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Restyled Honda CR-V Remains Solid Choice

2012 Honda CR-V Review: The restyled 2012 Honda CR-V is a solid compact sport-utility vehicle. The 2012 CR-V adds a bit more horsepower (5 to be exact) and adds 1.5 cubic feet of cargo space while its length and height shrink a bit. Pricing has continued to inch higher. The base LX model with two-wheel drive now starts at $22,295 and there’s a hefty $810 delivery fee to get it …


Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Sets Crossover Bar to Skyactiv Heights

2013 Mazda CX-5 Review: Mazda has established a reputation for building vehicles that range from unusual to mainstream, with all of them sharing a heritage of being enjoyable to drive. With its new CX-5, Mazda may have outdone even its own standards — and the analogy of hitting a home run is noteworthy when nearly all competitors are settling for doubles and triples. The CX-5 meets the demands of consumers …


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Toyota Camry Keeps Performance, Adds Styling

2012 Toyota Camry Review: Toyota’s Camry is a stellar execution of style, substance, value and reliability. However, style only came to the table last year when Toyota broke its Camry mold with a new, more stylish body after years of ho-hum sameness. It’s hard to blame Toyota for sinking into a styling funk on North America’s bestselling car for roughly a decade. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But …


Mazda CX-9

Mazda Crossover Has It All, Nearly

2012 Mazda CX-9 Review: Mazda’s stylish CX-9 may be the best looking crossover on the market, plus it’s roomy, quiet and drives well, not something all crossovers can boast. The Grand Touring AWD version starts at $34,785 and the test vehicle hit $40,850, including the $795 delivery fee and some pricey options. For that amount, you get about everything except a power tilt/telescope steering wheel and a sunroof. Both should …


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Nissan’s Versa Simple, Inexpensive

Nissan’s 2012 Versa 1.6 SV Sedan is simple. That can cut both ways. A simple car is good when it means inexpensive, useful, good gas mileage, good interior and trunk room. Simple may not be quite as positive a trait when it means lackluster acceleration, hard seats and vague steering. Versa is truly an entry-level compact sedan. The base 1.6 S model with manual transmission is among the lowest priced …


Nissan Rogue SV 2012

2012 Nissan Rogue SV

2012 Nissan Rogue SV Review: In some ways, the 2012 Nissan Rogue is analogous to Matt Flynn, the backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Not widely known except among dedicated football fans, Flynn came off the bench on New Year’s day to give first-stringer Aaron Rodgers a rest for the NFL playoffs. He passed for 480 yards and a Packers’ record six touchdowns in a 45-41 victory over the …


Kia Sorento 2012

Sorento a good value, but flaws stand out

2012 Kia Sorento Review: I was underwhelmed by Kia’s 2012 Sorento, which was a surprise because I enjoyed an earlier version a couple years back. Sorento’s price is good, it seats seven, and it has a well appointed interior viagra some desirable options. But the dark cherry red test SUV, the upscale SX model with front-wheel drive, had flaws that gave me pause. The ride was not nearly as good …


Chevy Malibu Eco

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco 2LT

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review: The first thing you notice about the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is what you don’t notice. You don’t notice much mechanical, road or wind noise. This mid-sized four-door is nearly as quiet inside as a recording studio—more like a well-insulated luxury sedan than a popular-priced family car. The front-drive Malibu competes in the heart of the market against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, …


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