2012 Nissan Rogue SV AWD: Style, crisp handling are pluses

2012 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

2012 Nissan Rogue SV AWDNissan and other automakers have been busy downsizing their most popular sport-utility vehicles, having discerned that empty-nesters are disinclined to exchange their Suburbans, Expeditions and Sequoias for comparably large, thirsty, ungainly new models.  Nissan’s formula was to mimic the graceful styling of its popular midsize Murano and big Inifiniti FX crossovers …

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Some quirks yet to work out

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.While some automakers have been bolting hybrid systems to high-performance vehicles to make them even more powerful (and marginally more fuel-efficient), Hyundai has been tweaking its 4-cylinder power plants to make them more refined and less thirsty. This effort has yielded some stratospheric gasoline-mileage numbers, including the compact Elantra’s 40-mpg highway mark.  …

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