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2017 Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid First Drive

2017 Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid First Drive

Want to be a luxury brand these days? Better get in line. Just like every automaker has felt the need to dive head-first into the crossover pool, so goes the desire to push the features needle into the premium red-zone regardless of how affordable a vehicle's starting price might be. Bravely into this murky environment goes the 2017 Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan, its moxie reinforced by both a redesign and an attitude adjustment under the hood aimed at grabbing the attention at previously-indifferent high end shoppers.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD Review: Not-quite HD pickup makes cannonball splash

2016 Nissan Titan XD Review: Not-quite HD pickup makes cannonball splash

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a puzzling truck. Let me explain. I've been driving trucks since I was a teenager, learning the joys of parking a battleship in an urban environment after my transition from country mouse to city mouse for college. In the intervening years I've seen the full-size pickup market blossom into the behemoth-laden bastion of Big Three profits that it's become today, with ultra-luxury trucks now as common as BMW and Lexus sedans at country clubs across the nation.

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Hush Smart Earplugs Review: Beyond the veil of sleep, Bluetooth-style

Hush Smart Earplugs Review: Beyond the veil of sleep, Bluetooth-style

I've never been a good sleeper. Ever since I was a kid I'd toss and turn hours past my bedtime, chasing elusive Z's and secretly panicking as the clock ticked closer to reveille. As an adult, I've gotten better at shutting my brain down and nodding off, but throw in distractions like noise, lights, or the impending existential dread that can grip us all in the dark of the night, and it's easy enough for my brain to cling desperately to consciousness and leave me exhausted for the following day. This is where Hush smart earplugs come in.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive

2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive

In recent years modern automotive enthusiasts have become a spoiled lot. It’s hard to blame them though – we live in an era of unprecedented access to hair-raising performance, one in which 600 horsepower hardly raises an eyebrow and the prospect of a sub-four second dash to sixty miles per hour almost seems quaint. But amongst this output arms race, a contingent of sports car fans still yearn for a wholly different approach to driving bliss.

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2016 BMW M2 Review: The ‘M’ Stands For ‘Fun’

2016 BMW M2 Review: The ‘M’ Stands For ‘Fun’

There's a set of roads I grew up on, far from the metropolitan sidewalks and boulevards that currently serve as the boundary markers in my adopted city. The kind of asphalt seemingly drawn on the map by a pendulum suspended in the passenger seat of a WRC car blasting full-tilt down an alpine rally stage. They served as my nursery when I first started driving, teaching me the fundamentals of opposite lock, car control, and how to call my father at 2 a.m. to come tow me out of an icy ditch. A natural, then, for exercising the all-new 2016 BMW M2, the latest addition to the German brand's growing stable of M-badged performance vehicles.

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Lenovo YOGA 900S Review — redefining what ‘luxury laptop’ means

Lenovo YOGA 900S Review — redefining what ‘luxury laptop’ means

Lenovo's YOGA products come in a variety of flavors, and few are as complex and appreciable as the YOGA 900S. This convertible system features Lenovo's beautiful watchband hinge coupled with an especially thin body and more than 10 hours of battery life. There's a lot to like about the 900S, and that's understating things. What do we love most about the newest YOGA? Read our review to find out!

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2016 BMW i3 Review – The electric time machine

2016 BMW i3 Review – The electric time machine

The 2016 BMW i3 is the DeLorean of our times. No, I'm not talking about gullwing doors (that's the exclusive province of its bigger brother, the i8), nor am I referring to sketchy Renault mechanicals (you'll still have to travel to France for that pleasure). What I mean is, the BMW i3's future-tense design and real-world electric car performance qualify it as a time machine of the first caliber, a glimpse into tomorrow along the lines of what we were once promised in the breathless prose and scintillating images published in the pages of Popular Science magazine.

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2016 Lexus LX 570 Review – Sasquatch in a cummerbund

2016 Lexus LX 570 Review – Sasquatch in a cummerbund

If the Lexus SUV credo has long been 'quiet luxury,' then the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is its incognito off-road assassin, Sasquatch in a cummerbund, Sir Edmund Hillary at a cocktail party surrounded by pretenders. This full-size, multi-ton beast is the inheritor of a legacy that includes countless crossings of the Serengeti mated with the penthouse-levels of charm and grace bred into its Land Cruiser-based platform by way of Lexus' ability to transcend badge-engineering and create something distinct from its Toyota truck roots. In other words, it's a people mover with few peers in a world where off-road credentials and stream-fording brass balls have largely been replaced by lumpen globs of metal and glass devoid of any personality.

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Fluance RT81 Turntable Review – Your retro gateway

Fluance RT81 Turntable Review – Your retro gateway

The current music industry pivot back to vinyl maybe have been exaggerated by the media, but it still warms my record-collecting heart to see so many new options available for those who enjoy listening to LPs. This includes a fresh crop of turntables being built by companies outside the mainstream of traditional platter-spinners like Sony, Technics, and Numark.

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Corsair VOID Surround Headset Review – Good price, mostly good audio

Corsair VOID Surround Headset Review – Good price, mostly good audio

When it comes to PC gaming, people tend to put a lot of focus on what's inside your PC, the kind of monitor that you have, and your keyboard and mouse. However, your audio solution is just as important as any of these other factors. Bad audio can break the immersion of your game, and a good headset can help you pinpoint the exact location an enemy is coming from. With that in mind, today we're going to look at Corsair's Void USB Surround headset.

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Batman v Superman Review: A Triumph

Batman v Superman Review: A Triumph

I don't believe in the conspiracy theories that say critics have a vendetta against DC Comics and/or Zack Snyder. I also don't believe that a movie with both Batman and Superman in it needs any help to succeed in the box office. That's not what we're here for. What I'm here for is to explain what you're in for when you eventually see this film. I'm here to suggest that, while this film is not good in the same way The Dark Knight was good, it's a fantastic base for the future of the DC Comics film universe.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 First Drive

2017 Cadillac XT5 First Drive

Regime change doesn't have to be bloody. Sometimes, the weight of new ideas alone is sufficient to push out the lingering elements of old-school thinking, creating a void where innovation floods in to fill the vacuum with a renewed sense of purpose. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover represents the latest, and perhaps capstone chapter in the automaker's near-total makeover from luxury also-ran to legitimate contender for high end family dollars - and the only shots fired are in the direction of Tokyo, where the Lexus RX 350 finds itself facing its toughest challenger in over a decade.

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