Test Drive: 2019 Subaru Forester comes fully loaded with tech assists

Perhaps hoping the American driver isn’t steeped in automotive history, Subaru has gone all in on safety. Its EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a standard feature on every model, is an electronic Big Brother that subtly, and sometimes aggressively, discourages drivers from doing anything stupid. Ford Motor Co. tried something similar during the 1956 model year. …

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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: 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: 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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