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2017 Ford Fusion First Drive: Mid-size sedan blurs traditional luxury / sport lines

2017 Ford Fusion First Drive: Mid-size sedan blurs traditional luxury / sport lines

When you've got a top-five mid-size sedan in your fleet - like the Blue Oval does with the Ford Fusion - you've got to take extra care when revising any of the details that have made it such a popular option with bread-and-butter four-door buyers. By combining affordability, style, and one of the most versatile under-hood options list in its segment, the Fusion has managed to stay within striking distance of heavyweights like the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord while outpacing its domestic rival, the Chevrolet Malibu. For 2017, a series of updates have been implemented to give the new Ford Fusion a performance edge it's been lacking, as well improve on the technologies it has to offer family shoppers.

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Porsche Adopts Augmented Reality For Quality Assurance

Porsche Adopts Augmented Reality For Quality Assurance

In a world where technology has been increasingly democratized, the focus on quality assurance is one of the key methods by which a luxury automaker can distance itself from more affordable brands. For Porsche this doesn't just mean exacting standards where panel clearances of between 0.5 mm and 0.8 mm are the only ones acceptable to its team of vehicle inspectors, but it also means moving towards augmented reality as a quality control technique.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review – Italy’s bad-attitude baby supercar

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review – Italy’s bad-attitude baby supercar

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a secret. It's not particularly good at keeping it either. You see, this is a car that honestly doesn’t care if you have a problem with its 'lack' of power steering (demanding strength beyond strength when parking), or its ultra-wide door sills (that require you to fold your body like a jackknife to slide behind the wheel), or even its miniscule trunk (truly just a plastic bin tucked behind the motor that's barely big enough to store the fussy fabric roof that you need to snap-and-tug on and off all on your own).

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2016 Lexus GS F in Super-Sedan Showdown with BMW, Audi, and Cadillac

2016 Lexus GS F in Super-Sedan Showdown with BMW, Audi, and Cadillac

The 2016 Lexus GS F breaks new ground for the Japanese luxury brand, giving it its fire-breathing V8 mid-size sport sedan in a bid to contend with the European all-stars that have long dominated this corner of the automotive industry. At first glance, everything appears to be in order: 467 horsepower from a 5.0-liter eight-cylinder monster (shared with the RC F coupe), the ability to sprint to 60-mph in a quick 4.5 seconds, and the kind of extroverted good looks that do the companies trapezoidal grille justice (especially when ordered in eye-searing orange).

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Top 10 classic Racing Video Games of All-Time

Top 10 classic Racing Video Games of All-Time

Racing video games have been the bread-and-butter of the video game industry since the very beginning, standing tall alongside side-scrollers, sports titles, and RPGs as the backbones of many a successful franchise. They're an easy sell, really: throw some fast cars and exotic locations, in digital form, at a demographic that's too young to legally drive, and you're bound to find more than a little traction.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

Garish horsepower numbers have become de rigueur in the world of muscle cars, where supercharged and big displacement V8 engines dominate drag strips and fuel fantasies of aerosolized rubber. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT bucks that trend by proving that humble six-cylinder power is more than enough for the vast majority of drivers - and certainly easier on your bank account when it comes time to fill up at the fuel pump.

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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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Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza Is Your Digital Le Mans Videogame Challenge

Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza Is Your Digital Le Mans Videogame Challenge

24 hour gaming marathons aren't just restricted to teenage LAN parties fueled by Tab and Slim Jims. Audi has decided to pit professional gamers against each other in the ultimate digital endurance test: replicating the 24 Hours of Le Mans in video game form as the 'Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza.'

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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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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Takes On The Top 3 Compact Sedans In America

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Takes On The Top 3 Compact Sedans In America

Small cars are no longer the penalty boxes of old, especially in the compact segment where models like the all-new Hyundai Elantra combine a strong selection of luxury, safety, and infotainment features with sleek design and an affordable price tag. Comfort and class have gone way up at the entry-level, and the end result has been a dogfight between the Japanese automakers that have traditionally dominated the compact space and upstarts from Korean and Detroit that have studied their enemy well.

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2017 Audi A5 and Audi S5 Updates Revealed

2017 Audi A5 and Audi S5 Updates Revealed

Hot on the heels of the recent refresh of the 2017 Audi A4 and S4 comes news of the same treatment being given to the A5 and S5 coupes that share their platform with the sedans. As expected, the upgrades that have been made to the two-door members of the Audi family largely mirror those of the four-door variety, with a few notable surprises.

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