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2016 Audi A8 L is once again a model of (near) perfection

 

There’s something about an Audi that’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t driven one. Call it a combination of European styling and class, and a generally welcoming feeling when you get into the vehicle. And when you’re talking about Audi’s flagship sedan, the Audi A8 L, that feeling is even more special.


This vehicle is not just a means to get you where you need to go. It’s a means to truly enjoy the drive, whether it be from the comfiness of the seats, or the joy of the ride itself, a byproduct of that ever-famous German engineering.

I had previously driven the 2015 version of the A8, and was impressed nearly to the point of perfection. So getting into a 2016, I was curious to see how it help up in an era where the top luxury brands are constantly working to outdo each other.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Audi A8 L
  • Price as tested: $96,175
  • Best feature: Massaging seats, immaculate interior, smooth ride
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Driving enthusiasts with good taste and a bunch of money to spend on a long luxury sedan.
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The 2016 Toyota Prius won't win a beauty contest, but it wins the mpg battle.

Polarizing. ... Not for everyone. ... Divisive.

All those words could describe the Toyota Prius, which is wrapping up its second decade of existence on this planet. At the time it debuted (the late 1990s) it was an anomaly and grabbed headlines -- “wow, a hybrid! I wonder if that will catch on”-- but today nearly every automaker has many hybrids and/or electric vehicles in the works or already on the road, so in 2016, is the Prius still the rock star of the hybrid world that it used to be?

I recently spent time in a 2016 Prius Four Touring, and I’m back with my thoughts on the vehicle.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring
  • Price as tested: $33,708
  • Best feature: 50+ fuel mileage … the original hybrid still does it best
  • Rating: 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Those who want to get from Point A to Point B and use as little gas as possible.
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The "Plum Crazy" Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack doesn't blend in with the crowd

I recently read an article about how most people choose white, black or silver cars -- in part because it helps with resale value.


Thankfully, the vehicle I will be reviewing here -- a “Plum Crazy” colored Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack -- does not fit in that category; I’m glad these kind of vehicles still exist, even if it is in limited numbers.

From the moment this purple rocket pulled up to my driveway, it was a blast to look at and even more of a blast to drive. It probably drew more stares and comments than any other vehicle I have driven this year, and is among the best looking in my opinion.

Here’s a full report on this unique sedan from Fiat Chrysler’s power-centric Dodge division.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
  • Price as tested: $40,990
  • Best feature: Raw power, unique looks
  • Rating: 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Drivers seeking a powerful, unique sedan that will also fit the whole family comfortably
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2016 Buick Cascada: Can this convertible convert you? Featured

Sep 04, 2016
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The Cascada is Buick's first convertible offering in a quarter-centrury.

For the past quarter-century, the words Buick and convertible weren’t to be found in the same sentence. It had been since the early 1990s (the Buick Reatta) that a convertible was produced by the brand, and it was not expected that would change considering how the brand has positioned itself in recent years as more focused on SUVs/crossovers.


Then came word of the pending arrival of the Buick Cascada, a brand-new convertible birthed out of GM’s European division, and everyone took notice. How would Buick do in their U.S. return to the world of convertibles -- big hit or bust?

I spent some time this summer behind the wheel of a Cascada, and I’m back with a full report on my experience and what you can expect from this unique offering.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Buick Cascada
  • Price as tested: $33,065 (base), $37,385 as tested
  • Best feature: It’s a domestic convertible with a smooth, enjoyable ride
  • Rating: 3.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Convertible buyers who don’t want a muscle car or higher-end foreign options
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The 2016 Chevy Camaro gets a redesign that's a beauty.

 

Few car makes can stand alone as one name, and instantly be recognized by nearly everyone: “Camaro” is one of those that can, with the muscle car having been part of the collective American consciousness for fifty years -- let’s just call it what it is, an icon.


I recently spent some time in a 2016 Camaro, and here are some key things you need to know about this Michigan-made hot rod.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Chevy Camaro
  • Price as tested: $40,425
  • Best feature: Eye-catching design, speed and handling
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Folks looking for a good old-fashioned, fun American muscle car
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The 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription features a more roomy interior and strong tech and safety features.

As luxury cars go, you don’t see the name Volvo in the news much. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura, Audi, Infiniti, Cadillac, Lincoln, Jaguar/Land Rover and Porsche, along with newcomer Tesla, steal most of the headlines.


But while the Swedish brand (now Chinese-owned) isn’t as ubiquitous, a ride in a Volvo will tell you that it’s a shame more people aren’t aware of the brand.


I recently tested a 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription, and I’m back with a full report on a very
positive experience behind the wheel.


And FYI, if I never even mentioned to you that this vehicle was actually “Made in China”, a label which makes some people wary based on the connotation of that phrase, you would never know, as it maintains the Swedish automaker’s heritage impressively.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription
  • Price as tested: $45,925
  • Best feature: Unique and attractive interior design, safety features
  • Rating: 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury sedan buyers seeking strong safety and tech features
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The Audi TT coupe has raw speed and is made for the open road.

The minute I saw the 2016 Audi TT coupe, I knew I was in for a very fun, and very dangerous, week.

It is a beautiful car, small but well-shaped and designed for speed. I knew I would love it, but that I’d also have to hold myself back from truly taking advantage of what it can do.

In the end, I avoided running afoul of the law, and had some great driving time in the process. Here’s my full report from my week with the hot rod.

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Audi TT coupe
  • Price as tested: $50,025
  • Best feature: Ability to leave all other vehicles in its dust, high-tech dashboard
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Folks seeking an attractive, extra-fast coupe to hit the road in with a partner in crime
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Infiniti's Q70 L offers a lot to like, but the drive isn't always the smoothest.

All luxury automakers have a sporty flagship sedan aimed at high-end clients looking for some glitz in their daily drive -- and Infiniti has the Q70 as its offering in that mix. Battling sedans from names like Lexus, BMW, Benz, Acura and Cadillac, it’s got some big battles to fight -- so how does it hold up?

I recently spent some time in an Infiniti Q70L (the extended length version) and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle: Infiniti Q70L
  • Price as tested: $62,755 ($53,500 is base price for AWD version)
  • Best feature: Attractive/luxurious look and style, plenty of power
  • Rating: 3 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury buyers who like the look and feel of the Q70 L and can tolerate the disappointing steering performance.
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