Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is surprisingly fuel efficient

For 2019, the Volkswagen Jetta is a little bigger, smoother and more fuel-efficient. Indeed, of the many aspects of this compact sedan that made a favorable impression, the latter may be the most compelling. It’s enough to make one wonder why the German automaker went to the trouble of promoting fuel-sipping, diesel-powered cars in the …

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Test Drive: Land Rover Discovery deftly handles wintery roads

Driving home from work during the Nov. 15 snowstorm, rarely exceeding 15 mph in heavy, slow-moving traffic, we found ourselves wishing fervently for two things. First, we wished Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had ordered tractor-trailers off the road in advance of the storm, as he sometimes has done in the past, to good effect. …

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Test Drive: 2019 Terrain comes adds unconventional trappings

When we were thinking about leasing a Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain in 2016, we couldn’t help but notice the GMC was more refined — smoother, quieter, more nicely appointed inside. But the Equinox, with the same capabilities and mechanical underpinnings, fell within our price range. More subjectively, the Equinox struck us as better looking, …

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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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