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First Drive: The all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon makes a bold entrance into the usually low-key large car segment

“We’re okay with polarizing.” This statement is not uncommon and would generally go unnoticed had it come from a company known for being different, a challenger brand, a so-called disrupter, if you... Read more »

First Drive: The updated 2018 Mazda 6 goes turbo, loses its inhibitions

The preponderance of SUV sales has lead some to proclaim the end of the passenger car, but it’s vehicles like the 2018 Mazda 6 that reveal just how far away we are... Read more »

Short Report: The refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues to define the modern luxury flagship automobile

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is the brand’s flagship, and one of those rare cars that coddles front- and rear-seat passengers as much as the driver. It’s the big Benz, the roomiest... Read more »

Short Report: There’s not much “sport” in the 2018 Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport (which Ford says is pronounced ‘echo-sport’, even though its turbo engines are pronounced ‘eekoh-boost’), first introduced in Brazil in 2003 and sold mainly in developing markets, was introduced in... Read more »

By sanding the rough edges off the redesigned 2018 Wrangler Sahara, does Jeep transform it into a family-friendly SUV?

Jeep builds the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara for customers who spend the majority of their time on pavement and who seek a “set-it-and-forget-it” automatic 4-wheel-drive system. In other words, the Sahara is... Read more »

Short Report: The base 2018 Kia Stinger is tuned for comfort but still offers definite pep in its step

The Kia Stinger has a name that means nothing and everything at once. To the non-automotive enthusiast, the word ‘stinger’ can evoke visions of terrifying killer bees or delectable energy bars. But... Read more »

First Drive: A redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta brings more style, comfort, tech for less coin

Since it first appeared in 1979 as a 4-door sedan companion to the Rabbit/Golf hatchback, the Volkswagen Jetta has been a sober choice for buyers who like the premium feel and performance... Read more »

Short Report: The refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback is softer and prettier, but is it better?

The rest of the country might think we’re crazy, but Southern Californians think that snow is awesome. We regularly bask in some of the most enviable and temperate climates in the world,... Read more »

Ferrari’s latest track special, the 488 Pista, gets ridden hard and put away wet in Maranello

It was the best of times, it was the worst of…timing, I thought as I loosened the chinstrap of my helmet and unlatched the four-point safety harness of the Ferrari 488 Pista... Read more »

Ratings and Review: Freshened for 2018, the VW Golf is a driver’s car for introverts

Sensible cars like the 2018 Volkswagen Golf tend to sell best during sensible times. These, you may have noticed, are not those. Though the world appears to have lost its collective mind,... Read more »