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When it arrived in 2003, the sleek and stylish Nissan Murano was one of the first crossovers to break from the square mold that SUVs have been traditionally cast from. Now that there are relatively few truck-like SUVs remaining, Nissan is pushing the styling envelope forward again with the bold new 2015 Murano.

Volkswagen must have gotten tired of having to answer questions about why it won’t build a true competitor to cars like the WRX STI. Sure, the GTI has always been a brilliant little hot hatch, but it has also been a step behind in terms of sheer speed, and the R32 and previous generation Golf R didn’t spice things up...

Lexus has a reputation for making vehicles that are comfortable, quiet, safe, reliable, but perhaps a bit boring. Although the company is trying to create a more exciting brand image, through such vehicles as the exotic LFA and the new RC coupe, its bread and butter will continue to be more sensible sedans and...

The Geolander H/T G056 is Yokohama’s long lasting all-season tire designed for small trucks and SUVs. With a 70,000 mile treadwear warranty, this highway terrain tire is engineered to provide years of trouble free driving, as well as exceptional all-weather handling. eBay Motors will be conducting an extended test of...

It’s no secret that car enthusiasts love to hate on SUVs, as most just don’t perform well, especially compared to a well-designed coupe or sedan. Even your modern car-based crossover is just too tall, too heavy, and too likely to be stuck doing carpool duty to warrant any serious consideration from a performance...

If the idea of a mini SUV seems strange, then a high performance mini SUV is just downright weird. This hasn’t stopped Nissan from taking its little Juke and giving it the NISMO treatment, and for this year, there is an even more potent Juke in the form of the NISMO RS.

For years Subaru has marketed the Outback as the go-to vehicle for the outdoor crowd. Although the previous generation, launched in 2010, made the Outback look more like a crossover SUV, for most people the Outback continues to serve as a modern day station wagon, but one with surprising off road capability. The new...

Now in its fifth year, the Legends of the Autobahn show brings together fans of German made automobiles during Pebble Beach Concours week. Amongst the many rows of shining German engineering, there were an overwhelming number of older Mercedes-Benz cars that made us pause and discover the many stories to be found. One...

BMW has unveiled three significant cars at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: the BMW Vision Future Luxury, the BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, and the 30th Anniversary BMW M5. BMW Vision Future Luxury With groundbreaking exterior and interior design, along with innovative technology, the BMW Vision...

Luxury crossovers are one of the hottest segments in the market, and smaller sized entry-level premium crossovers have become especially enticing for new car buyers. More practical than a sedan, and with the kind of features and performance befitting a luxury car, these little utes are being snapped up by young...

The Chevy Suburban has been around for quite a while. So long, in fact, that it now has the distinction of being the longest continuous use automotive nameplate in the world. The Suburban was also the first truck-based SUV, and continues to be one of GM’s most profitable models.

Likes: Screaming 4.2L V8 loves to rev to its 8,000+ rpm redline Handling limits are so high you’ll be itching to hit the track Superb 7-speed S-tronic transmission makes you forget that there is no clutch pedal Typical Audi interior is comfortable and hard to fault Dislikes: The smallish V8 lacks low-end grunt,...

Round 2: German Compact Coupes – BMW M235i vs. Mercedes CLA 45 AMG For those who feel that stuffing a big engine in a large car is a bit clumsy and oafish, the Germans have long provided a satisfying answer. After all, BMW practically invented the small sports sedan, and now even AMG has decided to tackle the compact...

Round 1 – American muscle cars – Chevrolet SS vs 300 SRT We take 2 American muscle sedans out on the track to see which best satisfies the need for speed. Chevrolet is back in the American muscle car game with the new SS, although we have Australia to thank for this big brawny sedan. Like the recently deceased...

Likes: One word: torque!! Excellent fuel efficiency, especially on the highway Well-balanced sport suspension provides comfort and performance Class-leading interior design Elegant, distinctive exterior design Dislikes: $66k base price is quite steep Not the roomiest mid-size luxury car Annoying dashboard squeak Let...

Comparing 2 Bestselling Luxury Sport Crossovers 2014 Acura MDX AWD 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50 Likes: Capable handling makes the MDX a surefooted driving companion 300 pound weight loss means improved performance and efficiency Revised exterior is less edgy, more mature Good value, with a $42,000 starting...

Pros: Sharp, athletic new exterior style Roomy interior is also quite luxurious Excellent road manners for a large vehicle Lots of available tech features Cons: Powertrain options are largely unchanged High priced Hybrid model lacks a good value proposition Mid-sized crossovers have fast become one of the bread...

Review: 2014 Cadillac CTS Pros: The CTS is now one of the best handling luxury sedans, period 3 available engines give customers plenty of choice when it comes to power and efficiency New 8 speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly Restyled exterior proves there is still plenty of life left in Cadillac’s Art and...

Likes: Rev-happy V6 engine provides surprisingly good acceleration Excellent fuel economy, especially on the highway New styling is definitely more eye-catching Interior is finally roomy enough to not feel cramped Lots of available technology Dislikes: Exterior styling still isn’t exactly head turning Interior...

Likes: Bold new styling makes for a more aggressive, muscular appearance New Platinum and 1794 editions offer all the luxury trimmings Suspension is well-balanced for both road and off-road Next generation Entune systems offer improved integration and new apps Dislikes: Available powertrains are largely unchanged...

The Perfect Weekend Car for the Performance Enthusiast Likes: Potent turbocharged 6-cylinder engine Superb 7-speed double clutch transmission Capable handling and impressive levels of grip Easy to use retractable hard top Dislikes: Steering feel is somewhat vague and disconnected Hard top makes for a hefty curb...