Steve’s Top Picks

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

In the battle between gas-electric hybrids and diesels, the smart money is definitely on the side of Rudolf’s invention.  And there’s no better example than VW’s Passat’s TDI. I first drove this car during the 2012 model year and quickly…

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2013 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

I was one of the many critics who panned the redesigned Civic a couple of years ago for its bean-counter-derived interior, lackluster style and uninspired drive. Honda says the car was a victim of the economic downturn during which it…

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Here we go with a spoiler alert: this is the best hybrid I’ve ever driven and I’m defining ‘best’ as driving most like a regular car.  Good for VW that on their first go around at a hybrid that’s not…

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2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon

This might just be the perfect car.  What one vehicle can satisfy so many disparate automotive desires as Benz’s baddest wagon?  Practicality and performance have never assimilated as astutely as they have here in the E63.  It’s a car that…

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2012 Range Rover Evoque Coupe

It doesn’t look like a Range Rover.  It doesn’t drive like a Range Rover.  And it certainly doesn’t drink gas like one either.  But the all-new 2012 Evoque isn’t concerned with what was but rather with what will be. The…

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