First Drive: 2016 Nissan Sentra

7 Generations Over 34 Years Leads to the Best Sentra Yet When the third best-selling car in Nissan’s line-up was ready for a mid-cycle refresh, the designers knew customers would have high expectations for an already successful car to become even better. Changes in the suspension resulted in improved ride and ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel

Two Fuels Power Chevrolet’s Full-Size sedan “Alternative fuel” usually means electricity, biofuels like ethanol or renewable diesel or even (erroneously) gasoline-powered hybrid-electric vehicles. However, one plentiful, inexpensive and clean fuel is underutilized—compressed natural gas or CNG. Honda produced a Civic powered by CNG starting in 1998, but dropped it last year. ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Honda Fit

An Almost Perfect Fit? By Lynne and Larry E. Hall The 2016 Honda Fit is well named. It isn’t too big, isn’t too small—it’s a good fit no matter what size the occupants are, and the yawning hatch can gobble up everything from large boxes to bikes to furniture. Redesigned last year for ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Scion iM

Scion’s Sporty Compact Hatchback Scion says it “appeals to a youthful audience” and is the “test laboratory” for Toyota by offering products that “stand apart from the crowd.” With the all-new 2016 iM five-door hatchback with the six-speed manual, how close does Scion get to doing and being exactly what they ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Honda HR-V AWD

Magic Seats and Borrowed Technology Build a Smaller Honda CUV Add the 2016 Honda HR-V to the growing list of subcompact crossover sport utility vehicles, a category that came from nowhere but will tally close to 270,000 units sold by the end of 2015. The versatile little HR-V is also ... Read More...

Silicon Valley Invades Your Engine

Delphi & Tula Pioneer Software to Boost Fuel Economy Conventional wisdom holds there are two distinct worlds in the automotive universe—the hardware-oriented gearheads who know engines, pistons and camber and the softer science engineers who design infotainment systems and the computer-oriented systems on the modern car. It’s the classic Detroit (or ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Gets It Right This Time When we reviewed the first Hyundai Sonata Hybrid after its arrival in February 2011, we noted it was taking direct aim at the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the two most popular midsize gasoline-electric hybrid sedans at the time. We also said, “Keep ... Read More...

First Drive: 2016 Nissan Altima SR/SL

Nissan’s Biggest Seller Gets Frisky Story by John Faulkner and Michael Coates The midsize sedan market used to be the hot spot in the car market, only to be eclipsed by compact SUV/CUVs. It’s still on about two million persons shopping lists, led by names like Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Close ... Read More...