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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2014 Kia Forte EX: Redesign is a major upgrade

2014 Kia Forte EX

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: If U.S. automakers had improved their products after World War II at the same feverish pace the South Koreans have maintained since the late 1990s, we’d all be traveling like the Jetsons in flying cars. The Kia Forte, redesigned for 2014, does ...

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2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring: Redesign with good results

2014 Mazda6 Grand Touring

These days, redesigning successful models has been a tricky proposition for automakers, as vast swings in fuel prices, economic conditions and consumer preferences breed unfortunate choices by stylists and engineers. But Mazda has a winner in the redesigned 2014 Mazda6, whose spirited Four ...

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: Approaching perfection

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

If you want to make a statement and draw attention to yourself, drive the redesigned Porsche 911. During just a week behind the wheel of this silver-gray beauty, we got thumbs-up from a guy in a Volkswagen sedan, innumerable compliments from coworkers, and an admonition from a passenger-van ...

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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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