2007 Pontiac Solstice
2008 R32 offers rare experience 2008 R32 offers rare experience
This car snarls. It's really the only word to describe both the sound and personality of this week's test car, the 2008 Volkswagen R32.
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2007VolkswagenRabbitVolkswagen returns to 'People's Car' roots with an old nameplate.
2008ToyotaHighlander HybridPrius and Camry save on gas, but Highlander opts for power, room.
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2007HondaElementLove it or hate it, SUV is known for its distinctive box.
2007NissanQuestNissan redesigns Quest minivan for riding comfort.
2007SubaruForesterSubaru's Forester is both sport-utility tough and car easy, and now it comes in six models.
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2007ChevroletImpalaA family car that’s fast off the line.
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2007KiaAmantiAmanti represents Korean company's first venture into automotive luxury.
2007ToyotaTundraToyota builds a big, powerful Tundra on a par with great American pickups.
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2007JaguarXKRThe XKR is the best combination of Jaguar's sport, elegance, power, and art.
2007SuzukiXL7XL7 offers quality in affordable crossover
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2006FordFusionIt's one thing to test drive a brand-new car; it's another to drive one that is pushing 16,000 miles on the odometer.
2007Mercedes-BenzGL450It’s not as if the world really needed another big SUV, but Mercedes-Benz certainly needed to produce one.
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2007MazdaMazdaspeed3Mazda's 2007 Mazdaspeed3 is built for the highway, but it performs at high speed
2007Mercedes-BenzSL550This roadster can rumble slowly and softly on city streets. But hit the highway or twisting back roads and it feels light and powerful.
2007JeepWranglerIt’s dangerous, tricky, dusty, slippery, and marked by rocks and ruts. One mile an hour can be considered making good time on the Rubicon.
2006Saab9-3 AeroSaab has succeeded in building a firm, fast and smooth convertible that is a major improvement on its 1986 900 series.
2007ToyotaTundraGM will launch its totally redone Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, and Toyota will bring out its all-new, big-as-Texas Tundra.
2007JeepCompassDespite heritage, Compass is meant to stay on the road
2007AcuraMDXAcura, Honda's elite division, developed its complete remake of the popular MDX
2006BMW750iSubtle but important tweaking that should quiet at least some critics of BMW's new look.
2006CadillacXLR-VGazing out over the long, sharp-edged hood of the 2006 Cadillac XLR-V, you might ask: Is this a sports car?
2006Nissan350Z roadsterIt doesn't require double-clutching but tempts drivers with clicking, close gears through all six settings of a manual gearbox.
2006Land RoverLR3 HSEAlthough this replacement for the Discovery remains very much a box, it is a far better, sturdier and more elegantly sculpted box than the SUV it supplants.
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2007MitsubishiEclipse SpyderThe better to lure young drivers to the 2007 Eclipse Spyder GT, would be the reply from folks at Mitsubishi.
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2006AcuraTLType-S has a 3.5-liter V-6 with 286 horsepower and 256 lb.-ft. of torque.
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2006Mini CopperConvertibleBut if this is a bathtub, the rubber duckies better buckle up, because the Mini continues to be one of the snappiest, most fun drives on the planet.
2007DodgeCaliberDodge Caliber: A utilitarian, sleek box with a gas-saving four-cylinder engine
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2006Porsche911This is the sixth generation of the 911 Turbo, and it seems hard to believe that the first one dates to 1974, right off the racetrack.
2006JaguarXKOut of parking lots and on the road, I found it quite nimble despite its weight in excess of 3,900 pounds.
2006VolvoC70Roof up in the Volvo C70, you feel as if you're in a solid Volvo coupe. Roof down, you are wide open to the wind.
2006PorscheCayman SThe Porsche Cayman S is a car you can wear like sizzling armor on the racetrack, or like a comfortable cotton shirt for around town travel.
2007ToyotaFJ CruiserToyota didn't get fancy when it built this reborn version of the Land Cruiser, and the result is a solid vehicle.
2007JaguarVanden PlasIf you've got $80,000 to drop on a car then you've probably got the smarts to shop around and see some serious competition.
2007AudiQ7Audi aficionados who also want big, burly, powerful, elegant, and still distinctively Audi will love the Q7.
2007CadillacEscaladeThe 2007 Cadillac Escalade is a luxurious ride that is actually capable of doing some real work as well as being a status symbol.
2007ToyotaYarisThe 2007 Toyota Yaris is a small car perfect for city dwellers, or those for whom country living means heading five miles into town to buy the morning paper.
2007MazdaCX-7Sales of crossover vehicles have exploded, making the segment the fastest-growing one. The 2007 Mazda CX-7 crossover is just that.
2006VWGTIThis car was made to be driven. It has plenty of power, torque and is a blast to drive.
2006KiaRioSmaller cars that are better on gas are now appearing in the states as well as abroad.
2006HondaFitThe Fit is a blast to drive and has one of the most flexible, utilitarian interiors you will find in a small car.
2006BMWX3The BMW X3 may suit both kinds of drivers - the ones that like to sit up high and the kind that wants power and luxury.
2006NissanMaximaIt's superbly smooth and plenty powerful at 265 horsepower, and ready to announce its presence through quadtipped dual exhausts.
2006ToyotaCamryThere is much diversity between the three Camry models and has something for everyone.
2006ChevroletTahoeThe new Tahoe is so good, so efficient, so nicely appointed on the inside, that folks are flocking to buy it — and willingly paying more than ever.
2006JeepCommanderThe Jeep Commander 4x4 has a far more legitimate claim to military aptitude than the Hummer and is also more practical.
2006MercedesGL-ClassAccording to Mercedes' study of people who own its cars, more than one third also own a large SUV built by another manufacturer
2006FordF-150 Harley-DavidsonWe've got the whole biker thing going with this one: Tight-fitting, stitched black leather. Gleaming chrome.
2006ToyotaRAV4To boost sales, the RAV4 bulks up
2006HondaCivic hybridHonda’s hybrid fleet now comprises the two-passenger Insight and the larger Accord to compete with the Toyota Prius in the hybrid sedan category
2006MazdaMazda5To a station wagon aficionado, the major reason it's not a wagon is that the two rear doors slide to open and close.
2006ToyotaTundraToyota goes cowboy, as in pickup with the new Tundra
2006Saab9-7This Saab SUV is imbued with refinement, handling, and content.
2006Saab9-3Saab has jettisoned the wheezing 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine to make way for two whomping alternatives.
2006VolvoC70The C70 is powered by an inline-5, turbocharged engine that delivers 218 horsepower and an impressive 236 lb.-ft. of tugging torque.
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2006CadillacDTSThis is a hefty cruiser made for the highway.
2006ToyotaCamryToyota retools its classic, now it's roomier, more muscular , and less Spartan, to appeal to young buyers.
2006PorscheC4The C4, named because power can be delivered to all four wheels, displayed its prowess in climbing snow-covered snaking hills.
2006HondaCivic SiSometimes fast, popular cars drift off track.
2006SuzukiAerioWith 155 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a batch of standard critical safety features, it is more powerful and protective than a lot of others.
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