The 2015 Volvo XC60 can be viewed as the modern incarnation of the tall, boxy Volvo wagons beloved of families from the Sixties through the Nineties. Sure, we may call them crossover utility vehicles now–and all-wheel drive is a necessary option–but this is the safe, practical, capacious family vehicle your parents may have bought from Volvo. Now, however, it’s got a host of new electronic safety systems, remarkably stylish lines, and for 2015, some new powertrains that boost fuel efficiency while improving the handling–at least in the front-wheel-drive models. Read full cars review… »
The Volvo S60 has sharp handling, a sleek design, and advanced features. That may or may not line up with your image of the brand, but Volvo says it’s more than enough to put this mid-size premium sedan on the same level as Acura and Infiniti. In other words, get used to it: the S60 is the snappy, safety-minded harbinger of Swedish things to come. Read full cars review… »
The 2014 Acura RDX is a well-rounded pick for style-conscious families who want a manageably sized crossover without too many compromises in features, safety, or performance. That said, it’s quite the about-face from what the RDX was just a couple of model years ago—a sharp, performance-focused niche crossover that definitely made some compromises in the name of sportiness.
Sedans have long been big business in America, but the prime players aren’t resting on their laurels. Designs are growing edgier and more high-tech, engines becoming more powerful yet also more efficient, and the features and functions inside are ever-more computerized and advanced–in many ways, luxury is becoming mainstream. The 2014 Honda Accord represents these trends as well as any sedan, and better than most, offering a wide range of capabilities and features to a broad segment of the market. Read full cars review… »
The 2015 Honda Fit is an all-new, third-generation version of Honda’s subcompact five-door hatchback. It packs more interior volume into the same footprint, and sports crisper, more aerodynamic lines and a new and more fuel-efficient powertrain. Most important, the Fit retain the “Magic Seat” rear seat that gives it simply unparalleled interior flexibility–but housed in a quieter and more comfortable vehicle that is likely to offer tough competition for other subcompacts on the market. Read full cars review… »
The 2015 Nissan Murano is more of a lifestyle vehicle than the company’s Rogue or Pathfinder crossover utility vehicles. The styling and interior make a statement and are meant to reward owners with premium features at a reasonable price. Performance and handling should be predictable, given the familiar powertrain and two previous generations of Murano. If you’re an empty-nester who lives an active life and likes a bit of luxe, Nissan wants to talk to you. Read full cars review… »
The Toyota Avalon has been accused of stepping into Buick’s old shoes–of catering to the crowd shopping for their final car. The latest edition gets some ambition: it’s more of a Toyota flagship, trimmed down slightly in size and imaginatively reshaped. It’s so different, it’s one of the few cars we think should change its name. It now looks interesting, performs with verve, returns up to 40 mpg, and has an intuitive but tech-advanced interface that’s one of the best in a large sedan. Read full cars review… »
The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling passenger car in America for a few years. It’s not the first sedan we recommend, though. It’s had a reputation for being a pragmatic and safe choice that remains, but it’s never been very exciting or handsome, and in the past year it’s lost some of the default recommendations for reliability it once enjoyed. Read full cars review… »