2013 Scion xB

Scion XB

When the Scion xB mini-wagon arrived on U.S. shores in 2007, it was emphatically boxy: a small square box in front, containing the engine; trailed by a larger square box for passengers and cargo. Today’s incarnation of the xB remains boxy, but in a mainstream sort of way. It’s still highly ...

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2013 Nissan Quest 3.5 LE: Comfortable people-hauler

2013 Nissan Quest 3.5 LE

Perhaps by now, the Nissan Quest has found itself. Originally a smallish, inexpensive minivan with nondescript lines, it had a growth spurt, developed an aggressively, almost cartoonishly stylish personality, and then disappeared for the 2010 model year. When it came back for 2011, it looked ...

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2013 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve 4×4

2013 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve 4x4

The Nissan Armada is one of just a few remaining body-on-frame SUVs, competing with the Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition in a segment that values ruggedness, towing capability and sheer brawn above all. The Armada isn’t for people who might someday tow a large boat or take on ...

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The Chrysler 200 Limited

The 2013 Chrysler 2013 Limited.

It is most curious that the Chrysler 200 and its cousin, the Dodge Avenger, are setting sales records while ornery reviewers dismiss them with comments like “outdated,” “uncompetitive” and “behind the curve.” Our reaction to the 200 and Avenger has been somewhat more positive, and people who ...

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2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

You might say the Mazda CX-9 is a poor man’s Porsche Cayenne. For about $20,000 less than the price of the sweet-handling German sport-utility vehicle, you get an SUV with comparable road manners – as well as seating for seven. The CX-9 is the larger of Mazda’s two SUV models, and the only one ...

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2013 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

2013 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

Having decided to go bowling, it seemed only natural to drive the 2013 Jaguar XJL Portfolio to the local lanes. Our driver predicted it would be the only new Jaguar in the parking lot, and he was right. On the way, the back-seat passengers concluded this extended-length sedan was intended to be ...

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2013 Toyota Yaris LE

2013 Toyota Yaris LE

There’s a certain type of driver who values qualities like efficiency and reliability above all else. It’s this type of driver you’re likely to see in the Toyota dealership, checking out the subcompact Yaris. The Yaris is a highly efficient piece of machinery on several levels, beginning with ...

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