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Toyota Tundra: 2007-’13
January 14, 2019

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Toyota Tundra: 2007-’13</br>January 14, 2019

This generation of Tundra had a solid reputation as a rugged performer that was nicely detailed inside and out. It was also better equipped to take on the full-size domestic pickups. Models equipped with the strong-running V-8 gave the Tundra strong hauling and towing power, but the smaller V-6 and V-8 engines were also capable.

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Acura RL: 2005-’12
December 17, 2018

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Acura RL: 2005-’12</br>December 17, 2018

Acura’s flagship sedan began as the 3.5 RL, which replaced the Legend for the 1997 model year. The 3.5 designation was dropped when the second-generation RL was launched for 2005. That model came with standard all-wheel-drive along with a 290-horsepower V-6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. The RL received a minor makeover for 2009 plus a new 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6.

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Scion tC: 2005-’16
November 19, 2018

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Scion tC: 2005-’16</br>November 19, 2018

All Scion models arrived very well equipped and the tC was no exception. Standard equipment included air conditioning, panoramic sunroof, a decent audio system plus a host of power-operated accessories. Scion dealers tempted tC buyers with a range of add-ons, such as fancier trim pieces, up-level sound package, sport exhaust and a navigation system.

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GMC Terrain: 2010-’17
October 23, 2018

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GMC Terrain: 2010-’17</br>October 23, 2018

For a compact utility vehicle, the Terrain treated its occupants to plenty of space, along with lots of stowage room behind the sliding rear seat. On both points, the Terrain was ahead of the competition. Ride quality was also above the norm, thanks in part to exemplary suspension tuning and sufficient distance between the front and rear wheels that helped smooth out rough roads.

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Jaguar XF: 2009-’15
September 24, 2018

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Jaguar XF: 2009-’15</br>September 24, 2018

The replacement for the Jaguar S-Type sedan arrived for 2009 and was the first model to be introduced by the British automaker’s new owners, Tata Motors of India. Initially, the rear-wheel-drive sedan came with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine, or, optionally, a supercharged version. For the following model year there were new V-8 options, including a more potent supercharged powerplant for the newly designated XFR model.

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Chrysler Town & Country: 2011-’16
August 27, 2018

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Chrysler Town & Country: 2011-’16</br>August 27, 2018

Minivans are all about functionality, first and foremost, and in that department the T & C excelled. But it also added more than a splash of luxury, which is what differentiated it from the similar, but more humble, Grand Caravan. For maximizing load volume, the second-row Stow ‘n Go feature made the second-row bench seat disappear beneath the floor, while the third-row seat could be equally well hidden.

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Buick Regal: 2011-’17
July 30, 2018

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Buick Regal: 2011-’17</br>July 30, 2018

The engineered-in-Germany Regal had taut European styling, a firm-but-comfortable ride and precise handling. The non-turbo 2.4 could be had with eAssist, an electric motor replacing the alternator that assisted engine power and (slightly) cut fuel consumption. The eAssist system became standard with all 2.4-liter engines for the 2013 model year.

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Audi Q5: 2009-’17
June 25, 2018

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Audi Q5: 2009-’17</br>June 25, 2018

The Q5 generated rave reviews for its quick reflexes and overall superb road manners. The wagon’s suspension tuning was an ideal blend of firmness and comfort. The cocoon-like cabin with its comfortable and supportive seats was mostly devoid of road and wind noise. Interior trim, dashboard and seat materials were also first rate and in line with the Q5’s overall build quality.

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Buick Verano: 2012-’17
May 7, 2018

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Buick Verano: 2012-’17</br>May 7, 2018

For not a lot of money, the Verano came with plenty of standard and optional luxury features. Compared with the Cruze, the Verano provided owners with a quiet, refined ride, thanks to plenty of added sound-absorbing material. The front seats were also more comfortable than the Cruze’s.

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Audi A3: 2006-’13
April 30, 2018

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Audi A3: 2006-’13</br>April 30, 2018

The A3 proved to be an excellent introductory model for the Audi line. Not surprisingly, there was a reasonable amount of stowage space in back and the rest of the interior was clean and uncluttered. The standard 200-horsepower turbo four-cylinder was a smooth-running jewel of an engine with enough spunk to propel the A3 to 60 mph from zero in 6.5 seconds (according to Audi). The optional 250-horsepower V6 made the Audi even quicker, while the torquey TDI’s arrival turned the car into quite the fuel miser.

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