2014 Acura MDX AWD, ADVENT: A seven-seater that has it all

2014 Acura MDX AWD, ADVENT

Acura’s MDX, a midsize sport-utility vehicle, is one of a handful of cars in its class that can transport as many as seven people in reasonable comfort. It’s one of an even smaller handful that accelerates, brakes and corners like a sports car. It’s also luxurious, and it’s made in America. In ...

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2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo: A sporty car that can handle the snow

2014 BMW 328i GT

The snow was falling steadily in Waterbury, Conn., and we were wondering whether the BMW 328i that was to be delivered that morning would be able to navigate treacherous roads that afternoon. The last 3 Series we’d driven had rear-wheel drive. And the last sporty German rear-drive car we’d ...

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The cars we drove: 2013, Part I

The 2013 Chrysler 2013 Limited.

When assessing our prospective cars of the year, we consider qualities such as price, fuel economy, reliability, ride, power and handling. Oftentimes, several cars fall very close together in these categories, so we have to resort to choosing Miss Personality – the car or truck that makes us ...

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Double Cat SLE: This big truck offers a very refined ride

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Double Cat SLE

by Steven Macoy When we test-drive pickup trucks, we tend to focus on traits like power delivery, fuel economy and ride. A contractor or landscaper would have different priorities. Over the years, we’ve acquired a taste for Ram trucks because of their sharp, aggressive styling, comfortable ride ...

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2014 Dodge Charger SE: Muscle car, updated and improved

2014 Dodge Charger SE

Today’s Dodge Charger has all of the power, panache and style of its late-1960s predecessor, but it also has a few noteworthy qualities the original Charger didn’t have: a smooth, quiet ride and exceptional refinement. Equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, it’s ...

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2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4

2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4x4

One of our drivers fell in love with the 2014 Jeep Compass; another one didn’t like it at all. Bland and boring, it’s not. It elicits strong emotions in people who drive it. The difference, apparently, was distance and load. The driver who liked the Compass drove it around town and used it for ...

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2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4×4 V6: A moderately priced off-road adventurer

2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4x4 V6

Maximum ruggedness, moderate price. That’s the principle behind Toyota’s longest-running off-road model, the 4Runner. Other than the Nissan Xterra and a trio of Jeep models, there’s nothing else like it in the $20,000-$40,000 price range. The 4Runner is a body-on-frame truck with serious ...

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