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Mercedes AMG GLC63 S — Chills and thrills

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Power can be intoxicating so it's little wonder why the 503-horsepower Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63 S Coupe is so stimulating and electrifying to drive. The GLC Coupe is one of a new breed of luxury crossovers that add fastback styling and a great deal of go-anywhere functionality and cargo-carrying capability to an awesome driving experience.

VW Tiguan — More room, more features

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Ten inches can make a big difference in the world of small crossover utilities. Just ask the marketing people at Volkswagen. The company's small Tiguan has been a solid value since its introduction in 2009, but has never resonated with buyers in North America because of its small cargo and passenger space compared to competing vehicles in the segment.

Infiniti QX50 — Competitive in popular segment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Infiniti has done a credible job redesigning its compact QX50 crossover for the 2019 model year, returning to the popular luxury segment — after a one-year hiatus.
The new QX50 goes into the selling wars with a lot of weapons including the world’s first variable compression ratio turbocharged engine, a more spacious interior that includes a more roomy second-row, more cargo space than most of its competitors, and a lot of driver assistance technology. That's in addition to very compelling styling both inside and out.

Volkswagen Jetta — A value proposition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you are seeking a small family sedan that can give you the most bang for the buck without sacrificing quality or driving enjoyment we recommend a stop at a Volkswagen dealership to test drive the all-new seventh-generation 2019 Jetta. You will find a conservatively styled, well-equipped, fuel-efficient, and thoroughly modern vehicle at a very affordable price.

Cadillac CT6 — All-American luxury sedan

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Cadillac CT6, currently the brand's flagship sedan, dwarfed by the mid-20th Century Cadillac behemoths — but large by today's standards — has a well-controlled, but slightly firm ride; a quiet interior befitting top-drawer luxury; and the latest in automobile technology.

Genesis G70 — Satisfying sports sedan

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

One of the most competitive segments in the luxury ranks is the compact sports sedan. Think BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, Alfa Romeo Giulia. Now add the all-new Genesis G70 to the mix. If you have little knowledge of the Genesis luxury brand spun off from Hyundai several years ago know that it has won numerous awards in its short life and now the G70, the third member of the family, is getting rave reviews has it reaches the market.

Acura RDX — A big leap forward

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

While the outgoing RDX was a rather unexciting entry into the luxury crossover segment, it was long on practicality. But in a crowded luxury compact crossover segment that includes the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Lexus NX, Acura has sought to put more emotion and performance in its new edition.

Genesis G70 — Satisfying sports sedan

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

One of the most competitive segments in the luxury ranks is the compact sports sedan. Think BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, Alfa Romeo Giulia. Now add the all-new Genesis G70 to the mix. If you have little knowledge of the Genesis luxury brand spun off from Hyundai several years ago know that it has won numerous awards in its short life and now the G70, the third member of the family, is getting rave reviews has it reaches the market.

Subaru Ascent — Checking all the boxes

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Virtually every mainstream automaker has at least one large crossover SUV in its lineup. So it is only fitting that Subaru, a pioneer in the crossover segment with its long-running Outback, has joined the fray with the three-row 2019 Ascent.

Mazda6 — Taking it up a notch

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Prior to the 2018 refresh, the Mazda6 came with only one engine choice, a first-rate 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Today’s base engine gets cylinder deactivation for 2018†that improves fuel economy now measured at 27 mpg city, 36 highway and 29 overall. It's capable of 0-to-60 in just a tick over 7 seconds and a quarter mile time of 15.5 seconds.