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EXPLORE THE TERRAIN IN THIS FINE, COMPACT SUV!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Introduced eight years ago, the GMC Terrain has stood the test of time despite fierce competition in the compact SUV segment. Available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the hands-on and robust Terrain is a fine blend of performance and style. 
Sharing power trains with the Chevrolet Equinox, the base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder boasting 252

IT IS AN ALL-NEW AND HIGHLY CAPABLE 2019 HYUNDAI SANTA FE

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Just so there is no confusion, the Santa Fe Sport model is out. From 2019 onward, all you have is a two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. And it will be a while before the three-row Santa Fe XL hits the market.
Available in five trims, the popular and much-touted midsize crossover from Hyundai will come in two power trims: a

AUDI A4 IS A BLAST TO DRIVE

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It is sporty, stylish and luxurious. To top it all, the 2018 A4 also comes with a standard quattro all-wheel drive. One cannot ask for a better ride in the small luxury sedan segment than this Audi.  
The A4 comes with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine developing 252 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 273 pounds-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. It can scoot from 0 to 60 mph in a

ENJOY YOUR TIME IN THE ENERGIZING CADILLAC CTS-V!

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This super sedan is all about power, oodles of it, and luxury that only a Cadillac can offer. For 2019, the CTS-V stays mostly as is with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine blasting off 640 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 630 pounds-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. The rear-wheel-drive car, which can take off from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds with top speed of 200 mph, is coupled

ALL-NEW LEXUS UX PURPOSE-BUILT FOR THE URBAN BUYER

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In which city would you launch a small crossover designed for the modern urban explorer? Seattle, of course, the vibrant city that offers an array of experiences from underground grunge to Pike Place Market to the Amazon Spheres!
And that is where we found ourselves after Lexus for a preview of its all-new 2019 UX in the fastest-growing compact SUV segment. The urban-centric

2018 GOLF IS A LOT OF COMPACT CAR FOR THE MONEY!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Many may recall that the VW Golf won the 2015 North American Car of the Year. Indeed, along with its counterpart GTI, which we recently test drove, the Golf has set fresh benchmarks in innovation, design, value and available driver assistance features (examples: adaptive cruise control, front assist, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert).
The GTI is equipped with

FORD MUSTANG GETS A FEW TWEAKS … FOR THE BETTER!

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53 years and still going strong. Thats the Mustang for you. But Ford engineers will not rest on their laurels despite its iconic history, fine-tuning the 2018 version even more … for the better, of course.
Under the hood of the classic American muscle car sits a 5.0-liter V-8 engine cranking out 460 horsepower (up 25 from its predecessor) @ 7000 rpm and 420 pounds-feet

LARGE FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT FROM 2019 GMC YUKON XL

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It has been over three years since the Yukon Denali XL was redesigned. For 2019, GMC has incorporated some new colors but otherwise the full-size SUV continues as is. With a powerful engine under the hood, the body-on-frame ride accelerates quickly from any speed. We dig the active noise cancellation feature, which guarantees silence and poise at highway speeds. 
A

FIAT FREAKOUT IN ORLANDO SPARKLES WITH AUTO DESIGN ROYALTY

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You could not have asked for a more appropriate ride than the 2018 Fiat 500L Lounge to travel to the recent 35th annual Fiat Freakout, an annual gathering organized by the Fiat Club America. And what better city than Orlando to celebrate this collaborative effort between the Florida-FCA chapter and the club?  
For our drive to Mickey town from Tampa, the 500L

ROGUE SPORT IS USEFUL, FUEL EFFICIENT AND INEXPENSIVE

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It is just slightly smaller than the hot-seller Rogue: 2.3 inch shorter in wheelbase, 12.1 inches fewer in length and 5.6 inch lower in height. But this entry-compact crossover delivers a comfortable well-damped ride while targeting youthful and active lifestyles.   
The 2.0-liter inline-4 DOHC cylinder engine still develops 141 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 147

2018 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR IS ULTIMATE NO-FRILLS WORKHORSE

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It is the first American vehicle ever to dominate the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. The top ranking, deservedly so, is thanks to customers who praised the SUVs technology to seat comfort, surpassing other brand nameplates.
Totally redesigned for 2018, the Lincoln Navigator is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which

WATCH YOUR SPEED IN CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT!

