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KIA CADENZA

MODEL OVERVIEW The Cadenza is a semi-premium midsize sedan that fits above the Optima in size and price, but well below the big K900 in power and prestige. It’s a comfortable competitor for the Toyota Avalon, and a mechanical twin to the Hyundai Azera. History In 1993 there were four Kia dealerships in the U.S., and they were relegated to selling a miserable little sedan called the Sephia, or a less miserable and almost cool little SUV called the Sportage. A succession of not very excellent cars and SUVs followed, and without a good…

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FORD TAURUS

MODEL OVERVIEW The full-size Ford Taurus sedan sits at the top of the automaker’s passenger car range above the midsize Fusion sedan and compact Focus and subcompact Fiesta sedans and hatchbacks. History The Ford Taurus name was first used in 1986 on an all-new front-drive midsize sedan that replaced the rear-drive midsize Ford LTD sedan. With its aerodynamic styling, the Taurus quickly became the best-selling car in its segment. After four generations and increasingly stiff competition, the Taurus was replaced for the 2005 model year with the full-size Ford Five Hundred and midsize Ford Fusion sedans….

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DODGE CHARGER

MODEL OVERVIEW In the mid-2000s, Dodge revived the Charger not as the two-door muscle car we once knew, but instead as a large sedan. With its bold styling, available V-8 power, and high-performance SRT Hellcat trim, this four-door sedan puts pressure on rivals like the Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, and Nissan Maxima with extra attitude and a little sportiness. History The original Dodge Charger, based on the Dodge Coronet, was released in 1966 as a two-door fastback with a choice of several V-8s paired to a three- or four-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic. Dodge released…

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TOYOTA PRIUS C

MODEL OVERVIEW Currently the smallest hybrid you can buy under the Toyota brand, the Toyota Prius C is the entry-level model of the Prius range and is also one of the least expensive hybrids on sale. Unlike the larger Prius models, the Prius C uses a 1.5-liter I-4 combined with an electric motor for a total output of 99 hp. A CVT is the only transmission available just like in the rest of the Prius family. Toyota’s Safety Sense-C suite of active safety features, which includes automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and the…

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CHEVROLET VOLT

MODEL OVERVIEW Compared to other plug-in hybrids, the Chevrolet Volt offers superior driving dynamics and more all-electric range. When the battery is low on electric charge, a gas-powered generator activates to give you the extra juice necessary for long drives. History Originally previewed by a concept in 2007, the first-generation Chevrolet Volt and its unique Voltec powertrain system debuted for the 2011 model year. It featured a T-shaped 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack coupled to an electric motor with 149 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack’s capacity was later increased to…

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CHEVROLET BOLT EV

MODEL OVERVIEW One of the first electric vehicles to have a range of over 200 miles on a single charge, the Chevrolet Bolt is a practical hatchback, like the less expensive and lower-range NissanLeaf but unlike the Tesla Model 3. First introduced as a concept at the 2015 Detroit auto show, a near-production-spec Bolt was unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Powering the EV is an electric motor with 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque backed by a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery. With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on…

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2018 BMW 640I XDRIVE GRAN TURISMO FIRST DRIVE: A BMW WITH A DIFFERENCE

There are two ways of looking at the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo: A) It’s the answer to a question no one asked, or B) It’s a more interesting, more useful, and more luxurious alternative to a loaded 5 Series sedan. We take the latter view. Make no mistake—this car will be a tough sell when it arrives at BMW dealers in the U.S. this fall priced from $70,695. It’s not that the 6 Series Gran Turismo is a bad car. It’s just that Americans aren’t big fans of hatchbacks even…

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2017 Hyundai Verna review: Why Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz should be worried

Hyundai had been struggling for a while in the sedan segment with the older Verna as it lacked features compared to its main rivals such as the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Now though, the company has launched the 5th generation Verna in order to counter the competition and grab a bigger slice of the large sedan segment in India. The all-new Verna now features a host of improvements in almost all areas and one would expect Hyundai has adopted its usual strategy of loading the car with many features from a segment…

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2017 Nissan Sentra Buyer’s Guide

Behold Its Roomy and Refined Interior Boasting more rear legroom than some midsize sedans and similarly impressive interior design and materials, the Nissan Sentra is one of the grown-ups in the compact car segment. There are sportier and more boldly styled alternatives in its price range, but the accommodating, efficient and tech-savvy Sentra delivers an excellent mix of the characteristics most buyers care about in the real world. Driving It From our full review of the 2017 Nissan Sentra: “In its most basic form, Nissan’s compact Sentra sedan for 2017 seems more concerned with…

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2017 Toyota Corolla Buyer’s Guide

Traditional Virtues Fortified by High MPG The venerable Toyota Corolla’s most recent stem-to-stern makeover enhanced this compact bestseller’s traditional strengths — reliability, affordability, low operating costs — with 21st-century must-have improvements: a roomier interior, reduced interior noise, and increased fuel economy. Its more contemporary sheetmetal surrounds a substantially larger Corolla, which offers one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. For 2017, the Corolla receives updated styling and a limited 50th Anniversary Special Edition. More safety equipment is now standard on all Corollas, including the Toyota Safety Sense-P suite…

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