• Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T FWD

    Mary Adams

    According to the ancient Greeks, the Olympian god Zeus forced the titan Atlas to carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders for all eternity. Much like the Greek deity it’s named after, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is tasked with carrying a heavy burden: attracting more North American consumers to VW showrooms. Targeting the heart of…

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  • Lexus LC500h Hybrid

    Mary Adams

    A six-figure price tag used to be a clear sign of exclusivity in the automotive world, but rapidly ballooning sticker prices have eroded the inherent specialness of cars residing around the $100,000 mark. Heck, high-end pickup trucks can cost nearly that much now. Lexus’s stunning LC coupe, which starts at $92,995, is an impressive achievement in…

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  • Honda Ridgeline

    Mary Adams

    The Honda Ridgeline has earned our 10 Best award for mid-size pickup trucks two years running (unlike our approach to 10Best Cars honors, we categorize 10Best Trucks and SUVs by segment), beating out the likes of General Motors’ Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, as well as the popular Toyota Tacoma. So, naturally, we’ve been itching to put this…

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  • Mercedes-Benz A-class Hatchback

    Mary Adams

    In 2012, Mercedes-Benz decided to turn the A-class from a high-roof hatchback (with a sandwich-floor layout designed for electrification) into a much lower, wider, and longer compact car with decidedly sporting aspirations. At the time, the move seemed slightly counterintuitive. But it has proved to be the correct decision: The current A-class has become a huge global…

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  • Nissan Maxima Review

    Mary Adams

    With sufficient comfort to please a luxury buyer, enough athleticism to keep an enthusiast driver engaged, and ample gadgetry to appeal to tech connoisseurs, the Nissan Maxima is a well-rounded full-size sedan. Its sporty, aggressive lines add visual punch and invite attention. The Maxima makes a value play, too, as many of its virtues are standard across…

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  • Hyundai Veloster / Veloster Turbo

    Mary Adams

    As Larry David might say, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is pretty, pretty good. The Seinfeld creator often says this with more than a little sense of relief and an acknowledgment of unexpectedly favorable outcomes for his bumbling travails in the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Only there really isn’t anything unexpected about the new, second-generation Veloster’s satisfying overall execution. Hyundai is…

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  • BMW i3s with Range Extender

    Mary Adams

    With the original i3 EV, BMW aimed to apply its engineering prowess in unconventional ways—not just with weight-saving construction techniques that mated a carbon-fiber composite passenger cell to a mostly aluminum chassis, but also with eco-friendly elements such as natural-fiber cabin finishes, leather seats tanned with an olive-oil extract, a key fob made of a castor-oil-based…

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  • Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

    Mary Adams

    It’s a good thing you can’t see the gorgeous, flowing Superleggera script adorning each of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera’s hood strakes from the driver’s seat. Catching a glimpse of that chromed cursive while piloting Aston’s newest flagship might clash with the other stimuli tickling your senses. This 715-hp coupe throws plenty at you from its perch above the…

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  • Lexus RX

    Mary Adams

    There’s a reason the Lexus RX is regularly atop the sales charts in its highly contested segment: Its flashy styling and unperturbed comfort are two important attributes buyers of compact luxury crossovers want. As auto enthusiasts, we prefer offerings from BMW and Alfa Romeo, but the RX finds a home in many driveways thanks to its softly sprung suspension, refined…

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  • Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

    Mary Adams

    Caught flat-footed by the OPEC oil embargo and inspired by the success of Mercedes-Benz’s charming and bulletproof diesel engines of the 1970s, General Motors took a stab at passenger-car compression ignition—but the results were a series of engines so aggressively awful that they effectively killed the diesel car in the U.S. market until Volkswagen’s aggressive…

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