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Zero to 60 in the mid-3 second range and top speed at 199 mph. Impressed? You ought to be. The 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi SRT engine in the Dodge Challenger boasts robust acceleration, superb handling and steering feel. Our Widebody Hellcat test-drive version is all new for 2018.  

Step on the throttle and the V-8 engine blasts off 707 horsepower (yes, you read

THIS NISSAN COMPACT CROSSOVER HAS A FEW ‘KICKS’ TO IT!

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The all-new 2018 Kicks, an entry-level and affordable crossover utility vehicle, essentially “kicks” off the CUV/SUV lineup for Nissan. Millennials, singles and couples without children, the tech reliant, exploratory and image-conscious folks should have a go or two at the front-wheel-drive compact crossover. It makes perfect sense. After all, it starts

FORGET THOSE FILL-IT-UP STOPS IN REVAMPED CAMRY HYBRID

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Like the regular 2018 Toyota Camry, which we reviewed last month, the hybrid version gets a similar re-do – 2-inch wheelbase increase and 1½ inch length but width and height decrease by an inch. And the midsize hybrid sedan may retain the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and an electric motor but it puts out a total of 208 horsepower (up by 8 from predecessor). And

2019 MAZDA CX-3 FIERCE COMPETITOR IN SUBCOMPACT SUV MARKET

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Mazda has the SUV market covered quite well, from top to bottom. It starts with the mid-size CX-9, the compact CX-5 and trickling to the subcompact 2019 CX-3. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine developing 146 horsepower (bump of 2 from previous) @ 6000 rpm and 146 pounds-feet of torque @ 2800 rpm while coupled to a 6-speed auto gearbox. Our front-wheel drive

2018 LEXUS NX 300 PACKS POWER, LUXURY

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Lexus continues to shine in the compact luxury crossover segment. The previous NX 200t, now renamed the NX 300, is a blast to drive, responding with quickness in any driving situation while loaded with luxury and tech goodies expected. Zero to 60 is an impressive seven seconds.
A 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-4 cylinder gas engine still cranks out 235

SUBCOMPACT KIA RIO IS A STEAL OF A DEAL!

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This one grows on you. Agreed, it is a subcompact with a somewhat crammed rear-seat space but otherwise packed with amenities you rarely come across in an $18,700 ride. And it is a fun front-wheel-drive car to pitch around and through corners.
Redesigned inside out for 2018, the Kia Rio EX is equipped with the same 1.6-liter inline-4 cylinder engine delivering 130 horsepower

FUEL-SIPPING RAV4 HYBRID ALSO A PEOPLE-HAULER

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Two years ago, Toyota introduced the hybrid version of its popular RAV4. The 2018 model of the compact crossover continues as is without major changes. Why tinker with success?
The 2.5-liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder gas engine puts out 150 horsepower @ 5700 rpm and 152 pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm. Two electric motors boast hp up to 194. A 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride

SPRIGHTLY LEXUS IS350 IS AN ENGAGING RIDE!

