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Auto Word: 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Brings the Pleasure of Dynamic Displacement

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

As manufacturers endeavor to do more with less, it is refreshing to enjoy the dynamic displacement of a V-6 in a family sedan, as most are now four-cylinder. And even the turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 in the Ford Fusion Sport is downsized but feels quite full and eager.

Ford does offer three four-cylinder powertrains and two hybrid models for the ...Read more

2017 Lincoln Continental's Flagship Brings Back American-Class Luxury

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a showpiece of style and technology that does justice to an iconic nameplate. This big sedan has a swaggy confidence for which American luxury cars were once known. And it has the refinement and conveniences of a flagship sedan.

Built in Flat Rock, Michigan, the Continental is sold in front- and all-wheel drive ...Read more

Auto Word: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Wagon for Urban Survival and Weekend Renewal

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Station wagons are uncool, except when they are beefed up and dressed to look tough for a can-do performance in nature. Subaru first tackled this terrain with its likable Crosstrek, and now Volkswagen has hit the same trail with the Golf Alltrack.

It's the same trail with a very different map.

The Alltrack is a variant of the Golf Sportwagen, ...Read more

Auto Word: Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Presents Perky Performance Without Penalty

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo kicks up the performance level by about 64 clicks, Nissan likes to say. With its new turbocharged and direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the SR Turbo has 64 horsepower more than the standard Sentra SR with its non-turbocharged 124-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder.

Nissan has grown its compact Sentra ...Read more

Auto Word: Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic: Innovation, Sophistication and Gratification

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Mercedes-Benz started over for the redesign of its second-generation SUV crossover and renamed it GLC from GLK.

What was once a five-passenger utility vehicle with blocky styling to appeal to an American audience is now a sleek evolution. It integrates all the luxurious filigree that Mercedes can muster for its passenger vehicles.

The GLC is ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 GMC Acadia Denali Has a Big, Easy Attitude and American Ingenuity

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The three-row crossover is the family car of the 21st century. It embodies the best qualities of an SUV, a minivan and a car, with fuel economy that won't vaporize a gas card. The 2017 GMC Acadia is among the many choices, which include the Dodge Durango, Ford Flex, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Looks Like Hollywood, Rolls like Main Street

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Cadillac's reborn XT5 crossover looks like Hollywood and rolls with good Midwestern values.

Cadillac says it developed the XT5 from the inside out, and the result is a far more luxurious and drivable midsize five-seater than the SRX it replaces. Cadillac crossovers now wear the "XT" designation, which stands for "cross touring."

There are many...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace S is a Life-Proofed SUV for Five and Their Gear

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

If ever there were a disruptor in the chain of traditional thinking, it is the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. It is not likely this British purveyor of luxury automobiles needs a luxury-performance off-roading all-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle. But the F-Pace will become an elite recruiter for a new generation of Jaguar.

The F-Pace is not merely a ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Evoque Convertible has Street Style and Land Rover Skills

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

I take back all the snarky quips I made when I first saw the Land Rover Evoque convertible at its L.A. auto show debut last year. It looked high-sided, bricklike and awkward. "Who would take this luxury trinket off road?" I muttered, while eyeballing its tall back end. It seemed like a piece of pricey jewelry surely headed to extinction in the ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T is a contemporary commuter with a 600-mile range

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T: A contemporary commuter with a 600-mile range

With a cruising range of around 600 miles, the VW Passat 1.8T is a logical replacement for all who once loved their diesel-powered Passat.

I just finished a week in a Passat 1.8T R-Line, which is one step up from the base model. The tester's $24,795 starting price is a ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Ford Escape: Subtle Fixes to a Cash Calf

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Escape is a cash calf for Ford as its biggest seller next to the F-Series pickup trucks, its cash cow.

So it's no wonder why Ford keeps its compact-class Escape updated and with access to a range of advanced safety and driver-aid technologies. It brought out a freshened 2017 Escape with some customer-derived tweaks and improvements and ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman is Motoring Grown Up, Not Old

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Living small is a lifestyle choice you understand or just don't get. Little houses, small portions and living within our means today can all seem so un-American.

But the Germany-infused British stalwart Mini brand is a counter-statement and a backbone of doing more with less. Its small cars are cultural icons and teacups of transportation in a ...Read more

Auto Word: The 2017 Jaguar XE has Style and Performance in the Compact Class

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Jaguar XE: Style and Performance in the Compact Class

You can almost hear the purring within Jaguar. The brand is launching its fourth and fifth vehicles this year in two of the more popular segments.

The F-Pace compact SUV is speedy with sporting proportions. And the XE sedan, today's tester, is Jaguar's first compact sedan. The "...Read more

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