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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 »

Ratings and Review: Delightfully unexpected, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback thinks outside of the box

Buick makes just one traditional sedan, a full-size car called the LaCrosse. Otherwise, the company’s lineup is comprised of crossover SUVs, a 4-seat convertible, and a 5-door hatchback. The hatch... Read more »

Ratings and Review: Style and substance eclipse driving dynamics in the 2018 Infiniti Q60 3.0t

An empty-nester and former Infiniti owner, my brother is looking for a new car. “I want something sporty, upscale, and fun-to-drive. I’m thinking coupe,” he told me, asking for recommendations. Naturally, the... Read more »

First Drive: Lexus stretches its top-selling RX 350 to add a new 3-row variant and doesn’t leave a mark

In these Trumpian times, I think we can all agree that it’s hard to get excited about 4.4 inches. But that length of slightly more than one’s index finger is what separates... Read more »

Short Report: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P380 R-Dynamic HSE expands compact luxury SUV ceiling

If any automaker were positioned to profit the most from the surge in SUV interest that has washed over the global market like an unstoppable tide, it would be Land Rover. With... Read more »

Ratings and Review: Dripping in value, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a one-trick electrified ride

Technology moves fast. What’s new today is, almost literally, old tomorrow. Take, for example, my iPhone 6. It seems like an antique after just a few years. Yet, I’m not compelled to... Read more »

Ratings and Review: Affordable AWD, class-leading safety make the 2018 Subaru Legacy compelling

Jeans, sweatshirt, and Nikes, every single day. That was my high school outfit, an introvert’s attempt to blend into the background. Every once in awhile, I’d try something new, usually committing a... Read more »

First Drive: Dat 2018 Hyundai Kona plenny akamai, mo’ bettah den most any kine small crossover

Hawai’i is both the name of America’s 50th state and of what is otherwise referred to as the Big Island. The name is appropriate, as the Big Island is substantially larger than... Read more »