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2013 Nissan AltimaAfter four highly successful generations, the venerable Nissan Altima enters its fifth generation as a totally new vehicle for 2013. Boasting a combination of innovative mechanical improvements, painstakingly tuned ride and handling, coupled with advanced cockpit connectivity and sleek styling, the 2013 Altima feels and drives like it’s in a class above its crowded midsize segment. read more »

 
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2012 Jeep CompassThe Jeep brand is synonymous with off-road performance. Over 70 years of go-anywhere prowess has fostered a well-earned reputation. The irony is that owners of daily-driven Jeep SUVs seldom use a fraction of their vehicle’s performance potential. This attribute that attracts Jeep buyers is oddly one that few owners maximize.

Jeep extreme-condition technology comes at a cost read more »

 
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro ConvertibleThe Chevy Camaro became an American icon on the day the very first one rolled off the assembly line 45 years ago as a 1967 model. To celebrate, there’s a 2012 Camaro SS 45th Anniversary edition. Our test vehicle was a Victory Red 2SS convertible — to which this review will be confined. read more »

 
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2013 Chevrolet MalibuThe 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, which hit showrooms about 60 days ago, is all new — inside and out. The benefits of its more aerodynamic styling are better fuel efficiency thanks to a drag coefficient of about 0.29 — among the best in the industry — and a quieter ride. It blends a smooth ride and that quiet interior with responsive handling, effective crash-test performance and outstanding build quality that holds its own against the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord — the mid-size sedan segment’s benchmark vehicles. read more »

 
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2012 Honda CR-VYou could say that the redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V has acquired a little middle age spread as it has grown from its original cute Ute size to a mid-size. A more positive (and accurate) viewpoint is that the Honda CR-V has positioned itself in the SUV sweet spot. Even with rising and unstable fuel prices many people still want and need a multi-purpose vehicle. read more »

 
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2012 Ford FiestaIn my view, the Ford Fiesta rates well against an impressive choice of recently redesigned subcompacts. Completely redesigned in 2011, Fiesta offers no significant changes for 2012. Any bugs have been worked out in the first year, yet the design is still new enough to offer the latest advances in safety and fuel efficiency. read more »

 
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2012 Audi A7Luxury and hatchback are terms that don’t seem to belong together, but the new 2012 Audi A7 has added practicality to their latest luxury/sport sedan. We don’t expect to see many A7s at Home Depot with lumber poking out of the hatch; weekend luggage and golf clubs are more likely. The A7 is a primarily an upscale sport sedan with added functionality.

Walkaround: The Audi A7 is a handsome car with an imposing presence. There is no doubt that this is a car of substance owned and driven by people of similar means. The A7 exudes Germanic Autobahn muscularity. It looks fast even when parked. read more »

 
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2012 Hyundai AccentThe Hyundai Accent was redesigned for 2012. It has more power, a new look, a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase, a new four-door hatchback body style (the two-door hatchback was dropped), and it costs more, but it’s still a tremendous value. The Accent is tight and well built. It doesn’t come across as a cheap car, although close inspection will reveal cost saving measures. read more »

 
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2012 Nissan JukeNo one can accuse Nissan of building another copycat compact SUV when it comes to the unique 2012 Juke. Nissan has one of the most extensive SUV lineups in the industry, so maybe the Juke was an attempt to fill every possible niche.

The Juke is a compact crossover SUV that leans more toward the fun, sporty side than the boring, practical side of the SUV spectrum. read more »

 
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