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Work-in-progress sport sedan
2011 Lexus IS 350

Work-in-progress sport sedan

The Lexus IS 350 doesn't have the overall snarl to compete with BMW and Infiniti in the driver's car category.
Serious peppering for so-so Journey
2011 Dodge Journey

Serious peppering for so-so Journey

With the crossover segment being where the action is, Dodge needs a serious entry. The 2011 Journey, two years after it was introduced, is finally that vehicle.
'Cute ute' redo has the goods
2011 Kia Sportage

'Cute ute' redo has the goods

Lots of oomph and plenty of all-weather room and traction turn the Sportage into a real crossover contender.
Buy the Ford
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Buy the Ford

Why spend $5,000 more for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid when you can order a Ford Fusion Hybrid with leather seats?
Lost SUV returns
2011 Dodge Durango

Lost SUV returns

Call it a crossover, an SUV, or what you will, but the new Durango is clearly a contender that should grab sales with its diverse offerings and attention to details.
Better, by a nose
2012 Acura TL

Better, by a nose

Acura's tidied up the 2012 TL in all directions, and reduced the big, silver schnoz to prettier proportions.
Another great leap
2011 Hyundai Elantra

Another great leap

After a week with a top-of-the-line Elantra Limited, we wonder if this amazingly well-equipped compact will be the Sonata's biggest challenger.
Spiffy top makes a truly smart car
2012 Fiat 500C

Spiffy top makes a truly smart car

The sliding, curtain-like soft top on the new Fiat 500 Cabriolet proves invaluable in any weather. And unlike the Smart ForTwo, this car actually feels like an automobile.
One Lexus, hold the snobbery
2011 Toyota Avalon

One Lexus, hold the snobbery

The Toyota Avalon, the company's most upscale sedan short of a Lexus, is actually a compelling vehicle for those not caught up in badge snobbery.
Classic SUV reinvented
2011 Ford Explorer

Classic SUV reinvented

The new Explorer -- with smaller engines and unibody construction -- won't blaze a new trail the way the original did, but it will make following that trail a whole lot more pleasurable.
Stunner sedan owns the boulevard
2012 Audi A7

Stunner sedan owns the boulevard

For now, the new Audi A7 isn't the world's fastest four-door, but it's among the prettiest.
Electric versatility
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Electric versatility

Electric cars tend to compound the stress of driving. The Volt takes care of that with the most sophisticated hybrid system ever.
When weird attracts
2011 Nissan Juke

When weird attracts

Unusual looks can sell cars as long as they're not gimmicky. So it's with some surprise we found a great car underneath the Nissan Juke's oddball dune buggy shell.
High-tech wagon serves luxury for two
2011 Infiniti EX35

High-tech wagon serves luxury for two

For one or two people, space abounds in this small, powerful luxury crossover.
Fear and charging in Boston
2011 Nissan Leaf

Fear and charging in Boston

The Nissan Leaf is the first affordable, high-quality electric car in a long time. And it almost stranded us.
Sporty also-ran van
2010-11 Volkswagen Routan

Sporty also-ran van

The Routan is an unusual union between Volkswagen and Chrysler, and while it's fun to drive, this "German" minivan comes up short.
Like Honda used to make
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Like Honda used to make

This wagon variant of the popular Acura TSX sedan, which is priced right and fun to drive, makes us believe there's a future for station wagons in America.
Slam-dunk sedan
2011 Kia Optima EX

Slam-dunk sedan

As Kia is riding a wave of sales success, its all-new Optima could be a slam-dunk winner, with a look and feel that's more European than Asian.
Cold War relic kept relevant
2011 Mercedes-Benz G550

Cold War relic kept relevant

This 31-year-old German troop transport defies everything the modern world stands for, cupholders included.
Two for the home team
2012 Ford Focus vs. 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Two for the home team

Two of the best new cars, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Ford Focus, are Detroit's most heartfelt apologies to the American market to date.
Top winter cars rated by NEMPA

Top winter cars rated by NEMPA

We named the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee our "Official Winter Vehicle of New England" for its rigorous redesign and improved road manners.
Big and small shocks for Chevy Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Big and small shocks for Chevy Volt

The Volt, while pricey and perplexing, is a fascinating design that finally comes to Massachusetts this fall.
Fear and dragon fire
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Fear and dragon fire

Ripping through a tunnel in a ZR1 is quite possibly the scariest few seconds you'll ever get in a production automobile.
Best seat all winter
2011 Subaru Forester

Best seat all winter

The 2011 Forester, with its simplicity and ample features, gave us the same feelings of security through heavy snow as the first Forester in the late 1990s.
458 is worth any wait
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia

458 is worth any wait

It takes two to three years to buy a new Ferrari. But trust us, driving a 458 Italia is worth trading in your afterlife.
Regal's ready for a hard sale
2011 Buick Regal

