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  • On the Road Review: Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid AWD

    On the Road Review: Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid AWD

    While many automakers are diving headfirst into the EV end of the automotive pool — despite modest consumer interest — Toyota is doubling down on its tried-and-true hybrid powertrain technology with its latest Corolla and RAV4 hybrid models. After a week with a brand-new XSE-trimmed RAV4 Hybrid, it is clear that this compact crossover is

  • On the Road Review: Mazda 3 Hatchback

    On the Road Review: Mazda 3 Hatchback

    Without any doubt, today’s compact cars are the best small automobiles ever offered from the automakers. Stocked with safety gear previously reserved for luxury cars, plus creature features that buyers crave, the latest compact offerings are neither cheap nor unappealing. Unfortunately, the crossover buzz-saw has decimated car sales of all stripes; since 2010, compact car

  • On the Road Review: Buick Regal Tour X

    On the Road Review: Buick Regal Tour X

    Decades ago, GM’s various car divisions dominated station wagon sales with an assortment of ladder frame-based, full-size, rear-drive models plus a variety of midsize front-drive wagons. Olds Vista Cruiser, Chevy Estates and Buick Roadmasters were but a few of these family vehicles that towed, worked and commuted before minivans and SUVs. Except for Volvo and

  • Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew

    Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew

    In a segment that Ford used to dominate in the U.S. market, but abandoned in 2011, a new Global Ranger design is returning for American and Canadian buyers once again interested in smaller pickup trucks. The first Ranger appeared in 1983 and went on to achieve 29 years of market success as a decent alternative

  • Range Rover SV Autobiography

    Range Rover SV Autobiography

    The Land Rover auto brand is just as significant to the British as Jeep is to American drivers, due in most part to the importance of the premium Range Rover lineup. Born in 1970 to complement the smaller Series II Land Rovers, the original Range Rover was decidedly more utilitarian when compared to today’s ultra-luxurious

  • On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 Ultra Lux

    On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 Ultra Lux

    Fifty years ago, Honda and Kawasaki forever changed the dynamics of performance motorcycles, upending established industry norms by introducing new four-cylinder and three-cylinder bikes that upended the market with bikes built by BSA, Triumph, Harley Davidson and Norton. The new Asian motorcycles proved to be faster, more efficient and vastly more reliable. In 10 years,

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Lariat Powerstroke

    On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Lariat Powerstroke

    WATERBURY, Vt. — Heading east across Route 2 from Montpelier back to Maine, the main thoroughfare carrying northern New England’s commerce, is a tortured two-track of broken pavement. Snaking along the valleys and hills of very rural Vermont, Route 2 is the epitome of what infrastructure investment should mean. A large grader plowing up the

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator

    On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator

    This is the long-awaited Jeep pickup named Gladiator, the first since 1992’s Comanche. While based on the Wrangler Unlimited four-door model, this is much more than a Wrangler with a pickup bed wedded to the back. Not since the Dodge Hellcat’s debut four years ago have so many people stopped to inspect, ride along beside

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Pathfinder

    On the Road Review: Nissan Pathfinder

    Since buyers have long since forsaken more sensible front-drive minivans for three-row crossovers often equipped with AWD, one can imagine that the segment provides ample choices — with continuous upgrades. Very safe assumption, as the profits (and the competition) in this class virtually dictate constant updates. Under these conditions, Nissan has given the Pathfinder only

  • On the Road Review: Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

    On the Road Review: Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

    Cute-utes, SUVs, crossover utility vehicle, crossover activity vehicle, whatever label you choose to affix to small five-door wagons flooding the market, know that these compact and subcompact vehicles are rapidly eclipsing buyers’ taste for conventional four-door small cars. And nowhere is this more notable than in the premium/luxury car segments, where this week’s Volvo XC40

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50 Luxe

    On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50 Luxe

    Maine’s Maple Sunday allows the state’s numerous rural farmers to display their harvest and success at all things growing and earning a sustainable living throughout the 16 counties. With a new luxury-ute, we pushed into central and western Maine to sample several maple sugar houses in Pownal, Turner, West Minot and Mount Vernon. Escorting us