Auto Reviews

The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD
Our recent test drive of the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription provided us with a week of exceptional driving experiences. This new midsize sedan surprised us with its throaty 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 316 HP at 5,700 RPM and 295 lb.-ft. of torque ranging from 2,200 to 5...
Though most driverless vehicles will likely look much like cars and trucks driven by humans today, this Mercedes-Benz autonomous concept creates a space-age aura.
VW settlement. On Oct. 25, Federal Judge Charles Breyer approved one of the largest consumer settlements in U.S. history involving the Volkswagen TDI emissions scandal. The $14.7 billion settlement, which covers 2.0-L diesel-equipped Audi and VW vehicles, was reached about one year after Volkswagen...
The Toyota Prius has much to offer, but fuel economy is a major buying factor.
The Toyota Prius Hybrid has been a favorite since its introduction to the market. Many years ago, we actually drove the prototype Prius prior to its debut in the U.S. marketplace and wondered how it would perform. That wonderment turned into a love affair with this vehicle.      Our 2016 Prius...
The 2016 Subaru Forester offers safety and comfort for a competitive price.
    The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium provided us with a delightful weeklong drive with top safety ratings, plentiful interior space, and a price that was appealing in a crowded small crossover category.      The Forester is powered by the 2.5-L BOXER four-cylinder DOHC engine that produces 170...
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon due out next year will compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS series.
Porsche wagon. Porsche will introduce its first station wagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March, furthering its offerings beyond the iconic sports cars it is known for around the world. The company first branched out in 2002 with the Cayenne SUV, followed by the Macan compact luxury CUV that began...
The 2016 Honda Odyssey SE provides a solid ride, offers spacious hauling capacity, and can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
We recently completed consecutive drives of several Honda and Acura models and as we generally experience, each offered genuine performance and superb usability.      The 2016 Honda Odyssey 5-Door Special Edition (SE) minivan (not so mini at just over 118 inches) we tested, the middle of five trims...
The new VC-T engine will be the power plant for the 2017 Infiniti QX50 crossover that will likely be available late next summer.
New engine. Infiniti debuted the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine at the Paris Motor Show in September. Infiniti said the VC-T (Variable Compression Turbocharged) was 20 years in development and is one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created. “...
The Dodge Viper 25th Anniversary Limited Editions are shown in the various special edition colors and trim levels. All models are powered by an all-aluminum 8.4-L V-10 engine that produces 645 HP and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.
Cadillac award. Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award, the auto industry’s only award program that acknowledges innovation in vehicle weight reduction. The winner of the Full-Vehicle category was the 2016 Cadillac CT6...
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD debuts a new engine plus offers abundant safety and creature comforts.
     The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD we tested recently was another reason we like SUVs, large or small. With its Machine Gray exterior it looks like a beast, but it handles like kitten.      Our distinct likes in the CX-9 are plentiful, but a few notables include the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-L turbo...
The Kia Sportage has helped drive the automaker to its best-ever year-to-date U.S. sales record. Sportage sales through June were nearly double the same period in 2015.
Mid-year sales. While some automakers were about even or posted slight decreases for June vehicle sales in the U.S., there were several with measurable increases for the month as well as impressive milestones for the first six months of 2016. Audi set a June record for sales and is up 3.5 percent...

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