2017 Lexus NX300h – Entry Level Luxury Aimed at the Ladies

With every new review I try and follow the sage advice a veteran motor journalist once offered me. That is, discover what a vehicle is trying to tell me and share that with audience. After deliberation, I believe the Lexus NX300 is telling us that it wants to get home in time for the Murder She Wrote marathon.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum – Toyota’s Likable Mid-Market Crossover

Love them or loathe them, crossovers sell. They’re the right size for a lot of folks, they’re relatively capable and efficient.It’s a winning recipe, which is why practically all manufacturers have at least one offering in the segment. With all those options how is one to ever determine the best of them?  

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2017 Lexus IS 200t F Sport – A Beautiful, Boosted Bummer

This year Lexus didn’t change up the recipe too much for their IS series. They added large fighter jet style scoops on either side of the grille and a 10.25 inch screen in the dash. But the real appeal is a clever 241 horsepower 2.0L turbo-charged four cylinder.

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2017 Honda Civic Si HPT – Possibly The Best Civic Yet

The latest iteration Honda’s venerable Civic might be the best yet. To the chagrin of fanboys everywhere, this Si marks a departure from the much-loved VTEC valve train. Honda opted instead to turbo-charge the four banger in their hot Civic. How does the new Si stack up?

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2017 Kia Sorento – A Clever, Configurable Crossover

The Sorento is a flexible mid-sized crossover from Kia. It’s flexible in that it can be configured with a range of engines and either five or seven passenger trim levels. Depending on what a customer wants, they can choose a cloth seated, fuel saving kid hauler, or a dolled up, leather upholstered luxury SUV.

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2017 Kia Soul! Turbo – Kia Finally Boosts Their Box

Back in 2009 there was a boxing match of sorts. It seems that three manufacturers, Nissan, Kia and Scion, decided they’d see who could sell Americans on the boxiest automotive design. Eight years on and Kia has sweetened the recipe by tossing a turbo charger into the mix

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2017 Toyota Yaris iA -Basic Yes, Boring No

The Toyota Yaris is nestled comfortably in the subcompact class of cars. But just because this car is little doesn’t mean it’s small on charm.  Economy cars call to mind memories of stripped out rental cars with spartan interiors, uninspired exteriors, and acres of molded plastic.  

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2017 Honda HR-V – Honda’s Other Small SUV

The 2017 Honda HR-V is reminiscent of the early Civics in its simplicity, and maybe its meant to fill a niche in the affordable, small SUV market.  Built on a third-gen Honda Fit chassis, it offers available AWD and is meant to fill the niche just beneath Honda’s other small SUV, the CR-V, in both proportion and price point.

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