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Mercedes S350 Bluetec: Is Diesel the New Hybrid?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class may not be as sporty as rivals like the BMW 7-Series, Porsche Panamera or Audi A8, but the S-Class is generally revered as the flagship sedan that sets the standard for luxury among its peers. Over the summer, I test drove the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid. While I enjoyed that car’s luxurious interior, I couldn’t help but think that the hybrid S-Class lacked the green factor that usually attracts shoppers to hybrid cars. Granted, the S400 ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Analysis, Mercedes Benz S Class, Mercedes Benz S Class Hybrid, Model News

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

I recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche to a press event in Monticello, N.Y. along with my colleague, Rachel Smith, who covers small cars and compact SUVs. While we cover very different classes, we both found things to like about the Avalanche during the six-hour drive. Rachel got a kick out of towering over the small cars she covers, and I was surprised how capable and comfortable this pickup/SUV combination was. The Chevrolet Avalanche is a sport-utility truck ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Chevrolet Avalanche, Sport Utility Trucks

Test Drive: 2012 BMW X5 35d

When I learned that my test 2012 BMW X5 SUV had a diesel engine, my heart sank. I had been looking forward to the X5 because it’s one of the sportiest vehicles in its class. I’ve test-driven other upscale diesel SUVs like the 2011 Audi Q7 TDI and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC R350, so I expected another family-hauling luxury crossover with great fuel economy but mediocre acceleration. But I should have known better. From the minute I slid ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, BMW X5, Fuel Economy

Buick LaCrosse eAssist: Greener Car, Same Price

If you’re in the market for a car that prioritizes fuel economy, you probably know that automakers normally charge more for models that sip less fuel. You can save money on gas by buying a Honda Civic Hybrid or a diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf, but it’s going to cost you more at the dealership. A Civic Hybrid will cost you over $8,000 more than the base Honda Civic, while opting for a Golf TDI will cost you $6 ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Analysis, Buick LaCrosse

Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is not the best-driving luxury sports car on the market, but it may be the most well-rounded. With sports cars (or any car, for that matter), you always have to have a trade-off between comfort and performance. A car that screams around the track will likely beat you up on your commute. Things like a monster engine, low-slung stance and a tight suspension make a sports car a sports car, but they can also make that same ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Mercedes Benz SLK Class, Luxury Sports Cars

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