2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R

Isaac Bouchard There is no doubt Subaru has figured out how to build cars that Americans want to buy; sales go up every year and they have passed many former competitors in market share, while making inroads into southern states that long had been anathema to the brand. The Outback and Legacy have just undergone … Read more

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE

Isaac Bouchard When this series Jetta came out it represented Volkswagen’s first concerted effort to truly build a car to be competitive in America. Before, its offerings were smaller yet more expensive than Asian players and sales suffered as a result. This model, though, was large and priced right in the heart of the market. … Read more

2014 Toyota Corolla ECO

Isaac Bouchard How far do you want—or need—to go on a gallon? That is the main determinant for selecting the new Toyota Corolla Eco. Other models in the lineup are sportier looking or priced for less; this fuel sipper offers up terrific EPA ratings and good real-world numbers to go along with typical Toyota virtues. … Read more

2014 Chrysler 300C AWD

Isaac Bouchard The rebirth of the large American sedan can be traced to the 2005 Chrysler 300. Its stunning look and overall goodness helped revitalize the class. The first major redesign (done on the same chassis) took place in 2011, and was released into a much more competitive environment. Initially, many thought it too conservative … Read more

2014 RAM 2500 Heavy Duties

Isaac Bouchard Chrysler Group recently created a separate truck division, focused around the Ram pickups. These now donate their name to the new marketing channel, while also continuing to gain market share on the best-selling Ford haulers. Exposure to two versions of the 2500 gives us insight into where the company is, and wants to … Read more

2014 Toyota Venza

Isaac Bouchard The Venza presents an interesting case for how a true “crossover” vehicle can succeed—or not—in the market. It is also an fascinating contrast to the incredibly successful Highlander (tested here), with which it shares much of its mechanicals. The Venza was one of the first vehicles whose styling, engineering and production was overseen … Read more

2014 Audi SQ5

Isaac Bouchard The Q5 has been a huge success for Audi, and helped define what a crossover should be, balancing as it does a roomy, practical interior of exceptionally high quality and good taste with compact exterior dimensions and decent dynamics. The new SQ5 takes all those ingredients and adds a dash of dynamic flair … Read more

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Isaac Bouchard Astonishing that it’s really been a quarter century since the MX-5 came out. I can remember voraciously devouring every car magazine article on the Miata back in 1989, though my college budget didn’t permit the idea of a $13,800 new car right then. But a few years later I had ordered my very … Read more

2014 BMW M235i

Isaac Bouchard As BMW continues its relentless march towards dominance in an ever expanding number of product niches (X1, 3, 4, 5, 6-model crossovers, i3 and 8-branded EVs) and sub-niches (328GT, 435 Gran Coupe, etc), the new M Performance lineup, starting with the M235i, brings us back towards the haloed “Ultimate Driving Machine” moniker the … Read more

2014 BMW i3

Isaac Bouchard The Brave New World is fully upon us—and you’ll know so when you climb inside the i3, BMW’s first electric vehicle (EV), and a contender for most radical ride of 2014. The body should have prepared you for what’s to come; unlike Tesla, which went conventional for the Model S, BMW decided to … Read more