2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES: Low gas prices work against it

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – right car, wrong year. That about sums up the rebirth of Mitsubishi’s subcompact hatchback as a minicar. The Mirage’s premise is not styling, performance or comfort. It’s a no-nonsense little car that gets fairly high marks for versatility, warranty, fuel economy ...

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2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring: Only one complaint with this version

2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring

What’s not to like about the Honda CR-V? This enduring staple of the compact-crossover segment has grown quieter, roomier, more refined and more fuel-efficient over the years. It’s the right size for most families. With available all-wheel drive, it’s more than capable in most kinds of weather. ...

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2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited: Approaching luxury with latest iteration

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

It seems every time we test drive a new Subaru, it’s more quiet, composed and refined than the last one was. This invariably sets up cognitive dissonance with our memories of the rough, noisy, cramped Subarus of the 1970s and ’80s. Those qualities, negative yet somehow endearing, were excised ...

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Connecticut International Auto Show surprises

The Fiat 500 drew admiring crowds.

The Connecticut International Auto Show, held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford each November, reliably sprinkles some surprises among the usual array of shiny new sedans, sports coupes, SUVs and pickup trucks. We didn’t expect to see Ford’s daring new F150 pickup truck, the ...

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2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop: Charming, with some drawbacks

2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

The holy trinity of fun retro minicars – the Fiat 500, Volkswagen New Beetle and the Mini Cooper – evoke memories of small, fuel-efficient, versatile cars designed to serve working-class families. The modern versions remain small and easy on gasoline, but versatile, they’re not. Many Americans ...

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2015 Honda Fit EX: Less fits now with redesign

2015 Honda Fit EX

Summarizing the Honda Fit five years ago, we observed: “The Fit has minivan versatility and sports-car fun to go along with its econobox fuel economy and Japanese reliability.” Although the Fit has been redesigned since 2009, its essential character hasn’t changed much. It’s a little quieter, a ...

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2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 — Astonishingly good car

2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

For years now, Hyundai has been building cars that elicit an almost unanimous response from critics and car aficionados: It’s better than I expected, but it’s still a Hyundai, which means it’s emphatically not a BMW, Audi or Lexus. The time is fast approaching when such thoughts will have to be ...

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