2008 At a glance

2008 New Car Reviews

2008 Honda Accord Coupe

If the rest of 2008 goes this well, I think I’ll spend the whole year here. The all-new for ‘08 Accord that we recently sampled in sporty coupe ...

2008 BMW M5 Sedan

For about $80,000, BMW's newest M5 sedan should do a fine job of impressing passersby and potential dates, but what about the driving experience? That's a different kettle ...

2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

The days of simply adding forced induction to a good car in an attempt to develop a great car are behind us. Thankfully, the engineers at Mazda have ...

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT

When we got a chance to try the power-retractable hardtop version of Mazda's neo-classic MX-5, we were curious to see how it would feel compared to other variations ...

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Looking at the 2008 Corvette lineup, it can be easy to get awestruck by the 505 horsepower Z06 model. Although the bowtie-wearing supercar represents a bargain, truly frugal ...

2008 Saturn Sky Redline

For a car that’s only been in production a few years, the Saturn Sky (and its kissing cousin the Solstice) has infiltrated the sports car market with surprising ...

2008 Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI S tronic

Full credit goes to Audi for making a successful sequel to their very tidy little roadster, the TT. On paper this car faces competition like the Porsche Boxster ...

2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V10 TDI Twin Turbo

As a full-sized SUV with a full-sized price tag, it would be easy for a sports car enthusiast to dismiss the Touareg 2 as an example of everything ...

2008 BMW M3 Coupe and Sedan

What's not to like about the very latest chassis from BMW filled with rompin', stompin' V8 goodness? We've already been hugely impressed with its little sister--the 335i--so when ...

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

We were very excited to finally get an Evolution X in our test fleet. We were looking forward to seeing how Mitsubishi's latest would stack up as a ...

2008 Pontiac G8 GT Sedan

When we tested Pontiac's newest four-door sedan, it was easy to forget that the G8 is replacing the old front-wheel-drive Bonneville. Although they're dimensionally similar, the G8 seems ...

2008 Subaru Tribeca

The Subaru B9 Tribeca gets a facelift for the 2008 model year, replacing the airplane-inspired front end styling with something a bit more palatable and "SUV-like," according to ...

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

In case you've been sequestered, fuel for internal combustion engines has gotten awfully pricey as of late. Couple the fiscal reality of high fuel costs with the highly ...

2008 BMW 128i Convertible

We've had a string of lovely BMWs travel through the office this the past summer. While we fell head over heels for the M3 and were ready to ...

2008 Volvo C30

Okay, so the MINI brand isn't the only European manufacturer looking to cash in on a nostalgic styling icon. While it never saw a production volume or worldwide ...

2008 Mini Cooper Clubman

There's a lot riding on the new Cooper Clubman. If there's a future for MINI as a brand, it's time to move on from simple nostalgia and build ...

2008 Audi A5 Coupe 3.2 quattro

Audi's new coupe has dead-sexy good looks to spare, so it's bound to draw a lot of attention. We tested an example featuring the S Line Sport Package, ...

2008 Honda Fit Sport

When Honda introduced their Fit to the U.S. market in late 2006, some wondered if Americans were ready for a subcompact city car. Flash forward about 18 months, ...

2008 Saab Turbo X

Just in time for the X Games, Saab sent us one of their limited edition Turbo X sedans. Decked out in a snazzy all-black paint scheme, the Turbo ...

2008 Honda Element SC

We used a press fleet loaner from Honda as the support vehicle for the recent Ultimate Track Car Challenge. After a long, hard weekend, we were very impressed ...

2008 Subaru Forester XT

The newest generation of the Subaru Forester makes a clear step away from its Impreza-mates-with-box roots as it grows in size for 2009. Surprisingly, the larger interior space ...

2008 Audi S8

Every once in a while, it's nice to fantasize about being a baller. While there really isn't anyone on our staff that has much business piloting an über-luxury ...

2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT

The 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT continues to show Subauru's upward trend toward more luxurious and comfortable cars. Thankfully, it also remains as capable as ever thanks to ...

2008 Volvo V70

There are few constants in the automotive world, but thankfully Volvo's highly useful V70 is one of them. The 2008 model is full of new features and rides ...

2008 Mini Cooper S

The modern interpretations of the MINI have swept through the track day and autocross communities like a great wave. It's obvious that we like them pretty well, too: ...

2008 Acura TSX

Acura's entry-level model used to be the sportiest front-wheel-drive car on the road, but the times and demographic data have changed. The 2008 TSX features a lot of ...

2008 Volvo C30 Version 2.0

We just had our hands on the slightly tweaked high-profile version of the C30, aptly dubbed version 2.0 in Volvo-speak. It's easy to see the changes between this ...

2008 Ford Mustang V6

It seems like lately, every press vehicle that has arrived at our office has been served with an automatic transmission. You can imagine our delight when we saw ...

2008 Honda S2000 CR

The S2000 CR is a slightly different beast than the more pedestrian Honda roadsters that have been on the scene for the better part of a decade now. ...

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