2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL: Lighter and thriftier, no skimping on comfort

2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

Admiring the stratospheric fuel-economy numbers attached to our 2014 Nissan Altima test car, we recalled how three automakers that inflated their fuel-economy statistics had to compensate owners. At the time, the industry was engaged in a frantic quest to reach 40 mpg. Anyone who thinks these ...

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4X4: An SUV that surprises

2014 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4X4

We didn’t expect to be bowled over by the Nissan Pathfinder, a model we’d never test-driven before. We’d heard Pathfinders were rather rough around the edges, while most of the sport-utility vehicles we’ve driven in recent years have been comparatively smooth and refined. But the 2014 ...

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2014 Subaru BRZ Premium: Nice handling, enough power

2014 Subaru BRZ Premium

Subaru earned its chops in the performance-car sector 12 years ago with the introduction of the WRX, a very fast 4-door compact sedan based on the more pedestrian Impreza. The decidedly unconventional Japanese automaker has dabbled in sports coupes (or, more accurately, sporty-looking coupes) ...

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2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD: A fine seven-seater SUV

2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD

The Kia Sorento we test-drove last month bore little resemblance to the one we considered buying about 10 years ago. That model was nice looking – it bore a striking resemblance to the rugged-but-elegant Mercedes-Benz M Class – and the price was right. But it was unrefined and boring to drive. ...

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2014 Nissan Sentra SL: Comfortable and composed ride

2014 Nissan Sentra SL

The 2014 Nissan Sentra is priced like an entry-level sedan, but it has qualities that should appeal strongly to older folks: a smooth, quiet ride; great fuel economy; a very large trunk; roomy cabin; and simple, straightforward controls. What it lacks is the pizzazz that lures younger folks to ...

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2014 Tesla Model S 85: Smooth travel, punctuated by charger stations

2014 Tesla Model S 85

Behind the wheel of a 2014 Tesla S 85 for the first time, we had our Steven Hiller moment while accelerating the big sedan up a long ramp onto Interstate 95 in Darien. The silent surge of seemingly limitless power was quite outside our driving experience, and the line from the film ...

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2014 Dodge Durango R/T AWD: A fine minivan alternative SUV

2014 Dodge Durango R/T AWD

Someone should conduct a survey to determine how many Dodge Durango SUV owners intended to buy a Caravan minivan but wound up behind the wheel of the Durango, with its burly yet civilized personality.  Originally a moderately rugged SUV, today’s Durango has the people-moving capability of a ...

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