Test Drive: 2019 Subaru Forester comes fully loaded with tech assists

Perhaps hoping the American driver isn’t steeped in automotive history, Subaru has gone all in on safety. Its EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a standard feature on every model, is an electronic Big Brother that subtly, and sometimes aggressively, discourages drivers from doing anything stupid. Ford Motor Co. tried something similar during the 1956 model year. Its Lifeguard System protected drivers … read more

Test Drive: 2019 Terrain comes adds unconventional trappings

When we were thinking about leasing a Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain in 2016, we couldn’t help but notice the GMC was more refined — smoother, quieter, more nicely appointed inside. But the Equinox, with the same capabilities and mechanical underpinnings, fell within our price range. More subjectively, the Equinox struck us as better looking, with smooth, curving lines rather … read more

Test Drive: Great to see 2018 Buick Regal TourX sport-wagon

We’ve been fans of sport wagons since the 1990s, when we owned a 1987 Volvo 740 wagon with a turbocharged engine. It combined driving enjoyment, durability and versatility in a way no car we’ve owned, before or since, was able to match. But the 740 had its share of predecessors, including the Cutlass-based Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser and the Skylark-based Buick … read more

Test Drive: Plenty of room in 2018 Prius Three Touring

Fifteen years ago, the redesigned Toyota Prius was the hit of the subcompact-car market. But it was a one-size-fits-all vehicle — a nice-looking 4-door hatchback that seated five and delivered incredibly high fuel economy, but wasn’t much fun to drive. Moreover, Toyota used lightweight materials to maximize fuel economy, and these plastics, fabrics and interior panels felt cheap. Most of … read more

Test Drive: Elantra Eco sacrifices performance for fuel economy

Not so very long ago, choosing a compact or subcompact Hyundai meant sacrificing comfort, performance and refinement — at least in comparison with cars of similar size and shape built by Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The tradeoff was the Hyundai’s lower cost and longer warranty. Some car-shoppers undoubtedly took note of the fact a new Hyundai cost about … read more

Test Drive: 2018 Tiguan has a distinctly European feel

Taking delivery of Volkswagen’s much-improved Tiguan compact sport-utility vehicle was bittersweet, coming as it did the same week VW announced it would halt production of its iconic Beetle. But it had to happen. Many automakers are rushing to build the best possible SUVs and turning their backs on the first four letters of their collective identity — the auto. Perhaps … read more

Test Drive: Toyota C-HR trims space to compete with smaller SUVs

In its never-ending quest to right-size the great American sport-utility vehicle for every possible preference, Toyota has gone small with the C-HR. This stylish little SUV, which joins the Yaris iA in Toyota’s roster of rebadged Scions, is faintly reminiscent of the retired Toyota Matrix and its sister model, the Pontiac Vibe. Neither was as fun to drive as the … read more

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