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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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4: Rugged, yet refined

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4

The Jeep Cherokee is back after a 13-year hiatus. A widely loved, groundbreaking vehicle that traces its heritage to the last days of American Motors Corp., the original Cherokee split the difference between the traditional square Jeep and the modern station wagon – combining ruggedness, ...

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2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L TT Vsport: Luxury and comfort, nicely proportioned

2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L TT Vsport

Cadillac became a catch phrase – the Cadillac of this or that – by building big, luxurious cars that floated serenely over even the worst roads. The brand lost much of its cachet during the the great downsizing of the late 1970s and ‘80s. It was the STS and CTS – successors to the Seville... ...

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2012 Ford Fiesta SEL: Revisiting the Fiesta

Ford Fiesta 2012

By happy coincidence, the rental-car company at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport presented us with a high-mileage 2012 copy of a factory-fresh 2011 Ford Fiesta we test-drove a few years ago. This gave us an opportunity to evaluate the Fiesta for durability, something we seldom get to do when ...

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