Steve’s Top Picks

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450

For those with the means to indulge in an opulent full-size SUV, Mercedes has just made your purchasing decision more difficult.  The lineup now includes the more miserly GL350 diesel, this bread and butter 362 horse GL450, the over-the-top 429…

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2013 Lexus ES 300h

This is generation number 6 for the Lexus ES, which for years has been a midsize luxury sedan favorite among traditional consumers.  From its conservative styling to its nondescript drive, the ES has largely lived life as a pampered Camry. …

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2013 Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4X4

The pick-up truck war is torqueing up and the new battleground seems to be fuel efficiency.  And to that end, the emergence of the V6-powered full size is well under way.  This 2013, don’t-call-me Dodge, Ram 1500 is equipped with…

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2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i

We’ve known since 2009 that the little X1 was on its way here, having already been successful in other markets.  As the auto industry’s downsizing continues in ways that would have been unthinkable even 5 years ago, the X1 becomes…

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2013 Acura ILX Premium

Positioned about $5,000 below Acura’s previous entry model the TSX, this car starts life as a Honda Civic and after much primping presents itself as something much more.  I had driven the 3 model ILX lineup at a media introduction…

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