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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Review

The once great minivan resurges with authority

2016 Lincoln MKX AWD Reserve Review

Built like a Ford, looks and feels like a Lincoln

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review

Small, loud, impractical and utterly desirable

2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid Review

This hybrid CUV is just all-around good, just not thrilling

Editorial Viewpoint

Our auto journalists provide their unique perspectives on cars and the car industry.

5 Cars We'd Love To See With Performance Versions

The 5 Most Affordable CUVs

Many of these cost far less than you would think

If you want a vehicle type that's in demand and more capable in varying environments than a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla, you probably feel like you have to fork over more cash. Luckily, there are quite a few CUVs out there with low price tags. We've rounded up the five most affordable crossovers out there so you don't have to.

How To Handle the F&I Department at the Dealership

Choose carefully. Just don't fall for all of it.

Buying a car at a dealership is about as fun as having a root canal at the dentist's office. It's tough, but sometimes it's just gotta get done. Once you've made it over the hurdles of test driving, negotiating, etc. with the salesperson, the fight isn't over just yet. You get sent to F&I (otherwise known as Finance & Insurance), which is really another sales process.

LEGENDS: Corvette Z06

Making an already iconic sports car even faster

Chevrolet's Corvette Z06 is America's supercar. It's wickedly fast, sexy as all get out and surprisingly simple compared to the other technical monstrosities two times or more as expensive. It's a brash but sleek take on the already popular sports car.

Segment Spotlight: The Compact Executive Car

The luxurious compact cars for those doing well

The compact executive car goes by a lot of different names depending on where you are in the world. Sometimes these cars are referred to as compact premium cars or compact luxury cars or entry-level luxury cars. While there are a few different terms out there, what a compact executive car actually is, is pretty clear. It's a luxurious and sporty compact car in sedan, wagon, coupe or convertible design usually with rear-wheel drive and a longitudinally oriented engine.

Mercedes-Benz Takes us on a 12-Mile Autonomous Bus Ride

No need for a driver when the bus drives itself

Mercedes-Benz is making successful steps towards truly impressive autonomous public transportation. They recently debuted the Future Bus with CityPilot, a bus capable of driving itself over 12 miles in an urban setting. The bus uses a system of connected data, dozens of cameras, and radar to drive itself. This is Mercedes' vision of what public transportation could look like in the future, and from what we can see, it looks bright.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Editions Are the Generation's Swan Song

It's hard to imagine that the next one will be better looking

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Mercedes followed up the first-gen car with an even more gorgeous CLS in 2011. It's hard to believe it actually looked better than the first one, but it truly was a looker. Now, it's time to make room for the 3rd generation car, so Mercedes has unveiled the CLS Final Edition to bring a close to the 2nd gen car.

Pre-Owned Pick: 2014 Lexus CT200h

The CT200h is an attractive and sporty hatchback hybrid

The CT200h, Lexus's least expensive model, is an interesting idea with excellent execution. It's a compact luxury hybrid hatchback and really the only one out there. It's designed to appeal to a new generation of buyers and show those new customers what Lexus has to offer. The 2014 model received a facelift to keep it looking fresh and while it isn't a huge seller for Lexus, that's not because it is lacking, the market for this car is just small.

5 Cars We'd Love To See With Performance Versions

Already fantastic cars that could use a bit more power and panache

The sheer selection of fantastic cars is impressive, whereas there were very few standouts not that long ago. That being said, there are some great cars that could be made even better with the availability of a performance model, which would capitalize on an already solid base model by giving it more power and handling capabilities, not to mention more upscale design features and a jazzed-up interior. These are our top five choices for models that could use a performance version.

Auto Evolution: Ford Fiesta

This is a tiny hatchback that's evolved as needed

The Ford Fiesta has been a winner for the blue oval for decades, with the first car appearing in the mid-1970s. Today, the car features a similar formula to the original car, but it has adapted and modernized as the market needs it to. This is common for small, practical commuter cars and while other models have faded in and out of popularity, the Ford Fiesta has managed to stay relevant and popular thanks to some smart redesigns by Ford as time has gone on.

The Highs and Lows of the Honda Ridgeline

This is a different kind of midsized pickup truck

Honda's second attempt to redefine the midsized pickup has received a lot of praise. We loved it when we first drove it, but that doesn't mean it was flawless. Even good cars have a few bad things about them and the Ridgeline is no exception. Still, the Ridgeline is an impressive feat of engineering and ingenuity by Honda and can be the perfect vehicle for the right person. Before you shoot over to the Honda dealership, though, make sure to take the truck's pros and cons into consideration.

Mazda's Already Great Mazda3 Gets Even Better

And you thought it handled impressively the way it was.

There are only a handful of things we'd change about the fantastic Mazda3, and we're picky people. Now that we've gotten that off our chests, we can say we pretty much love this handsome compact and the way it drives. But Mazda's not totally happy with it, either, because they've given the 3 some improvements for the new model year. The 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan get a facelift and a nifty gadget for better handling.

Pokemon Go has Caused Several Car Accidents

Is it really worth your life to catch 'em all?

The new Pokemon go app has taken the world by storm and while many are enjoying the game, some are experiencing severe accidents and hospitalization due to its addictive, augmented reality gameplay. Many incidents have involved motor vehicles, including pedestrians being hit by cars, a driver crashing into a tree and illegal parking in order to catch Pokemon, which then resulted in an accident.

Volvo's Future Autonomous Cars Will Take Over Only When You're Bored

Volvo's approach to self-driving cars doesn't equate to zero driving

Volvo has been working on autonomous car tech but only recently admitted that their approach will be a bit different from what we've heard or what most people assume will happen. They believe that drivers still want to have control and drive, and prefer to do so even when autonomous vehicles are prevalent across the American landscape.

Versus: Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum vs. Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

A couple of venerable all-terrain wagons go toe to toe

When it comes to station wagons, for us there are really two brands that come immediately to mind, Volvo and Subaru. While these two brands both have a good reputation as safe and reliable automakers, they're also very different and we thought it fitting to compare two of the best wagons out there today, the Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum and the Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring. There are some similarities and, of course, some things that set these two venerable vehicles apart.