2011 Infiniti G37 IPL

NAPA, Calif. — The G37 in itself is a dandy sports coupe displaying a fine balance of performance and handling. Infiniti’s selection of the G37 coupe to kick off its new Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) is a smart and powerful choice as we learned after spending time on winding northern California roads.

Kia Sorento — Getting it right

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It’s not often that we drive an all-new vehicle at any price in any segment that sufficiently answers all the questions. While the 2011 Kia Sorento isn’t perfect it comes as close as anything we've driven in recent times in the small crossover segment to get most things right.

The Sorento is a relatively inexpensive crossover that should suit the needs of a couple, or just an individual who values space and a high-riding experience with available all-wheel drive.

Ford Mustang V-6 — Turning up the heat

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The pony car has always been among our favorites especially since it was reworked for 2005. It was restyled and updated once again for 2010 with a high-quality interior and a number of new features. And now for 2011 Ford has turned the heat up a notch with new powertrains.

2011 Volvo S60

PORTLAND, Ore. — Fun-to-drive safety has taken a quantum leap with Volvo’s all-new 2011 S60 T6 AWD four-door sedan. With its sleek roofline and sculptured lines it truly is more of a four-door coupe than a typical “family sedan.”

Hyundai Sonata — Fast becoming a mainstream power

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai designers threw out the playbook and started with a fresh sheet of paper with the 2011 mid-sized Sonata. It breaks new styling ground inside and out in a segment loaded with “me-too” designs.

2011 Lincoln MKX

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For 2011 Lincoln has pulled out all the stops to prove to the Lexus RX luxury crossover and others who the real king of the hill is. To say it’s been done with style doesn’t begin to describe the ammunition Lincoln has loaded up to see the MKX through competitive comparisons.

Jaguar XKR convertible – Open air motoring at its best

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We would have welcomed the head-turning 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible any time of the year whether the coldest day of winter or the hottest, most oppressive day of summer. It’s a car to savor and enjoy any time not just for its nearly impeccable driving attributes and silky smooth power, but for the attention it attracts. And it’s a car you can enjoy top up or top down, peacefully cruising neighborhood streets or carving up some of the most winding roads in America.

2011 Ford Edge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Edge made its initial debut as a 2007 model and has become the best seller among its segment of 27 competitive crossovers with more than 400,000 sales to date. And the number one reason for purchase is styling.

2011 Saab 9-5

NEW YORK — After suffering a near-death experience at the hands of General Motors, the vaunted Saab brand has been given new life at the hands of Spyker Cars. Its first vehicle is the 9-5.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

NEW YORK — Since its inception the Mercedes-Benz R-Class has always seemed like the family outsider. 

It had all the technology and luxury features one would expect from what’s often referred to as the “world’s most prestigious brand” but something seemed different. The good doctors at MB went to work and corrected the discrepancy – it had a different front-end look from its siblings.