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2022 Volkswagen Golf R

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Review: Great ‘One Car Solution’ Driver, but Touch Controls Frustrate

Volkswagen’s outgoing ‘Mark 7′ GTI, and Golf R were, to me and to many others, near perfection. Over decades, VW refined and refined the hot (and hotter) hatchbacks to where they were formulaically fantastic drivers’ cars, just as happy to bumble around a city as they were to be ripped around a racetrack. My hope, …

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2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Lime Rush

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: Due for Replacement, Yet Remarkably Charming

I was a rising senior in college when the current generation of Toyota 4Runner first launched. A few years later, I had graduated and was working at my first “big boy” job, for a company that no longer exists – AOL – and Toyota gave Ye Olde 4Runner a facelift. Eleven years have passed since the fifth-generation …

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2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic Bluefire Blue

Bringing a Jaguar F-Pace Home Was My ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It’ Moment

In the time I’ve been reviewing new cars, there have been ostensibly cooler, faster, more expensive, and more interesting cars pass through my hands than yet another midsize sport-utility. And my parents, despite their last ride in whatever I was driving being a 668 horsepower stick-shift Cadillac, have never been so excited as when I …

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2022 Audi S5 Sportback Turbo Blue

2022 Audi S5 Sportback Review: The Not-Sedan Hot Sedan

In 2004, Mercedes-Benz introduced the CLS-Class. It was, in effect, a swoopier and ‘sportier’ variant of their midsize E-Class sedan, with more rakish looks and a bit less practicality as a result. Every German automaker soon followed, creating “four door coupes” that obliterated all sense of the word “coupe” and its meaning. But where some …

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing blue

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Review: Making Our Spring Trackcross Weekend Even More Special

Being able to sample handfuls of new cars is fun on its own, but the real joy in this now-weekly exercise is, for me, being able to share them with others. Some cars are more special than others for whatever reason – and when the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing was added to my review schedule, I …

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2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT white

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Review: Following the GT Formula and Testing BlueCruise

I had a few friends in high school with 2001-or-so Ford Mustangs. Some had the V6, others were Mustang GTs with Ford’s 4.6 liter V8. The Mustang GTs were faster – with 37 percent more horsepower – but otherwise only had mild upgrades over a “regular” Mustang V6. You had to pick a Mustang Mach 1 or …

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2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak red

2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak Review: Smart, Capable, and Very Endearing

I am not an experienced off-roader, nor are there very difficult trails within a day’s distance of my home in Washington, DC. I generally prefer my convertibles to be sporty and look for lowering springs instead of lift kits. Vehicles like Ford’s Bronco and its archrival Jeep Wrangler aren’t really… my thing. But I love …

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