About Author: Ron Sessions

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  • 2015 Lexus NX Crossover First Drive: Take Equal Parts RAV4 and Lexus IS, Stir Auspiciously

    Lexus is about to go off its meds. And it isn’t because the brand’s regimen for success hasn’t been effective. On the contrary, since the aptly named RX hit the market in 1998, Lexus has ruled the roost in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. Competing formulations have come and gone, but the RX’s ability to […]

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  • 2014 Honda Civic Coupe CVT Tested: Updated With Continuously Variable Results

    Now that today’s Civic sedan is around the same size as the Accord of the late ’80s—thus assuming the spot in Honda’s lineup for tidy, practical transportation—the two-door Civic coupe is pivotal to keeping young, sporty-car buyers from abandoning the nameplate. Important to that mission is delivering something that doesn’t feel cheap in the face […]

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  •   Long about Saint Patrick’s Day—it’s this coming Monday—many of us start channeling our inner Irish. Some of the signs are obvious: We rummage through the back reaches of bottom dresser drawers for that green sweater from Aunt Millie that we once tried (but failed) to re-gift, or we pour an extra finger of Jameson […]

    Drive Me, I’m Irish: The Five Most Popular Cars in Ireland [Happy (Early) St. Patrick's Day]

      Long about Saint Patrick’s Day—it’s this coming Monday—many of us start channeling our inner Irish. Some of the signs are obvious: We rummage through the back reaches of bottom dresser drawers for that green sweater from Aunt Millie that we once tried (but failed) to re-gift, or we pour an extra finger of Jameson […]

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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 4MATIC Tested: Going, Going . . .

    Drive half a block in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 and you’ll experience a car that’s comfortable in its own skin. No equivocating is necessary. This isn’t a product that’s stretching a brand upmarket or downmarket; rather, the E-class is the hot nickel core of Mercedes. Neither as starchy as the S-class or as sassy as [...]

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  • So Long, Spongebob: First Drive of the More Stylish 2014 Highlander

    Toyota doesn’t want its all-new 2014 Highlander to be painted with the same “Mom Bomb” brush that’s ruined sales of minivans. So for 2014, Toyota’s wrapped its huge-selling crossover SUV in more-angular sheetmetal designed to attract more dudes. There’s also a bolder grille that’s slightly reminiscent of the brutish snout of the full-size Tundra pickup, [...]

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  • Q&A: Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis on Muscle Cars and Ron Burgundy [2014 Detroit Auto Show]

    We caught up with Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis at this year’s Detroit auto show. Among other subjects, Kuniskis dished on the focus of the brand, getting back into NASCAR, Challenger special editions, and the Ron Burgundy effect. And, no, the Ron Burgundy effect does not involve brushing your teeth with a live lobster. Car and [...]

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  • Q&A With Mini USA’s Product Planning Manager Pat McKenna: Micro-Slicing the Mini Pie [2014 Detroit Auto Show]

    At this year’s Detroit auto show, we did a Mini cram with the brand’s manager of U.S. product planning, Pat McKenna. Mini’s just introduced the third generation of its sporty compact hardtop, which now shares a platform and components with BMW’s forthcoming line of front-wheel-drive small cars, so we asked Mr. McKenna about Mini’s role [...]

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  • GMC Canyon Pickup Debuts: Climbing Out of the Cheap-Truck Chasm [2014 Detroit Auto Show]

    If you read up on the debut of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, you know almost everything there is to know about the 2015 GMC Canyon. The two mid-size pickups share all major mechanical content, deferring mainly in styling details and model nomenclature. Both will be available in extended- and crew-cab configurations (neither will build regular-cabs); [...]

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  • 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.8T Tested: Sportified?

    Alongside GT and Limited, Sport is among the most prolific of automotive trims. Most vehicle makers offer a Sport something or other—if not several—and VW is joining the parade for 2014 with this new Passat, which snuggles into the lineup between the SE and range-topping SEL. In addition to badges (yay!), the Passat Sport’s long [...]

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  • Highly Logical: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Tested

    If Lieutenant Commander Spock were shopping for a mid-size sedan, we think he’d find the Honda Accord hybrid to be an entirely logical mode of transport. Luxury-car roomy inside with a quiet cabin suitable for Vulcan cogitation: check. Cogently arrayed controls and consistently engaging vehicle dynamics: affirmative. Class-leading energy conservation: The Accord hybrid’s 50-mpg EPA [...]

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  • 2014 BMW 328d Diesel Sedan Test: Ultimately Economical

    Here at Car and Driver, we generally prefer thoroughbreds to Clydesdales. It isn’t that we don’t respect the beer-wagon-pulling ability of oversized and muscular equines; we’d just rather saddle up something that can cut and run. It can be like that for the general public with diesel and gas-powered cars as well. Turbocharged diesels are [...]

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  • 2014 BMW 328d Diesel Sedan Test: Ultimately Economical

    Here at Car and Driver, we generally prefer thoroughbreds to Clydesdales. It isn’t that we don’t respect the beer-wagon-pulling ability of oversized and muscular equines; we’d just rather saddle up something that can cut and run. It can be like that for the general public with diesel and gas-powered cars as well. Turbocharged diesels are [...]

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