Road tests

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2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL Review

Upscale and comfortable, but… This week I got to test drive a 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL and, while it impressed me with its comfort and interior room, the driving dynamics left me wanting a bit more. It must be said that this Japanese family hauler is sticking with Nissan’s much-lauded V6 engine at a…

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Review

An attractive, high-value alternative to minivans The latest hot item from Korea pleasantly surprised me. While my personal lifestyle doesn’t warrant driving such a vehicle, I really liked its road manners and versatility. If you need space, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is definitely worth a look. However, with 6 other people on board,…

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2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Review

All curvy I admit to feeling somewhat blissful as I approached the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo in the far corner of the Auto123.com parking lot. This cute little city car from Italy has spread like a virus — the most beautiful kind of virus, if you ask me — since landing on our shores in…

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Performance that flies under the radar The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI and the regular Jetta stand worlds apart. Unlike the latter, the much sportier GLI rides on an independent rear suspension and delivers typical German handling, with fit and finish to match. Cheap plastics are nowhere near as present as in some American and Japanese…

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Preview

Pros and cons* Pros With fuel economy improvements of more than 45%, the implementation of several state-of-the-art technologies, superior road handling and a new design to boot, the new Jeep Cherokee 2014 is sure to catch people’s attention. Price Jeep Cherokee Sport 4×2: $23,495 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4×4: $25,695 Jeep Cherokee North 4×2: $26,495 Jeep…

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2013 BMW X6 and X6M Preview

Pros and Cons* Pros Surprisingly superb combination of comfort and driving pleasure, precise steering, leading-edge technology, choice of powerful engines and impeccable fit and finish are a few of the strong points of the 2013 BMW X6. Cons Limited visibility, thirsty engines, cumbersome size and weight as well as its limited cargo room spoil some…

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2013 Audi A4 sedan Preview

Pros and Cons* Pros Quality build, quiet ride, impeccable handling, supportive seats and a superior all-wheel drive system combine to make the 2013 Audi A4 simply irresistible. Cons Limited rear cabin room, reduced steering feedback and the absence of a diesel option are some of the sorer points. Price The base price of the front-wheel…

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2013 Audi A6 Preview

Pros and Cons* Pros Great balance between comfort and performance, a number of technological goodies such as stop/start, quality finish, choice of engines and a spacious interior are all excellent features of the 2013 Audi A6. Cons A long list of expensive options, high maintenance costs and a complex, multifunctional system are definite liabilities. Price…

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2013 Jeep Patriot Preview

Pros and Cons* Pros A roomy cabin, competitive price and selection of different 4-wheel drive systems make the 2013 Jeep Patriot quite appealing. Cons The Patriot’s noisy CVT, rough engine and heavy fuel consumption disappoint. Price MSRP for the Sport 4×2 is $17,995, with $1,400 extra for an automatic CVT. The Sport 4×4 starts at…

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Preview

Pros and cons* Pros Proven reliability, quality materials, a multitude of storage options and a choice of engines and an excellent Hyundai warranty make this model an attractive option for buyers. Cons Weak lateral seat support, limited rear-seat headroom, and the lack of sporty handling are likely to disappoint. Price The base Sonata GL starts…

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