2012 At a glance

2012 New Car Reviews

2012 Buick Enclave AWD Premium

Minivans are so blue-collar. If you need to transport gaggles of children and still keep up with the Joneses, these unibody utes are the way to go. Buick's ...

2012 Chevrolet Volt

For about a hundred years, pretty much every mass-produced automobile was powered by fossil fuels. You could take your pick: gas or diesel? More options joined the list ...

2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Premium

Many of us remember a time when a 5.0 badge on the side of a Mustang meant something. Those two digits signified that you had encountered the reigning ...

2012 Mazda 5 Grand Touring

The Mazda5 is one of those peoplemovers that's been operating under the radar. This six-passenger vehicle may not sport knobby tires or a jacked-up ride height, but it ...

2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

Happy birthday, Camaro. GM's favorite pony car turns 45 in 2012, and Chevrolet is celebrating with a special 45th Anniversary cosmetic package for both Camaro and Camaro SS. ...

2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

We have a lot of newness to report after an early look at the 2012 Subaru Impreza: new body, new engine and new feel. Some stuff does remain ...

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Chevrolet brought the Grand Sport name back to the lineup a few years ago, in time for the brand’s 100th anniversary. Our centennial special features leather trimming interior ...

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Chrysler's (and Fiat's) bean counters are somehow letting their SRT division run amok. Their gangsta-grade 300 gets the go-fast treatment with the mega-powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8. That's 392 ...

2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

Now a bit long in the tooth, the 'speed3 has always impressed us with its turbo four-cylinder and hatchback practicality. It recently received a facelift—rather, a facedroop—that somewhat ...

2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

Have you had your eye on that Nismo 370Z, but you can hear the rest of the family scream about its lack of back seats before you even ...

2012 Kia Optima SX

The third-generation Kia Optima is one of our favorite automotive surprises from the past couple of years. After a decade of me-too family sedan boredom, Kia revitalized the ...

2012 Kia Soul +

The term "station wagon" may now be taboo, but that doesn't mean the need for a small, car-based hauler has gone away. Yesterday's wagons have become today's urban ...

2012 Ford Focus Titanium Sedan

After more than 10 years of tweaking, facelifting and refining their platform, Ford finally brought a brand-new Focus to the United States. It's a welcome update: The previous ...

2012 Buick Regal GS

If the auto bailouts mean GM brings their Euro-flavored cars to our shores, we'll take it. Gone—along with several of the General's divisions—are the barely carlike road floaters ...

2012 Fiat 500 Sport

The Cinquecento has been in Europe for some time, but it only recently made its way to the U.S. Thank the auto bailouts that resulted in Chrysler being ...

2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe

Below the beltline, this car is identical to the regular MINI Cooper S. But thanks to a low roof—and some controversial styling—its center of gravity is a bit ...

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Does the MINI Cooper S finally have some real competition? Publisher Tim Suddard just drove the new Fiat 500 Abarth: 160 turbocharged horsepower, stiffer suspension and factory Koni ...

2012 Hyundai Accent SE

It's easy for an enthusiast to forget that Hyundais exist. Everybody talks about the typical sporting brands when compacts are up for discussion: Ford, Mazda, Honda. The carmaker ...

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Faster sport compacts may have come and gone, but the Honda Civic Si has soldiered on for more than a quarter-century thanks to a proven combination: more power, ...

2012 Fiat 500C Lounge

Like another certain retro compact, the new Fiat 500 comes in more than one guise. Looking for some sun on your fun? The 500C adds a giant cloth, ...

2012 Kia Rio SX

The Kia Rio? That's a bargain-basement subcompact that's about two steps above walking, right? How that nameplate has quickly grown. What was only recently a rather forgettable people ...

2012 Fiat 500C Pop

We've had our hands on a number of these Fiat 500s, and the little cinquecento is showing up on streets everywhere, too. This particular model was a silver ...

2012 Scion iQ

During trips to Japan we have seen a curious vehicle called the Toyota iQ. It can pretty much be described as the Japanese giant's version of the smart. ...

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

Jeep's newly redesigned Grand Cherokee has certainly ruffled some feathers. Off-road enthusiasts cite the fully independent suspension and plush interior as signs that Jeep has lost its way. ...

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

A new epoch has arrived as Porsche has released the next generation of their iconic 911—the new chassis number is 991. For the 2012 model year, the 911 ...

2012 Kia Sorento EX FWD

The original Kia Sorentos were a kind of bland-looking, mid-sized SUVs. In fact, we can't remember ever driving one. For 2011, the Sorento got a total do over. ...

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

We recently tested Jaguar's XKR-S Convertible. With a price almost as high as potential owners are on the corporate ladder, this is a car that obviously was not ...

2012 Toyota Camry

Toyota's newest Camry is slightly less bland than the last Camry—a shocking change in direction from Toyota. Among other things, this XLE model features somewhat unique body lines, ...

2012 Honda CR-V

Honda's CR-V is new for 2012, and we recently tested a well equipped EX-L model. The CR-V was the original crossover, and it has grown up a lot ...

2012 Nissan NV 2500 V6 SV Standard Roof

The first thing we noticed when this van pulled into our parking lot was its size. It is gigantic! That's a good thing, though, because this van's job ...

2012 Nissan Rogue SV

The 2012 Nissan Rogue is still a strong contender in the competitive crossover market. Stickering at just under $30,000, our test model had lots of toys (leather, Bose ...

2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Touring

Mazda's ever-popular 3 has been subtly updated for 2012. Most notable is a new engine option—the SkyActiv-G 2-liter engine. This engine promises a sizable increase in fuel mileage ...

2012 Nissan Z Roadster Tour

Nissan introduced a convertible version of the 370Z in 2010, dubbed the Z Roadster. The Z car has certainly grown up a lot from its ancestor, the 240Z. ...

2012 Toyota Prius V Three

Toyota has expanded the Prius line in the past few years. We recently tested this Prius V, which is the company's largest Prius. This model has as much ...

2012 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt has been controversial, to say the least. However, the facts are appealing to the average commuter: charge it up at home or work, drive up ...

2012 Nissan Juke

We recently tested this 2012 Nissan Juke, an SV model with automatic temperature controls, push-button start, and a huge sunroof. This trim level sits squarely between the upper ...

2012 Hyundai Accent

Hyundai's B-segment car is the Accent. This little hatchback competes with cars like the Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, and Honda Fit. The Accent has ample power ...

2012 Porsche Cayman

Porsche's history is dotted with mid-engine models, from awesome Le Mans racers to the famed 914-6. A few years ago the mid-engine formula made a return visit with ...

2012 Hyundai Azera

Well-equipped and made with some class, the Azera is a safe, speedy and efficient vehicle. It's front-wheel drive, with a six-speed automatic transmission, and is equipped with most ...

2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Someone at Nissan decided to build a convertible SUV.

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan

This well-equipped sedan is aimed squarely at the BMW driver. It's comfortable and upper-class inside. It is, of course, rear-wheel drive and equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. ...

2012 Honda Fit Sport

Honda's ever-popular Fit has received some subtle tweaks for 2012, most notable upgrades in the styling and technology departments. The Fit looks better than ever, especially in Sport ...

2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wranglers are legendary for their off-road prowess, and this Rubicon model is currently Jeep’s most capable vehicle. Along with luxuries like a leather-wrapped wheel and a hard ...

2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe JCW Edition

Several months back we reviewed the Mini Coupe and found it to be a capable playmate, but lacking in the typical utility that we’ve come to expect from ...

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