Author - John Kucek

Driven: 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design

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It wasn’t so long ago that you could choose a dealership from a range of makes, walk in and plunk down money for a fast station wagon. Sure, it might cost you a bit, but the options were there. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, even Dodge, have offered big engines in five door bodies in recent years. Today, short of the $104,000 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon and any number of crossovers, your options are limited – to this car: the Volvo V60 T6 R-Design. They say competition breeds excellence, so what happens when then there’s a near-complete dearth of it? Read on to find out.

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Driven: 2015 Dodge Charger R/T

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track

Like the Challenger I drove a few weeks back, sales of the four-door Charger are primarily comprised of V6 and R/T V8 models, rather than the fire-breathing SRT models that typically grace the pages of buff books. Furthermore, for the middle class family man who needs a practical sedan, but doesn’t want to succumb to the boredom of a CamCordTima or the predictability of the rear-wheel drive compact luxury class, a big American brute like the Charger R/T provides a compelling alternative. What are the highlights and pitfalls of making such a choice? Read on to find out.

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Driven: 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT

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When we drove the new 2015 Challenger and Charger models last year, our drive time was admittedly skewed toward the top-dog SRT models. Though you can probably guess why that was the case (we were mostly focused on lapping the track), it’s really the V6 and R/T V8 models that make up the bulk of sales orders for these cars. In a few weeks, we’ll have a review of the 5.7-liter Charger R/T, and in the meantime, read on for our impressions of the V6-powered Challenger SXT.

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Driven: 2015 Chevy Trax

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When I drove the Buick Encore in 2013, it was a bit of a unique offering on American soil, owing to its subcompact roots; specifically, those of the Chevy Sonic. Besides the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke, even up until last year there were few alternatives for those seeking a pipsqueak crossover. The B-segment crossover field is set to grow significantly in 2015, however, with manufacturers like Honda, Mazda, Jeep and Fiat each set to introduce their own variation on the theme. Chevy can also be counted among the fray, although much of their work on the Trax seen here had already been done with the Encore.

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