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2018 Nissan Kicks First Drive: Crossing Over

Fans of quirky styling and fun-to-drive personalities will miss the Nissan Juke. But its departure from the U.S. market paves the way for a new subcompact crossover SUV that has even more to offer. The 2018 Nissan Kicks, while not nearly as polarizing as the Juke, is an endearing offering that could appeal to a much broader audience. Yes, Nissan’s radical subcompact styling died with the Juke, but the Kicks is far from unattractive. It adopts a few boilerplate corporate…

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New Lexus ES 2018 review

The new Lexus ES marks a fairly radical departure for the Japanese brand in Europe and the UK. It replaces the GS, which tried hard (but ultimately failed) to take on the Germans at their own game: namely, a rear-drive executive saloon.  So the GS is being quietly dropped (production has stopped already, apparently) and now the ES is becoming a global car. We say ‘becoming’ because it’s not a new badge elsewhere; this is, in fact, the seventh generation…

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2018 Volvo S90 | Why Buy?

– Detroit, Michigan Restrained and conservative, the Volvo S90 is a splendid luxury sedan. And since it’s loaded down with modern technology, it serves as a pleasant change of pace from today’s German luxury cars. But just because it looks pleasant and wears a traditional Volvo color and has a killer active safety system, doesn’t mean there isn’t some Swedish weirdness. Most of that weirdness is under the hood, where there’s a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Not all that unusual, except…

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2019 Lexus ES 350 First Drive: Not Everyone’s An Athlete

– Nashville, Tennessee There’s something going on at Lexus. Like a reservoir slowly fills up, excitement and enthusiasm at Toyota’s luxury arm had grown until the floodgates burst last year, culminating with the sublime LC 500 sports coupe. Arguably one of the best grand tourers on the market, Lexus is trying to filter the LC’s excellence into other models. The LS flagship sedan pulled it off, but now Lexus wants to apply the LC formula to the ES. Will it…

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