Tag - sedan

Driven: 2016 Cadillac CTS

I’ve been eager to get my hands on the latest CTS ever since the car came out. For those living under a rock, Cadillac’s gone through a bit of a renaissance lately, and is churning out great product pretty much all over the place. The last-gen CTS was the first indicator of good things to come, even if it was a little rough around the edges in some places (the bombastic CTS-V gets a pass, here). The renewed Escalade is still a big brute, but compared to its competition, it’s basically without peer in terms of desirability and image. Really, though, it was the ATS that acted as a harbinger of the Germanic focus on weight, ride and handling that we almost take for granted in Cadillacs now.

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Driven: 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL

 

When Volkswagen introduced the current North American market, US-built Passat in 2011, it was a move seen as either heresy or necessity, depending on which side of the VW enthusiast fence you sat on. After all, if the company wasn’t going to trade on its “Continental manufacturing for the mainstream” appeal, what was the point? At least, that was the counterargument to VW’s claim that a midsize sedan designed specifically for the North American market would finally allow them to compete on price, size and content with competitors from Asia and the US. Despite being three model years in, we haven’t yet covered the “NMS” Passat on these pages. No time like the present…

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Long Haulin’: 2012 Kia Rio SX Sedan

Interior shots courtesy of Kia Media.

If you’ve read any automotive publications over the last, I don’t know, four years, it should come as no surprise to you that Kia is riding a significant wave of new products to a dominant slot in the U.S. market. We’ve done our fair share in contributing to that publicity. Forgive us then another Kia review, this time of a remarkably good subcompact that we’ve praised twice before.

When I compared the Kia Rio SX 5-Door to its platform brethren back in February, we praised it for its superior suspension tuning and steering calibration—characteristics that 99% of Rio shoppers will never ever notice, let alone care about. But this time, we did something to put the Kia’s strengths into a context shoppers can understand: we took it on a road trip.

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