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Review: Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Midnight Edition has menacing good looks, lots of extras

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My recent weeklong test of the Chevrolet Tahoe LT Z71 Midnight Edition was actually kind of fun.

Not just because the Tahoe is a great SUV, especially for a family, although it most-certainly is. And not just because it looked so cool with its jet-black exterior and blacked wheels and body trim.

It was because, where I live, it also looks just...Read more

2018 Free Press Car of the Year: Honda Accord is advanced, fun, efficient and affordable

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DETROIT -- Reports of the midsize sedan's death are exaggerated. The Honda Accord turned over a new leaf for 2018, and the result was one of the biggest and best changes in the history of a car that's been a favorite with buyers for more than 40 years.

SUV sales are soaring and traditional sedans are in retreat, but the sleek 2018 Accord raises...Read more

2018 Free Press Utility Vehicle of the Year: Volvo XC60 delivers style, advanced features

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DETROIT -- The five-seat 2018 Volvo XC60 adds Swedish design and loads of safety and driver assistance features to the fast-growing compact luxury SUV market. It competes with popular vehicles including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

The XC60 shares its architecture, drivetrain and electronics with Volvo's larger XC90 SUV and S90, and V90 sedan and ...Read more

Larry Printz: The 2018 Honda Fit a great fit for those who 'settle' on less than their dream car

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You can't always get what you want. Instead, you settle for something else.

You may want to live in an oceanfront villa or mountain cabin; your bank balance assigns you to residing in a townhouse, one of 340 identical units. Feeling hungry? No doubt you'd love up to make reservations at a restaurant with artisanal cuisine and a killer bar scene...Read more

Top 10: The Best of the Best 2017 cars and trucks

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Say what you will about the French Art Deco cars of the 1930s or the British sports cars of the 1960s. There has never been a better time in the automotive world than 2017.

Cars and trucks are faster, safer, more fuel efficient and more fun to drive than ever before. And there are so many to choose from.

Automotive perfection is rolling out ...Read more

Tesla still in 'manufacturing hell' for Model 3 sedan going into 'make-or-break' year?

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Tesla's ramp-up of production for the entry-level Model 3 sedan may be going more slowly than expected.

The company will produce only 5,000 of the vehicles in the fourth quarter, according to a new projection.

Meanwhile, another new report suggested that 2018 -- and particularly Model 3 production during the coming year -- will test the ...Read more

Review: Kawasaki's Z900RS puts a modern spin on a classic motorcycle

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Triumph has cranked up sales with the introduction of its old-looking new Bonnevilles. Ducati is selling its retro-styled Scramblers as fast as it can make them.

Kawasaki, eager for some of that moto nostalgia, has brought back a venerable nameplate with the introduction of the Z900RS -- a two-wheeled throwback that marries classic styling with...Read more

Artist gives Amazon's fleet of Treasure Trucks their distinctive local looks

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SEATTLE – The first sign that you're entering Kyler Martz's time machine is the bright-red 1965 Datsun 320 -- immaculately polished, farcically small compared with modern pickups -- that sits in his West Seattle driveway.

Go through the wooden gate and into the former electrician's workshop, and the feeling grows.

A brown leather couch sits ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 VW Golf

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Every successful car company has a sell -- something that defines it, makes its cars different. Volkswagen's main sell is that it's a German brand, like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It's also related to Audi, which is a German luxury brand.

This means that VW models like the 2018 Golf have much in common with Audi models like the A3. Well, except for...Read more

Review: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT: For drivers who don't give a hoot

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Let's start with the elephant in the room: Less than 10 mpg. We drove the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT how most people would drive a three-row SUV, toting the kids around town, making the occasional highway commute, rumbling 392 cubic inches of fire-breathing V-8 engine monstrosity into the school drop-off area. And we got the fuel economy of a semi. ...Read more

Review: Updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets new AMG E63 S variant for year 2018

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Mercedes-Benz introduced the newest E-Class Sedan for 2017, along with a new generation of available driver-assistance technologies, and now adds new variants for 2018 – an E400 4MATIC Sedan and an AMG E63 S Sedan.

The AMG E63 S is the most-powerful E-Class variant ever, with a versatile handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V-8 bi-turbo engine producing...Read more

First drive: 2018 Jeep Wrangler rules, on-road and off

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A bright blue sky is the only thing visible through the windshield. All I can hear is the screech of metal on stone as the vehicle's frame scrapes over boulders on a 60-degree slope in the Sonoran Desert.

Everything is going exactly as it should in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The new Wrangler is simultaneously the most capable off...Read more

Is this the future of dirt bikes? Husqvarna's fuel-injected 2-stroke

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Husqvarna has beaten its sister company, KTM, to market with the long-awaited fuel-injected two-stroke TE250i dirt bike.

It's a game changer. For the first time in modern history, there is a proper off-road motorcycle that has all the torque, power and mechanical simplicity of a two-stroke engine without requiring the operator to mix gas and ...Read more

Larry Printz: It's easy to sum up the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback in one word: noteworthy

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AUSTIN, Texas -- What one word best describes a midsize sedan? Camry? Accord? Altima? Malibu? Sonata? Optima? Fusion? No?

Then how about Boring? Or Beige? Vanilla? Dull? Mundane? Mediocre? Anonymous? Ordinary? Commonplace? Unexciting? Routine? Average? Humdrum? Dreary? Monotonous? Dismal? Uninteresting? Tedious? Humdrum? Pedestrian? ...Read more

First look: 2019 Chevy Silverado uses steel bed to tackle F-150's aluminum

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Chevrolet on Saturday unveiled its eagerly awaited 2019 Silverado pickup in Texas.

The Silverado is GM's best-selling model, and routinely the second best-selling vehicle in the United States. It's also a fierce competitor for Ford's signature vehicle, the F-150 pickup, the No. 1 seller.

Chevy made waves when it attacked the durability of Ford...Read more

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 takes the lead in luxury coupes

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans are respectable and responsible luxury cars for respectable and responsible drivers. But chop off two doors, widen its stance, lower the roofline and suddenly you're ready to cut loose. Going back to the 1970s, E-Class coupes have been some of the most desirable cars to roll out of Germany. The redesigned 2018 E400 ...Read more

Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan starts at $39,995, goes 30 miles on battery

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Just last year, Chrysler introduced the industry's first gasoline-electric minivan, the all-new Pacifica Hybrid plug-in model, which can be recharged externally – and can go up to 30 miles on a single charge, using battery power only.

It's quite an innovative vehicle for Chrysler, which hasn't been involved in the hybrid realm until now. The ...Read more

Upgrade to a new SUV every 12 months: Volvo mimics smartphone subscriptions with XC40 SUV

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Taking a page from smartphone subscription plans, Volvo aims to change the way people buy vehicles with its new XC40 compact SUV this spring.

"Care by Volvo" leasing will let owners upgrade to a new vehicle every 12 months, set up their lease and arrange delivery online and more.

Deliveries begin in April, shortly after the first XC40s arrive ...Read more

Under the Hood: Don't leave on the headlights

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Q: I enjoy reading your column in my Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. My question: Does it weaken the car's battery if the headlight (not DRL) switch is in the "on" position when the car is being started? Someone I know leaves the headlights on when shutting off the engine, so that they don't forget to turn them on next time they start up. Seems to...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Minivans were once the rage. Then along came crossovers. They are similar in layout and road manners but sexier in appearance. Then, minivans receded. Ford and GM stopped selling them altogether. So it's brave of Chrysler to bring out a brand-new one because there's a lot riding on it.

What It Is

The Pacifica is Chrysler's full-size minivan.

...Read more