Until the 1970s, America’s wealthy drove big Lincolns and Cadillacs. Sure, some quirky Georgetowners may have brought over delicate smaller European cars, but even in the most affluent sections of Northwest, Detroit iron was well represented. Today, the full-size...
When it is designed right, a hatchback can combine all the style of a four-door sedan with a lot more cargo versatility. Whereas a sedan’s trunk is walled off from the passenger compartment, a hatchback lets you fold down...
When many D.C. families pick out a new car, they’re looking for maximum space efficiency: how much room a vehicle can pack into the smallest possible footprint. But if your parking situation permits, the easiest way to get an...
Since its first generation appeared nearly two decades ago, the Lexus RX has been an understandably popular choice in Northwest. Posh and comfortable but not ostentatious, and practical without being overly bulky, this midsize premium crossover has checked the...
A few years ago, automotive journalists frequently cried out for more diesel-powered passenger cars to be sold in the U.S. Such vehicles offered the alluring promise of strong acceleration yet outstanding gas mileage, and steady engineering improvements that have...
Nearly 20 years ago, Volvo eschewed its famously boxy styling in favor of sleeker designs. Leading the way was the Swedish brand’s flagship model, and Volvo changed its name from S90 to S80 for the occasion. Now, with the S80...
Drive around D.C. in a big silver SUV and few heads are likely to turn, except perhaps to release a few sad climate-change-related sighs. But while it may be anonymous at a glance, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a leading...
What separates a luxury car from a mainstream one? Is it the image of a premium brand, and the status that it conveys to yourself and anyone else? Or is it the flashier styling, the more elegant interior, the...
When Mitsubishi first launched the Outlander Sport crossover in 2011, most prospective buyers saw one primary appeal: price. It was smaller and less expensive than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 — then among the most diminutive crossovers a person...
Most of today’s subcompact crossovers are brimming with personality. There are sporty models like the Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3. There are rugged ones like the Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek. And there are those that make...

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