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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2013 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

2013 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

We first test-drove a Nissan Frontier pickup truck shortly after it replaced the rough-riding little Hardbody truck in the late 1990s. The good news is we actually remember the truck. The bad news is what we remember best is the weird industrial-style fake nuts and bolts on the plastic ...

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2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL

2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL

2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL A leader in a crowded field by Steven Macoy Some recent automotive redesigns have been too radical for loyal drivers; others have cheapened interior plastics and fabrics in well-regarded brands or diminished handling prowess. Nissan’s 2013 Altima is a noteworthy ...

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The 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ

Is it too late for the Impala? Chevrolet is betting it’s not. After years of benign neglect, the Impala – once the stylish, powerful flagship of the Chevy fleet – is emerging from years spent as a staple in rental-car lots. Chevrolet went all in on the 2014 Impala, restyling the car from stem ...

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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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