2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart: This car demands to be ‘driven’

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.The Lancer nameplate dates back to the 1950s and ’60s, when it graced Dodge sedans and compact cars. These were mainly mild-mannered, midpriced family cars, many of them powered by Chrysler Corp.’s legendary Slant Six engine. Under Mitsubishi, the Lancer ...

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2013 Scion iQ 3-door liftback: Great for an urban environment

The 2013 Scion iQ.

The 2013 Scion iQ.Somebody started calling our 2013 Scion iQ test car the “clown car,” and the name stuck. The Hot Lava-colored urban runabout was comically tiny, yet it had seating for four — unlike the similarly proportioned ‘smart fortwo,’ which accommodates a driver and one passenger. In ...

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2012 Kia Rio5 SX: Great improvments in past decade

2012 Kia Rio5 SX

2012 Kia Rio5 SXJust before we read the Nov. 2 Washington Post article about Hyundai’s and Kia’s suspect fuel-economy claims, our 2013 Kia Rio test car’s dashboard readout rolled up to 40 mpg during a 22-mile highway run. In our experience, these readouts are credible. However, “The latest ...

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2013 Porsche Boxster S: The ‘starter Porsche’ gets a mild redesign

2013 Porsche Boxster S

2013 Porsche Boxster SAnyone who has ever driven a Boxster might wonder how this could be Porsche’s entry-level sports car. Redesigned for 2013, the Boxster is a model of refinement, poise and performance, but it’s merely the opening act for a show that’s dominated by the legendary 911.  ...

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport: Price and size are right

2013 Mazda CX-5.

Mazda has a lot of catching up to do in the compact-crossover-SUV game. General Motors, Kia, Hyundai, Ford Motor Co. and leading Japanese automakers have been perfecting this genre for several years, while Mazda has been selling a model called the Tribute that’s based on the Ford Escape. But ...

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2013 Volvo S80 T6 AWD: Not falling in love with this one

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2013 Volvo S80 T6 AWDVolvo’s full-sized S80 has the unfortunate distinction of being the slowest seller (save for the quirky C30) in the Volvo line for 2012. For those considering buying this under-the-radar luxury car from Sweden, the contents of Volvo’s website (www.volvocars.com) are ...

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2013 Acura RDX AWD Tech: Big improvments in new model

2013 Acura RDX AWD Tech

2013 Acura RDX AWD TechAcura has made big improvements to its stylish RDX compact sport-utility vehicle for a relatively small price. At about $1,500 more than its 2012 predecessor, the 2013 RDX is smoother, quieter, more powerful and even more fuel-efficient. Formerly powered by a turbocharged ...

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