Driving Notes

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2018 Volvo XC60

The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin. READ MORE

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2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters. READ MORE

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

The 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Chief had a solid ride and more cushion than I expected. With a Chief Clear-Coat coastal blue paint job and a white hardtop, it screams beach day. READ MORE

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2018 Toyota Camry XSE V-6

The 2018 Camry has been lowered, widened, and lengthened. A trio of new powertrains also improve fuel economy for America's top-selling sedan. READ MORE

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas

The three-row 2018 Atlas provides impressive cargo carrying capacity, along with a quality ride, responsive steering feel, and solid handling. READ MORE

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2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Crossovers, such as the Subaru Crosstrek, are shifting fleet buying preferences in vehicle types found on corporate selectors. Once considered an upgrade, crossovers are now found in fleets in representative ratios as the retail market. READ MORE

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2018 Toyota C-HR

The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control. READ MORE

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now. READ MORE

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2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

When testing a fleet vehicle, you first need to determine whether it can fulfill various fleet applications. Next, assess the variables that influence the total cost of ownership, determine safety ratings, and evaluate driver ergonomics. READ MORE

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2017 Toyota RAV4

Compact SUVs have increased in popularity over the last few years, and the appeal for this class of vehicle was apparent during my test drive with the 2017 RAV4. READ MORE

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2017 Audi Q7 3.0T

When I think of a seven-seat, three-row SUV, I usually wouldn't think it would be nimble. Even five-seat SUVs would have a hard time convincing me they were quick, but that was my experience with the 2017 Q7. READ MORE

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Traverse enters a crowded and intensely competitive category that pits two-row and three-row offerings in pitched battle. The generational update comes nine years after Chevrolet introduced the Traverse, and following two mid-cycle updates in 2013 and 2015. READ MORE

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Touted as “America’s First Hybrid Minivan,” the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid gives those weary of stepping into an all-electric vehicle a stepping stone in the right direction. READ MORE

Photo of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T by Vince Taroc.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T

Chevrolet's second 2018 Equinox model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. READ MORE

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2018 Audi Q5

Audi's 2018 Q5 enters its second generation with a look and feel that's very reminiscent of its first generation. The new luxury compact SUV arrives with a more powerful engine, additional cargo space, and a design face-lift. READ MORE

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2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X

GMC has been rolling out variants of their trucks that have been slightly enhanced for off-road driving. What started with the Canyon and Sierra 1500 now comes to the GMC 2500 platform with the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X. READ MORE

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2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable. READ MORE

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2017 BMW 540i

BMW's 5 Series enters its seventh generation with a long-awaited refresh that adds more powerful engines and a barrage of driver-assisting tech, while retaining much of the exterior styling and dimensions of the luxury sedan. READ MORE

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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

The 2017 Kia Niro is a gasoline-electric hybrid that seemingly appeals to buyers of subcompact SUVs, as well as those hearts and minds with a greener hue. READ MORE

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2017 Jeep Compass 4x4

The 2017 Compass slots between the Renegade and Cherokee in the Jeep lineup and will do battle in the burgeoning smaller compact SUV niche. READ MORE

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

One of the biggest selling points of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid is its fuel efficiency. Touted as the most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle in America, the base Blue model boasts fuel efficiency of 58 mpg combined. READ MORE

Photo of 2017 B7 Alpina by Paul Clinton.

BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation. READ MORE

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai brings a strong competitor to the battery EV segment with its new Ioniq Electric sedan. On a full charge, it gets 124 miles MPGe and is one of the larger electric vehicles at 176 inches in length. READ MORE

Photo of the Rogue Sport (left) and Rogue courtesy of Nissan.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Nissan's 2017 Rogue Sport is based on the European Qashqai, and shares only a limited number of cosmetic components with its larger Rogue sibling. READ MORE

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2017 Genesis G80

From the easy-to-use 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen to the fine leather covered 16-way power driver seat, the G80 exudes quality. READ MORE

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