Category Archives: Autofile

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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BMW X6: 2009-’14
December 14, 2020

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Surprisingly, the first-generation X6 had nearly as much passenger and trunk space as the squared-off X5 (credit the extra-tall body for that slight of hand). As well, sharing the X5’s engine choices meant the vehicle was a lively performer despite its nearly 5,000-pound curb weight. The X6 could hold its own on twisty roads, thanks in large measure to a superior all-wheel-drive system. Most amazing was the brutish 555-horse X6 M that was capable of sprints to 60 mph from zero in the low-four-second range.

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GMC Acadia: 2007-’16
November 2, 2020

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The Acadia provided plenty of leg, knee and elbowroom for everyone, including adults seated in the third row. Entering and exiting the wagon was also fairly easy due to a lower ride height than similar models that were built on pickup-type full frames. Acadias that were equipped with all-wheel-drive earned nearly the same fuel-economy rating as the front-wheel-drive models. Versions fitted with second-row captain’s chairs (instead of a bench seat) were limited to seven passengers, but those in the middle row had additional room and comfort.

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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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