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Test Drive: 2012 Mini JCW Coupe

Test Drive: 2012 Mini JCW Coupe

Every time I got out of the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe, I looked back in amazement. It wasn’t the Mini’s thrilling performance that ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Genesis

Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Genesis

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis I tested over the holidays was difficult for me to give back. I was impressed with almost everything about this upscale ... read more »
2012 Hyundai Accent: Practical, but Mediocre

2012 Hyundai Accent: Practical, but Mediocre

Since its redesign for 2012, the Hyundai Accent has leapt from the bottom of the affordable small car class to the top 10. But after ... read more »
Kia Sportage SX: A Luxury Compact SUV Alternative

Kia Sportage SX: A Luxury Compact SUV Alternative

I’ve tested a fair share of fancy SUVs, which makes it really easy to nitpick affordable SUVS that aren’t nearly as snazzy as their luxury ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Toyota Camry

Test Drive: 2012 Toyota Camry

After a week in the redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry, I could not get over how big this midsize sedan is. My test car was a ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe

Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first coupe to its C-Class lineup this year, and there’s not much I dislike about this car. My test car, a 2012 ... read more »
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Test Drive: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

Test Drive: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

I got my first chance to drive the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist in October. After posting my initial impressions, a reader commented that he was ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic

Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic

Maybe it was the Black Friday madness, but the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic had me thinking about economics. I’ve spent roughly half my salary on ... read more »
Rolls-Royce 102EX: The Electric Phantom

Rolls-Royce 102EX: The Electric Phantom

There’s something decadent about rolling past an Occupy D.C. protest in a Rolls-Royce. But I wasn’t just driving any Rolls-Royce. This was the Rolls-Royce ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Honda Pilot Touring

Test Drive: 2012 Honda Pilot Touring

Last week, I tested a 2012 Honda Pilot Touring in and around Washington, D.C. I didn’t get a chance to utilize all of its ... read more »
Mercedes S350 Bluetec: Is Diesel the New Hybrid?

Mercedes S350 Bluetec: Is Diesel the New Hybrid?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class may not be as sporty as rivals like the BMW 7-Series, Porsche Panamera or Audi A8, but the S-Class is generally revered ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

I recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche to a press event in Monticello, N.Y. along with my colleague, Rachel Smith, who covers small cars and ... read more »
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Test Drive: 2012 BMW X5 35d

Test Drive: 2012 BMW X5 35d

When I learned that my test 2012 BMW X5 SUV had a diesel engine, my heart sank. I had been looking forward to the X5 ... read more »
Buick LaCrosse eAssist: Greener Car, Same Price

Buick LaCrosse eAssist: Greener Car, Same Price

If you’re in the market for a car that prioritizes fuel economy, you probably know that automakers normally charge more for models that sip less ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is not the best-driving luxury sports car on the market, but it may be the most well-rounded. With sports cars (or any ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Test Drive: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

My test 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe stickered for $73,380, and I’m getting that off my chest from the get-go for a reason: if you’ve ... read more »
Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Most automotive writers will tell you that the Nissan Juke is tough to classify. But after spending a week in it, I can tell you ... read more »
Test drive: Ford Mustang Boss 302

Test drive: Ford Mustang Boss 302

Jim just finished a week in the Camaro SS convertible, and concluded that he’d prefer the Ford GT. After my test week in the Ford ... read more »
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How to Drive the 2012 FIAT 500 on the Highway

How to Drive the 2012 FIAT 500 on the Highway

The first time I stepped on the gas pedal, I giggled. Not because the 2012 FIAT 500 Cabrio was powerful, but because I was driving ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

Test Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

I tested the 2012 Civic Hybrid with leather and navigation around Northern Virginia for a about week. I didn’t expect to be impressed, but this ... read more »
Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

After a week driving the Chevrolet Volt, I tested the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. I’ve also driven the Kia Optima Hybrid in the past and there’s ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Volt

When the Chevrolet Volt first came out, I remember all the exciting hype surrounding it. A plug-in electric car with a gas engine to extend ... read more »
Test Drive: 2011 Jeep Patriot

Test Drive: 2011 Jeep Patriot

I’m expecting my first child, so a surefire way to pique my interest is to have me test any car that’s remotely family-friendly. So it ... read more »
Test Drive: Cadillac SRX

Test Drive: Cadillac SRX

Three members of the U.S. News Best Cars team drove the 2012 Cadillac SRX Premium with optional navigation and DVD entertainment system from Monticello ... read more »
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Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

After spending some time with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible, I found that I agree with many of Jamie’s observations when she had the ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Accent

Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Accent

The 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS makes a good first impression, but the more time I spent with it, the more I found to dislike. I ... read more »
Test Drive: Infiniti G37 Coupe

Test Drive: Infiniti G37 Coupe

After seeing Liz’s review of the Infiniti G37 convertible, I was excited to spend a week in the G37 coupe – until I saw that ... read more »
Test Drive: 2011 BMW X3

