Flash Drive

2014 Buick LaCrosse

Model Tested: 2014 Buick LaCrosse Premium Engine: 3.6-liter V-6, 304-horsepower 264 lb-ft torque Transmission: 6-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive EPA Ratings: 18-mpg city/ 28-mpg highway Base Price: $38,810 As Tested: $45,595 Performance: Powerful V-6 engine, good acceleration Smooth automatic transmission Very good highway fuel economy … read more

2014 Toyota Prius: The original hybrid is still on top

By Lary Coppola After 12 years, and more than three million vehicles sold worldwide — half of them in the U.S. — the venerable Toyota Prius remains the most popular hybrid vehicle on the planet. Now in its third generation, the Prius first … read more

2014 Acura MDX: Perfect blend of luxury, safety, efficient performance

By Bruce Caldwell Seven-passenger SUVs have improved dramatically from those early truck-based, gas-guzzling monsters like big-block V-8 ’70s/’80s Suburbans and first generation V-10 Excursions. Minimal sound insulation, harsh ride dynamics, and single or low double-digit fuel economy figures are a faint memory thanks … read more

2014 Mazda6: All-new sedan not your typical family car

By Lary Coppola With a retooled powertrain, more standard features, and a striking new design, the 2014 Mazda6 is a worthy alternative to the plethora of boring, look alike, family sedans. Everything from bold exterior lines inspired by Mazda’s Shinari concept car, to … read more

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: Sports Car SUV

By Bruce Caldwell The Jeep image has always been one of ruggedness. The brand is so synonymous with off road performance that people unfamiliar with a particular SUV’s identity are most apt to call it “a Jeep type vehicle.” Jeep’s stellar reputation was … read more

All-new 2014 Avalon signals a new direction for Toyota

By Lary Coppola Decreeing that Toyota, “…will build no more boring cars,” the company’s recently ascended President and CEO Akio Toyoda has called upon his employees to design and build cars with renewed passion and enthusiasm. And nowhere is that spirit more evident … read more

Flash Drive

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Model Tested: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse AWD LTZ Engine: 3.6-liter V6, 288-horsepower 270 lb-ft torque Transmission: 6-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive EPA Ratings: 16-mpg city/ 23-mpg highway Base Price: $42,575 As Tested: $46,200 Performance: Trailer towing transmission mode 5,200 pound towing capacity 500-mile cruising range StabiliTrak … read more

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