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great fuel saver
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standard audio is good
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7 Years ago
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toyota
toyota matrix
seat
suzuki
suzuki sx4
First Test: 2011 Toyota Matrix S AWD
The Toyota Matrix was launched in 2003 as a hatchback version of the Corolla, the perennial small-car-sales all-star. Based on the same platform, it was aimed at younger buyers with active lifestyles that required more space than the sedan could provide, but for one reason or another wouldn't step up to a larger car or SUV. To this day, Toyota still rolls Matrix sales volume in with the Corolla although the small hatch has its own styling and character.

 Aesthetically, the Matrix has very little Corolla left in its wedge-shape profile and tall, narrow stance. In 2008 the car was re-skinned, adding a larger chunky C-pillar, and it was refreshed again for 2011. The 2009 re-skin removed some...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
suzuki kizashi
Long Term Update 7: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS
This sedan continues to be a staff favorite, though underrated in the marketplace. Associate online editor Benson Kong notes, "This car should be the poster child for tip-of-the-fingers, effortless shifting. The steering, on the other hand, imparts a completely opposite sensation. It's direct, with a good amount of heft throughout the steering range." It's fuel-efficient, too. Kong continues, "The 2.4-liter engine may be more gas miserly than the EPA lets on. It's rated 20/29 mpg, but with a mix of city and highway driving and what I'd consider moderate applications of throttle, I easily did more than 200 miles with over half a tank to go. I only had to put in 7.24 gallons of 87 octane to top...

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7 Years ago
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chevrolet
chevrolet malibu
cadillac
cadillac cts
hyundai
First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
No new model has General Motors more concerned about the success of its launch than the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The Volt? No, as ground-breaking and politically divisive as that car is, there's little doubt Chevy will be able to sell all of them, from the 10,000 or so expected in the first year to 30,000-40,000 per year as production slowly ramps up.

 The Chevy Malibu was GM's best-selling car last year. These days, there's no upside in describing how successful an automaker is in the truck and SUV business. Midsize and compact sedans, market share-wise, are where it's at, baby. GM has moved up the Chevy Malibu's launch twice, first from fall of '12 to mid-year, and the car has since been fast-tracked...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
suzuki kizashi
Long Term Update 6: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS
Once you get to know the Kizashi, you'll like it. Value-packed and honest, ours has features like an iPod jack, making it easy to control music through the stereo system, and Bluetooth. The cabin isn't all that exciting, but the car as a whole continues to win over the staff.

Notes senior editor Jonny Lieberman, "The more I drive the Kizashi, the more I like it, especially when you consider that our well-appointed tester stickers for under $23,000, about what you'd spend for an equally powerful and similarly equipped Jetta. Of course, the Jetta now has a torsion-beam rearend-fine for most people, but the Kizashi is the better handler. And in fact, the better car." This is arguably the best...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
suzuki kizashi
Long Term Update 5: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS
When associate online editor Scott Evans got behind the wheel of the Kizashi for a trip to Laguna Seca, he was impressed. "The ride is comfortable and the interior is well isolated, especially for the price. Steering feel is pretty good and the brakes bite well. The shifter isn't my favorite; it's a bit ropey, and second gear is temperamental, but it's far from the worst I've driven.

"The quality of build, design, and materials all around is great considering the price tag. It's hard to believe this car costs only $24,000. A competitor would easily add several thousand dollars onto that. I'd love it if Suzuki would offer a real sport model with just a little more power. This is so close to...

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7 Years ago
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jeep
jeep wrangler
suzuki
suzuki samurai
First Drive: 2011 Jeep Wrangler
Whenever we hear about a new Jeep Wrangler, there's always a concern that the changes will makes the iconic vehicle less capable. Will it be converted to independent front and rear suspension from its current live axle setup? Is it going to share platforms with some crossover? Thankfully, for 2011 the answer to both of these questions is no.

 None of the changes to the 2011 Jeep Wrangler involve its capability, on- or off-road. (Okay, hill-descent control is now standard.) Returning unchanged is the 3.8-liter V-6 with 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque, backed by either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Both it and the four-door Unlimited are available with both transmissions,...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
suzuki kizashi
smart
Long Term Update 4: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS
While several staffers drove a pair of Kizashis through Japan, Russia, Canada, and the U.S., our long-termer stayed home. On one staffer's drive, it suffered minor damage when a bit of debris became lodged in one of the front fenderwells. The Kizashi continues to impress with top-notch interior styling, sporty character, and ergonomically sound cabin.

The solid chassis and pleasant ride are welcome surprises, and the overall impression is that this car is a smart option for people who want a midsize sedan with personality. Its engine isn't exactly the gutsiest, but the Kizashi offers a tremendous amount of character in a small, easy to maneuver, and fun package. And the world-traveling Kizashis...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
nissan
toyota tacoma
chevrolet colorado
dodge
Verdict: 2009 Suzuki Equator RMZ-4 Sport
Over the last few years, there have been a lot of changes and improvements to heavy-duty 3/4- and one-ton trucks, as well as to half-tons. What has been the quieter story is that compact trucks have gotten bigger and more capable, too, and many of them are now as big as half-tons used to be, with comparable towing and payload capacities. (This Equator, as equipped, does have a payload of more than 1000 pounds, the reason trucks were originally called "half-tons.")

Why did Suzuki get into the compact-truck market? It manufactures motorcycles, ATVs, and motors for boats and had to watch as other automakers' trucks served as tow vehicles. It made sense for Suzuki to get a pickup, and partnering...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
suzuki kizashi
subaru
subaru legacy
Long Term Update 3: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS
"Not five minutes into my drive home, I had to pull over and double-check our Kizashi's Monroney," logs assistant Web producer Carlos Lago. "I was sure that what had started as an inexpensive car had been optioned to near $30,000, what with the Bluetooth, auto up/down front windows, sunroof, iPod connectivity, attractive interior, and so on. But, nope, it's still under $24,000. Color me impressed.

"While the Kizashi is no compact, it feels like one; it's very easy to maneuver through narrow streets, alleys, parking lots, etc. Credit also goes to its enjoyable handling tendencies; turn-in is nice, and there's decent weight in the steering. The shifter has a positive feel: You'd never second-guess...

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7 Years ago
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suzuki
suzuki kizashi
honda
honda civic
Long Term Update 2: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS
"I dug the Kizashi when I drove it at the launch in Portland, Oregon, last October," says associate Web editor Kirill Ougarov, "and I'm glad my memory does not betray me. Though not the fastest thing in the world, it's a really fun car to drive if you're not hopelessly addicted to speed. The engine doesn't mind being revved to the max, the shifter is easy to work, and the chassis is solid enough to be fun in the twisties."

Contributing editor Mike Connor agrees: "The Kizashi goes down the road quite decently. Clean and tidy inside and out too. You don't see or feel any 'penalty box' red flags, and that's saying a lot. This Suzuki feels like a premium piece; it has the high-value/fun-to-drive...

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