Test Drive: 2011 BMW X3

The BMW X3 is pricey, even for a compact SUV. Normally, I’d say that paying a bit extra for the BMW badge is worth it ... read more »
Chrysler 200 Convertible Test Drive

Chrysler 200 Convertible Test Drive

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible I recently tested was a pleasant surprise. Because the 200 is the successor to the dreadful Chrysler Sebring, my expectations ... read more »
Cars of Summer: The Infiniti G37 Convertible Takes a Scenic Mountain Drive

Cars of Summer: The Infiniti G37 Convertible Takes a Scenic Mountain Drive

For most people, summer is driving season -- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
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2011 Jaguar XJL: How Much Would You Pay for Luxury?

2011 Jaguar XJL: How Much Would You Pay for Luxury?

Super luxury cars aren’t necessarily associated with value, but during my week with the 2011 Jaguar XJL, I thought that Jaguar offers a lot of ... read more »
Our Take: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Our Take: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

This week, editors Katie, Rachel and Liz spent a few hours driving the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at a VW press event. Here’s our take ... read more »
Cars of Summer: The A5 Cabriolet Hits the Beach

Cars of Summer: The A5 Cabriolet Hits the Beach

For most people, summer is driving season -- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
2011 Subaru WRX: Performance and a Great Personality

2011 Subaru WRX: Performance and a Great Personality

Recently, I test drove the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback, which checks off many boxes on the “things I want in a car” list. The ... read more »
Test Drive: Lexus CT 200h Lacks Pizzazz

Test Drive: Lexus CT 200h Lacks Pizzazz

When Honda introduced the CR-Z, a sporty hybrid that starts at about $20,000, test drivers called it an oxymoron because hypothetically, a hybrid can’t ... read more »
Cars of Summer: The Subaru Legacy Goes Camping

Cars of Summer: The Subaru Legacy Goes Camping

For most people, summer is driving season -- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
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Test Drive: Is the 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman a Manly Mini?

Test Drive: Is the 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman a Manly Mini?

My brother likes the Mini Cooper, but he said he’d never buy one because it’s too girly. When I told Nate I had the Countryman ... read more »
Cars of Summer: Beating the Heat in the Chevy Camaro

Cars of Summer: Beating the Heat in the Chevy Camaro

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
2011 Kia Optima: Value Plus Good Looks Equal a Solid Class Contender

2011 Kia Optima: Value Plus Good Looks Equal a Solid Class Contender

As I’m driving our 2011 Kia Optima EX test car around downtown Washington, D.C., a young guy in an older Chevrolet Impala honks repeatedly ... read more »
Audi's Sibling Rivalry: A6 vs. A7

Audi's Sibling Rivalry: A6 vs. A7

Earlier this summer, we wrote about the Audi A7’s attractive design and comfortable, technology-packed interior. It’s a head-turner that got admiring looks nearly everywhere it ... read more »
Cars of Summer: Wedding Bells for the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Cars of Summer: Wedding Bells for the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

For most people, summer is driving season – day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright ... read more »
Cars of Summer: It's Like Being in an Airplane

Cars of Summer: It's Like Being in an Airplane

For most people, summer is driving season – day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright ... read more »
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Cars of  Summer: Saving Gas in the Kia Optima Hybrid

Cars of Summer: Saving Gas in the Kia Optima Hybrid

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
Cars of Summer: The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Goes to the Beach

Cars of Summer: The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Goes to the Beach

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
2011 BMW M3: Awesome Performance, Questionable Cup Holders

2011 BMW M3: Awesome Performance, Questionable Cup Holders

From a performance standpoint, the 2011 BMW M3 was absolutely everything I expected it to be. The M3’s nimble handling and powerful engine offer the ... read more »
Is the myChevrolet App Handy?

Is the myChevrolet App Handy?

Before I hit the road this past weekend, I downloaded the myChevrolet app to accompany me on my trip from Northern Virginia to Richmond, Va ... read more »
Cars of Summer: The Ford Explorer Goes Antiquing

Cars of Summer: The Ford Explorer Goes Antiquing

For most people, summer means day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine. This summer ... read more »
 Cars of Summer: The Ford F-150 King Ranch Goes to Camp

Cars of Summer: The Ford F-150 King Ranch Goes to Camp

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
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Cars of Summer: The Toyota Sienna Goes Shopping

Cars of Summer: The Toyota Sienna Goes Shopping

For most people, summer is driving season. AAA estimates that 35 million people will hit the road this Fourth of July weekend. Even if you ... read more »
Driving for Fuel Economy in the Infiniti M35h

Driving for Fuel Economy in the Infiniti M35h

There’s a lot that the 2012 Infiniti M35h does right. Infiniti’s first hybrid impressed me with its luxurious interior and 27/32 mpg city/highway ... read more »
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