BEAUTY’S ONLY SKIN DEEP
Toyota’s new Prius Prime

AUTO REVIEW—I’m listening to The Temptations sing “Beauty is Only Skin Deep” on the Toyota Prius Prime’s 10-speaker JBL premium sound system, and I can’t help think about the car I’m driving. This Prius Prime ain’t no beauty. The Prius has never been pretty, but with the new, fourth-generation model, Toyota really pushed the visual polarity index. The Prime is actually even more polarizing to look at. Fortunately, one can look beyond the superficial to find real beauty. Roy Nakano reports on the new Prius Prime.

MOUNT McKINLEYISH
2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD

AUTO REVIEW—The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia, with the top-of-the-line Denali trim and AWD is one of the best-looking, best-performing, most comfortable, functional, and connected crossover SUVs in this booming sales segment. The Acadia in the Denali trim takes care of so much of what one expects from a crossover—it’s stylish, versatile and fun to drive. The new Denali is on top of its game, from an automaker that only builds trucks. Harvey Schwartz reports.

TOURING TIGER
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

AUTO REVIEW—Frankly it’s not really the first thing that you’d expect to hear about in a driving impression of a high end, full size, eight-passenger minivan. But, the first drive and first application of a relatively good amount of gas pedal produces acceleration that’s far more sports car than soccer bus. Suffice it to say, this beautiful 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has the “beans” to really move out smartly, and superior mid-range power that builds confidence by the mile. Story by Doug Stokes and pictures by Harvey Schwartz.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE

Photos courtesy of Volkswagen

AUTO REVIEW – Overall the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a great choice for families with young kids or folks with active lifestyles that need to haul cargo on occasion. With a sporty exterior, clean and feature-loaded interior, and enough power and handling capabilities to belie its utilitarian set-up, the Golf Alltrack SE is a welcome addition to the mix of wagons that are increasingly cutting into the U.S. crossover and SUV markets – especially for those who want some handling to go alongside their cargo capacity.

FOUR-RING FLAGSHIP
2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T Quattro Tiptronic

AUTO REVIEW—For the 2017 model year, Audi has chosen to export only the L (long wheelbase) version of the A8 to its U.S. showrooms. This full-size luxury sport sedan has it all: Excellent comfort, the highest quality workmanship, a strong, light aluminum design, and a broad range of high-end technologies that make the A8 the flagship of the Audi model range. We tested a fully loaded A8 L with the 3.0 TFSI V6 supercharged, all-alloy, DOHC, Direct Injected engine that generates 333hp and 325 pounds of torque—good enough to launch the car to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.7 seconds. Harvey Schwartz reports.

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