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Driven: 2014 Lexus IS 350C F-Sport

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Introduced as a 2010 model, the hardtop convertible version of the Lexus IS isn’t yet “old” by industry standards. Still, a replacement looms on the horizon in the form of the upcoming RC coupe and likely convertible spin-off. Its main competitor from the land of the rising sun, the Infiniti Q60 (nee G37), is also nearing replacement, though neither of these cars could be called dated from an aesthetic perspective. I drove the IS 350 and Q60 convertibles back to back to find out what makes these two hardtops tick.

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Driven: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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Winning and confidence go hand in hand, but Cadillac’s new 2015 ATS Coupe is missing one of those attributes. Like a perpetual podium finishing runner, Cadillac honed its skill by emulating the perpetual champion, BMW, and produced the wonderful ATS Sedan. Where the ATS Sedan made its mark in stents versus the competition, a champion it is not. The ATS Coupe runs a new race with another year’s worth of refinement. Is the refinement enough to produce a winner? Cadillac invited us to Virginia’s wine and horse country to find out.

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Driven: 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco

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For decades, the rational response to any “What compact car should I buy?” question has unequivocally been “Civic or Corolla”. With Honda seemingly in the weeds during the last generation Civic’s development, that leaves the Corolla as the de facto answer when someone asks you for sensible consumer advice. There’s a new one out now, and I’ve driven it.

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Speed Read: Ford Fusion Energi

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I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional hybrid vehicles. The tradeoffs between driving dynamics and efficiency are usually huge, and require a completely different style of driving than traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles to achieve maximum mileage. In many non-purpose built hybrids, the bump in price over the gasoline versions will never be realized in fuel savings because they simply aren’t that much better economy wise.

Thankfully, there are a few vehicles emerging on the market that eliminate most hybrid shortcomings. One such vehicle is the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Read More

Driven: 2014 Kia Soul! “Giant Slayer” edition

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Photography by Nicole Gagnon

Ok, “Giant Slayer” is going a bit far, but when it comes time for my annual “what ridiculous thing can Byron try to beat Miatas with?” piece, the answer can’t always be “Crosstour.” This year, I found that the MSCW’s normal spring autocross happened to be within the Soul loan period. A week earlier, it would have been a Mazda3; one or two later, and I’d have been in a Cayman S. At least the hamster-mobile is yellow—the appropriate hue for making lemonade.

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Driven: 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

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I’ve had a spate of mid-size sedan loaners recently, which made this new Legacy’s arrival on my doorstep especially timely. In a class that sees full redesigns churned out seemingly every year, the 2015 Legacy is the newest entrant yet. Unveiled at the Chicago show earlier this year, Subaru saw fit to thoroughly revamp the Legacy’s underpinnings, as well as pen new designs inside and out. How does it stack up? Read on to find out…

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