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5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

It's easy to love electric cars when the sun is shining and the mercury is comfortably pegged at a balmy 75 degrees, but dial back the seasons to the starker setting offered by winter's chill and things get a little more complicated. I'd been excited by the prospect of the Chevrolet Bolt since it was first announced - finally, an affordable EV with real-world range - but I was somewhat nervous as to how it would handle the ice palace climate of my native Montreal, where you can use your back porch as a deep freeze during January, February, and most of March.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive: Right-size off-roader offers high-tech romp

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive: Right-size off-roader offers high-tech romp

The sun has long since set on the stretch of Colorado 141 that I'm driving, eyes bleary, windshield smeared with grease and cheese from the pizza sitting on that dashboard that I scored in Grand Junction just before the entire city rolled up its streets and shut down for the night. I've been awake since four a.m., a victim of weather and mechanical gremlins forcing me out of the skies not once, but twice today, and sending me down this lonely road far later than planned. 'Detroit Rock City' is playing on the radio as I push Chevy's latest pickup as quickly as I dare through the mountain passes, frantically racing sleep and exhaustion to the warm bed waiting for me while lightning frames the peaks that tower above with shocks of light, when I see it: walking down the opposite shoulder, looking right at me. Is that a damn bear? Yeah, that's a damn bear.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro seems prepped to bridge the gap between traditional, 'yeah, it's got four-wheel drive' pickup fare and hardcore desert-racing rides like the Ford F-150 Raptor. The full-size truck delivers when it comes to attitude, and it certainly boasts all the right upgrades to tackle extra-harsh terrain, but at the same time it maintains a veneer of civilization that makes it livable on a daily basis.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport First Drive: Smaller, but not lesser SUV

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport First Drive: Smaller, but not lesser SUV

What's in a name? If that name happens to be 'Rogue,' well, you're looking at the substantial brand equity of the best-selling SUV in America, and a vehicle that's managed to move more units than even the mighty Ford F-150 pickup through the first quarter of 2017. It makes perfect sense, then, for Nissan to swap out the 'Qashqai' name that's used to identify its latest compact crossover everywhere else in the world and go all-in on the 'Rogue Sport' badge for the American market.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Review: Living too large for everyday life

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Review: Living too large for everyday life

There's one thing we can all agree on: the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is big. In the words of former NHL goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, it's 'humongous big,' even, a mass of steel and aluminum that expands to spill over the edges of every parking spot and muscles its way across the white line onto all highway shoulders (if not sidewalks). It's a truck that weighs enough to crater the ground below should you ever screw up enough courage to take it off a really sweet jump, and it's long to the point where its back-up camera should probably come with its own back-up camera and satellite tracking of the area immediately around the vehicle - just to make sure.

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How long do you expect your car’s tech features to work?

How long do you expect your car’s tech features to work?

Technology is a funny thing. So much of how we perceive the functionality of the devices we use every day depends on the context in which they inhabit our lives. No one really expects their mobile phone to still be capable of running the latest apps, operating system, or tapping into the highest possible network speeds after three years of ownership, but you'd be extremely upset if your refrigerator was no longer able to keep food cool after sitting for five or even ten years in your kitchen. The pace of development for each of these devices - not to mention the features they're expected to offer - is wildly disparate, and we're programmed to accept their different lifespans even if in some cases they feature similar price tags.

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2017 Ford Flex Limited Review: Twin-turbo road trip king continues to deliver

2017 Ford Flex Limited Review: Twin-turbo road trip king continues to deliver

Most full-size SUVs tend to fall into one of two design categories: forgettable family blobs, or frighteningly massive hunks of truck-based steel. The 2017 Ford Flex, however, proves that you can package exceptional practicality in something that's been styled to be distinctly different from the vast majority of its people-moving brethren. Even more impressive? The Flex manages to stand tall alongside the competition while riding on one of the oldest platforms in the sport-utility segment.

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2017 Porsche Macan Review: The average edition of a stellar SUV

2017 Porsche Macan Review: The average edition of a stellar SUV

Porsche does not often, if ever, build lackluster vehicles. Rather, its stock in trade are automobiles that catch your eye just before their power makes you stop to catch your breath. Consider, then, the exception that is the new-for-2017 base model Porsche Macan, the entry-level follow-up to the outstanding Macan S, GTS, and Macan Turbo trio that have dazzled since first introduced a mere two years ago. Now equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder motor in place of the turbo six found in its siblings, the most affordable Macan makes a clear trade: scintillating performance for mass market appeal.

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SlashGear’s Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

SlashGear’s Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

The 2017 New York Auto Show saw its fair share of intriguing new car and truck debuts, but as always there are a handful that stand out from the pack. We spent two days scouring the halls of the Javits Center to bring you our best of show wrap-up and show you the vehicles that got us the most exciting at the last big car show of the season.

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2018 Volvo XC60 SUV gains much-needed style, power, and improves safety

2018 Volvo XC60 SUV gains much-needed style, power, and improves safety

The 2018 Volvo XC60 might have been unveiled to the world earlier this year in Geneva, but that doesn't make its presence at the 2017 New York Auto Show any less important for the car company. This mid-size SUV is strong seller for the Swedish brand, and after nearly a decade with the previous platform the update seems certain to make it over to our side of the Atlantic and continue the same strong performance with loyal customers.

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Genesis GV80 Concept SUV will lose the hydrogen, but keep the style

Genesis GV80 Concept SUV will lose the hydrogen, but keep the style

When the Genesis brand debuted last year, it had two large sedans to offer to its potential luxury customers - but a notable lack of SUVs in a market where big cars are being gradually replaced by their more practical counterparts. Genesis addressed that gap in its line-up at the New York Auto Show with the GV80 Concept, a large sport-utility vehicle that hints at how an upcoming production SUV could look for the automaker.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata brings minor changes, new transmission for Turbo model

2018 Hyundai Sonata brings minor changes, new transmission for Turbo model

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata broke cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show, and while the changes to the strong-selling sedan aren't extensive, they are noticeable to anyone who has been keeping track of the four-door's evolution into a major family car player.

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