has all of the power, panache and style of its late-1960s predecessor, but it also has a few noteworthy qualities the original Charger didn’t have: a smooth, quiet ride and exceptional refinement. Equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, it’s ...

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