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0 to 60 is achieved in only 5.6 seconds, ¼-mile in 13.8 seconds and top speed can reach 142 mph. Not bad, we thought, as we took the third-generation Lexus IS 350 for a test drive. As expected, the compact sport sedan is quick off the mark, supple in traffic and fun to drive. Under the unitized steel body resides a 3.5-liter V-6 engine developing 311 horsepower (up by 5) @

ENJOY YOUR TRIP IN THE INVIGORATING MAZDA6

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We have driven a variety of power trains in the Mazda6 in the last decade or so but the all-new version in the 2018 sedan is among the finest. Our Signature trim was equipped with a 2.5-liter, inline-4 engine but this one was turbocharged. The midsize sedan cranks out 227 horsepower @ 5000 rpm and 310 pounds-feet of torque @ 2000 rpm. Transmission choices are a 6-speed auto or

TOTALLY REVAMPED 2018 CAMRY IS A BOLD ATTEMPT … AND IT WORKS!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
We have waited and waited for years and finally Toyota has delivered. A brand new Camry unlike any other in the past, the 2018 sedan will take your breath away. It is a total overhaul from any of its predecessors, grille to bumper.
Let us begin with the 3.5-liter V-6 cylinder engine, which now delivers 301 horsepower (increase of 33 hp) @ 6600 rpm and 267 pounds-feet

HYUNDAI OVERHAULS 2019 VELOSTER … FOR THE BETTER

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Austin, Texas served as the setting for our test drives of the front-wheel-drive 2019 Hyundai Veloster. Agreed, Texas is considered mostly a flat land but not this state Capitol and surrounding landscape, which is known as “The Hill Country.” It was the perfect place for evaluating the two competent models with the 2.0- and 1.6-liter engines.
Once again, the

SPORTY KIA NIRO PHEV IS A WINNER ALL THE WAY!

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After the Niro hybrid last year, Kia dispatched over the 2018 Niro PHEV (Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) for us recently. The only difference is that PHEV adds an electric charge feature enabling the five-passenger compact crossover to go up to 26 miles without using gas. The charge port, located in the driver side front fender, uses a 240- volt system that can take 2½ hours

KIA SORENTO A HIGHLY PRACTICAL PACKAGE

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It is not a major re-do but the 2019 Kia Sorento undergoes some noticeable outward changes. The 3.3-liter GDI power train continues to crank out 290 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 252 pounds-feet of torque @ 5300 rpm. Seating up to seven, the midsize SXL SUV is now coupled with an 8-speed auto gearbox instead of the previous 6-speed. Tow capacity is still a cool 5,000 pounds.

ALL-NEW ODD-LOOKING TOYOTA CH-R IS AFFORDABLE

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A quick glance at the all-new Toyota CH-R (Coupe High-Rider) and the natural response would be, “Now, that is unusual!” But that is understandable. Indeed, the 2018 cheeky-styled subcompact crossover teases you with its coupe-like roofline and raked windshield meeting up to slim projector-beam headlights, black grille, and color-keyed front/rear bumpers, door

POTENT TUNDRA TOUTS TOW, CARGO CAPACITY

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THE RIDE: Four-door, up to six-passenger 2018 Toyota Tundra 4X4 Limited CrewMax full-size pickup.
DOWN THE ROAD: The retained power train continues to offer a composed ride while absorbing the bumps of rough surfaces with skill and sure-footedness.
TECH & PERFORMANCE: A 5.7-liter DOHC V-8 engine, which is

SUPERCAR LEXUS LC500 HYBRID IS A SENSATIONAL RIDE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Lexus aficionadas will recall our test-drive review of the 2018 LC500 equipped with a 5.0-liter cylinder engine. The Japanese carmaker followed that up recently with the same supercar but with a 3.5-liter V-6 powertrain mated to electric motor/generators, which put out a total of 354 horsepower @ 6000 rpm. Zero to 60 mph is clocked at just 4.7 seconds with top speed limited at 155

OUTLANDER IS ROOMY, ECONOMICAL AND FUEL EFFICIENT

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
We have driven several versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander with the somewhat OK 2.4-liter 4-cylinder power train under the hood. But recently we test drove the crossover utility vehicle with a 3.0-liter V-6 developing 224 horsepower @ 6250 rpm and 215 pounds-feet of torque @ 3750 rpm. Without a doubt, the GT trim of the Outlander is an enjoyable ride that responds with agility

