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2013 Honda Accord Sedan

2013 Honda Accord focuses on performance, not looks

Honda’s Accord has become a generic family sedan in America, a car that’s a good value, an excellent performer, but does not stand out. You may never notice the 2013 model, but you may want to own one. While Toyota has added a touch of styling flair to its formerly vanilla Camry and Ford has leapt forward with its new Fusion design, Honda stays with its safe, bland look, coupled …

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder is tailored for family comfort

Not long ago, Nissan’s Pathfinder was a sport-utility truck that was set up for off-roading and hauling gear. Today, that tough truck has gotten a little softer and is tailored more for comfort. Oh, it can haul and is available with all-wheel-drive, but you are not going to take this vehicle off road. With its remodel for 2013, Pathfinder is pure crossover, leaning toward minivan. That’s because it rides on …

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Subaru XV Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek is solid low-cost hauling option

Subaru’s new crossover, the XV Crosstrek, is an attractive vehicle that splits the difference between sedan, wagon and crossover, with many of the good characteristics of each. But the Crosstrek, which rides on the compact Impreza platform, is underpowered, so keep that in mind if you plan to haul four people or a load of stuff under its roomy hatchback. Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, but looks more …

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2013 Veloster Turbo Review

Hyundai Pumps Up The Fun With Veloster Turbo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review: Hyundai wasn’t happy to leave well enough alone, and added a turbo to its sporty coupe/hatch, the Veloster. That makes for a sporty car with reasonable power and an attractive entry price. The Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950 with a twin-scroll turbo that creates up to 201 horsepower from the rather tame 138 the base model offers. It’s the same 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, but with …

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK review

Mercedes-Benz GLK350 blends performance with luxury

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Review: There are plenty of small luxury SUVs on the market, and I sometimes I wonder what you get for that extra $15,000. A week in the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 reminded me what luxury looks, feels and rides like. A bunch of the little luxury SUVs handle pretty well and a few even look luxurious, but the GLK350 is a heck of a nice blend, and with a …

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Escape Titanium Is Pricey But Tech-Laden

2013 Ford Escape Titanium Review: Let’s start with the shocking part, the price. The Ford Escape is listed at $34,735. Granted this was the top-of-the-line 2013 Escape Titanium 4WD, but that price is near premium small-SUV territory, one where you expect a luxury nameplate. By adding the Titanium moniker it means you get a load of tech features and the powerful 2.0-liter GTDI I4 EcoBoost engine that cranks an impressive …

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Honda’s CR-V Is A Solid, But Pricey, Small SUV

2013 Honda CR-V Review: Every once in a while I get to test a vehicle twice in a single year. This week I had the 2013 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with navigation, just one model year newer than the CR-V tested last spring. The CR-V remains a solid compact sport utility vehicle with more horsepower than the previous generation and a more rounded look. The CR-V remains a solid compact …

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Audi S5 cabriolet

Audi S5 Convertible Offers Loads Of Fun, For A Price

2013 Audi S5 Cabriolet Quattro Review What’s more fun than a sports coupe? Well, a convertible version of a sports coupe with a supercharged V6 and all-wheel drive. That’s what you get with Audi’s S5 Cabriolet Quattro. The S5 comes as either a coupe with solid top or cabriolet, meaning it has a soft convertible top. The price starts at $50,900 for the coupe, with manual transmission and the super …

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