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2017 Nissan Armada Platinum

The Nissan Armada is the brand's largest non-commercial vehicle and is a direct competitor to Chevy's Suburban and Ford's Expedition. The Armada Platinum represents the highest rung for ...

2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription

Volvo's XC90 is the manufacturer's luxury SUV and this—the T6 Inscription—represents the highest tier of that model. And to triple the lux, our test car had about $20,000-worth ...

2017 Toyota Tundra

Looking for a new tow vehicle? Consider the 2017 Toyota Tundra. Our test truck came saddled with all the necessary equipment to haul your toys around, including engine ...

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

The Jeep Wrangler has developed a following unlike any other vehicle. We've been privy to its performance before, and honestly we love it too. We know these things ...

2016 Nissan Rogue SV

Nissan's Rogue attempts to satisfy everyone's SUV needs while coming in at a low final price. That price isn't bad at all—this mid-level model starts at $26,590. For ...

2016 Honda Accord Sport

We recently got to spend a week in Northern California with a new Honda Accord Sport sedan with the Honda Sensing package. How does Honda's flagship sedan measure ...

2016 BMW X1

We recently got a chance to spend some time with the BMW X1 xDrive28i. This is the newest, smallest and least expensive of BMW‘s Sports Activity line of ...

2016 Lexus GS F

Lexus's F Sport line rarely leaves us disappointed. This extremely orange GS F gave us more of the same. The 5.0-liter V8 turns out almost 500 horsepower through ...

2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited

The Toyota 4Runner Limited is the top of the line for the model. This SUV does its best to blend the rugged capabilities boasted by all 4Runners, and ...

2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

The Mazda CX-3 is one of our favorite small crossovers. It carries people and their stuff in typical Mazda fashion. It feels a little lighter on its feet ...

2016 Honda Civic Coupe LX

The 2016 Honda Civic is the first model year for its latest (tenth) generation. Our test car was an experience in value. This is the least expensive trim ...

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Subaru knows a thing or two about building wagons that can go off-road. Their latest release in this market is the Crosstrek, a kind of jack-up Impreza wagon. ...

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

We've been spending a lot of time around muscle cars recently. This convertible version of the Mustang GT came with the grunting 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and an opportunity ...

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Our friends at Mazda have been touting their all-new CX-9 for a while. Just wait until we see it, they said. Well, we have now seen—and driven—their latest ...

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

It's here. Fiat's turbocharged cousin of Mazda's MX-5 has been long anticipated. We got to drive this 124 Spider Lusso around for a week and see how it ...

2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible

Today’s Camaro lineup features some serious heavy hitters, like the 650-horsepower ZL1 and the track-ready 1LE. And then there’s our test car, the V6-powered Camaro RS convertible–fitted with ...

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

The Kia Optima is one of the sleepers out there in our world, although the brand is quietly attracting fans. Like the rest of the Kia lineup, the ...

2016 Mazda MX-5 Club

This is the MX-5 aimed at us gearheads. While all copies of the current MX-5 receive the same drivetrain, the Club adds the stiffer suspension, limited-slip rear and ...

2016 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring Sport

The Nissan 370Z has been with us for a while, and Nissan calls this Touring Sport model the top-of-the-line offering. What’s so special about it? It doesn’t get ...

2016 GMC Yukon Denali

We're big fans of the Suburban's long history as a great tow vehicle. When we got our hands on the latest GMC Yukon Denali, one of the first ...

2016 Jaguar XJR

Jaguar's XJR is built for one purpose: To be the ultimate blend of performance and luxury. It certainly looks the part, with a striking, swooping silhouette. But how ...

2016 Fiat 500c Easy

The Fiat 500c is no longer new to our world, with the standard open-top version coming in three guises: 500c Pop, 500c Easy and 500c Lounge. Our test ...

2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

The current Mazda 6 isn’t totally new to our world, but what an upgrade over the previous model. The current 6 looks great, has a ton of space, ...

2016 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring

This is the comfortable MX-5. The Club might be the one aimed at the hardcore brigade, but this is the deluxe version. This is also the only way ...

2016 Ram 1500 Rebel

After moving itself from a truck model to a make, Ram has begun to come into their own. The brand used to be known for below average build ...

2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac has a new mid-sized SUV. We know, that’s probably not huge news here in our world. Here is the tidbit that might interest our people, though: The ...

2016 Honda Pilot Elite AWD

While not quite our thing, there’s obviously a place in this world for mid-sized SUVs. For many families they offer the right mix of practicality and style. Honda ...

2016 Acura MDX

Acura's three-row SUV sports a lot of items in our "pros" column. It can seat six comfortably, offer good performance for and SUV and even venture off road.

2016 Dodge Durango R/T

SUVs in general provide a sense of power and safety on the road. The 2016 Dodge Durango is no different. Our test vehicle came with the 5.7-liter Hemi ...

2016 Jaguar F-Type S

We've driven the new Jaguar F-Type before. But last time it was the "R Coupe." This version is the "S," which means a supercharged V6 takes the place ...

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    Using a top-secret, highly sophisticated algorithm that may or may not have been co-developed by NASA, the Grassroots Motorsports Bang For The Buck Index is a 100-point scale that indicates which of the new cars we've reviewed over the years actually provide the greatest bang for the buck.

    The highly-guarded formula--which is securely stored in the floor safe in Scott's office and protected by razor wire and laser-wielding ferrets--takes into account our ratings, the car's power-to-weight ratio, its price and other factors to determine the true Bang For The Buck.

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