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A Slick Look: 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Review

March 14, 2014

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The options list on some midsize sedans is impressive — on a $32,755 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T, HID headlights, a navigation system, leather seats heated in front and back with a ventilated driver seat, and a dual-panel roof are all part of the package. So it’s a well-equipped, 274-hp turbocharged version of a high-volume midsize sedan — is it worth your money?

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Becoming the Underdog Again: 2014 Buick Regal AWD Review

March 7, 2014

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Just as the Buick Regal gets updated for the 2014 model year, the compact/midsize luxury sports sedan finds itself suddenly surrounded by new entries including the 2015 Audi A3 and 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. The Buick Regal, however, now has more standard horsepower than both of those cars, and…

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Competence or Excellence? 2014 Acura RLX Review

February 28, 2014

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What’s a competent luxury sedan to do in a class of excellent choices? That’s the question I asked in a 2014 Acura RLX review. The luxury sedan battles other premium choices in the high $40,000 to low $60,000 price range — it’s a crowded field, with everyone from Lexus and Infiniti to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, and Audi competing. On the Acura RLX, I determined that…

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Buy Now or Wait for the New Model? 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review

February 21, 2014

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It’s a dilemma new car buyers face all the time: Do you buy an outgoing model and get a good deal, or wait for the newly redesigned car with all the latest tech and performance? I examined that question not long ago in one of the most highly anticipated cars to ever hit MotorTrend.com — a 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible. Would I wait for the 2015 Mustang or try to score a deal on the 2014 Mustang Motor Trend tested?

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Rental Car Review: The 2012 Toyota Prius as a Potential Camry Alternative

February 14, 2014

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While in Washington on a vacation, I was delighted to receive a 2012 Toyota Prius as my rental car for a few days. Considering the Prius has become a mainstream alternative to midsize sedans, I was eager to see how it might rate compared to more conventional options. So how did it do?

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Shinier Than Ever: 2014 Buick LaCrosse V-6 Review

February 7, 2014

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The 2014 Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan is beautiful, but that’s not always enough these days to attract buyers in the face of capable competition. When I drove a newly refreshed 2014 LaCrosse V-6 after already having reviewed a 2012 LaCrosse eAssist four-cylinder model, I wondered if it had what it took to keep up.

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A Powerful Show: 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport AWD Review

February 4, 2014

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The 2014 Cadillac CTS may get all the attention in the luxury automaker’s lineup, but another sedan fills the same price point — but with far more interior space. I’m talking about the 2014 Cadillac XTS, a front-drive based sedan that’s now offered with a powerful 420-hp engine and all-wheel drive. So just what did the 2014 XTS do to impress me?

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