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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE First Drive: Best of both worlds

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE First Drive: Best of both worlds

What do you do when you've got access to one of the deepest performance parts bins in the industry? If you're Chevrolet, you find yet another way to build a Camaro that can take it straight to the throat of rivals from Ford (the Mustang) and Dodge (the Challenger), and then present it to rabid buyers in the form of the surprisingly affordable 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.

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2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review: A family SUV can be driver-friendly too

2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review: A family SUV can be driver-friendly too

The 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 - yes, that half-model year is not a typo - just keeps on winning. Who would have thought that in the space of less than a decade, a company whose previous SUV efforts were limited to rebadged versions of the Ford Explorer and Ford Escape would be fielding such an enticing array of people movers? And that a compact hauler like the CX-5 would be leading the charge?

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid First Drive – Eco-credibility for brand’s best-selling SUV

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid First Drive – Eco-credibility for brand’s best-selling SUV

Sometimes auto sales are like a street fight, with each opponent shadowboxing the other's every move in a bid to stay competitive. So it is with the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid compact SUV, a left hook aimed at connecting with Toyota's RAV4 Hybrid introduced the year before.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

There's more than one way to manifest as a master of the universe, but few show off your upper echelon status with more class and style than slipping behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 cabriolet. Truly, this is the chariot of those who are tired of the ostentatious display brought on by drop-top Ferraris, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis, a megabuck mirage that steals its way to the front of the valet line without drawing daggers from the 99 percent at every stoplight.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback First Drive – Smart-driving SUV Alternative

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback First Drive – Smart-driving SUV Alternative

In nature, single celled organisms divide themselves in two as an integral part of their reproductive strategy. At the blackjack table, you double-down on a good hand. In the automotive industry, if you've got a successful platform in the stable it only makes sense to maximize your return in terms of appealing to as many different groups of buyers as possible. So it goes with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, the all-new five-door version of the Bowtie brand's recently-redesigned compact sedan.

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2016 Honda CR-V Review: Current King of the compact SUVs

2016 Honda CR-V Review: Current King of the compact SUVs

Sizzle might sell sports cars, but a much more conservative design philosophy guides the hottest segment of the automotive market: small SUVs. In fact, the top three best-selling sport-utility vehicles in the country also happen to be the among the least flashy options you'll find in any given showroom - and leading them all is the 2016 Honda CR-V.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive: Seeing Red

2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive: Seeing Red

In an industry increasingly driven by bottom-line bolstering SUVs that cater to sales volume over anything resembling a passion for driving or design, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 is a ray of hope. Here is a car staged to take part in the vanishingly small sliver of the market given over to premium coupes - a segment devastated by the transition away from personal luxury to sport-utilities in the late 90s - and yet the investment made in the completely redesigned Q60's every detail firmly communicates Infiniti's commitment to taking on leaders from BMW (the 4 Series), Mercedes-Benz (the C-Class) and Audi (the A5).

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5 Things You Need to Know About the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

Nissan's entry-level sedan - the Sentra - has been given a new weapon in its battle for budget conscious buyers. The 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo trim introduces the four-door's very first forced-induction engine, and elevates its output to a level that makes it a serious contender alongside other turbocharged options like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Honda Civic. Is the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo a pocket rocket performance option or simply a better version of a car that was looking for a secret weapon to regain its place in the ranks of affordable daily drivers? Read on to discover 5 things you need to know about the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo.

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10 Canceled Cars that Won’t be Coming Back after 2017

10 Canceled Cars that Won’t be Coming Back after 2017

Not every new car is a success, and over time even the most intriguing models run the risk of being surpassed by more interesting offerings from other companies. It's not always a design, price, or features issue - some slow sellers fall victim to events outside their control, like changing fuel prices, shifting customer buying habits, or fading styling trends. The 10 cars on this list are facing their final year of production before being canceled forever, making this your last chance to snag one of these models.

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The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 sits comfortably in third position on the full-size pickup sales charts, but don't be deceived: this is one of the most innovative trucks currently on the market. Unlike the Ford F-150, which has dominated the segment for decades, Ram has had to mount a comprehensive strategy that gives pickup buyers features they simply can't find in any other truck in order to lure customers to dealerships - and it's working.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack First Drive: Almost-SUV fills in VW’s gaps

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack First Drive: Almost-SUV fills in VW’s gaps

Volkswagen is an automaker in transition, and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a harbinger of things to come. With Americans tilting inexorably towards crossovers and SUVs as their conveyance of choice, and faced with a line-up heavily weighted with turbodiesel sedans and hatchbacks that the EPA has placed on indefinite hiatus, VW's market makeover is only just beginning. The Golf Alltrack's wagon-based, crossover-friendly image heralds an SUV onslaught that will continue through the next 12 months as an all-new three-row people mover and long-awaited replacement for the slow-selling Tiguan compact sport-utility also make their way to showrooms.

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2016 Smart Fortwo Review: Tiny car, redux

2016 Smart Fortwo Review: Tiny car, redux

What a difference a year can make. Roughly 365 days ago I found myself behind the wheel of the 2016 Smart Fortwo for the very first time on the streets of Portland, Oregon, where I spent the day tooling around in the very latest version of the automaker's ultra-subcompact coupe. This past month, I had the opportunity to once again sample the Fortwo, only this time I had a full seven days to put the car through its paces and match it up with my daily routine. Surprisingly, the difference between those two experiences was substantial enough to change my perception of the car.

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