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2017 Kia Cadenza Review

Kia continues to assert the meaning of “magnificence,” and the Cadenza is typical example. The large interior is well equipped with high quality materials; nappa leather as well as heated rear outboard seats are available. A 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is the best engine choice. Available safety tech includes blind-spot and forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, rear-park assist and automated emergency braking. For 2017, the second-generation Cadenza arrives, and it gracefully moves farther up in execution, carving out a niche among full-size…

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2017 Kia Rio Buyer's Guide Featured 

2017 Kia Rio – Best Sedan of 2017 For You

Available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, Kia’s Rio provides seating for five, and comes in three different trim levels. This year, the small hatch gets some minor styling tweaks to the front and back. There’s the base LX and the LX+, middle-of-the-road EX and well-equipped and sporty SX. The LX+ adds air conditioning, heated front seats, keyless entry and Bluetooth, and an efficient six-speed automatic is available across the range. Powering the Rio is a 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder engine, and when coupled with the automatic transmission, Kia offers…

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Choosing the Best Snow Truck Tires

During our current testing of 53 different models of all-season, all-terrain, and winter/snow truck tires, Consumer Reports has noticed a significant change by manufacturers. Tire makers have started to apply the mountain/snowflake symbol (shown below, it’s also called the Alpine symbol) that traditionally designates winter/snow tires and their snow traction capability to all-season and all-terrain tires. That move could confuse tire shoppers. Dedicated winter/snow tires deliver a clear advantage in snow, because their tread compound stays pliable in the cold and the many slits, or sipes, in their tread provide…

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Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC 2016

With crossover SUVs now outselling sedans, the latest Mercedes-Benz entry into the fast-growing compact segment seems destined to become the marque’s bestseller in short order. It’s been on sale since December, so you’ve probably already noticed these leather-lined shopping carts crowding your local Neiman Marcus and Whole Foods parking lots. Stepping in for the former GLK-class for 2016, the new GLC-class moves onto the latest C-class platform and adopts the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature. And a lot has changed besides the name. While it shares suspension and drivetrain hardware with the…

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Ford Escape 2.0L Buyer's Guide Featured 

2017 Ford Escape 2.0L – EcoBoost AWD

While there are plenty of players in the thriving compact-crossover segment, only the 2017 Ford Escape 2.0L offers consumers their choice of three four-cylinder engine options, all paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain trifecta starts with the naturally aspirated 168-hp 2.5-liter inline-four, which comes only in the base, front-wheel-drive Escape S, a configuration that we’d recommend skipping. Next up is the turbocharged 179-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that comes standard in the 2017 Escape SE and Titanium trims, and both of which offer all-wheel drive. Things escalate quickly from…

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