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  • 2018 BMW 5 Series

    The BMW 5 Series has been re-engineered. The 530i and 540i got a new chassis for 2017 that was longer by 1.2 inches for more rear legroom, lighter by 120 pounds...

  • 2018 Mazda 3

    The Mazda3 is an extremely popular front-wheel-drive compact hatchback and sedan, for good reasons. It has standout styling, superb driving dynamics, and terrific value. Mazda3 got a bunch of improvements for...

  • 2018 Mini Cooper

    There are a lot of different Mini Coopers. There’s a 2-door (which might be considered a 3-door hatchback), a 4-door (or seen as a 5-door), a convertible, and a 4-door Clubman...

  • 2018 Honda Civic

    The Honda Civic, which has been zipping around on our streets for 45 years, was totally redesigned for the 2016 model year; the Civic sedan and then the coupe were made...

  • 2018 Fiat 500L

    Far different from the fetching little Fiat 500 hatchback coupe and sliding-roof convertible, the Fiat 500L is a tall compact wagon. Launched as a 2014 model, it’s sometimes considered a five-door...

  • 2018 Toyota Prius

    The Toyota Prius was redesigned for 2016, and for 2017 it was upgraded with more standard equipment. For 2018 Prius models, there is little that’s new, except for a tablet-sized touchscreen...

  • 2018 Honda Fit

    The five-door Honda Fit, last redesigned for 2015, is an exceptional hatchback, for its performance, packaging, cargo/interior capacity, looks, and fuel efficiency. Tall in height, short in length, the subcompact Fit...

  • 2018 Kia Rio

    Redesigned for 2018, the Kia Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback show numerous improvements over the outgoing model. All-new and beginning its fourth generation, the 2018 Rio is slightly lower and wider...

  • 2018 Toyota Yaris

    The Toyota Yaris lineup includes two unrelated subcompact cars: The Toyota Yaris 3-Door and 5-Door hatchbacks date back to 2007. The Yaris iA four-door sedan, on the other hand, began life...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Sonic

    The Chevrolet Sonic, which debuted for the 2012 model year, earned strong ratings in the subcompact-car category. Today, Sonic is behind the times. Only a handful of minor changes mark the...

  • 2018 Smart Fortwo

    For the 2018 model year, every Smart fortwo model runs on electricity alone. In that battery-only respect, the minicar emulates Tesla, but at the other end of the price and size...

  • 2018 Ford Focus

    The Ford Focus is an extroverted compact car that handles well and can go uptown. It comes as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, in a number of powertrains and trims...

  • 2018 Ford Fiesta

    The Ford Fiesta is a tiny car with a tiny engine, but nimble handling makes it fun to drive while its dimensions make it easy to park. Fiesta comes in sedan...

  • 2018 Ford C-Max

    The Ford C-Max, introduced for the 2013 model year and now in its sixth season, comes in Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid forms. There is no regular gas-engine variant. The tall,...

  • 2018 Nissan GT-R

    The 2018 Nissan GT-R offers value in the world of supercars: You can now buy a GT-R for less than 100 grand. To be exact, $99,990. (That’s MSRP and doesn’t include...

  • 2018 Nissan 370Z

    The Nissan 370Z sports car is a 47-year-old icon that has re-invented itself a few times over the years, some times better than others. Given the pace its competitors move, it...

  • 2018 Nissan Frontier

    The Nissan Frontier compact pickup has been marketed since 2004 with few changes along the way. Little is new for the 2018 model year, except that the Frontier S base trim...

  • 2018 Nissan Armada

    Nissan Armada, redesigned for 2017, is a full-size, family-focused three-row SUV that offers plenty of interior space. Upper models are near-luxury SUVs. A new top-end Platinum Reserve trim level joins the...

  • 2018 Nissan Maxima

    The Nissan Maxima sedan boasts a daring design, a strong V6 engine, taut driving feel, and comfortable cabin. Fully redesigned for the 2016 model year, Maxima hasn’t changed much for 2018....

  • 2018 Nissan Altima

    The Nissan Altima rides smoothly while offering frugal fuel economy. Nissan’s midsize family sedan was last redesigned as a 2013 model. Though handsomely sculpted for its fifth generation, the sedan looks...

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