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  • On the Road Review: Audi A4 Allroad 2.0T Quattro

    On the Road Review: Audi A4 Allroad 2.0T Quattro gallery

    In the history of all-wheel-drive cars, German-produced models have generated tons of interest and acclaim. Audi has certainly earned the most recognition with its Quattro-equipped models winning races the world over. For 2017, Audi revives the Allroad model in its latest A4 wagon series. Unlike the Avant, the Allroad moniker embraces the taller tires and

  • On the Road Review: Ford Focus RS

    On the Road Review: Ford Focus RS

    Do you ever think about those drivers who have slid off a snow-covered roadway, resting sideways, or worse, upside down in the ditch or the median? I do. I wonder if they were traveling too fast for the grip of their tires, perhaps believing that tires that work great in South Beach Miami are suitable

  • Volvo XC90: The return of Scandinavian luxury

    Volvo XC90: The return of Scandinavian luxury

    Volvo’s hiatus from the luxury class sales wars is about to end. Dormant and almost irrelevant since Ford cast aside this brand almost a decade ago, Volvo has utilized purchaser Geely Motors’ (Chinese billions) assets to create some impressive new products. This week’s XC90 is the first, with the S90 sedan and V90 Cross Country

  • On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL

    On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL

    Sub-compact class crossovers are playing a large role in the whole crossover expansion. Which seems really odd, because as recently as five or six years ago, automakers struggled to sell hatchback compact cars in this market — a fixture of the new car market in the rest of the world. Now, crossovers, all with five-door

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Red Sport Sedan

    On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Red Sport Sedan

    When consumers are polled about high-performance luxury sedans, they inevitably respond with German names like BMW M3/M4, Mercedes AMG or Audi S-cars. Sometimes Cadillac’s ATS-V and CTS-V get mentioned, yet consumers don’t often remember that the Asian automakers also have attempted to climb the mountain in this class. Infiniti is taking another run at the

  • On the Road Review: Ford Focus ST

    On the Road Review: Ford Focus ST

    Ford’s Focus is often an afterthought entry in a class of cars best known for the Asian all-stars named Corolla and Civic. In fact, the latter two compact cars outsell the venerable Focus almost two-to-one each year. Furthermore, the Focus barely outsells the Hyundai Elantra while Chevy’s Cruze isn’t far behind the Hyundai. Even despite

  • On the Road Review: Fiat 124 Spider Roadster

    On the Road Review: Fiat 124 Spider Roadster

    In 1967, Fiat Motors of Italy debuted its own small roadster to battle the little two-seaters from England. Affordable and wearing the alluring styling that only Italian cars can, the 124 Spider cultivated a loyal following that enabled the diminutive sports car to remain in the market until 1985 — outlasting the Brits in a