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  • Fuel-Sipping Family Car: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

    The Hyundai Ioniq is designed to compete directly with the Toyota Prius.

    The Ioniq Hybrid Isn’t Just About Efficiency, it’s the Complete Package

      — by Jeffrey N. Ross

    Hyundai launched its hybrid hatchback for the 2017 model year, and the lineup has since grown to include the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and Ioniq Electric, giving Hyundai a broad product mix to compete against other hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs.

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  • Exceeding Expectations: 2020 Nissan Sentra SR

    The Nissan Sentra delivers fantastic bang-for-the-buck.

    In the Areas That Matter Most, the Sentra Delivers Fantastic Bang-for-the-Buck

      — by Andrew Chen
     
    Just a few short weeks after the global debut of the all-new 2020 Sentra, Nissan hosted an exclusive first-drive opportunity along the coast of Southern California, and AutoNation Drive was among the first in the world to experience the ground-up re-imagining of this storied compact sedan.
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  • Staff Picks: The Best SUVs We Drove in 2019

    Staff Picks: The Best SUVs We Drove in 2019

    Buying an SUV Doesn’t Mean You Have to Pass Up Performance

    — by AutoNation Staff

    Sport utility vehicles have come a long way. No longer are they warmed-rigs work rigs that bounce over bumps and steer like a battleship. In fact, there are loads of good offerings if you’re looking for an SUV that’ll haul more than cargo. Check out this list to read about some of our favorites.

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  • Staff Picks: The Best Trucks We Drove in 2019

    The Best Trucks We Drove in 2019

    From Off-Road Weapons to Cushy Daily Drivers, We Drove Some Great Trucks


    — by AutoNation Staff

    There’s no vehicle more American than the pickup. And given the popularity of the segment, there’s a version out there for everyone, whether you’re looking for a cushy daily driver, a beefy tow rig, or an off-road ready beast.

    We got a sample some of each variety this year, and these were the ones that we liked the best. Regardless of what you’re looking for in a truck, you’ll find it on this list!

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  • 2015 Mazda6 Review

    Mazda6

    The Mazda6 has emerged as a strong alternative to some of the standard offerings in the family sedan category such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. With loads of style and an enthusiast spirit, this midsize four-door sedan also boasts excellent fuel economy and great safety ratings.

    Starting at just $21,190 and available in three trim levels, the Mazda6 offers a lot of performance and style for the money.

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  • Staff Picks: The Coolest Cars We Drove in 2019

    These are the AutoNation Staff’s picks for the coolest cars we drove this year.

    Performance Enthusiasts Have More Great Choices Than Ever Before

      — by AutoNation Drive Staff
     
    While much has been made of the notion that Americans aren’t buying traditional cars anymore, they're far from dead. And to prove it, here’s a list of the coolest cars our writers drove this year!
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  • Beginning a New Era: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

    The I-Pace Makes Jaguar the First Luxury Brand to Directly take on Tesla

      — by Omar Rana
     
    When I learned I'd be spending a week with the all-new Jaguar I-Pace, I was thrilled to experience the the legendary brand's take on a fully electric vehicle — and I wasn't disappointed. Director of Design Ian Callum and his team of engineers hit it out of the park.
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  • Special Edition: 2019 Jeep Compass Upland 4x4 Test Drive

    The Upland has a front skid plate and tow hooks — just like the hardocre Trailhawk.

    The Latest Compass Gets New Equipment Packages and Refreshed Sheet Metal

    -- by Derek Shiekhi

    Jeep came out with an all-new, second-generation Compass for the 2017 model year. It featured fresh sheet metal, a new four-cylinder engine, and updated safety and infotainment technology. The 2019 Compass is more about small changes to the Compass — mainly related to cosmetics and equipment packages. We got a preview of some of the alterations Jeep made to its 2019 line of vehicles at the annual Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) What's New event up at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan last year

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  • Off-Road Champ: RAM Wins Top Title at 2019 Texas Truck Rodeo

    The air suspension in the RAM 1500 makes off-road obstacles a breeze.

    This Event is a Great Chance to Drive Loads of New Rigs Back to Back

    -- by Derek Shiekhi

    The fall season offers so many things to look forward to. The temperatures cool off, foliage changes color to beautiful shades of red, orange, and gold, and you can order a pumpkin spice latte without fear of judgment. Down here in Texas, we have another reason to be excited about the start of autumn. Every October, the Texas Auto Writers Association hosts the Texas Truck Rodeo.

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  • Massive Fun Factor: 2019 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn Edition Test Drive

    The lines of the Volkswagen GTI are clean, purposeful, and never flashy.

    The Volkswagen GTI is an Enthusiast Favorite, and a Virtually Perfect Car

    -- by Mike Musto

    The Volkswagen GTI Autobahn Edition follows the same well-paced evolution that's kept the GTI current for the last four decades. Keep it small, keep it simple, keep it functional, and most of all, keep it fun. If you've ever found yourself wishing driving was more exhilarating, I have some advice for you — buy a GTI. Seriously.

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