Car Reviews

2016 Lexus RX 350 FWD Review

2016 Lexus RX 350 FWD Review

It's easy to coast when you're in first place, but in the fiercely contested SUV segment it's also a recipe for disaster. Lexus has been sitting pretty at the top of the luxury SUV pile for years now - a class of car the Japanese marque is keen to remind you that it invented, no less - and so expectations for the 2016 RX are understandably high. Anything less than best-foot-forward isn't an option.

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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 Audi TT Roadster Review

2016 Audi TT Roadster Review

Audi's TT became a classic almost at the moment it was first launched and, now in its third generation, the TT Roadster can clearly trace its lines back to the original version of 1998. That was legitimately shocking at the time, a Bauhaus rocket ship that instantly left rivals looking flabby, soggy, limpid, or all three.

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

Toyota sure loves its hybrids, but while the Prius might the best known of the Japanese firm's holier-than-thou electrified cars, its SUVs haven't escaped either. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid shares the new look of its gas-only siblings, but adds some a pair of electric motors for considerably better economy.

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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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2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Review: Chinese takeout

2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Review: Chinese takeout

Volvo is on a roll right now, its XC90 SUV named North American Truck of the Year and anticipation levels high for the S90 sedan unveiled in Detroit last month. Even smooth-talking Swedes can't sustain a whole company on two flagships, however, and so the meat of the range remains the leftovers from before Geely's purchase of the brand.

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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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2016 BMW 650i Coupe Review

2016 BMW 650i Coupe Review

The luxury coupe is back in fashion, and would you believe it, BMW was already there waiting for us to realize. Sitting pretty as the grand tourer of choice for the teutonic set is the BMW 650i Coupe, sixteen feet of twin-turbo excess that - for $90k or thereabouts - will alternately cosset and hurtle you and three of your family, lovers, or friends.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Volkswagen doesn't have a lot of friends right now out there in auto-land - the foot-in-mouth associated with the TDI diesel scandal has had far-reaching implications in terms of public trust in the brand - but those that continue to stick up for VW during this dim period do so because of cars like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. This hot hatch's spec sheet reads like a wish list pried from the imagination of every teenager who's ever lain awake at night building and re-building the ultimate version of the ten year-old Golf parked in their parents' driveway.

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