Infiniti QX60 — Family friendly luxury crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The window sticker on the 2016 Infiniti QX60 proclaims it is "built for families, designed for drivers." Infiniti has definitely got the family part down. The QX60 is a very attractive three-row crossover with a useable third-row seat and with numerous available kid-friendly features. The "drivers" part not so much. If you are looking for a performance and handling machine in the image of BMW or Audi, best to check out the X5 or the Q7.

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

MOAB, Utah — The GMC Canyon is the costlier up market counterpart to the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck. After a two year hiatus due to low demand and slumping sales GM brought back the trucks for 2015. It was seen as a surprise because other smaller trucks such as the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline and Dodge Dakota had already left the market. That left just the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier and, neither of those trucks had seen a redesign since 2005 until the Tacoma this year.

Chevrolet Camaro — Performance personified

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Shortly after the Chevrolet Camaro hit the streets in September 1966 as a 1967 model it was transformed into a muscle car outfitted with Chevy's 4.9-liter V-8, designed to do battle with the spectacularly popular Ford Mustang — and so the aptly named pony car wars were born. Mustang and Camaro were soon joined by other sporty, performance-oriented entries such as the Pontiac Firebird, Plymouth Barracuda, and Dodge Challenger.

Volvo XC60 — Convenience, luxury and safety

By David Finkelstein

With Volvo's award winning product mix, its consumer acceptance has gained traction, and sales in general have been noteworthy. This up-tick should continue with the introduction of such products as the XC60 two-row sport utility vehicle for 2016.

VW Beetle Dune — A real head-turner

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's been five years since the Volkswagen Beetle experienced a major redesign, so it's incumbent upon Volkswagen to issue special editions to keep the iconic Bug in the crosshairs of new-car shoppers. The latest special edition reaching showrooms this spring is called the Dune, inspired by the California desert Baja Bugs of the late 1960s. And based on the super-cute "Duned" out Beetles we drove, Volkswagen has hit a home run.

2016 Cadillac CT6

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Cadillac’s highly anticipated CT6 large flagship luxury sedan is just now beginning to show up in dealer showrooms. The CT6 is about the same size as a BMW 7 series and is intended to reassert itself as a worthy alternative with large, super-luxury sedans like the 7 series, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus at a lower price point.

Mitsubishi Lancer — More appealing for 2016

By David Finkelstein

Blanketed by a 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, Mitsubishi Motors is showcasing its 2016 Lancer compact sports sedan, competing with the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Mazda3, Honda Civic, V W Jetta and the Hyundai Elantra. 

2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R

FORT WORTH, Texas — Roman author Seneca once said, “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms – you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” So to put it briefly, I’m taking his advice. The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is the evolution of the Shelby Mustang GT350 first introduced in 1965, and the racing version, the Shelby GT350R, which followed shortly thereafter.

Ford Focus ST — Performance choices

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

"Hot-hatch" enthusiasts demand precise steering, razor-sharp handing, and a large dose of performance from their small hatchback and we admit that we were enamored of the little lightning bolts in the past. Two years ago we fell in love with the sub-compact Ford Fiesta ST, and now we have discovered the slightly bigger Focus ST is a winner as well.

2016 Infiniti Q50

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Leaving its best-selling model basically untouched for 2015, product planners made some sweeping changes to the Infiniti Q50’s powertrain elements for 2016. Even Q50 owners would be hard pressed to identify which is which when faced with a 2015 and a 2016 parked side by side, but the differences are striking when you goose the accelerator.