LIVING IN SANTA FE, HYUNDAI
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

AUTO REVIEW— I wonder how Santa Fe got its name. I have to assume that a couple of Hyundai executives were driving through New Mexico and after going thorough cities like Alamogordo, Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences, they arrived in Santa Fe and came up with the perfect name for a crossover SUV. Okay, so that story probably has nothing to do with how this vehicle was named but, much like a scenic drive through the Southwest, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate is nice to look at and once you’re in it you’ll want to stay a while. Reed Berry reports.

THE LAST SAMURAI
The Final Edition of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rolls off the assembly line

AUTO REVIEW—It’s a vestige of an era gone by. With SUVs, trucks and alt-energy vehicles commanding most of the attention these days, Mitsubishi went and offered its Final Edition of the Lancer Evolution X. It’s the modern day Last Samurai—a casting no less improbable than having Tom Cruise portray the historic last samurai on the silver screen.

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Kia’s quiet Sportage

AUTO REVIEW—Can you hear that? Ssshhhhh! Can you hear the 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine? Can you hear the wind noise? Can you hear anything? No, because this is a surprisingly quiet vehicle. My objectivity might be little skewed, since I had just gotten off of an 11-hour flight. It was after this flight that I picked up the 2017 Sportage. The kids fell asleep as we left the parking garage, and my wife and I were struck with how quite the car was. Had this been a Mercedes S-class, or an Audi A8, I would not have thought twice about it. But in a Kia Sportage? Sweet. John-Fredrik Wright reports.

RED SPORT
2017 Q50 Red Sport 400

AUTO REVIEW—No, it’s not a sequel to “Bloodsport”. We’re referring to the Infiniti Q50, which is a sequel to the old G37. And the Red Sport 400 model is the Jean Claude Van Damme of Q50s. For 2017, the Red Sport is now fitted with an all-new 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6. The new power plant breathes new life into the Q50. LA Car’s Mark Dorman reports on the new version, while Harvey Schwartz provides us with the visuals.

COUPE D’ÉTAT
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Coupe

AUTO REVIEW—If you’re lucky enough to drive a Formula One bolide for living, and unlucky enough to find yourself in an accident requiring medical attention, the car that will take you away from the track will be a Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Estate. Well, you can’t drive the Estate on our shores. So instead, get yourself in the driver’s seat of the Coupe version of the aforementioned AMG C63 S, and you may never look back – first to notice difference in design, and second because the view in front, as well as all around, is spectacular.

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