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2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

It's never been tougher to be a small, sporty sedan. Luxury buyers are being wooed by the segment above, while the gradual up-speccing of full-sized sedans below is making it harder and harder to stand out. Factor in the growing number of more practical coupes on one side, and nimble sports crossovers squeezing in from the opposite direction, and the risk of being seen as a staid four-door is considerable. Lexus’ answer to that in 2013 was the new IS, a stark departure from the company’s previous playbook, and it’s the 2015 IS 250 that’s been on my drive trying to coerce me from behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, or Audi A3.

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2014 Lexus IS F Review

2014 Lexus IS F Review

The 2014 Lexus IS F is an anachronism. Latest - and potentially last - in a line of performance sedans, its 416 HP, 5.0-liter V8 engine and Fuji racetrack tuned chassis spawned the F SPORT brand with which Lexus is now attempting to massage its reputation from Nyquil-on-wheels to automotive madness. Problem is, the IS F faces forced retirement from inside Lexus itself, squeezed out by the 2015 RC F Coupe and hotter - more affordable - versions of the regular IS. So, does the IS F go out with a bang, or a whimper, and should we prepare to mourn its $64k passing? We dried our eyes and slipped behind the wheel to find out.

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Lexus LS 460 F SPORT Review

Lexus LS 460 F SPORT Review

You may not have heard of the Lexus F SPORT brand, but the Japanese luxury car company thinks models like the LS 460 F SPORT will change that. Taking every discrete executive's favorite sleeper-sedan and throwing some LFA-inspired sports magic at it, the LS 460 F SPORT may not give those in Mercedes-Benz's AMG division or their counterparts at BMW's M Sport labs sleepless nights quite yet, but it's still one of the biggest shake-ups to the Lexus brand since it expanded into SUVs. That, lest we forget, was a decision that did Lexus proud, so it would perhaps be a foolish car fan that dismissed this niche curio as nothing more than a gimmick. SlashGear slipped behind the wheel to find out more; read on for the full review.

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2014 Lexus IS Prototype Test Drive

2014 Lexus IS Prototype Test Drive

Lexus has come a long way since the days of the buffed-up Toyota luxo-barge, and the 2014 Lexus IS is arguably the best illustration of that. True, the new 3-Series rival may not have the same wealth of outlandish madness as the LFA sportscar (though it does borrow some of the $375k limited-edition's cabin features) or the brutish luxury of the LS, but the striking design and eager pricing make for a freshly competitive car. Lexus brought us out to the Rockingham Speedway to see how the 2014 IS ticks.

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Mazda6 Review

Mazda6 Review

The Mazda6 is the epitome of the ugly duckling finding its unexpected swan. Anonymous in its first two generations, Mazda threw its Kodo design language at the third-gen version and ended up with one of the most distinctive four-doors around. Meanwhile, with the EV specter hanging over most car firms, Mazda remains a hybrid hold-out, maintaining there's still plenty to squeeze out of existing technology before we look to batteries. Does the Mazda6 deliver? Read on for our full review.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review

Electric cars generally settle into one of two camps: the outlandish, like Renault's Twizy, or the discrete, like Nissan's Note. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, however, straddles both. Its "space jelly-bean" looks are certainly eye-catching, but they're also borrowed wholesale from the regular gas-powered version available in Japan and Europe, rather than an EV flourish for its own sake. The i-MiEV is also one of the US' cheapest EVs, though with prices starting at $21,625 (after tax incentives) it still commands a premium over more traditionally fuelled cars. Can the i-MiEV's frugal charms win us over? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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BMW X1 Crossover Review (2012)

BMW X1 Crossover Review (2012)

BMW doesn't believe that crossover need mean compromise, and the BMW X1 is the "premium compact" it intends to prove that with. Headed to the US for the first time this month, the smallest of BMW's X-model SUVs has already carved itself a niche in Europe. Can BMW light a fire underneath the crossover segment, and deliver a small SUV that delivers both an elevated driving position and the sort of driving dynamics the German marque is known for?

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport first drive

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport first drive

Hyundai is showing its commitment to recycling, using the same name for two pretty different attempts at the crossover SUV market. 2013 sees not one but two Hyundai Santa Fe models: one - the "Santa Fe" - with seven seats and intended to replace the Veracruz, and the other - the "Santa Fe Sport" - trimming the wheelbase, dropping two of the seats and taking on the Ford Escape and other midrange crossovers. We caught up with the Santa Fe Sport, the first to hit the forecourt, to see whether the brand can handle two personalities.

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2013 Cadillac ATS Review [Video]

2013 Cadillac ATS Review [Video]

The 2013 Cadillac ATS has some serious challenges ahead of it. Mid-life crisis convertible aside, there's no car segment so fraught with identity issues as the compact sport sedan. So far, the BMW 3-Series has been the "I've made it" model to beat, a heady Teutonic mixture of performance, prestige and affordability, but Cadillac is hoping the smallest model in its range can light an American torch to rival it. The specter of the baby Beemer looms large over each aspect of the ATS, but that's not to say the German icon has things all its own way. We caught up with Cadillac at a 2013 ATS preview to see whether the all-new car was truly as "world-class" as promised.

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Kia Soul Review (2012)

Kia Soul Review (2012)

The segment of Small Cars With Unusual Looks is definitely niche in its numbers, but that hasn't stopped Kia's Soul from becoming one of the company's best-sellers. Eye-catching styling and a price that starts not only under $20,000 but in fact from $13,900 - despite offering five seats and lashings of kit - have added up to a no-brainer purchase for many, and now with the 2012 model year Kia hopes to get even more onboard its Soul train. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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