Category Archives: Autofile

Audi A3: 2006-’13
September 21, 2020

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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).

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Volvo XC90: 2003-’14
September 7, 2020

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The handsome XC90 was a success for Volvo right from the start, despite a pricetag that topped the XC70 wagon by nearly $6,000. The squared-off body translated into generous cargo space, while passenger accommodations — always a Volvo strong point — were first rate. The XC90’s boulder-clearing ride height came in handy on or off the beaten path.

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Lexus LS 460/600h L: 2007-’12
August 24, 2020

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The fourth-generation (2007-’12) LS was known for its sumptuous passenger accommodations: soft leather seat coverings; and genuine walnut trim. It was also one of the roomiest and most comfortable sedans in its class, offering plenty of rear-seat space. Even better, the extended-length versions provided about five extra inches between the front and rear wheels. The LS was whisper quiet with engine, road and wind noise barely audible at any speed.

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Dodge Dart: 2013-’16
July 27, 2020

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Dodge claimed that the Dart’s Giulietta platform resulted in a car that was the largest in its class, ahead of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Chevrolet Cruze. Indeed the Dart is bigger than it seems. Styling was smooth and clearly Dodge-like and the spacious interior was also a standout, with futuristic-looking gauges, non-traditional control-panel displays and a unique storage area beneath the front-passenger-seat-cushion. The Dart’s ride and road manners were equal to the best-in-class compacts.

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Volkswagen Eos: 2007-’15
June 29, 2020

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A new Eos listed for about $6,000 more than the New Beetle convertible. The folding metal roof (with available built-in sunroof), additional standard content and more powerful engines no doubt contributed to the extra expense. The interior was also better appointed than the Beetle’s and a 2012 refresh made it even more so. The relatively soft suspension was tuned more for cruising than sporty driving. The convertible’s eight electric motors lowered the top beneath the trunk lid and raised it from its storage area in about 25 seconds.

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Chevrolet Equinox 2010-’17
May 25, 2020

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The second-generation 2010-’17 Equinox used the same platform as the GMC Terrain and was a big improvement over the original Equinox in terms of looks and roominess. Much-improved seating and interior appointments matched the bolder styling. This Equinox’s cabin was also quieter than before, primarily due to plenty of sound insulation. Ride quality was also an Equinox strong point.

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GMC Canyon: 2004-’12
April 20, 2020

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The GMC Canyon and its near-twin Chevrolet Colorado replaced the junior-sized GMC Sonoma and Chevy S10 pickups. Both came in regular-and extended-cab versions (the latter with swing-out rear doors) as well as in four-door-crew-cab livery. A 175-horsepower 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine was standard, while a 220-horsepower 3.5-liter five-cylinder was optional.

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Toyota Tacoma: 2005-’15
March 30, 2020

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The Tacoma first arrived for 1995 as Toyota’s entry-level small pickup, becoming the little brother to the midsize T100 that was replaced for the 2000 model year by the full-size Tundra. The Tacoma was restyled in 1998 and again in 2001, then was completely overhauled for the 2005 model year. Engine choices consisted of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder and an optional 4.0-liter V-6. Four-wheel-drive was available with both engines and for regular-cab, extended-length Access Cab and four-door Double Cab versions.

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Toyota Tundra: 2007-’13
March 23, 2020

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This generation of Tundra had a solid reputation as s 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 real hauling and towing power, but the smaller V-6 and V-8 engines were also capable. All three cabs — regular, extended-length Double Cab and four-door CrewMax — provided buyers with roominess and comfort (for example, the extended Double Cab can actually carry five adult riders).

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Mini Countryman: 2011-’16
February 17, 2020

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Unlike other Minis, the Countryman could comfortably seat four adults in individual chairs, or five passengers in 2014-’16 models that came with a split-folding rear seat. There was also plenty of cargo space behind the front seats when the rears were folded flat. As with other Mini models, there’s a moon-sized round pod that houses the speedometer and the infotainment screen. The car’s sport-tuned suspension and precise steering also made it fun to drive.

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