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2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Review: Too much and not enough

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Review: Too much and not enough

Infiniti is getting squeezed. On the one hand, its premium rivals have fresher ranges, more competitive models, and sports sedans like this 2021 Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD can no longer count on power alone to distinguish them. On the other, mainstream and more affordable vehicles are getting ever-stronger, including cars from Infiniti's own Nissan sibling.

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2021 BMW 540i xDrive Review: Benchmark in Balance

2021 BMW 540i xDrive Review: Benchmark in Balance

It feels strange saying it about a $72,000 luxury car, but it's oddly easy to overlook this 2021 BMW 540i xDrive. On the one hand, it's not an M5, or even an almost-M5 like the M550i; at the same time, neither is it a clever plug-in hybrid like the 545e. Instead it's about as close to a "standard" BMW 5 Series as you can get these days.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Review: Frugal Farewell

2021 Volkswagen Golf Review: Frugal Farewell

It's hard not to feel sorry for the Volkswagen Golf. Perennially overshadowed by its sportier, more eye-catching Golf GTI sibling, the "regular" car doesn't have the punchy performance or indeed the badge cachet, but hangs its appeal on value instead. As the 2021 Golf TSI prepares to close the books on Mk7 production, it turns out that's still an unexpectedly compelling argument.

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Review: Perfect Pairing

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Review: Perfect Pairing

Fun and practicality are a tricky combination in the world of crossovers, but the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo could be the answer for those whose budget doesn't stretch to Porsche territory. While the Macan Turbo may blend engaging dynamics with its family-friendly form, the Mazda throws in unexpected attainability too.

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2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Review: Genuinely Unexpected

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Review: Genuinely Unexpected

The Hyundai Sonata does not seem like the ideal starting point from which to build a sports sedan, but clearly nobody bothered informing the automaker's N tuning division of that. Little else explains the 2021 Sonata N Line's legitimately surprising and genuinely impressive showing, taking a car we already know to be affordable, well-equipped, and potential of great green credentials, and adding a performance string to its bow.

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2021 Buick Encore GX Review: Familiar to the point of frustration

2021 Buick Encore GX Review: Familiar to the point of frustration

Few automakers seem to revel in confusing drivers quite like General Motors does, and the 2021 Buick Encore GX is fine example of that. For a start it's one of two different models Buick offers with the same name: the original Encore, which dates back to 2012, and this Buick GX which is newer, slightly larger, and borrows the platform Chevrolet uses for its Trailblazer.

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2021 Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan Review: Ambition meets reality

2021 Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan Review: Ambition meets reality

The 2021 Toyota Corolla isn't satisfied with being a reliable, sensible, popular sedan - it wants to be beloved by driving enthusiasts, too. That's a big ask for a model that has traditionally been seen more as an appliance than something aspirational, but in XSE trim and with a fancy "Dynamic Shift" transmission, Toyota thinks it has the answer.

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2021 Cadillac CT5 Review: Personality Matters

2021 Cadillac CT5 Review: Personality Matters

For all the luxury sedan segment may be dwarfed by sales of lavish SUVs, that hasn't made the category any less competitive. On the one side, the German mainstays bring reputation and refinement to the party; on the other, comparative upstarts like Genesis, Lexus, and Acura claw back attention with imaginative risk-taking. What to make, then, of the 2021 Cadillac CT5 somewhere in the middle?

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2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC Review: Spark Joy

2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC Review: Spark Joy

It's easy to get addicted to excess, especially when it comes to buying a new car. Bigger engines, bigger trucks, bigger power figures, and the inevitably bigger price tag to go along with it. Sliding sneakily in-between all that is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC, a comparative minnow in size, horsepower, and - in AMG terms, at least - price, but which lands even more of a punch because of it.

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2021 Honda Ridgeline Review: Looking the part

2021 Honda Ridgeline Review: Looking the part

Brand identity is a tricky thing to get right. If the second-generation Ridgeline had a problem, it was that it was just too similar, from the front at least, to Honda's Pilot. That's not a bad looking SUV, no, but if you weren't confusing the Ridgeline for its (mechanically similar) sibling, you were probably questioning its softer aesthetics compared to most rival pickups.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe Review: The charm of choice

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe Review: The charm of choice

At this point, if you can't find just the right model among Mercedes-Benz's line-up, you're probably not trying hard enough. The German automaker has embraced the niche, and little epitomizes that as conclusively - and compellingly - as the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe, a fast and handsome car amid what's already a range packed full of fast and handsome cars.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Review – Finally worth boasting about

2021 Hyundai Elantra Review – Finally worth boasting about

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is the 2021 North American Car of the Year, a fact which I know because the automaker had helpfully stuck a large sticker proclaiming it on the rear window. Then again, I can't really deny Hyundai the opportunity to crow a little at ousting better-known rivals from the compact passenger car top-spot, especially having seen just how comprehensively it did that.

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