THOUGH LARGE, AVALON BOASTS TREMENDOUS LIVELINESS

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If you are looking for a large sedan that delivers smooth and linear acceleration with first-rate steering and body control, then the Avalon should be at the top of the list. The front-wheel-drive Toyota is the near-perfect ride, whether you want to dodge peak-hour traffic or cruise the highway this summer.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine blasts off 268 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 248

REDESIGNED VOLVO XC60 IS PERFECTLY BALANCED

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It was long time coming and Volvo has made the most and best of it. Nearly nine years after its introduction, the XC60 has been totally revamped in and out. Offered in at least three trims, our small luxury crossover SUV was equipped with a T6 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged and supercharged engine cranking 316 horsepower @ 5700 rpm and 295 pounds-feet of torque @ 2200 rpm.

VW PASSAT IS THE PERFECT FAMILY SEDAN

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With such stalwarts as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Mazda6 competing fiercely in the sedan segment, credit goes to Volkswagen Passat for standing its ground. It is truly a remarkable car with reasonably quick and smooth acceleration from any speed.
Our test drive was equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine cranking out 280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 258 pounds-feet

APPEALING CX-9 HAULS PASSENGERS, CARGO WITH EASE

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Redesigned just two years ago, the CX-9 continues with a couple changes for 2018. Noticeable among them are a standard G-Vectoring Control (uses engine timing for more accurate steering inputs), Smart City Brake Support (designed to reduce rear-end collisions by stopping at low speeds before a frontal impact), blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert in all trims.

GO TOP DOWN IN STYLISH BMW 430i CONVERTIBLE

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A luxury sport convertible on your radar? Then the BMW 430i could very well be to your liking as long as you are prepared to spend $50,000 and change. Make that over $63,000 if an M sport package along with other options catches your fancy.
The outstanding performer has been tweaked inside and out though it retains the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbo engine blasting off

ALL-NEW KIA STINGER SPORTBACK IS A WINNER

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“No way, is that a Kia?” was the first impression from most everyone who happened to gaze at our 2018 Stinger test car. Indeed, it is a product of the Korean carmakers nearly decade-long work to produce the five-passenger sportback. And it has done an exceptional job.
The rear-wheel-drive four-door coupe is equipped with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 pumping out 365

2018 CADILLAC CTS PERFECTLY BLENDS PERFORMANCE, STYLE

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Last year, we had the fortune of driving the Cadillac CTS-V with a 6.2-liter V-8 blasting off 640 horsepower, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 200 mph. For 2018, we received yet another CTS but this one with a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine putting out a healthy 420 hp @ 5750 rpm and 430 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. Power reaches all the wheels via a

AFFORDABLE ELANTRA UNDERGOES A REMAKE

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It is like an all-new Hyundai Elantra for 2018. The compact sedan/hatchback now portrays a lower and wide stance with a cascading hexagonal grille flanked by standard projector headlights and vertical LED daytime running lights. The rear gets a standard spoiler, dual exhaust, and LED tail and brake lamps. Larger than its main competitor, VW Golf, the Elantra goes up 1.6 inches in

LARGE FAMILIES WILL DIG REDESIGNED 2018 BUICK ENCLAVE

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THE RIDE: Four-door, seven-passenger 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir luxury crossover SUV.
DOWN THE ROAD: Based on a body-on-frame, the extra power in the overhauled Enclave is plentiful to propel the 4,358-pound plus vehicle. The ride is solidly built for rapid acceleration from any speed, generous passing ability and precise

ALFA ROMEO INTRODUCES ALL-NEW STELVIO SUV

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After the 4C Spider two-seater sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo has introduced the Stelvio SUV to the U.S. The all-new compact luxury ride shares its powertrain with the Giulia: 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine putting out 280 horsepower @ 5200 rpm and 306 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. Mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox, the double-wishbone front and an Alfa-link

BENZ E400 COUPE A PLEASURE TO DRIVE

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Give us an E-Class anytime. As in the E400 coupe. Redesigned for 2018, the 10th-gen midsize luxury car is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo engine packing 329 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 354 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. The 4Matic (four-wheel drive) ride is mated to a standard 9-speed automatic, which can be driven in individual, dynamic, comfort, eco, sport and sport + modes.

