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2018 Toyota Prius C

Auto review: 2018 Toyota Prius C

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2018 Mazda3 4-Door

After test-driving several Mazda hatchbacks and crossover models, a Mazda3 sedan finally showed up at the door. I found this four-door just as sporty and responsive as its hatchback counterpart. I had the 2018 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring in Mazda-speak. What that meant was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that made 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. It was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability, paddle shifters and the ability to be put into sport mode.

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2018 Genesis G80 AWD

Somebody once told me that a luxury brand is defined by its sedans not by its coupes, wagons or its utility vehicles.

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2018 Hyundai Tucson AWD

Impressive, that is the first thing that came to mind when we saw the 2018 Hyundai Tucson crossover.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

New offerings from Mitsubishi have been rare.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax Premier

After almost a week of test-driving the 2017 Chevrolet Trax, we looked at the monroney (sticker) as we started to write the review.

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2018 Lexus LS 500

Lexus has come full circle. In 1989, the automaker chose this city for the world debut of the LS 400, its first luxury sedan. Over the years, the brand has grown in terms of models offered, it has introduced hybrids and it has become the industry benchmark for quality and service.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra

Torrey Pines, Calif. – It was the frosting on the cake. The last day of our stay here, we got the chance to take a brief test drive in the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. There are two models of the Elantra, well, actually three, the sedan, the GT and the GT Sport. The sedan was not here but the GT and the GT Sport were. This is an important car for Hyundai, accounting for 20 percent of its sales. Since 1991, almost three million copies have been sold. The Elantra has been so successful that the sedan is built in the U.S. But we were here to drive the hatchback. Both models were powered by four-cylinder engines. In the case of the GT, it came with a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that made 162 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The GT Sport had a 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that made 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

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2017 Genesis G90 RWD 5.0 Ultimate

We were in a parking lot and found ourselves answering a bevy of questions from a couple of guys. The first and most important was what kind of car we were driving. It was a Genesis G90. And in those few minutes, we discovered the upside and the downside of Genesis. In a cluttered and crowded automotive market, Genesis must establish brand recognition. What’s more, it must accomplish this with limited product offerings. We had the top of the line Genesis G90 5.0. It was a full-size rear-wheel-drive sedan powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that made 420 horsepower on premium fuel or 407 with regular gas. It made 383 pound-feet of torque using premium and 372 using regular gas.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

TORREY PINES, Calif., -- There was a 2018 Hyundai Sonata on display in front of the hotel here. We could tell it was a Sonata but it was crisper, sharper, and more contemporary than the current model. In their restyle of the Sonata, Hyundai’s designers gave it a cascading grille, what they called an assertive profile and an entirely new rear end that was rounded off with slimmer tail lights. They wanted to make a visual impact and the new midsized Sonata for 2018 sedan looked like they succeeded.

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