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2019 Volkswagen Golf

2019 Volkswagen Golf AlltrackThe 2019 Volkswagen Golf is what we would all drive if we were all rational people. We’re not, so we buy three-row SUVs to take to Kroger and convertibles for family cars. We’re imperfect. So is the VW Golf, but not as much as we are. On our scale, the 2019 Golf rates 6.6 out of 10. That figure is for the lineup as a whole, but...

2019 Infiniti Q50

2019 Infiniti Q50Fierce competition has left a bevy of good compact luxury car choices for shoppers like the 2019 Infiniti Q50. While crossovers like the Infiniti QX50 get more attention, the Q50 remains a compelling value among sedans. We give the Q50 a 6.2 on our overall scale thanks to its good looks and relatively strong value. (Read more about how we rate...

2019 Mini Countryman

2019 MINI Cooper CountrymanBrands can stretch too far. In rare cases like the 2019 Mini Countryman, the biggest Mini on offer gets the same spunk as the adorable Cooper, applied to a more useful crossover body that mainstream buyers want. All good things. In other cases, brandalism can end up like “Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul.” The 2019...

US to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars

Mercedes-Benz HD matrix LED headlightsWith many new cars, trucks, and SUVs failing to meet more stringent headlight safety standards from the federal government and the IIHS, the NHTSA announced Thursday it plans to change regulations to help headlight development. The agency said in its report that it plans to allow development of “adaptive driving beam” headlights on new...

2019 Lexus IS

2019 Lexus ISThe 2019 Lexus IS takes on compact sports sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Angular styling themes, available sport trim packages, and a strong V-6 option pronounce the 2019 IS sedan’s intentions, but the IS ultimately falls short of benchmarks set by its rivals due to its tight interior and dated technology We give it a 6.0 out of...