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2013 Car of the Year Nominees

North American Car Of The Year, Truck Face Close Finish

2013 North American Car of the Year Nominees: The 2013 North American Car of the Year award has come down to three high-style sedans, while the companion non-car finalists are scattered all over the newly redefined extremities of the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. Ford’s Fusion and the Cadillac ATS give the traditionally top two domestic companies each a finalist in the car competition, while Honda’s redesigned Honda Accord …

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Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: It Doesn’t Look Like A Lozenge

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review: Ever since 1999, when Honda’s lozenge-like Insight introduced us to gas/electric propulsion, hybrids have been on a long, slow slog toward normalcy. Well, to quote the lady in your navigation system, “You have arrived at your destination.” The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is normal, nothing weird about it. Only discreet things, like modest badging and efficiency-monitoring instrument panel screens, differentiate it from other Fusions. There’s …

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Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost

Startling Fiesta Adds 1.0 EcoBoost Power

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Review SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — For decades, U.S. car buyers have been conditioned to buy cars and engines on the basis of “bigger is better,” which makes it a challenge to change mindsets and accept higher performing but smaller displacement engines, which will still provide peppy performance but with vastly improved fuel economy. Ford has taken clear control of the progressive technology with its EcoBoost engines, …

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Giving Tuesday, LA Auto Show Is Almost Here and Electric Vehicles Surge On

Giving Tuesday If Friday was Black Friday and Monday was Cyber Monday, maybe Tuesday should be Giving Tuesday? That’s the call going out across the US today. If you need a little charitable break after all the holiday spending splurges then take a look at our car donation page on CarSoup.com. Chevy Spark Coming Soon Car makers continue to bet on electric vehicles. The all-electric Chevrolet Spark will by on …

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2013 Toyota Avalon Review

Darwin’s Theory Didn’t Take Into Account 4th-Generation Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon Review ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The redesigned Toyota Avalon has lofty ambitions, not least of which is altering the natural course of human development. As any anthropologist will tell you, human life passes through four stages: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and, finally, “May I show you a new Avalon?” At a media soiree here last week, Bill Fay, Toyota Division general manager, said the 2013 Avalon intends to …

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Jetta Turbo Hybrid 2

Jetta Turbo Hybrid Combines Power, MPG

SANTA FE, N.M. — Driving down from the 8,000-foot altitude of Santa Fe, we descended toward a curve so I flicked the new Jetta’s shift lever and downshifted to fourth gear, and when the curves tightened up, I dropped it down to third, both to slow a bit and to be in the power band for accelerating out of the curve. Coaxing a good-handling sports sedan to trace those curves …

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Fusion Hybrids

2013 Ford Fusion Performs Up to Promise of Its Looks

2013 Ford Fusion Review: SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — Ford Motor Company has a vast array of models, most of them impressively redone over the past year or two, but as impressive as all of them are, they must fall in line behind the 2013 Ford Fusion, the new halo vehicle for the whole corporation. There are those who claim the new Fusion might be the most stylish new car ever …

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2013 Ford C-Max Review: In a first for a hybrid, the Ford C-Max gets an EPA highway rating as good as its city rating. C-Max is rated 47 mpg in all cycles — city, highway and combined. Gas/electric hybrids come in two varieties: hybrid versions of traditional gasoline-engine vehicles or born-to-the-breed hybrid-only models. The upcoming 2013 Ford C-Max is, in reality, the former, but to U.S. car buyers it’s likely

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