Some favorites from 2014

2014 Subaru BRZ Premium

In 2014, we had the privilege of driving several breakthrough models, some featuring high technology, others reflecting a new direction for familiar automakers. Here are the best of the sedans and sporty cars; next week we’ll feature sport-utility vehicles and our Car of the Year. TOY ...

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2015 Kia Soul EV: All-electric, decent range

2015 Kia Soul EV.

Kia took a bold leap into the electric-vehicle market by bolting a 109-horsepower electric motor into its second-most-popular model, the Soul. Expected to become available in Connecticut in 2015, the electric Soul has more range than many EVs – 93 miles – so it actually brings a degree of ...

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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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