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Test Drive: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

My test 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe stickered for $73,380, and I’m getting that off my chest from the get-go for a reason: if you’ve got the ducats to buy this fast, angular coupe, you probably won’t care that I averaged 14.4 mpg during roughly 300 miles of mixed city and highway driving. Still, convincing me to spend a week with a 556-horsepower Cadillac requires minimal arm twisting, even if I did spend $85 at the ... continue reading»

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Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Most automotive writers will tell you that the Nissan Juke is tough to classify. But after spending a week in it, I can tell you what the Nissan Juke is: a great car. I had the 2011 Juke SV with all-wheel drive and the navigation package. In addition to a 188-horspower engine and continuously variable transmission, my test Juke also had Intelligent Key entry, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. The Smartkey and Bluetooth are standard on the SV model ... continue reading»

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Test drive: Ford Mustang Boss 302

Jim just finished a week in the Camaro SS convertible, and concluded that he’d prefer the Ford GT. After my test week in the Ford Mustang Boss 302, I can say that while the Boss is, well, boss, the Camaro is still the car for me. On paper, the Boss and the Camaro are about even. The Boss has 444 horsepower at 7,400 rpm, while the Camaro has 426 at 5,900 rpm. On the other hand, the ... continue reading»

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How to Drive the 2012 FIAT 500 on the Highway

The first time I stepped on the gas pedal, I giggled. Not because the 2012 FIAT 500 Cabrio was powerful, but because I was driving an adorable sea-foam green jelly bean on wheels. I wasn’t as giddy on the highway. The large, fast-moving vehicles made me nervous. If you own a FIAT or plan to buy one, you’ll probably spend most of your time driving around town, but your FIAT will have to go on the interstate eventually ... continue reading»

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Test Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

I tested the 2012 Civic Hybrid with leather and navigation around Northern Virginia for a about week. I didn’t expect to be impressed, but this hybrid isn’t as bad as reviewers make it out to be. Performance What reviewers say: Test drivers say the Civic Hybrid struggles with highway passing, has grabby brakes and the start-stop technology, which saves energy when the car is idle, shuts down abruptly. What I found: I thought I’d hate the Civic ... continue reading»

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