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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Test Review: Power Mad

There’s a line from Moby-Dick, “In a whaler wonders soon wane.” Cetaceans are awesome creatures, magnificent mammalian consequences of evolution. Awesome, in the older, proper sense of the word. And in a life spent in their pursuit, so filled was it with wonder, the whaler soon grew immune to unsubduable excitement. As much as I […]

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2019 Jeep Cherokee First Look: Still on Comeback Trail

The Jeep name can be a license to print money, and the Cherokee midsize SUV is in the largest SUV segment that shows no signs of sales slowing anytime soon. But FCA still has some work to do, which is why the 2019 Jeep Cherokee—which makes its debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show—gets a […]

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2019 Hyundai Veloster First Look: Halo Kiddy

Hyundai refers to its quirky one-plus-two-door Veloster coupe as a “reverse halo vehicle,” meaning it’s intended to draw young buyers in and get them hooked so that as they age, start families, and get promoted they’ll buy ever fancier Hyundai cars and utes. In Korea they even sell it under a “Premium Youth Lab” subbrand. […]

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2019 Kia Forte First Look: More Stylish and Efficient Compact Now Offers a CVT

The 2019 Kia Forte sedan makes its debut with a sleeker, more coupelike exterior at the 2018 Detroit auto show. Kia says that its compact sedan takes design cues from the Stinger to give it a more aggressive appearance. With its updated powertrain and an all-new CVT option, the 2019 Forte aims to be stylish […]

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2019 Acura RDX Prototype First Look: Larger, Stiffer, More Powerful

Acura might be calling its unveil of the third-generation RDX crossover a prototype, but the five-passenger luxury SUV making its global debut at North American International Auto Show is production-ready. It goes on sale this summer, and there also will be an A-Spec variant available at launch—the first sporty addition for an Acura SUV. In […]

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2019 Toyota Avalon First Look: The Next Big Toyota

As more Americans flock to SUVs, the number of automakers still competing in traditional sedan segments has shrunk. But Toyota still sees a market of buyers for full-size sedans and thus is rolling out a fifth-generation Avalon. Because it rides on the same TNGA platform as the 2018 Camry, the redesigned 2019 Avalon also benefits […]

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2019 Ram 1500 First Look: Welcome Wagons

Since its 2009 model-year launch, the current Ram has very gradually increased its share of the full-size truck market from 16 to 22 percent. Half-ton pickup buyers are fiercely loyal, and indeed no other manufacturer has seen fluctuations of more than a couple percent during that time, which suggests that Ram is growing by snagging […]

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class First Look

Since it was first introduced in 1979, the Mercedes G-Wagen has received more than its fair share of updates. But despite being on the road for nearly 40 years, it’s never once received a complete redesign. Until now. Meet the brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Granted, it doesn’t look all that different than the previous model, […]

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Look

Volkswagen gave us the opportunity to review a camouflaged 2019 Jetta prototype last month, and in the words of Jonny Lieberman, “It had no rough edges. It seemed like a well-thought-out commodity product, though one that doesn’t tug at my heartstrings.” At the time, Volkswagen kept most of the specs and details to itself, preferring […]

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt First Look: Famed Car Returns

It was supposed to be a surprise: a dollop of sports car news at an auto show dominated by pickup trucks. But the cat was out of the bag with numerous confirmations that Ford would reveal the 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the North American International Auto Show. The famed Mustang was part of a press […]

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