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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
August 27, 2018

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV</br>August 27, 2018

Mitsubishi is an automaker in transition, but the core values that the company was built on are still in place. Among them is the advanced engineering efforts that have resulted in the Outlander PHEV. For the uninitiated, PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, a system that advances the typical gasoline-electric hybrid to the next level in terms of efficiency.

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2018 Mustang convertible
July 23, 2018

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2018 Mustang convertible</br>July 23, 2018

If you think that a tiny turbo engine reduces the Mustang to poser status, you’re in for a big surprise. Ford has reworked the engine so that it puts out 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm, or 30 more pound-feet than the 2017 version. The horsepower rating remains unchanged at 310. Putting those numbers into perspective, the now-banished V-6 was rated at 300 horses and 280 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm.

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2018 Nissan Kicks
June 25, 2018

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2018 Nissan Kicks</br>June 25, 2018

The name given to Nissan’s new small wagon broadly hints at the intended demographic. Kicks is urban slang for a cool pair of running shoes, but in this case it’s also about having fun.
In many respects, the Kicks becomes the replacement for the funky 2011-’17 Juke. That oddity of a car never really caught on with younger or older buyers, despite being a gutsy little beast that drove better than it looked.

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2018 Colorado ZR2
May 28, 2018

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2018 Colorado ZR2</br>May 28, 2018

In case you missed the memo, automakers have locked on to the latest Big Thing, which is to create off-road-capable versions of their midsize and full-size pickups. In this group, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 (one size down from the Silverado) is a serious piece of sporting gear.  The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor that arrived for 2010 (now simply called Raptor) is the inspirational model for the ZR2, as it was for the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Rebel. The upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger is also slated for the full-on Raptor treatment.

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2018 Land Rover
April 23, 2018

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2018 Land Rover</br>April 23, 2018

The Discovery’s mostly aluminum unitized structure integrates the body panels, floor, firewall and roof, replacing the LR4’s hefty body-on-frame construction. The result is a weight reduction of about 1,000 pounds (to about 4,750), despite being slightly larger overall. The base supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 makes 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel rated at 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet.

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2019 Ram 1500
March 26, 2018

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2019 Ram 1500</br>March 26, 2018

The 2019 Ram 1500 (now on sale) has plenty going for it in terms of looks, features, comfort, performance and towing-and- hauling work ethic. In other words, everything that light-duty truck operators treasure most.
The most noticeable change is at the front where there’s a new grille, aluminum hood, and a more raked windshield that increases the Ram’s aerodynamics.

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2019 Infiniti QX50
February 19, 2018

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2019 Infiniti QX50</br>February 19, 2018

It’s uncommon for any luxury nameplate to remain essentially unchanged for more than a decade, but in the Infiniti QX50’s case, the wait appears to we worth it. The new 2019 five-passenger utility wagon, now on sale, has a new platform, new sheetmetal and what’s considered to be one of the most technologically advanced internal-combustion engines on the market.

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2018 Kia Stinger
January 22, 2018

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2018 Kia Stinger</br>January 22, 2018

Grand-touring sedans with punch and optional all-wheel-drive tend to come from Germany- or Japan-based luxury automakers, but the latest contender is from, wait for it, Kia from Korea.
This Hyundai division is really living up to its ‘The Power to Surprise’ slogan with the new Stinger. The hatchback sedan is the third large-size passenger car in the automaker’s stable and is sold alongside the Cadenza and K900.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
December 25, 2017

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL</br>December 25, 2017

It’s not a stop-the-presses deal, but the launch of a new-generation Jeep Wrangler is worthy of celebration.
Much of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ fortunes rests on the shoulders of the Ram truck and Jeep lines, but it’s Jeep that has captivated buyers for decades. Throughout numerous design and designation changes dating back to the 1940s, the Wrangler has retained a recognizable shape. It has also been built at the same Ohio-state assembly plant for the past 75 years.

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback
November 28, 2017

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2018 Buick Regal Sportback</br>November 28, 2017

The 2018 Regal holds fast to the original name, but the car’s hatchback body is so radically different from the previous sedan shape that it gets a new name: Regal Sportback.  With the ongoing shift to tall wagons from sedans, moving the Regal to a hatchback format could prove to be one of Buick’s smarter moves. And the fact that the car still exhibits a four-door-sedan appearance could also work in Buick’s favor with buyers who remain steadfastly averse to the look of a typical hatchback.

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