2013 Nissan Sentra SR: Spacious, smooth and quiet

2013 Nissan Sentra SR

Over the years, Nissan has turned out some truly exciting models, from the sporty 370Z to the sleek Murano to the oddball Juke and Cube. Then there’s the Sentra, Nissan’s entry-level compact sedan. It’s been a reliable, functional car for decades, but exciting? Not exactly. For 2013, however, ...

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2013 Nissan Juke Nismo AWD: Is it wise to kiss this ‘frog’?

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo AWD

It’s hard not to smile when in the company of a Nissan Juke. Even the name is amusing, and the car’s odd, unpredictable lines sustain the humor. But it has a serious side, too, especially when clothed in Nismo garb. What’s Nismo? It’s an acronym for Nissan Motorsports, the Japanese automaker’s ...

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2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport: All the bells and whistles

2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

Taking the measure of the 2013 Lexus RX sport-utility vehicle is a matter of evaluating increments. Every automaker makes a compact SUV and many rely on strong sales volume from this popular segment. So it’s hard to find a compact SUV that’s genuinely hard to live with. Being a Lexus, the RX ...

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn: Better, but marks off for transmission

2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

Volkswagen has not yet lived down the weaknesses of the most recent redesign of the popular midsize Jetta sedan, but the Jetta GLI goes a long way toward restoring the line’s reputation. More refined than the base Jetta, it benefits from an independent rear suspension that improves the car’s ...

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium

Hybrid technology, which requires an electric motor to work seamlessly with a gasoline engine, always had the look of a Rube Goldberg contraption. Recently, Tesla’s straightforward all-electric design, while pricey, shows it’s possible to eradicate the range problems that plague lesser electric ...

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2013 Nissan Murano SL AWD

2013 Nissan Murano SL AWD

What one word best describes the Nissan Murano? That’s easy: memorable.We first test-drove a Murano about 10 years ago and we seized the opportunity to drive it several hundred miles. We remember where we went and how we felt about the Murano after we got there. Not many cars stick so firmly in ...

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2013 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

2013 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

The first Nissan Xterra we’ve ever ridden in, let alone driven, brought back memories of a 1994 Land Rover Discovery we used to own. With tough body-on-frame construction, off-road prowess and some roughness around the edges, the Xterra clearly was a purpose-built vehicle intended for people ...

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