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2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine Plug-In Hybrid Review

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine Plug-In Hybrid Review

The 2016 Volvo XC90 turned more than a few heads when it hit the scene late last year, but while its opening act was a whirlwind of sleek Scandinavian styling and unexpectedly plush luxury, it's the encore that's really going to cement its run in the hearts and minds of SUV-seeking American buyers. The XC90 T8 is Volvo's moon-shot, the model with the power - and the price tag - required to cement its spot on the playbills of premium shoppers willing to entertain an alternative to the Teutonic trio of automakers that currently dominates high end sport-utility sales.

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XOUNTS UP Portable Party Speaker And Lightshow Review

XOUNTS UP Portable Party Speaker And Lightshow Review

The battle to be the life of the party just got that much more intense with the XOUNTS UP 360-degree light-and-sound speaker system. The unit, which strongly resembles a three-foot version of one of those quartz pyramids you'd find in your local rock shop, offers an unusual aesthetic for anyone seeking to make a splash at their next BBQ, birthday celebration, or gathering of friends.

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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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Theranos ‘Voids’ Tens of Thousands Of Blood Tests, Casts Doubt On Edison Device

Theranos ‘Voids’ Tens of Thousands Of Blood Tests, Casts Doubt On Edison Device

Sometimes, when a medical technology appears to be too good to be true, it actually is. Witness the debacle that has dogged Theranos Inc. and its promise of being able to run multiple blood tests based on very small samples using its proprietary Edison device. In the fall of 2015 it was revealed by the Wall Street Journal that Theranos, which had parlayed Edison into a $9 billion stock market valuation, was actually making use of traditional blood analysis machines and procedures while it awaited FDA approval of Edison itself. Now, the WSJ is reporting that Theranos has 'voided' two years of Edison blood tests.

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The Lexus RX 350 Takes On 4 of the Best Luxury SUVs for 2016

The Lexus RX 350 Takes On 4 of the Best Luxury SUVs for 2016

If you're currently shopping for a luxury SUV, you'll be pleased to discover that it's really a buyer's market. Automakers around the world are shifting production away from traditional sedans so that they can build ever-increasing numbers of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, which are flying off of dealer lots across America.

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2017 Ford Escape First Drive – Turbocharging Evolution

2017 Ford Escape First Drive – Turbocharging Evolution

When the Ford Escape first hit the scene in 2001 it was an instant success, helping to launch a compact SUV segment that was still in its infancy. Flash forward a decade and a half later and the pond is increasingly crowded with an ichthyologist's nightmare of competing crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, each trying to snatch family buyers out of each other's jaws in a feeding frenzy that would terrify even the staunchest piranha.

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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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5 Pioneering Crossover Sedans and Wagons that inspired the Volvo S60 Cross Country

5 Pioneering Crossover Sedans and Wagons that inspired the Volvo S60 Cross Country

At first glance the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country might seem like a bit of an outlier on the crossover scene. At its core, the S60 Cross Country shares almost everything with the standard S60 sedan - its mechanical bits, interior, and all of its sheet metal - with a few notable exceptions. Most obvious is the boost that's been given to the Cross Country's ride height, which offers you 7.9 inches of clearance should you elect to take the all-wheel drive Volvo off the beaten path. You'll also notice the car's flared fenders and skid plate up front that's designed to protect the engine, all of which together serve to ruggedize the European four-door's visual presence.

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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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1995-1998 Porsche 911: The 993 Generation

1995-1998 Porsche 911: The 993 Generation

Few models in the Porsche family have been as celebrated as the 993 generation of the iconic Porsche 911 sports car. To those not intimately familiar with the internal codes assigned by the German brand to the various iterations of its most famous model, '993' refers to the crop of coupes and convertibles that made it to American shores between 1995 and 1998 (after a bit of a head-start in the European market).

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive

2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive

Automakers of the world underestimate the engineering acumen of General Motors at their own peril. After decades of less-than-stellar entry-level sedans wearing the Chevy badge, GM got serious about the compact segment in 2011 when it brought the Chevrolet Cruze to dealerships across America. Finally, here was an affordable Bowtie-wearing commuter that didn't just look good, but offered a driving experience on par with the Japanese rivals that had dominated small car sales for so many years.

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2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler Review

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler Review

It's one of the most puzzling conundrums in the auto industry: how does an anachronism like the Jeep Wrangler rattle off ever-increasing sales numbers each and every year? By any rational measure, the Wrangler's old school platform lags behind its SUV competitors by at least several generations, and yet each year hundreds of thousands of customers look past the clunky steering, rough ride, and wince-inducing fuel mileage to embrace its rugged image and drive one home from the dealership.

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