Test Drive: Not much has changed except for engine with Dodge Durango

Who’d have thought a 2018 Dodge Durango would instigate a mild marital disagreement? The wife, preparing to drive 300 miles into potentially snowy weather, favored the muscular, winter-ready Durango over the luxurious 2017 Lexus NX 300h, also with all-wheel drive. The husband took note of the Lexus’ significant fuel-economy advantage and superior safety rating; he argued for keeping the Durango … read more

Test Drive: Toyota Highlander is roomy, reliable, versatile

Toyota’s Highlander, a midsize sport-utility vehicle, long has been one of the Japanese automaker’s most popular models. More than 215,000 Highlanders, which are assembled in Princeton, Ind., wound up with new homes last year. The new year started with a bang with 15,484 units sold — nearly 3,000 more than in January 2017, for a vehicle that’s almost unchanged from … read more

Test Drive: The best crossovers and sedans

Last year’s parade of test cars included some exciting new models notable mostly for their standout fuel economy. One of our test cars had a range of 758 miles — enough to drive nonstop from Bethel, Conn., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., without stopping for gasoline. Without further ado, here are the vehicles that made a big impression on us in … read more

Test Drive: The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is an impressive luxury sedan

Unlike the popular European luxury sedans, the designers of premium Japanese models often have made handling secondary to riding comfort. Upon finding ourselves behind the wheel of a 2018 Infiniti Q50, we discovered a moderately priced midsize luxury sedan that’s full of surprises. Our Infiniti’s personality was solidly European. It rode firmly, and the run-flat, all-season, 18-inch tires exhibited admirable … read more

Test Drive: Rogue Sport exceeds expectations

We didn’t expect much from Nissan’s newest compact crossover, the Rogue Sport. We’ve developed a fairly strong preference for midsize crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda Equinox and Nissan Murano, over compacts and subcompacts. Thus, we were pleasantly surprised by our 2017 Rogue Sport SL … though not everyone who saw it was enamored of its Nitro Lime skin. The … read more

Engineers put simplicity first in 2018 Chevy Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado and its GMC stablemate, the Canyon, got off to a bumpy start in 2004, when they replaced the smaller S-10 and Sonoma pickup trucks. Reviewers were unimpressed, and the trucks fared poorly owner-satisfaction surveys. General Motors gave its smallest pickup trucks a two-year hiatus after the 2012 model year, about the same time Ford Motor Co. dropped … read more

Test Drive: Drivers have refinement and security with 2017 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4

The Mini line of small cars began life as Britain’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle — a small, fuel-efficient, inexpensive, functional sedan. It didn’t take long for enthusiasts to discover the Mini’s racing potential and it soon became iconic. Never a big seller in the United States under a number of corporate owners, it nevertheless acquired a following here. Finally, … read more

Test Drive: Chevrolet Traverse draws crowds with its appeal

Our introduction to the fully redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse came during the Connecticut International Auto Show in Hartford last month. With crisp, straightforward lines and slightly larger dimensions than its predecessor, the white Traverse had loads of appeal and drew crowds under its black, white and gold bow-tie banner. Looking deeper, we learned the redesigned Traverse weighs about 400 pounds … read more

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