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2015 BMW X4 xDrive 35i

2015 BMW X4 front three quarter

Think of it as a downsized X6 or a squished X3. BMW calls this shoe-shaped crossover a “Sports Activity Coupe,” and its purpose is as confusing as its name. Good dynamics, a sweet inline-6 engine and plenty of comfort features make this odd machine at least pleasant, however. Continue reading

2016 Kia Sorento SXL Turbo

2016 Kia Sorento front three quarter

Redesigned for 2015 as a 2016 model, Kia’s midsize crossover CUV now comes with more solid construction, more room and more connectivity. A newly available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine boosts fuel economy, while a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system lends the Sorento some dirt road and winter practicality. Continue reading

2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

2015 Alpina B6 front three quarter view

Specialty tuners at Alpina work over nearly every aspect of the BMW 640i Gran Coupe and make it, well, grander. From the bespoke heraldic badges to the myrtle wood trim to the highly tuned 4.4-liter turbocharged V8, the Alpina B6 is a unique mix of modern performance and traditional craftsmanship. Continue reading

2015 Porsche Macan S

2015 Porsche Macan Front Three Quarter

Named after the Indonesian word for “tiger,” the Porsche Macan is the German automaker’s second SUV. Following in the footsteps of the Cayenne, which has become its bestselling model, this animal will likely do as well as its spicy cousin. Continue reading

2015 Chrysler 200C AWD

2015 Chrysler 200C Front Three Quarter View

Based on a version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, the new 200C is big news for Chrysler. With an available 295-horsepower V6 and all wheel drive, as well as a high quality interior, the 2015 200C is a vast improvement over its rental-car predecessor. Continue reading


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