Regal's ready for a hard sale

The new Buick Regal has a premium interior and competent chassis. But we're not sure that's enough.
Porsche's turbo terror
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche's turbo terror

Engage Sport Plus on the console, left foot on the brake, right foot to the floor. That's all it takes to do 60 mph in under three seconds.
Seven-seat overachiever
2011 Audi Q7 TDI

Seven-seat overachiever

The Q7 is a good winter vehicle that's all about class and powertrain refinement. But it's trying a little too hard to be great.
Gaining size, losing some luster
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Gaining size, losing some luster

The Jetta's near-premium feel has been thrown out to cut the base price by $2,000, but it's much bigger inside.
Bob-the-Builder gets a sturdy powertrain upgrade
2011 Ford F-350

Bob-the-Builder gets a sturdy powertrain upgrade

You can haul most anything in the turbodiesel F-350 Super Duty, which boasts 800 foot-pounds of torque and an 11,500-pound payload capacity.
Pleasing predictability and tweaks
2011 Honda Accord

Pleasing predictability and tweaks

A fuel-efficiency package brings lost attention to the Accord, which has been overshadowed lately by newcomers from Ford and Hyundai.
The Tom Brady of Jeeps
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Tom Brady of Jeeps

In football terms, the new Grand Cherokee is like Tom Brady rather than Brett Favre. Finer style and class have been added to its tough-grit capabilities.
Chrysler's comeback cars

Chrysler's comeback cars

We drove five of Chrysler's new and updated models and came away impressed, and sometimes, underwhelmed.
Making better drivers from a better driver's car
2011 VOLVO S60

Making better drivers from a better driver's car

In a year when I've test-driven nearly 50 vehicles so far, the S60 ranks No. 1 on my report card.
Battle of the Bimmer
2011 BMW 550I VS. INFINITI M56 VS. JAGUAR XF

Battle of the Bimmer

The BMW 5-Series has long been one of the leaders of midsize V-8 luxury sedans. But Infiniti and Jaguar are ready to pounce.
Christmas cruisin' in the Mulsanne
2011 Bentley Mulsanne

Christmas cruisin' in the Mulsanne

Few will be able to throw a bow on a new Bentley Mulsanne, which costs the equivalent of 16 Honda Accords.
Better as a crossover, less so a smartphone
2011 Ford Edge

Better as a crossover, less so a smartphone

We're still not sold on Ford's new infotainment interface, but since technology is here to stay, this crossover at least has an "edge."
Great underdog in the making
2010 Saab 9-5

Great underdog in the making

The sleek Saab 9-5, the company's first new flagship sedan in 12 years, is a great and concerted effort. But it needs some more work.
Heavy head turner, hefty price
2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet

Heavy head turner, hefty price

The Audi S5 has the best of everything, including great handling and dynamite styling, but isn’t the best of everything.
Two-door luxury redefined
2011 CADILLAC CTS COUPE

Two-door luxury redefined

The four-passenger CTS Coupe took me many places, but it also sent me someplace unusual ... to the dictionary.
A sports car, seven years later
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

A sports car, seven years later

Unlike Porsche's first-generation SUV, this new Cayenne does a proper impression of the company's low-slung sports cars.
Short on luxury, 3 Series is hard to pass up
2011 BMW 328i

Short on luxury, 3 Series is hard to pass up

What we've got is a $42,000 car with a lot of kit missing. The trademark style and performance, however, are the only things keeping this little BMW competitive.
The most insane Mercedes ever made
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The most insane Mercedes ever made

For more than half the price of the discontinued SLR, the gullwinged SLS blows that car apart in almost every way.
An American Range Rover at last?
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

An American Range Rover at last?

Unlike the new Explorer, the 2011 Grand Cherokee is still an off-roader at heart. But now it's posh enough — and air-suspension sophisticated — to have a real shot at Range Rover.
Wooing minivan 'hesitators'
2011 Honda Odyssey

Wooing minivan 'hesitators'

Ew, a minivan? Honda may have a shot at getting people who never would have considered one into this Odyssey.
Europe's fastest convertibles

Europe's fastest convertibles

We try the BMW M3, Mercedes SL63 AMG, Ferrari California, and Bentley's fastest production car ever, the Supersports, all in one glorious month.
Now with real V-8 power
2011 Ford Mustang GT

Now with real V-8 power

The V-8 on the Ford Mustang GT isn't going away quite yet, though you pay a premium for one.
Fresh appearance can't hide old powertrain
2011 Mazda 2

Fresh appearance can't hide old powertrain

Double-digit torque numbers are never a good thing in an automobile. But what the subcompact Mazda 2 lacks in power it compensates for in style and steering feel.
Speed and beauty, if you work at it
2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Speed and beauty, if you work at it

