Auto Reviews


BOLDER
2018 Camry XSE Spices up the Sedan Market

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AUTO REVIEW- For model year 2018, Toyota’s engineers and designers must have received a new memo with subject line: “Make it even BOLDER. Sincerely, the Boss.” One look at the latest Camry and it is abundantly clear the message was received.

HOT FUSION
Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum

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AUTO REVIEW—Our 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid review vehicle is similar in most respects to earlier versions, which is a very good thing because Ford has produced a winner. Differences come via the newly offered Platinum Package that brings along a group of what we previously referred to as Options. Harold Osmer reports.

MEET THE CROSS-HATCH High-Rider
2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

AUTO REVIEW—Toyota’s latest entry into the sport-ute/crossover segment is the smallest, and least expensive member of the five-piece band of high-riding five-doors that range in price from an economical $22,500 to an “if you have to ask” $83,665. In ascending order of price, they are: This C-HR (standing for Coupe-High Rider – no, seriously), the RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, and the august Land Cruiser. Editor Doug Stokes spent a week in this one (and didn’t even miss the lack of coat hooks until day three).

GATHERING LEAVES IN A FORD FOCUS
A Ford Focus rewards you for green behavior

AUTO REVIEW—I’m looking at a duo of five-leaf plants on the dashboard of the 2017 Ford Focus SEL. They may resemble Cannabis Sativa genus, but they actually represent Anticipation and Speed in the Eco-Drive mode with more leaves the better. I lost two Anticipation leaves, but managed to keep all five Speed leaves. Page 175 of the 500-page manual (what is this, a spaceship!) explains that Anticipation shows how well I anticipate stopping in traffic, not engaging in over-acceleration and so on. Zoran Segina reports.

ELECTRIFIED
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

AUTO REVIEW—The new 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron with the 1.4 liter TFSI Turbo inline four-cylinder engine/electric motor, Audi signature styling, Audi assist, interior quality, ergonomics, luxury and safety, making this model one of the best on the compact hybrid market. I am testing the new model with the technology package and A3 Sportback Premium Plus package. Updated e-tron models now offer improved technology with the virtual cockpit and standard driver assistance systems including Audi pre-sense front braking. Harvey Schwartz reports.

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