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  • Everywhere Luxury: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Test Drive

    Not Only Does the Land Rover Discovery Look Great, It’s a Truly Capable SUV

      — by Mike Musto
     
    When it comes to luxury SUVs, few have the formula down as well as Land Rover. For 2019, the Land Rover Discovery HSE comes to us as an impressive package that cradles occupants in aluminum, leather and wood, and then proceeds to float them down the road on an air suspension system.
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  • Ten New Cars That Cost Less Than $20,000

    You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great car. Check out these great picks!

    These Deals Prove You Needn't be Independently Wealthy to Score a Fresh Set of Wheels

    -- by Manuel Carrillo III

    In today's market, buying a new car is a well-off person's game. The most responsible advice recommends you spend no more than 10 percent of your gross monthly income on car expenses (which beyond just the car payment, also includes maintenance, insurance and fuel.)

    Looking at a loaded $35,000 midsize sedan like the Honda Accord or a lightly optioned Nissan Pathfinder three-row crossover SUV? Go ahead with that down payment as long as you're bringing home…

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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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  • Spirited Daily Driver: 2020 BMW M340i

    The M340i has an aggressive front fascia, massive corner callouts, and a unique lower grille.

    The M340i Offers Great Performance, Without the Hard-Edge of a True M Car

    -- by Mike Musto

    With an M badge, 382 horsepower, and impressive performance, the 2020 BMW M340i slots itself in between the standard 340i sedan and the full-blown M3. It’s a great car in its own right, but don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s an M3-lite.

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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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  • Global Debut: Meet the All-New 2020 Nissan Sentra

    The 2020 Sentra looks like a mini Maxima. That’s a good thing.

    For 2020, the Compact Gets Sharp New Styling, a Luxurious Interior, and Great Tech

    -- by Andrew Chen

    On the eve before the whirlwind schedule of announcements at the 2019 LA Auto Show, Nissan introduced to the world the all-new 2020 Sentra.

    As the garage doors rolled up inside the downtown Los Angeles event space, a pair of Sentras emerged from behind a wall of smoke and lights. And you know what? It felt alright, because the fanfare matched the exciting re-imagined styling of Nissan’s best-selling U.S. model.

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  • Reid All About It: 2017 Ford Mustang GT350

    The Mustang GT350 is one of the best high performance cars Ford has ever produced.

    The GT350 is a Potent Sports Car That Revs to 8,250 RPM

    -- by Andy Reid

    With all the buzz surrounding Ford v Ferrari, I thought it’d be appropriate to pick a car from the AutoNation Drive inventory that makes a nod toward this great film. If you haven’t seen it, please do, as it might be the finest racing movie ever made. The film documents the epic battle that Ford, with assistance from the great Carroll Shelby, fought to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a result, my pick is what many journalists…

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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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  • Design, Quality, Power: 2019 RAM 1500 Limited 4x4 Test Drive

    The design of the RAM 1500  strikes a perfect balance between tough and elegant.

    The RAM 1500 Limited is a Workhorse That’s Cushy Enough to be a Daily Driver

    -- by Omar Rana

    Now, I’m going to be clear here: I don’t tow, haul, or do much off-roading. But I love pickup trucks anyway. I love the big, authoritative feel and the go-anywhere, conquer anything feeling you have when you’re driving one. So I was super excited when I learned I'd be spending a week with the all-new RAM 1500. Because after reading all the reviews, and watching all the videos about it, I knew that this truck was going…

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  • Musto’s Must Owns: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

    The Corvette Z06 is one of the most visceral sports cars you’re ever likely to pilot.

    The Track-Ready C6 Corvette Z06 is an Outstanding Performance Bargain

    -- by Mike Musto

    Welcome to Musto’s Must Owns, a new AutoDrive feature where I highlight some of my favorite used vehicles in AutoNation’s inventory. Each vehicle showcased will be a model that I’ve had personal experience with, above and beyond that of which you’d find in a standard car review. That’s the reason I wanted to do this.

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