Drive: 2019 Santa Fe doesn’t disappoint

Hyundai entered the U.S. market as a manufacturer of small, inexpensive, fuel-efficient sedans and hatchbacks. But the South Korean automaker soon jumped aboard the sport-utility bandwagon and has been hugely successful. How successful? Last year, only the compact Elantra line outsold the midsize Santa Fe among Hyundai’s diverse offerings. Hyundai redesigned the Santa Fe for 2019. The changes, while generally … read more

Test Drive: 2019 VW Golf knows big things come in small packages

Anyone who remembers driving a 1960s or ’70s Volkswagen Beetle may be surprised to learn the 2019 VW Golf actually has a smaller engine than its revered predecessor. The air-cooled engine that powered the Beetle ranged from 1 liter in pre-war models to 1.6 liters in 1970s. The standard engine in today’s Golf is just 1.4 liters, with a turbocharger. … read more

Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat impresses

The midsize sedan remains a drag on many automakers’ balance sheets, as the American love affair with sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks goes on. Yet most automakers continue to place substantial bets on the lowly sedan. During the past year, we’ve driven some of the America’s and Asia’s best medium-priced, midsize sedans, including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Hyundai … 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

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