Auto Reviews


A MALIBU IN MALIBU
We take Chevy’s new sedan to the ’Boo

AUTO REVIEW—The guy pulled up with our test Malibu and our first impression said “Oh yes, this will be a great drive!” Those ever-present television commercials are mostly correct. Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu has strong outside lines with sleek, modern styling. Because we could, we took our Malibu to Malibu where it turned quite a few heads. Mistake it for a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi? Not likely. And there’s no need as Malibu’s longer, lower 2016 stance can stand on its own.

(TURBO) BOOSTING THE BASE
The base Lexus IS gets a major upgrade with the IS 200t

AUTO REVIEW—Near-luxury sedans are like suits. You buy them because you want to project a certain air of success, mainly to attract more success. After a week in the IS 200t F SPORT, I’m going to go out on a limb and call the IS 200t a refined and reasonably priced slim-fit suit. This is the car that says “I’m the rising star of this employee orientation! I’m going to enjoy eventually replacing you Boss Man, but for now you can trust me to pick up and impress the client.” Glenn Oyoung reports.

BEST CAT TRICKS EVER
2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

AUTO REVIEW—The internet is filled with videos and stills of cats performing feats ranging from the silly to the stupendous. These are among the most popular go-to sites online, but Jaguar may have them all beat. The new F-Type R Coupe performs cat tricks like no other. Harvey Schwartz reports, and presents his owns still shots of this amazing cat.

A B.F.F. FROM K.I.A.
An old friend is now turning heads

AUTO REVIEW— I am driving a car that I really like a lot. Do I love it? If it were human, would I put a ring on it? Probably not, but we would be really good friends. There’s a lot to like about the 2016 Kia Optima EX, a reasonably priced good-for-everything type vehicle that makes an excellent daily driver. It’s spacious, practical and looks great. Honestly, I have been a fan of Optima in recent years because the car has definite eye appeal. It hasn’t always been that way but, over the years, Optima has evolved into quite a head-turner. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports.

GENERATION FOUR: A NEW BEGINNING
Mazda looks to its first Miata MX-5 to create its latest

AUTO REVIEW—It’s the introduction of the fourth generation Mazda Miata MX-5. The new model is less an update of the last version, with the size and proportions more akin to the original that debuted in 1989. The result is an all-new roadster that seriously raises the bar. While I had ample praise for the last generation Miata and its ability to do almost everything asked of it well, the 2016 model raises the bar by feet, not inches.

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