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  • Driven: 2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD (597 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on October 01, 2008 12 a.m.

    The new Ford Flex arrives into our market at a time when consumers are downsizing from their large SUVs but still need room for the spouse, kids, dogs, etc. The retro-wagon styling of the Flex may steer some customers away, but we rather liked the styling of our Limited AWD test car. Inside, plush materials and high-tech gadgets make this family-hauler a real win. Overall, the Flex proved to be a big step forward for the Ford Motor Company and we hope their future products go in this direction, as well.

  • Driven: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan (741 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 24, 2008 12 a.m.

    As recently as just a few years ago, Volkswagen sold a wide range of diesel vehicles in the States. In fact, the company has a long history of selling oil-burners in the U.S. that dates back to the 1970s. These models were slowly jettisoned throughout the years due to stricter emissions laws, and by 2007, the Touareg V-10 was the only diesel Volkswagen that Americans could buy. However, in light of today’s higher fuel prices, the automaker is once again getting serious about broadening its turbo-diesel offerings in the States.

  • Driven: 2009 Suzuki Equator RMZ-4 (429 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 23, 2008 12 a.m.

    The auto purist inside nearly every enthusiast still pines for the now far-gone days when automakers, conceived of, built, and sold each of their creations – owning both the process and the results from cradle to grave. Of course the results of such one application engineering weren’t always laudable, and the process was (and is where and when it still happens) inherently more wasteful than the modern practice of building multiple vehicles on the same or similar running gear. And yet even today, platform sharing vehicles, especially those between two distinct parent companies, are often dismissed with a “badge engineered” ...

  • Driven: 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport (2297 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on September 22, 2008 12 a.m.

    After spending some time with Mercedes’ hot-burning C63 AMG, we thought it apt to give the rest of the C-Class range a shot to see if the new Benz C can all-around top other premium sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series and Lexus IS. While we did enjoy our C300 Sport, we found the $45,000 as-tested price a little high, especially when a BMW 335i offers better performance for a more reasonable price. Still, much of the blame for the hefty price tag is down to heavy treading on the options list...

  • Driven: 2009 Ford Escape XLT V-6 (773 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on September 19, 2008 12 a.m.

    One of the more ubiquitous sights on the American Road is the Ford Ranger pickup. It is handsome, in a hard-working, rectilinear way, and you don’t see many that appear to have suffered neglect or abuse. Now the Ford Escape (and Mercury Mariner) SUVs join the Ranger pickup in its ubiquity. Not only do you see a lot of them, and not only do they look good, they are good. They may be the class-leader of the compact SUV category.

  • Driven: 2009 Mercedes-Benz R320 Bluetec Diesel (886 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on September 12, 2008 12 a.m.

    For 2009, Mercedes-Benz has outfitted all of its diesel vehicles with the latest in Bluetec technology. First pioneered in the E320, the ML-, GL-, and R-Class now get the cleanest version of Benz’s oil-burning 3.0-liter V-6. This engine is good for 210 horsepower and an extremely useful 398 pound-feet of torque. However, we were rather skeptical if this would be enough power to move the large R-Class family hauler with enough spirit to keep our enthusiast hearts beating. What we found was a rather pleasant people mover with ample power and a comfortable, luxurious interior perfect for long drives.

  • Driven: 2009 BMW 330d (768 views)

    By Matt Davis on September 09, 2008 12 a.m.

    Just as we recently wrote about the new BMW 7-Series, the midlife fifth-generation 3-Series also makes its first impressions with its exterior and passenger cabin. What’s different in the case of the E90 3-Series four-door is that the all-new version introduced in 2005 has been an enthusiast favorite, whereas the 7-Series has received little else but sharp ridicule for its exterior design and the horrid earlier versions of the iDrive system, since going on sale in 2000.

  • Driven: We Take a 2008 BMW 335xi on Summer Vacation Through the White Mountain Range (1591 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 08, 2008 12 a.m.

    Just as soon as I received word that my request for a fleet vehicle to take on my summer vacation to the great state of Maine was to be filled with a Crimson Red 2008 BMW 335xi Coupe, I immediately knew that I would have to add a significantly expanded program of challenging roads to the itinerary. My girlfriend, Molly, was understandably overjoyed.

  • Driven: the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 (379 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 04, 2008 12 a.m.

    We were recently invited, along with an immodestly large group of our fellow scribes, to have our way with the whole of the 2009 General Motors lineup at the bustling Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. And despite the siren song of several Corvette ZR1s wailing from the direction of the north track, we took the afternoon to acquaint ourselves with a vehicle that seems to have an ever increasing importance for GM’s near term future, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5.

  • List: Car Doors Throughout the Ages (12941 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on August 27, 2008 12 a.m.

    Used almost completely without thought by most of us every day, the humble car door has taken on a remarkable number of forms and functions throughout the years. Click through the gallery above to see a sampling of them – both banal and bizarre – and then tell us which we’ve forgotten, in comments.