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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2014 BMW 428i M Sport Coupe: A pleasing luxury coupe

The BMW 428i M Sport

Take your pick of personal luxury cars from the early 1970s – the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Thunderbird or Chrysler Cordoba. Endow it with world-class handling, exceptional fuel economy and meticulous quality control. Affix a BMW badge to the hood and a new-for-2014 label on the rear deck, ...

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SEL: A great car, at a price

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

Volkswagen’s Jetta seems a little more like its real-world namesake these days, thanks to the 1.8-liter, turbocharged Four that has been added to the list of available engines. The 2.0-liter, normally aspirated Four just doesn’t have the muscle to motivate this ton-and-a-half sedan and is now ...

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2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium: Sedan offers wide range of choices

2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

Volkswagen’s marketing and packaging have been quirky over the years, but when it comes to the styling and engineering of its cars, VW is all business. The 2014 Passat, VW’s flagship sedan, fits the mold. But, yes, there is one quirk. It’s easy to get lost plowing through the lineup of this one ...

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