2014 Chevy Malibu: Smooth and refined

By Lary Coppola While the Chevrolet Malibu was all-new for 2013, its reception from buyers was somewhat lukewarm, and at one point, dealers were actually selling more discounted 2012 models than new 2013s. Chevy quickly worked up a significant list of refinements and … read more

2014 Jeep Compass: The mini Grand Cherokee

By Bruce Caldwell The Jeep brand is one of the most iconic in the history of American automobiles. The parent company, Chrysler, has done everything possible to maximize the brand’s value. They have expanded beyond the marquee models Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee … read more

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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

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