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2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

Legacy is a powerful thing, and at times it can threaten to smother the equally mighty maxim that moving ever forward is the only way to stay above water in the ultra-competitive automotive industry. Chevrolet, faced with the need to redesign its strong-selling compact SUV - the Equinox - refused to be dragged down by the temptation to simply keep riding a popular horse until it collapsed, foaming and spent, into its grave. Instead, the company realized that the future favors the bold, and elected to invest heavily in a completely new and dramatically different 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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5 things you need to know about driving the 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV off-road

5 things you need to know about driving the 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV off-road

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is more than just the latest family-friendly luxury SUV from the British brand. It also goes above and beyond when it comes to tackling off-road terrain that would have most other sport-utility vehicles in its class breaking out the maps to try to find a paved road around. That the Discovery is so effective on road and off, without compromising daily driving comfort, is an impressive accomplishment, and also a big part of what differentiates Land Rover from its rivals Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

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Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400

Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400

There's more than one way to get to Las Vegas from downtown Los Angeles. You could hop on a jet at LAX and be there before you're half-way through your in-flight movie. There's always I-15, that shimmering ribbon of sun-baked asphalt that takes you through Barstow and Baker before spitting you out across the Nevada line within spitting distance of Sin City. Then there's the road less traveled - where's there's not really any road at all - that runs you through the network of casually-maintained desert paths frequented by utility companies, park rangers, rattlesnakes, and in my case, a pack of brand-new 2017 Toyota TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro pickups.

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Snow Joe iON24SB-XR Review: Battery-powered snow blower says ‘shush’ to winter

Snow Joe iON24SB-XR Review: Battery-powered snow blower says ‘shush’ to winter

It took a long time for battery-powered tools to gain the same respect as their corded peers, and one of the technologies that played the biggest role in their eventual proliferation was lithium-ion technology. The same energy storage systems tapped into by electric cars heralded a new era in longevity and capability for saws, drills, and impact wrenches, and also erased fears about over-charging and potentially damaging battery packs that were prevalent with nickel-cadmium designs.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Unstoppable 7-seat SUV redux

2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Unstoppable 7-seat SUV redux

It was only a matter of time before Land Rover got around to dusting its most popular family SUV with the same magic that has dramatically overhauled the brand's Range Rover line-up of luxury people movers. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery breaks with the past by abandoning its truck-like platform for a more modern design, while simultaneously getting back in touch with its heritage by reviving the long-dormant - in North America, at least - Discovery name.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Off-Roading In The 2017 Jeep Compass

5 Things You Need To Know About Off-Roading In The 2017 Jeep Compass

The 2017 Jeep Compass has been completely redesigned, and while it's primarily aimed at commuters looking to leverage its ample storage space, comfortable cabin, and available four-wheel drive, it can also deliver legitimate off-road capability worthy of the Jeep name. Check out these 5 things you need to know about off-roading the 2017 Jeep Compass.

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2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

In a world that's gone SUV-crazy, Jeep is one of the brands best poised to reap the rewards. The 2017 Jeep Compass, an all-new design that replaces not just one, but two strong-selling but outdated models - the previous-generation Compass and the soon-to-be-defunct Patriot - is the latest in a line of revamped people movers that have completely transformed the more affordable spectrum of the company's line-up.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2018 Lexus LC

5 Things you need to know about the 2018 Lexus LC

The 2018 Lexus LC is without question the most gorgeous car to ever emerge from the Japanese luxury brand's design center - and it's also the first time Lexus has made a full-size sports coupe available in the United States since the more modest SC debuted in the 1990s. Motivated by your choice of V8 (5.0-liters, 471 horsepower) or hybrid (V6 + electric motors) power, the LC 500 and LC 500h are two distinctly different takes on the same grand touring concept.

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2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

The 2018 Lexus LC is an act of bravery. Not only did Lexus take the unusual and difficult step of birthing a street car that hews almost perfectly to the gorgeous, yet production-challenging lines of the LF-LC concept that preceded it, but it also chose to ignore prevailing winds - or are those forced induction vortices? - that have come to define the drivetrains found in top-tier luxury coupes. That the Lexus LC is a stunning design achievement is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes. That it also waves a big, five-liter middle finger in the direction of its would-be German rivals is in a way both a more and a less-subtle statement.

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2017 Ford Fusion Sport Review: Blue Oval Q ship cancels mid-size family sedan boredom

2017 Ford Fusion Sport Review: Blue Oval Q ship cancels mid-size family sedan boredom

The Q-ship is a time-honored tradition in the world of family sedans, and the new Ford Fusion Sport is the latest effort from a mainstream automaker to present buyers with an enormous motor stuffed under the hood of an unassuming commuter. Only this being 2017, that motor isn't so much 'big' in size as it is in output, thanks to the Blue Oval's overwhelming desire to turbocharge absolutely every single drivetrain its engineers can get their hands on.

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2017 Dodge Durango R/T Review: No SRT required for this V8-powered SUV

2017 Dodge Durango R/T Review: No SRT required for this V8-powered SUV

Sometimes, fate has a funny way of toying with the best-laid plans. Mere days after I finished a stint behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Durango R/T, currently the quickest three-row SUV in the FCA line-up, the automaker proclaimed that next year it will produce an SRT version of the same hauler - with 115 additional horsepower and a ton of extra torque, too.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon First Drive: Heavy-duty off-road apocalypse escape vehicle

2017 Ram Power Wagon First Drive: Heavy-duty off-road apocalypse escape vehicle

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon is a full-size pickup that dares to answer the question, 'what would you use to tow your house into the middle of the desert during a zombie apocalypse?' After spending a full day flogging the P-Wagon on the hot sands an hour outside of Las Vegas, I can comfortably report that it takes a special kind of product planning bravery to create a heavy-duty truck capable of bludgeoning any obstacle in its path - undead or otherwise - on its way to saving your delicious brain-bacon from flesh-eating creeps.

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