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Lincoln or Lexus? 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review

April 25, 2014

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The 2014 Lincoln MKZ 2.0H Hybrid is one of just two cars in its class — premium hybrids under $50,000 — along with the Lexus ES 300h. The Lincoln is stunning, but does it have substance to back up its good looks?

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Impressive Plug-In Hybrid: 2014 Ford Fusion Energi Review

April 23, 2014

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After spending an extensive amount of time behind the wheel of a 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi plug-in hybrid, I came away mostly impressed. The car is well-executed, but…

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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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