2018 NAVIGATOR DESERVEDLY NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR

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It has been named North American Truck of the Year, marking the first time a Lincoln vehicle has captured this prominent honor, now in its 24th year. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator beat the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition to win the award based on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value at the recent North American International Auto Show in

CADDY BRINGS LUXURY, TECH, SPORTINESS TO CT6

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Now here is an American-made ride that can give tough competition to its European rivals. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is not just a stunner but also loaded with classy and tech-laden cabin accoutrements.
Under the hood of the full-size sedan resides a direct-inject 3.0-liter DOHC twin-turbo V-6 engine belting out 404 horsepower @ 5700 rpm and 400 pounds-feet of torque @ 5100 rpm.

ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER IS A SPEED DEMON!

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It was our very first test-drive of an Alfa Romeo car ever. And we must say it left a lasting impression on us, especially the “takeoff” aspect. Step on the gas and the rear-wheel-drive 4C Spider will catch you off guard, as it lunges forward with a fervor you would not find in most sport cars. It is quick on its feet, reaching 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.1 seconds.

ALL-NEW VELAR JOINS LAND ROVER LINEUP

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This all-new crossover from Land Rover sits between the Evoque and the Sport. And based on its twin from the other company owned by the India-based Tatas, the supercharged growler Jaguar F-Pace. Get ready to take off from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph in the 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE.
Under the hood sits a 3.0-liter V-6 engine

TAKE THE SEQUOIA ON ROAD OR OFF-ROAD

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THE RIDE: Four-door, up to eight-passenger full-size 2018 Toyota Sequoia 4X4 SUV.
DOWN THE ROAD: Based on a body-on-frame, the power in the Sequoia is plentiful to propel the 6,000-pound plus vehicle. The ride is silent and elegant, whether you are on the highway or testing its off-road talent.
TECH & PERFORMANCE: A 5.7-liter V-8 DOHC

DIESEL-EQUIPPED EQUINOX IS A CARGO, PASSENGER HAULER

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So far, to million Chevrolet Equinox units have been sold. The number continues to increase briskly on an annual basis. That should not surprise anyone because the redesigned 2018 Equinox, smaller (wheelbase down by 5.2 and length by 4.7 inches) and 400-pound lighter than its predecessor, is a noteworthy crossover SUV.
Our test-drive front-wheel compact crossover was equipped

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R DELIVERS A PUNCH

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THE RIDE: Four-door, four-passenger 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring hatchback.
DOWN THE ROAD: It is the fastest (0 to 60 mph in 5.4 secs) and most powerful Honda. Launched in 1997 in Japan, the Civic Type R is a dream car for heavy pedal-to-the-metal drivers. With a race-bred chassis, the aggressive hatch displays

SUPERCAR LEXUS LC500 IS A ONE OF A KIND

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In our eyes, this one qualifies for the title of a supercar – abundant frills and high-performance rolled into one. Sharing its engine with the Lexus RC-F, the LC500 can take off from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds topping speed at 168 mph. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the powerful midsize luxury coupe blasts off 471 horsepower @ 7100 rpm and 398 pounds-feet of torque @

AUDI A5 CONVERTIBLE, COUPE IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN

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Enjoying the best of both worlds. That is how we felt when Audi first sent over the 2018 A5 Cabriolet (convertible). Then, within a month, the German carmaker dispatched the A5 coupe (base price $42,800) for us to enjoy. And we had a blast in both vehicles, which share a 2.0-liter direct-injection, inline-4 cylinder turbo engine offering 252 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 273 pounds-feet

