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2023 Mazda CX-50 Premium Plus AWD

July 21st, 2022 at 2:14pm

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When I first set eyes on the Mazda CX-50, I was a little bit puzzled. Instead of the graceful, fluidic styling lines I’m used to from Mazda, the CX-50 is more squared off. Beefier looking.

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2022 Audi RS3 vs. Acura Integra A-Spec

July 19th, 2022 at 2:13pm

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On the face of it there really is no comparison between the RS3 and Integra A-Spec. Yes, they’re both 4-door sport sedans. But the Audi sits at the top of the segment in price and performance while the Acura is at the entry level. Even so, both cars have virtues that can appeal to the same customer cohort—depending on how they drive them.

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2022 Kia Forte GT

June 29th, 2022 at 2:08pm

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The Kia Forte GT kind of smashes the paradigm of what’s going on in the new car market right now. It’s a passenger sedan at a time when car buyers are flocking to CUVs. And it’s highly affordable at a time when consumers are bewailing the high price of new cars.

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2022 Kia Telluride SX V6 AWD

June 27th, 2022 at 3:12pm

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Kia hit a home run with the Telluride and is well on the way towards changing public opinion about the brand. Only a decade ago Kia was synonymous with “cheap and cheerful,” with an extra emphasis on “cheap.” Not anymore. Even though the brand image has not exactly caught up to Honda or Toyota, the transformation is beginning to happen.

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2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe

June 16th, 2022 at 2:21pm

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I really like BMWs and it had been a number of years since I had driven a 4-Series, so I was really looking forward to driving the all-new 430i. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Why Solid State Batteries Could Be the Future – Autoline Exclusives

June 6th, 2022 at 4:01pm

There’s a lot of talk in the industry that solid state batteries are the future for EVs. But there’s still confusion around what makes solid state batteries so unique and when they’re actually going be hitting the market. That’s why we brought in Doug Campbell, CEO of Solid Power, a solid state battery company that has major backers like Ford and Volkswagen, to help clear things up.

2022 Kia EV6 GT RWD

June 3rd, 2022 at 3:52pm

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The Kia EV6 is not a Tesla killer. But it is going to make Tesla and every other EV startup squirm in its shoes. And that’s because it’s a very compelling EV from a traditional automaker.

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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

May 25th, 2022 at 2:10pm

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With gasoline prices soaring sky high, I was grateful to get to test drive the plug-in version of the Chrysler Pacifica for a week. It doesn’t have much all-electric range, only about 32 miles. But that didn’t matter. Most days I didn’t even drive that far, meaning that I was almost always driving on electrons, not hydrocarbons. After a week of driving, the gas gauge only dropped by 1/8th of a tank.

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What It’s Like to Drive the Electric Ford Transit

May 13th, 2022 at 3:14pm

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The most remarkable thing about driving the Ford e-Transit is that there is nothing remarkable about it at all. It drives just like an ICE Transit, only better.

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750 Miles On a Single Charge & Still Room for Improvement – Autoline Exclusives

May 8th, 2022 at 12:01pm

Our Next Energy or ONE for short is aiming to double the range of EVs. Founder and CEO, Mujeeb Ijaz estimates a 400 mile range would be about right for nearly every driver. But that’s real-world range. Amd in order to travel that distance, an EV’s battery would need to be rated much higher. In a recent test with one of its prototype batteries, ONE drove over 750 miles in a Tesla Model S.