Category Archives: Autofile

Range Rover Sport: 2006-’13
April 4, 2022

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The Ranger Rover Sport was intended for fast, long-distance drives, a much different task than the pricier Range Rover. The Sport also looked leaner, meaner and quicker. It could be had with a “dynamic response” system that kept the vehicle flatter when cornering, planting the weight more evenly amongst the high-speed-rated low-profile tires.

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Jaguar XF: 2009-’15
March 21, 2022

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The XF was a breath of fresh air from a styling perspective as Jaguar stepped away from its historic roots. The designers also didn’t emulate the European- and Japan-based competition and gave the XF a contemporary (and muscular) appearance. Also impressive was the wide variety of engine options that eventually ranged from a tame 240 horsepower all the way up to a blistering 550 horsepower in the XFR.

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Mini Countryman: 2011-’16
March 14, 2022

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Unlike other Mini models, 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 was a moon-sized round pod that housed the speedometer and the infotainment screen.

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Honda Civic: 2016-’21
February 7, 2022

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The Civic sedan was sleek and comfortable with more than adequate space for four passengers, and five if you didn’t mind a tight squeeze in back. A flat floor and sizable trunk also made for agreeable long-distance travel. The base 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine worked particularly well with the smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable unit (CVT) was optional.

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Hyundai Genesis: 2009-’14
November 15, 2021

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The Genesis — the car and not the luxury brand that came later — represented radical change for Hyundai. The rear-wheel-drive sedan (a coupe came later) was designed to rival full-size luxury offerings from Europe, Japan and North America. Base models came with a 290-horsepower V-6, while an optional 4.6-liter V-8 delivered either 368 or 385 horsepower, depending on whether you pumped regular or premium gasoline into the tank. Both engines were connected to six-speed automatic transmissions.

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Dodge Dart: 2013-’16
November 8, 2021

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Dodge claimed that the Dart’s platform resulted in a car that was the largest in its class, ahead of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Chevrolet Cruze. The Dart was built in Illinois. Styling was smooth and clearly Dodge-like and the spacious interior was also a standout, with futuristic-looking gauges, nontraditional control-panel displays and a unique storage area beneath the front-passenger-seat-cushion.

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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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Description

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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