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2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD

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A new design for the 2016 model year, the flagship Volvo XC90 benefits from a thoughtful design and a host of efficiency-minded advanced technologies. The XC90 T6 is powered by Volvo’s supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. Continue reading

2015 BMW X4 xDrive 35i

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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

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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

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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 BMW 228i Coupe

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BMW’s replacement for the enthusiast-favorite 1 Series coupe is slightly larger and significantly more high-tech, but still remains fundamentally true to its mission of upholding BMW’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” tag line. Continue reading


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