Category Archives: Autofile

Honda Pilot: 2009-’15
August 9, 2021

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The Pilot’s tough-look and blocky styling was an attempt by Honda to make it more appealing to male buyers. It received high marks for passenger comfort in its first two rows, while an increase in distance between the front and rear wheels gave more legroom for third-row occupants. With the second and third rows folded flat, the Pilot was transformed into an expansive storage locker.

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Lexus LS 460/600h L: 2007-’12
August 2, 2021

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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. On the road, the LS was whisper quiet with engine, road and wind noise barely audible at any speed.

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Ford F-150: 2009-’14
July 26, 2021

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The F-series line of pickups has been a best seller since its introduction back in 1948. Since then, it has received regular updates and added many specialty editions such as the King Ranch and Harley-Davidson and the high-performance SVT Lightning. The 2009-model-year redesign made the F-150 bigger and beefier than its General Motors and Chrysler (Ram) competitors.

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Lexus IS: 2006-’13
July 5, 2021

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The IS certainly didn’t skimp on luxury features, with an extensive list that included dual-zone climate control, power sunroof and multi-adjustable front seats. The IS’s platform and suspension components were based on those from the larger GS sedan, which from a handling standpoint was a good thing.

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Toyota Tundra: 2007-’13
April 19, 2021

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For the majority of shoppers of used trucks, the competent, capable and comfortable Tundra will easily serve nearly every need and accomplish its mission regardless of road or trail conditions. It might not be a segment sales leader, but the Tundra had and has a loyal (bordering on fanatical) following among pickup owners who tout the truckʼs toughness and overall reliability.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata: 2007-’15
April 12, 2021

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The fun-loving Miata represented one of the best sports-car values on the road. Along with its inspired styling and handling, the accommodations for the driver and passenger were comfortable, but snug. The manually operated convertible top, offered in vinyl or optional cloth, folded and unfolded with ease with one hand. It securely latched to the windshield frame and was built to last.

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Toyota Corolla: 2009-’13
April 5, 2021

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This series of Corollas continued to hold fast to its popularity primarily because they vehicles provided comfortable accommodations, decent storage space and excellent fuel economy, all wrapped up in a neat, tidy package that resembled the larger Camry. These cars also possessed an enviable reputation for reliability. Corolla drivers are so practical that they often see no reason to trade up when their car is running perfectly fine. It’s not uncommon to see decade-old cars (or older) on the road in seemingly in good shape.

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Chrysler Town & Country: 2011-’16
March 1, 2021

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Minivans, first and foremost, are all about function. 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 Stow ’n Go feature made the second-row bench seat disappear beneath the floor, while the third-row seat could be equally well hidden. The standard 283-horsepower V-6 was no slouch, whether accelerating from a dead stop or during highway passing.

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BMW 1-Series 2008-’13
February 15, 2021

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The 1-series coupe/convertibles were made on a shortened (by four inches) version of the 3-series platform and used the same engines. The base 128i came with a non-turbo inline six-cylinder that made 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, while the 135i’s twin-turbocharged six-cylinder rang in at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Each could be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic.

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Acura RDX: 2007-’12
January 25, 2021

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The RDX was a competitive alternative to the BMW X3 and was every bit as good, or better, in the all-wheel-drive department. Acura’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system — also used in the top-end RL sedan — could direct 100 percent of the engine’s rear-axle torque to the outside wheel when turning. In ideal traction conditions, front/rear torque was split 90/10. The variability made the RDX adept in slippery conditions.

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