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Acura RDX is High-Tech, Sporty and Fun

October 19, 2018. John Paul

This compact luxury sport-utility vehicle has a sporty, high-tech look and feel. It’s powered by a 2.0 turbocharged, 272-horsepower, four-cylinder engine connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. (My test drive had Acura’s SH-AWD system.) It has a full suite of safety features such as lane departure warning, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert…

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Pavement, Shmavement – Jeep Compass/Volvo V90 Cross Country

September 27, 2018. Alan Rider

Like the Mach 5 in its day, crossovers have developed a legion of dedicated fans. But I predict the Jeep Compass will be sought-after for more than just its body style. Take the midrange Trailhawk model I drove. Simply put, it is the only affordable compact SUV I can think of that will take you…

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Hot Hatchbacks – Toyota Corolla Hatchback/Honda Civic Hatchback

August 28, 2018. Alan Rider

Sexy: There’s a word you don’t generally apply to affordable cars. And yet, it’s an apt description of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Granted, it’s not bright-red Ferrari kind of alluring. Just the same, this all-new hatchback offers a lot more style than just about any other four-door compact you can name, starting with its distinctly…

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Tough Trucks – Ford F-150 Raptor/Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

August 27, 2018. Alan Rider

The full-size Ford F-Series didn’t achieve its best-seller status by resting on its past successes. Which explains the existence of the high-performance Ford F-150 Raptor. The four-door crew cab Raptor I drove frankly looked like it could eat other pickups for breakfast. Unlike many special-edition models, however, this next-generation Raptor is more than just a…

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Performance, Please! – Fiat 124 Spider/Kia Stinger

July 28, 2018. Alan Rider

If there’s a nicer place to be on a sunny afternoon than a winding two-lane road behind the wheel of the Fiat 124 Spider (with the top down, of course) we honestly can’t think of it. Yes, this two-seat roadster is every bit that agreeable. Built on the underpinnings of the highly regarded Mazda MX-5…

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American Dreams – Chrysler 300/Buick LaCrosse

June 28, 2018. Alan Rider

What’s in a name? When it comes to the Chrysler 300, about six decades of American motoring history. Not surprisingly, that original 1955 300 was a large automobile, albeit one with an unexpected performance edge. Much the same can be said about the current 10th-generation of this full-size sedan. I drove both the upscale 300C…

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Sought-After Sedans – Volkswagen Jetta/Toyota Camry

May 28, 2018. Alan Rider

There are folks for whom the mere suggestion of driving a practical car generates eye rolls. If you’re one of them, the all-new Volkswagen Jetta will quickly wipe away that look of disdain. You see, this new seventh-generation Jetta sedan looks and feels a lot more upmarket than the window sticker’s bottom line would suggest. That…

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Behind the Wheel of the 2018 VW Golf

March 12, 2018. John Paul

The Golf is the car that started the “hot hatch” trend of fun-to-drive, peppy, great-handling hatchbacks. Based on AAA’s review, the latest version may be the best yet.

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What It’s Like to Drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

January 15, 2018. Roberto Cruz

Our honest review of the compact sport-utility vehicle is worth a read if you’re shopping for a new car.

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Own Your Next Test Drive With Advice From AAA’s Car Doctor

January 15, 2018. AAA Staff

The typical 20- to 30-minute test drive doesn’t offer a ton of opportunity to gauge if a vehicle is right for you, but you can use it wisely.