RIDING IN THE LINCOLN MKZ IS A TREAT

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It was a first for us, test drive of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, and we must admit, it left us highly impressed. Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, under the entry-level midsize luxury sedan resides an all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine cranking out a striking 400 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 400 pounds-feet of torque @ 2750 rpm. That is plenty for the nearly 4,000-pound

CAPABLE LAND ROVER DISCOVERY REPLACES LR4

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Forget the body LR4. The midsize SUV has been substituted by the 2017 Land Rover Discovery. It is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine (Td6) belting out an ample 254 horsepower @ 3750 rpm and 443 pounds-feet of torque @ 2250 rpm while mated to a responsive 8-speed auto gearbox. A permanent all-wheel drive delivers necessary torque to the rear wheels. Using the exclusive

SORENTO FLAUNTS COMFORT, PERFORMANCE

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After a major revamp last year, the 2017 Kia Sorento continues as is with some minor changes such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone availability. It comes in three engine choices and ours was equipped with the 3.3-liter GDI power train putting out 290 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 252 pounds-feet of torque @ 5300 rpm. Seating up to seven, the midsize SXL SUV is coupled with the

CHEVY BOLT GOES ALL THE MILES, SOLELY ON ELECTRIC

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THE RIDE: Four-door, five-passenger 2017 Chevy Bolt EV hatchback.
DOWN THE ROAD: 200 miles and some more on a full one-time electric charge. GM claims 238 miles, to be exact. That is the Bolt for you. It is ultra-smooth and a cool car to drive offering superb handling and overall balance. Zero to 60 is possible in fewer than 7 seconds.

THIS ALL-NEW JEEP IS QUITE A RENEGADE!

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Two years ago, Jeep introduced an all-new Renegade. Just a notch under the Cherokee, the subcompact Jeep is available in two power trains: 1.4-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine developing 184 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 184 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm; or the optional 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine putting out 180 hp @ 6400 rpm and 175 pounds-feet of torque @ 3900 rpm, which

ENJOY A CARLIKE RIDE IN INFINITI QX30

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THE RIDE: Four-door, five-passenger 2017 Infiniti QX30 luxury compact crossover.
DOWN THE ROAD: An all-new model, the front-wheel-drive QX30 is agile and quick on the road, boasting a first-rate ride and commendable handling.
TECH & PERFORMANCE: Under the hood resides a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 turbocharged

POTENT DURANGO DELIVERS CARGO, PASSENGERS SAFELY!

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Two years ago, we had tested the Dodge Durango with a 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi engine (360 horsepower). That was a fun ride to drive. So was the 2017 Durango we drove recently though it had a lesser powerful engine: 3.6-liter V-6 boasting 295 hp @ 6400 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. But that was more than enough to merge into peak-hour traffic or cruise down the

SPORTS COUPE BUFFS WILL DIG SUBARU BRZ

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Introduced four years ago, the 2017 Subaru BRZ gains more power, styling updates, revamped suspension, among other minor changes. The rear-wheel-drive sporty coupe is still equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 horizontally opposed DOHC engine putting out 205 horsepower (up 5) @ 7000 rpm and 156 pounds-feet of torque @ 6400 rpm. The revised and lively 6-speed manual gearbox is fun to

HYUNDAI REFRESHES 2018 ELANTRA, SONATA

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The gorgeous city of Charleston, S.C., served as the backdrop for our one-day test drives of the 2018 Elantra and Sonata. Here is a roundup of both the vehicles, which we will review at length in the near future.
 
ELANTRA GT, ELANTRA SPORT

According to Product Planning Manager Mike Evanoff of Hyundai, the compact car now has a lower and

NIMBLE VW GOLF DELIVERS PLENTIFUL POWER!

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After a major redesign just two years ago, the 2017 VW Golf continues as is. After all, the 2015 North American Car of the Year has set fresh benchmarks in innovation, design, value and available driver assistance features.
Our test-drive Golf TSI SEL edition was equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo inline-4 cylinder engine developing 170 horsepower @ 4500 rpm and 199 pounds-feet