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: 2018 Elantra is surprisingly spacious

Visiting the rental-car world recently, we learned what “basic” means in today’s parlance. “Basic” used to mean a heater, three-on-the-tree transmission, manual brakes and steering, maybe an AM radio. Of course, our rental car was a Hyundai Elantra, so “basic” included several features that were luxuries not so very long ago. Our gray Elantra SE, …

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Test Drive: The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir delivers

The Buick story is one of survival. While General Motors’ mid-level brands, Oldsmobile and Pontiac, were discontinued, Buick remains in the game, along with Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC. Contributing to Buick’s enduring success is its lines of near-luxury crossover and sport-utility models — which now include the tiny Encore, compact Envision and midsize Enclave. Since …

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Test Drive: The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is an impressive luxury sedan

Unlike the popular European luxury sedans, the designers of premium Japanese models often have made handling secondary to riding comfort. Upon finding ourselves behind the wheel of a 2018 Infiniti Q50, we discovered a moderately priced midsize luxury sedan that’s full of surprises. Our Infiniti’s personality was solidly European. It rode firmly, and the run-flat, …

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