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    First Drive: 2016 Kia Sorento

    A Little Turbo Spice, A Lot More Nice Teenagers are awkward, predictably provocative and generally horrible to be around – at least unless you, yourself are one. There's just something about those angst-ridden years spent trying on identities, none fitting quite right. Luckily for Kia, the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe

    One Man's Goldilocks Is Another Man's Overkill Conventional wisdom would dictate that adding more power and several key performance enhancements to an already very good car, like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, will end up equaling an even better car. In the case of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Nissan Juke

    Turbocharged Oddity Ups Its Funk Factor I didn't always like the Nissan Juke. When it launched in 2010, I just couldn't get over the way it looked – it came across as super weird, and kind of hideous at first blush. But I slowly warmed up to the funky little crossover/hatchback/thing, and ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Polaris Slingshot [w/video]

    Unfiltered Fun For The Price Of A Honda Civic Because I'm a reasonable human being and firmly believe that vehicle styling is a subjective matter, I drew some perspective on my borrowed 2015 Polaris Slingshot from fellow Los Angeles residents. I queried my 17-year-old neighbour whom I caught ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Nissan Murano

    Third Time's The Charm{C} The Murano has an interesting position within the Nissan stable. On one hand, its size puts it between the Rogue and Pathfinder, both of which are geared more toward families, big and small. And while the Murano could easily be used for hauling your brood, that's not ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Volkswagen Touareg [w/video]

    VW Offers Up A Safety-First Facelift

    The second-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been in production since 2010, and is therefore staring down the last part of its model cycle. To keep buyers interested, the company has undertaken a refresh of its upscale midsize SUV. As is typical of these ...

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    Quick Spin: 2016 Smart Forfour

    The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand's best seller, it's not the only model to to wear the moniker. A decade ago, Smart rolled out the larger Forfour, but like the brand's other models that have come and ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

    Fastest Bentley Ever Offers More, More, More Why does the Bentley Mulsanne Speed exist? Sam Graham, product line director for the Mulsanne, tells us Bentley's Western customers demanded it, many driven by memories of the Arnage T – the hotted-up version of the Arnage R. The Arnage T, you ...

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    Review: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R [w/video]

    Grip It And Rip It Volkswagen hired a photographer to come shoot the handful of journalists that it brought to drive the 2015 Golf R at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles. This fact, though unremarkable in and of itself, was something I hadn't noticed until I was well into my track time ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Smart Fortwo

    A Smarter City Car For Crowded Urbanites In the sixteen years since Daimler first introduced the Smart car, the micro city car market has grown significantly to the extent that the urban-oriented brand doesn't just have more competition to contend with these days than it did in the late 90s; for ...