Porsche's lightened Boxster Spyder — which has a manual softtop that's the equivalent of a pup tent — proves that being beautiful really is hard work.
Drive to end of road, keep going, repeat
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Drive to end of road, keep going, repeat

The Wrangler stands alone as the only four-door convertible on the market and the one that loves rock climbing as a sport.
A smaller, sure-fire delivery
2010 Ford Transit Connect

A smaller, sure-fire delivery

Those who don't need to go full-size will find a more maneuverable, comfortable, and fuel-efficient work van in the Transit Connect.
Going for the SUV illusion
2010 Subaru Outback

Going for the SUV illusion

While the 2010 Outback looks bigger in all respects, it's partly an illusion.
Making up on lost promises
2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Making up on lost promises

This time, this car has the mettle to make what a Jaguar sedan promises.
What's to miss for 10 grand?
2010 Nissan Versa

What's to miss for 10 grand?

There's no A/C, no radio, no power locks, no ABS. You'll miss all of these features in the base Nissan Versa, but you're also getting a brand-new car.
No need to be humble
2010 Mercedes-Benz S550

No need to be humble

Financial executives don't work 80 hours a week on Wall Street to be equal with the next luxury sedan. So it's fitting this $107,000 Benz makes good on nearly every demand.
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Ignore at your low-mileage peril

Ignore at your low-mileage peril

Automakers have pretty much ignored the compact diesel department in the US, a niche Volkswagen is only too happy to have to itself.
2010 GMC Terrain
Covering basics, earning a better rep

Covering basics, earning a better rep

The GMC Terrain stands out especially for its 4-cylinder “Ecotec” engine that returns an EPA estimated 32 miles per gallon (highway) in the front-wheel-drive version.
2010 Nissan Maxima
Appreciated for luxury, not sport

Appreciated for luxury, not sport

It proved to be a worthy sedan on all fronts, though it’s not quite the “sports sedan’’ that it’s billed as by Nissan.
2010 Dodge Ram 3500
What to do with a dually?

What to do with a dually?

When a 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty greeted me at the Globe for the ride back to Brookline, I felt intimidated. That's the point.
2010 Land Rover LR4
Beneath this Starbucks shuttle, off-road chops shine

Beneath this Starbucks shuttle, off-road chops shine

Land Rover's prestige factor — despite the company's bottom-of-the-barrel J.D. Power rating — still carries enormous weight.
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Don't call it an Accord wagon

Don't call it an Accord wagon

Would you like some coupe and minivan with your station wagon? The Honda Crosstour is the latest crossover hell-bent on a fusion of styles.
2010 Buick LaCrosse
A Buick for baby boomers

A Buick for baby boomers

This latest Buick has but one mission: make younger, middle-aged Americans consider the brand.
2010 Mazdaspeed 3
Slicing, skating in the Mazdaspeed

Slicing, skating in the Mazdaspeed

Mazda's twitchy turbo hatch isn't a great choice in winter, but with the right tires it's a compelling and thrilling package for $25,000.
2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki's solid effort

Suzuki's solid effort

As a premium compact, the Kizashi stands above Honda, Ford, Toyota, and Kia in every way.
2010 Audi S4
Easy to obsess over

Easy to obsess over

Second nature may not prevail on the 2010 Audi S4's dashboard, but it permeates all the mechanicals, like the fantastic 333 horsepower supercharged V-6.
Alt-fuel cars
2010 alt-fuel choices

2010 alt-fuel choices

Hybrids, diesels, or electric? These four new models pack the industry's leading technology.
2010 Kia Forte
Value marred by dull design

Value marred by dull design

Uninspired styling and a poor automatic mar what otherwise is a competent, value-packed compact.
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
More tech, same original fun

More tech, same original fun

The 2009 Miata is still a snappy two-seat drop-top that often leaves as much of a grin on the faces of those admiring the ride as those behind the wheel.
2010 Ford Taurus
Loving that butt on Ford's new Taurus

Loving that butt on Ford's new Taurus

The 2010 Taurus has an abnormally huge rear for a full-size sedan, and it fits perfectly with the car's imposing figure.
2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe
Time's up for Solstice

Time's up for Solstice

Fun to drive, yet very awkward to live with as a coupe, the Solstice is but a memory.
2010 Chevrolet Equinox
Finally, Chevy's serious

Finally, Chevy's serious

The 2010 Equinox has finally caught up, and in some areas, passed its competitors.
2010 Mazda 3
A hatchback standout

A hatchback standout

A tight suspension, sticky handling, and high style make the new Mazda 3 a winning hatch.
HYBRID COMPARISON
Hybrids head-to-head

Hybrids head-to-head

What's the best hybrid among sedans, SUVs, and hatchbacks? You'll be surprised.