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2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro First Drive: Shocking Development

Why the sudden fascination with pickups capable of driving really fast across a rocky, dusty desert? Nobody knew we needed any such thing until Ford introduced its wide-fendered, tall-enough-to-need-clearance-lights Raptor. Chevy eventually responded with the dimensionally tidier Colorado ZR2, and now Toyota is taking aim squarely at Chevy (and preemptively at Ford, should it decide […]

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo First Drive: Cayenne Hunter

With 550 hp, an exotic exhaust note, and impressive handling, the Maserati Levante GTS feels plenty capable of taking on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. But Maserati didn’t stop there. Knowing a new Cayenne Turbo S is on the way, engineers cranked up the sportiness even further to create the Levante Trofeo. Like the GTS, the […]

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2019 Jeep Renegade First Drive: Flight of the Firefly

Smaller, torquier, more powerful, and more fuel efficient. So goes the march of progress, as demonstrated by the Renegade’s new turbo engine, which shrinks by 68cc but gains all-aluminum construction, direct injection, and loads of other recently learned engine-tuning tricks to add 17 hp and 16 lb-ft of torque for 177 and 200 total. This […]

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2019 Nissan Altima First Drive: Good Where It Counts

While the Accord battles the Camry for sales supremacy, the Altima now offers something its Toyota and Honda rivals don’t at any price—all-wheel drive. That distinguishing option is far from the only change Nissan made to the new 2019 Altima, which boasts a V-6-replacing turbo-four and an interior that will make last-gen Altima owners jealous. […]

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class First Drive

Traditionally, Mercedes-Benz’s attempts at building entry-luxury cars have been middling at best. The CLA, its most recent indiscretion, came with a frustrating dual-clutch transmission and a plasticky interior. But Mercedes’ suboptimal reputation might soon change with its A-Class sedan. Intended to be Mercedes’ newest bargain-basement model and slotting beneath the CLA, the A-Class sedan is […]

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS First Drive: Expanding the Malibu Lineup

Sedans aren’t dead, Chevrolet says. The automaker still sees them as vital to business, even though both of its American rivals have shifted their focus to crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. Seizing on its domestic foes’ passenger-car timidity, Chevrolet has refreshed its Cruze, Spark, Camaro, and Malibu models for the 2019 model year. The Malibu sedan […]

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2019 Fiat 500 First Drive: Attitude Alignment

Fiat’s 500 is not a small car. It’s a boutique car. People don’t buy it because they have trouble parking their normal car, they buy it for its cheeky cuteness; those ’50s-look pastel colors and wheel covers, or for that optional canvas roof out of which the buyer can imagine tossing three coins into the […]

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE First Drive: Point Me to the Corners

As I exit a corner with my foot nailed to the floor and all the nannies switched off, I can’t help but mutter to myself, “So much grip.” The new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE oozes it. The car combines the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and the wizardry of the famed 1LE Performance package, which is […]

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