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  • Test drive: 2013 Ford Escape is all-new, with sleek looks

    August 4, 2012 1:14 PM 52

    The 2013 even is made at a different factory, now in Louisville, instead of near Kansas City, Mo. The boxy old Escape was a big seller for Ford, so starting over was a risk. The new version hit showrooms in June and sales that month jumped 28% from a year ago, according to Autodata. But sales tumbled nearly 12% in July. The July slip was at least partly

  • An open letter to texting-crazed teens

    August 3, 2012 3:59 PM 174

    Editor's note: Editor's note: Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz are the sarcastic brains behind humor blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." Got a question about etiquette in the digital world? Contact them at netiquette@cnn.com. We get it. You're coming of age having never known an Internet-free existence. You'll never know what it's like to phone a friend

  • Test Drive: New small Cadillac ATS challenges German rivals

    July 29, 2012 3:15 AM 49

    It's the smallest, lightest, least-expensive Caddy and the only one offering four-cylinder engines. It is most definitely not a repeat of the best-forgotten Cimarron of the 1980s, a once-over-lightly Caddy redo of the small, four-cylinder Chevrolet Cavalier that fooled no one and pleased even fewer. ATS, on sale late summer, might lack the purely Germanic

  • Test Drive: Scion FR-S: Beauty, joy and remarkable value

    July 14, 2012 2:10 PM 55

    The near-clones are products of a joint development project between Scion parent Toyota and Subaru. They deliver an almost unbelievable amount of driving satisfaction for $25,000 to $30,000. They also deliver pretty good fuel economy for the lively way they encourage you to drive. Despite their similarities, the FR-S test car made a little bit better

  • Test Drive: 2013 Acura RDX goes mainstream

    July 6, 2012 7:53 PM 51

    You can earn a pile giving people what they want. You cannot, necessarily, by giving them what you think they should want. It's a point dawning on Japanese automakers, perhaps at the expense of their brand identities. Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand recently introduced the JX35 crossover SUV, eschewing a number of touches that make Infiniti stand out. And, wow, the JX exploded

  • Test Drive: VW Up mini-car is tempting, and not coming here

    July 2, 2012 3:54 AM 47

    VW says it has no plans to bring this nifty little car here. Maybe later, after it's redone for its next generation, and planners can bake-in considerations for U.S. emissions and safety regulations and tastes. The current car can't reasonably be modified thus. Still, VW wants notice for the Up (VW prefers "up!" but that seems too affected), so it is lending

  • Test Drive: Mitsubishi i electric looks funny, rides rough

    June 14, 2012 11:38 PM 66

    Of course, there are fewer Mitsu dealers than Nissan or Chevy dealers, so going down to the corner store for a Mitsubishi i isn't the lithium-ion cinch Mitsu might wish. Mitsu's good intentions are acknowledged, but a week in the i was unsettling, unsatisfying. Take the appearance: Tall and slender is OK for fashion models, but a dreadful approach to auto design

  • Test Drive: Toyota Prius c a hybrid with personality

    June 8, 2012 6:01 PM 49

    And it's from Toyota, usually so tame that boring would be more exciting. Then consider real-world mileage. The test car, government-rated 53/46/50 mpg in the city/highway/combined tests, came close to 50 mpg in our suburban thrash-about. That was with no attempt to drive for mileage, nor any appreciable time spent in the "Eco" mode or the EV setting

  • Test Drive: 2013 Cadillac XTS is quick, comfortable

    June 1, 2012 7:16 PM 51

    Good sign for this vehicle, which will stand as the "big" Caddy until the brand finishes development of a bigger one, about which it will say little. Cadillac marketing boss Don Butler hopes to sell 40,000 of the XTS a year, perhaps a quarter of Caddy's U.S. sales. Big, luxurious cars have been, after all, a brand signature, though it's making its way with smaller

  • Test Drive: Nissan updates, beautifies Altima for 2013

    May 26, 2012 11:00 AM 53

    The freshened model is meant to push Altima from second-best-selling car in the U.S., to first — displacing the Toyota Camry. To accomplish that, Nissan says it benchmarked the new Altima in its development against luxury cars such as Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Altima's not meant to compete with those premium German cars, but Nissan