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Mazda3 — A global success story

By David Finkelstein

Since Mazda introduced its first generation compact Mazda3 back in 2004, a success story has been written with motorists globally with 5 million units sold. The Mazda3 was co-developed with Ford in 2004, but now it's exclusive Mazda from bumper-to-bumper.

Toyota Camry — A dramatic departure

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Toyota Camry has been the most popular passenger vehicle in America for 18 of the past 20 years with a formula of unmatched reliability, excellent resale value and anonymous styling both inside and out, styling designed to offend no one. This has led the Camry to earn — whether deserved or not — the reputation of being an appliance, unflatteringly described as automotive wallpaper; with an unemotional feel, a car that takes you from point A to point B with no drama.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — Supercharged fury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may be the most politically incorrect vehicle on the planet. It's the antithesis of the electric mobility craze that's sweeping the world's automobile manufacturers. The only range anxiety with this beast comes from the many stops it takes to keep the tank loaded with high octane gas.

Volkswagen Golf — Standard equipment abounds

By David Finkelstein

It has been 41 years since Volkswagen introduced the iconic Golf hatchback in the U.S., and now its in its seventh-generation. Known for its forward styling, acclaimed value, roominess for five, fuel efficiency and rolling technology, the five-door compact has been refined and improved to a point in which it's clearly competitive with the likes of the Honda Civic, Kia Forte5, Ford Focus, Mazda3 5-Door and the Subaru Impreza.

Honda Civic Type R — Prepare to have fun

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We've been fans of the Si performance version of the mainstream Honda Civic for years. With more horsepower than the standard garden variety Civic and with handling and corning credentials that put it in the extremely fun-to-drive category, what is not to love? This has been for decades the Civic to buy.

Infiniti Q50 — Rewarding sports sedan

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Infiniti's mid-sized sports sedan has received several engine and technology upgrades since the latest iteration was introduced in 2014, and for 2018 the Q50 has been endowed with styling tweaks both inside and out. Fortunately, the sculpted and muscular look of the car has not been altered and the satisfying driving experience remains intact.

GMC Terrain — Compact crossover standout

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

You are in the market for a new compact crossover SUV, but this time around you would like to stand out from the crowd, drive something different than the popular segment offerings — but without sacrificing performance, build quality, cargo space and passenger comfort.

Infiniti Q50 — Rewarding sports sedan

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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Infiniti's mid-sized sports sedan has received several engine and technology upgrades since the latest iteration was introduced in 2014, and for 2018 the Q50 has been endowed with styling tweaks both inside and out. Fortunately, the sculpted and muscular look of the car has not been altered and the satisfying driving experience remains intact.

Nissan Armada — Rugged V-8 luxury

By David Finkelstein

Assembled and imported to the U.S. from Nissan's manufacturing facility in Kyushu, Japan, the Armada full-size SUV is available in SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve models for 2018. Either 2WD and 4WD drive configurations are offered, depending on your personal preference.

Land Rover Range Rover Velar — Stylish and capable

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Land Rover is expanding its Range Rover lineup to include a new, stylish mid-sized entry called the Velar, which was the name used for the original Range Rover prototype back in the late 1960s. It’s designed for comfortable on-road driving to compete against the ever-expanding list of segment competitors.