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2010 Dodge Journey

Minivans started out as utilitarian, family-intended vehicles. They were clunky-looking, pretty slow - and swathed in hard plastics. But on the upside, they were inexpensive, easy to clean - and so perfect...

2010 Porsche Boxster

Why do Porsches continue to sell? You can get exotic car performance in a modern car for much less than exotic car money. A slightly tweaked Mitsubishu EVO will do 12 second...

2011 Chevy Malibu

Things have gotten easier on GM-inclined, mid-sized family sedan buyers since the recent "retirement" of Pontiac and Saturn. Where once there were at least three separate GM models to look at,...

2011 Hyundai Sonata

When the 2011 Sonata appeared in my driveway, shiny black and handsome-looking - I initially thought it was the Genesis, Hyundai's top-of-the-line sedan. It's that easy to mistake the $19k (to start)...

2011 Lexus GX460

Why would anyone spend fifty grand on a 4WD luxury SUV? It seems nutty to some of us. After all, you might scratch the paint or get dirt on those nice thick-piled...

2011 Ford Fiesta

Since at least the late 1970s, most people came to accept that if you wanted a really good small car, you had to shop for a Japanese small car. The stuff...

2010 Toyota Yaris Sport… uh… ok!

Can there be such a thing as a sporty economy car? And if it's doable, is it sensible? Toyota says the answer to both questions is the '10 Yaris Sport. WHAT IT IS The...

2010 Nissan Sentra SE-R

Really quick - and really powerful - compact sedans and hatches are now being sold by several automakers. Some (like the new MazdaSpeed3) are pushing over 260 hp. The downside is they're...

2010 Infiniti EX35

Why are car-based "crossover" wagons becoming so popular? That's simple enough. They're roomy like SUVs, usually look rugged like an SUV - and do about as well in the rain and...

2011 Kia Sorento

Kia did really well with its Sedona minivan - which was more affordable than many and better-built than most. But the traditional minivan is on the endangered species...
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