Test Drive: Plenty of room in 2018 Prius Three Touring

Fifteen years ago, the redesigned Toyota Prius was the hit of the subcompact-car market. But it was a one-size-fits-all vehicle — a nice-looking 4-door hatchback that seated five and delivered incredibly high fuel economy, but wasn’t much fun to drive. Moreover, Toyota used lightweight materials to maximize fuel economy, and these plastics, fabrics and interior …

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Test Drive: Elantra Eco sacrifices performance for fuel economy

Not so very long ago, choosing a compact or subcompact Hyundai meant sacrificing comfort, performance and refinement — at least in comparison with cars of similar size and shape built by Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The tradeoff was the Hyundai’s lower cost and longer warranty. Some car-shoppers undoubtedly took note of the fact …

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Test Drive: 2018 Tiguan has a distinctly European feel

Taking delivery of Volkswagen’s much-improved Tiguan compact sport-utility vehicle was bittersweet, coming as it did the same week VW announced it would halt production of its iconic Beetle. But it had to happen. Many automakers are rushing to build the best possible SUVs and turning their backs on the first four letters of their collective …

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Test Drive: Toyota C-HR trims space to compete with smaller SUVs

In its never-ending quest to right-size the great American sport-utility vehicle for every possible preference, Toyota has gone small with the C-HR. This stylish little SUV, which joins the Yaris iA in Toyota’s roster of rebadged Scions, is faintly reminiscent of the retired Toyota Matrix and its sister model, the Pontiac Vibe. Neither was as …

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Test Drive: Outlander Sport trails behind leading crossovers

Go figure. Most reviewers agree the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport trails the subcompact-crossover herd in almost every category that matters. Meanwhile, the Sport’s year-to-date sales figures in North America, as of May 31, totaled 19,035 units sold, compared with 12,361 during the same period in 2017. Some American drivers must actually favor the Outlander over its …

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