Author Archives: Benjamin Hunting


2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

Much of Infiniti's recent success has come from its crossover line-up, where it presents three distinctly different choices for luxury-seeking families. Sandwiched between the entry-level QX50 and the high performance QX70 sits the 2016 Infiniti QX60, the logically-numbered full-size hauler that combines respectable room and a comprehensive level of advanced safety, all wrapped in a premium package. Although no major changes have been made for the current model year, the QX60 has been gently refreshed to keep it current with its line-up mates and continue its task of drawing fresh blood to showrooms.

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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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2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review

There's nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has finally come, and in the world of light pickups that particularly prescient thought-form has manifested as turbodiesel power. After decades of denying diesel to anyone outside the heavy-duty truck world, both American and Japanese brands are starting to offer turbodiesel engines across a much wider range of pickup choices.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR Review: Snakes on a Track

2016 Dodge Viper ACR Review: Snakes on a Track

I grew up in the frozen north, which means whenever I find myself thrust into a desert environment I keep an eye out for snakes. You see, I've got all the wrong instincts when it comes to keeping my feet and hands out of the nooks and crannies where rattlers and their ilk love to hang out, and so I maintain a state of hyper-vigilance every time I set foot on the sand.

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2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 First Drive

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 First Drive

If at first you don't succeed…how about 400 horsepower? That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind the redesigned 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, the latest luxury sedan from a Japanese brand tired of being relegated to third-pick status amongst fans of conspicuous consumption.

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Nissan Shuts Down NissanConnect EV App Due To Hacking Exploit

Nissan Shuts Down NissanConnect EV App Due To Hacking Exploit

'Let us break it so you can fix it.' It's a hacker credo as old as the first curious phreakers who explored the edges of national phone systems in the 1970s - and it's one that's still relevant today. After hacking enthusiasts and security consultant Troy Hunt reported to the world that the Nissan Leaf electric car featured a software vulnerability that could allow for outside individuals to take over control of certain vehicle systems, the automaker has announced that it is shutting down the app in question until it can address the vulnerability.

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Talcum Powder And Cancer Linked In $72 Million Johnson & Johnson Jury Award

Talcum Powder And Cancer Linked In $72 Million Johnson & Johnson Jury Award

Could there be a link between talcum powder and cancer? It depends on whether you choose to believe the scientific evidence or the recent actions of a jury in the state of Missouri, which this past week awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who claimed her ovarian cancer was caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

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200-mph Jaguar F-Type SVR Announced Ahead Of Geneva

200-mph Jaguar F-Type SVR Announced Ahead Of Geneva

Jaguar has announced its latest high performance salvo ahead of its introduction at the 206 Geneva Motor Show: the Jaguar F-Type SVR. Capable of hitting 200-mph, the F-Type SVR qualifies as the quickest production car ever built by the brand, and it expands the use of the SVR badge from the Range Rover Sport SVR that was debuted by corporate sibling Land Rover just last year.

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Popular Heartburn Medicine May Be Linked To Dementia

Popular Heartburn Medicine May Be Linked To Dementia

Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications intended to fight heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux suffered another setback today when study results were announced demonstrating a link between this class of drug and the incidence of dementia in elder patients. JAMA Neurology published the conclusions of a German study that examined the effect of PPI medication on 73,000 senior citizens aged 75 and older. While the study itself was unable to demonstrate a 'smoking gun' connecting the development of cognitive difficulties and the use of popular medicines sold under the trade names Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec, participants who did use PPIs were 44% more likely to suffer from dementia.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review

2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review

How is it possible for an automaker's best-selling vehicle to be the one that's landed the farthest from the tree in terms of brand identity? In a world where the Porsche name is synonymous with segment-defining sports cars, the great paradox is that the Porsche Cayenne SUV remains the most popular model in the showroom, outselling the 911 and the Boxster by a huge margin.

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All-New 2017 Nissan Titan Joins XD At Chicago Auto Show

All-New 2017 Nissan Titan Joins XD At Chicago Auto Show

First we had the Nissan Titan XD, a not-quite-heavy-duty pickup that showed there was life in the Japanese brand's truck division after years of neglect. Now we've got the 2017 Nissan Titan showing its face (in digital form) at the Chicago Auto Show as the second prong in the automaker's two-tier attack on the full-size segment.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Adds Safety, Style at Chicago Auto Show

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Adds Safety, Style at Chicago Auto Show

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, and while it's been four years since the current generation of this crossover was last redesigned the refreshed version of the people mover doesn't make any dramatic changes to its affordable character. Instead, the focus has been on boosting the list of features available with the mid-size (Santa Fe) and compact (Santa Fe Sport) crossovers, as well as massaging the sheet metal just enough to keep customers interested.

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