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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Jeep Patriot: 2007-’17
March 26, 2018

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Jeep Patriot: 2007-’17</br>March 26, 2018

The Patriot and the Compass compact utility models joined the Jeep lineup for the 2007 model year, using the same platform and running gear as the equally new Dodge Caliber hatchback. A 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder was the sole powerplant for first-year models and was joined by a new base 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder for 2008. Both directed torque to the front or all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission or available continuously variable unit (CVT).

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Mazda RX-8: 2004-’11
March 5, 2018

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Mazda RX-8: 2004-’11</br>March 5, 2018

Introduced for the 2004 model year, the RX-8 was the latest in a line of Mazda?s rotary-powered vehicles that dated back to the early 1960s. The RX-8 succeeded the two-seater RX-7 sports car that was available in North America for the 1993-?95 model years. The RX-8 accommodated four passengers and provided access to the rear seats via a pair of rear-hinged ‘freestyle doors’ that could be operated only when the front doors were opened. A 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine delivered 238 horsepower for models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

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