instrumented test Archive

  • 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Tested: The Acura of Minivans Sucks (Literally)

    As much as we wished this review of Honda’s refreshed-for-2014 Odyssey minivan focused solely on the rig’s awesome built-in HondaVac vacuum cleaner, it wouldn’t have been very useful to those of you actually interested in how well this minivan, you know, does minivan things. (We did, however, cover the vacuum in a separate, slightly informal […]

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  • 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid AWD Test: Hybridized JX35 By Another Name

    Those who don’t slavishly follow every tidbit of news in the automotive world should be forgiven if they mistake the Infiniti QX60 for a brand-new model. In fact, the QX60 is simply the new name for the previous JX35, after the company-wide rebrandi...

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  • 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX Turbo Manual Tested: You Kould Do Worse

    Like its Forte5 hatchback sibling, Kia’s Forte Koup got restyled and a newsworthy power upgrade this year in the form of a direct-injected 1.6-liter turbocharged four cranking out 201 horsepower; the pre-refresh car settled for 173 ponies from a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter. And like the hatch, the Koup shares the turbo’d mill with Hyundai’s funky-doored […]

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  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI Instrumented Test: We’d Make a Seventh-Heaven Joke If It Weren’t So Cliché

    Every so often, an automaker just gets a car right. Everything feels in sync with everything else. Nothing draws attention to itself, which calls attention to the car as a whole. The Volkswagen GTI is one such car. READ MORE ››

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  • 2014 Chevrolet Sonic 1.4T Sedan Manual Test: This is How You Sonic

    Chevrolet offers the Sonic with the optional 138-hp 1.4-liter turbo four on LT and LTZ trims but makes the little huffer standard in the sporty RS package. Midway through the 2014 model year, Chevrolet added the RS package to the sedan; it had been hatchback-only when it arrived for 2013. This demonstrates that, besides figuring […]

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  • 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Long-Term Intro: Putting a 10Best Winner Through Its Paces

    The CTS is not only Cadillac’s finest offering, it’s also one of the best cars in all of GM’s lineup: The third-gen car, new for 2014, is one of two General Motors products on our 2014 10Best list. It’s the nameplate’s seventh appearance, which puts this relatively young model in rare company. And we’ve heaped […]

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  • 2015 BMW X3 Diesel Tested: Torque of the Town

    BMW’s recent face lift of the X3 might have gone largely unnoticed, but this particular X3 won’t. Powered by BMW’s N47 four-cylinder turbo-diesel, the xDrive28d makes its presence known with considerable clatter and rumble; it’s su...

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  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis V-6 AWD Test: One Darn Good Lineup Filler

    When we evaluated Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis V-6 sedan on the battered tarmac around our Michigan headquarters, we noted that the surface was perfect for analyzing the Lotus-tuned suspension. As for exploring the foul-weather usefulness of the Genesis’s newly available HTRAC all-wheel-drive system, our environs proved less helpful. Traction-reducing precipitation was nowhere to be found, especially […]

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  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis V-6 AWD Test: One Darn Good Lineup Filler

    When we evaluated Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis V-6 sedan on the battered tarmac around our Michigan headquarters, we noted that the surface was perfect for analyzing the Lotus-tuned suspension. As for exploring the foul-weather usefulness of the Genesis’s newly available HTRAC all-wheel-drive system, our environs proved less helpful. Traction-reducing precipitation was nowhere to be found, especially […]

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  • 2015 Kia K900 V-8 Sedan Test: Luxurious Freighter Tests New Waters

    Unlike some luxury cars that forego cosseting ride quality for sporty pretensions, the 2015 Kia K900 stays true to the classic land-yacht formula. The latest step in Kia’s rapid expansion—even if it’s at odds with the company’s youthful, rockin’-hamster attitude—the K900 flagship takes the brand to new heights of Lexus-like quiet and isolation.  READ MORE […]

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  • 2015 GMC Yukon 4WD Test: Living Large with the “Smaller” Yukon

    When it’s a matter of go big or stay home, the first question becomes “how big is enough?” At GMC stores the latest available answers are the new for 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL. The latter casts a shadow 20 inches longer than the standard edition tested here, which yields 28 percent more luggage capacity […]

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  • 2014 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 Tested!

    Infiniti’s new Q50 is more advanced and mature than the G37 sedan it replaces, but that’s not to say it’s better. Our previous tests have shown it to be wayward and lacking in feel when fitted with the optional by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) system. While the company tries to make good with a new […]

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