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2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD Review: Luxury, reinvented

2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD Review: Luxury, reinvented

Cadillac could've followed its luxury rivals, but instead the 2017 CT6 rethinks its segment, injecting both sporting enthusiasm and style into an unabashedly tech-savvy sedan. Though GM's luxury arm has been making strides with its V Series over the past few years, charming fans of all-American muscle with potent four-door after potent four-door, the real challenge has been expanding from that niche and standing toe-to-toe with the best Germany has to offer. In top-of-the-line CT6 Platinum AWD form, they've succeeded.

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The McLaren 570S is my favorite car of 2016

The McLaren 570S is my favorite car of 2016

Only one car I reviewed in 2016 has brought my neighbors knocking on the door: the McLaren 570S. The hand-made British coupe may have had bright orange paint to help draw the eye, but even in more sober hues it's hard to disguise a car that sits somewhere between scalpel-sharp functionality and automotive art. Yet it's on the road that the 570S earns its place as my favorite car of the year.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Affordable SUV more than matches its 7 passenger peers

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Affordable SUV more than matches its 7 passenger peers

There's no way to avoid it: every mainstream car company needs a three-row SUV in its line-up to be taken seriously these days. We're long past the first-generation efforts of automakers unsure of how best to tackle the extended family demographic, which means if you're going to seat seven or more in 2017, then you're going to have to do better than merely go through the motions. More to the point, you're going to have to beat rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

The BMW 330e iPerformance isn't the car to buy if you want people to know you're saving the planet. In fact, from behind the wheel of the 2016 330e, I had to keep glancing at the display to make sure that I was, indeed, driving a plug-in hybrid and not one of BMW's regular 3 Series cars. Say hello to the Germans' secret green family.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Review

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Review

Could the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 be the prettiest car the Japanese automaker has ever made? Leaving aside curvaceous but impractical concepts, I suspect the answer is yes, but Infiniti hasn't been swayed by glamour alone. Sitting at the top of the Q60 Coupe tree with 400 HP, the Red Sport variant doesn't just want to look good, it wants to be the kiss of death to BMW and Audi grand tourers in the process.

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2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Review: Everyone’s SUV

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Review: Everyone’s SUV

The 2017 Subaru Forester is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of why this tiny Japanese automaker has been able to boast year-after-year growth that would shame industry heavyweights like Toyota, Honda, and Ford. The current generation Forester's 2014 redesign coincided perfectly with the surging demand for small SUVs that were both affordable and ultra-practical, with the Subaru's boxy shape smoothed out by a fresh-look exterior design and a range of more efficient drivetrains.

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2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth had an advantage as soon as it gurgled onto my driveway. I'm a sucker for a small Fiat, though as with so many of my flaws I blame my parents for my weakness. Growing up, my mom had a series of tiny city cars from the Italian automaker: a bright red original 500, a rattling 126 with a fiddly manual choke, a boxy Uno and a couple of comparatively sleek Puntos, among others. None would win any awards for refinement, but all had its own particular charm.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

Drive the Toyota Tacoma for even a day, and you suddenly realize quite how many are on the road. Toyota's pickup has a reputation for go-anywhere flexibility and live-forever build, and rightly so, though not all of them are finished in Inferno Orange like this 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road. You could argue, indeed, that this stab at fashion highlights one of Toyota's weaknesses: as its rivals have matured to be more refined, the Tacoma has been left behind.

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2017 Nissan GT-R: Supercar for the people

2017 Nissan GT-R: Supercar for the people

The 2017 Nissan GT-R is not a supercar that asks you to put down a deposit and wait your turn. It doesn't require that you be a previous Nissan owner to buy one, or that you be vetted by a team of brand gatekeepers to determine whether you're worth of GT-R stewardship. You don't have to accept exotic hybrid technologies to tap into what the GT-R has to offer, nor does it come with an elaborate maintenance schedule and a pair of white gloves that you must wear each and every time you slip behind the wheel. Instead, it simply kicks enormous amounts of ass, and invites you to come along for the ride.

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2016 Subaru WRX STI Review: Backroad Behemoth

2016 Subaru WRX STI Review: Backroad Behemoth

There's an "oh, NOW I get it," moment with the Subaru WRX STI. A point at which you stop hating the overly-firm ride, forget about the uninspiring interior, and can ignore the vast and ridiculous rear wing. It turns out, that point comes when you first throw the rally-inspired sports sedan into a corner on a slightly wet backroad, and realize that yes, they were right, Subaru's all-wheel drive really is that good.

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The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 485HP of tire hate

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 485HP of tire hate

You know what you're getting with a Dodge Challenger: some good, old-fashioned American muscle. In the somewhat confusing - unless you're a super-fan - line-up of trims, tunes, and general craziness, this 2016 Challenger RT Scat Pack strikes its balance near the top of the tree. No, it doesn't have the ridiculous 707 horsepower of the infamous SRT Hellcat, but its $38,995 sticker is also twenty-five grand cheaper.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

It's late in the evening in San Francisco, and I'm singing along to Blondie's "Atomic" at the top of my lungs in a $400k Bentley Mulsanne Speed when I realize people have stopped walking to watch me at the lights. Then again, when you're driving eighteen feet of British hyper-luxury sedan, it probably doesn't matter much what you're doing. You're going to get attention either way.

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