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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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5 SUVs You Can Still Actually Take Off-Road

5 SUVs You Can Still Actually Take Off-Road

SUVs might have taken over the sales charts, but over the past two decades they’ve evolved to the point where only a few models have stayed true to their go-anywhere off-road roots. Most sport-utility shoppers snap up these practical daily drivers for their generous cargo and passenger space, not to mention the added security of all-wheel drive, but there's still a shortlist out there searching for a trail-ready champion that they can get muddy on more than just a gravel road. Check out these five SUVs that you can actually take off-road.

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2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD First Drive: Four-season Grand Touring in an affordable retro package

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD First Drive: Four-season Grand Touring in an affordable retro package

In the mid 1960's a talented group of engineers in West Bromwich, England, dared to ask the question 'why can't a muscle car spin all four wheels?' The end result was the Jensen FF, the first production vehicle to feature AWD, and a coupe that just happened to be hiding a 383 cubic inch Chrysler V8 under the hood. Flash forward 50 years and the Pentastar has picked up the torch once again in the form of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD, which throws down nearly the same gauntlet at the rear-wheel drive-only options from Ford (the Mustang) and Chevrolet (the Camaro).

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5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

Mid-size SUVs are the 'next step' in almost every family's automotive evolution. With enough room to handle a growing brood - especially when trying to fit lanky teenagers in the back seat - along with the kind of cargo space that lets you haul all of your gear at the same time, mid-size sport-utility vehicles are versatile and in many cases surprisingly affordable additions to any driveway.

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5 things you need to know about the 2017 BMW 6 Series xDrive Cabriolet

5 things you need to know about the 2017 BMW 6 Series xDrive Cabriolet

Large premium cars like the 2017 BMW 6 Series have fallen victim to SUVs eating into their sales numbers, as luxury-seeking buyers increasingly transfer their affections to tall-riding, cargo-friendly options. Still, there's one area where, with only a single exception, sport-utility vehicles haven't been able to match their automobile equivalents in terms of appeal: convertibles.

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Infiniti QX50 Concept stuns with gorgeous sheet metal, new turbo in Detroit

Infiniti QX50 Concept stuns with gorgeous sheet metal, new turbo in Detroit

Infiniti chose to update the oldest model in its line-up with a major makeover that turned almost everyone's head in Detroit at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The Infiniti QX50 Concept presents an almost-showroom-ready look at what the automaker's compact luxury SUV will bring to the table when it comes to market next year.

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2018 Lexus LS 500 adds twin-turbo power to luxury flagship sedan in Detroit

2018 Lexus LS 500 adds twin-turbo power to luxury flagship sedan in Detroit

Is the world ready for a twin-turbo Lexus LS? It really doesn't matter, because that's what we're getting with the redesigned 2018 edition of the brand's flagship luxury sedan. After flirting with turbo technology just a few short years ago in the entry-level Lexus NX crossover, the automaker loses its past reluctance to dance with forced induction by making a bold statement under the hood of its premier model.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse 3 row crossover gets full redesign, new engines in Detroit

2018 Chevrolet Traverse 3 row crossover gets full redesign, new engines in Detroit

The Chevrolet Traverse has long been a bright spot in GM's crossover line-up. When it first arrived for the 2009 model year, the three-row family hauler's combination of a car-like ride and a voluminous interior was a distinct departure from the brand's existing Tahoe body-on-frame SUV and its poorly-received minivans, marking a new chapter for the automaker. The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debuting at this year's Detroit auto show represents the first complete redesign of the vehicle in a bid to continue the strong sales success of the original model.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Long-Wheelbase compact adds much-needed interior room, 3rd row in Detroit

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Long-Wheelbase compact adds much-needed interior room, 3rd row in Detroit

The Atlas isn't the only new high-capacity hauler on offer at Volkswagen. After years of making do without any three-row options in its SUV line-up, VW has delivered a second seven-passenger model here at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in the form of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase edition.

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