Long-Term Road Tests News & Updates

On this page you'll find the latest updates to our Long-Term Road Tests. The topics covered in these ongoing vehicle reviews range from things like fuel efficiency and comfort to highlights of specific features like GPS and audio technology. Check back frequently as our auto reviews are updated on a regular basis.

Daily Long-Term Vehicle Updates

2014 Kia Cadenza: Berkeley Road Trip, Part 1

October 30, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

The wife of one of my buddies is enrolled in an executive MBA program at UC Berkeley, and since she goes up there once a month to meet with her group of smarty-pants people, we thought, well, San Francisco is a cool city, and I'd never been to Berkeley...why the heck not make a road trip weekend out of it sometime?

So we did.

We found a cool little place to rent in Berkeley for the weekend via Airbnb, Edmunds car czar Mike Schmidt put us into the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited, and we were off on a Friday afternoon (don't tell anybody, but I snuck out a few hours early).

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Launch Control Surprise

October 30, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

With a week behind the wheel I had the chance to make some interesting discoveries in our 2015 Porsche Macan S. Among those was the somewhat unsurprising verification that even this most practical and relatively inexpensive Porsche is, well, still a Porsche.

It occurred to me to see if the Macan has launch control at the perfect time. I was on a deserted road by myself. I switched Sport mode on, deactivated stability control, then stopped, wooded the brake, wooded the throttle and — lo and behold — the revs climbed unimpeded to 3,500 rpm and stopped.

So I released the brake.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Sunroof Warmth

October 30, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

It's not like I wasn't aware that our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue test vehicle had a supersized sunroof, it's just that I've never had the occasion to open it.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Cargo Liner

October 30, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

I'm on a mission to declutter my life and home. I started adopting the 15-minute plan. I set a timer then tackle a project for 15 minutes. When the alarm goes off I move on to another task. It really helps keep things in order. And if you despise cleaning as much as I do, you don't feel so bad knowing you only have to do it for 15 minutes.

I have a way of accumulating a lot of stuff. To help with clean-up I took a trip to The Container Store. If you give any credence to astrological signs having certain personality traits, you'll want to know that this store is a Virgo's dream. That store has a solution to organize anything in your life. They even have a hanging tissue box holder.

For the record, I decided not to get it. But I got lots of other bins and cabinet organizers and piled all of my purchases into the back of our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander.

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2015 Kia K900: Unpretentious Luxury

October 30, 2014

2015 Kia K900

A couple of months ago, Donna wrote how she felt "practically invisible" in our long-term 2015 Kia K900. I can relate to that. In my experience, the K900 just goes about its business without attracting much attention from other motorists. Only when people have had a few minutes to actually notice it do they get curious. And when they learn that it's a Kia and not a Lexus or BMW, they get even more interested.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Track Day Videos

October 30, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

If you've been following the exploits of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, you're probably already aware that I recently attended a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in this 550-horsepower beast. If this is the first you're hearing about it, catch up here. I had an amazing time in the Jag (despite some issues with the tires) and during my first two sessions, I hooked up a few GoPro cameras to bring you along on the action.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Hidden Heated Steering Wheel Button

October 29, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

Yes, our 2015 Porsche Macan S has a heated steering wheel. You'll likely not discover it by looking for a button, however. The button to activate it is hidden behind and between the steering wheel's center spokes. I accidentally bumped it with a finger when wheeling through a parking lot.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: How Do You Interpret Crash Test Ratings?

October 29, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

As Kelly mentioned in her last post, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is already for sale. It also just received a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. That's the same rating our long-term 2014 model received.

The 2015 Highlander received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test. How two 4s and one 5 average out to an overall top score of 5 I don't understand.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Platinum Anniversary

October 29, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is one major failure from being left under a tree. So it's with some excitement that I announce that our two-turboed monster has just cleared seventy thousand miles. And according to Wikipedia, the appropriate gift is platinum.

Seeing as how we bought it some spark plugs a few months ago, I figure we're good to go.

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2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic: Drive Refinement

October 29, 2014

2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic

Our long-term 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic is a new, front-wheel-drive-based entry-level sedan from a German automaker. Our long-term Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a new, front wheel-drive-based entry-level sedan from a German automaker.

Despite these similarities, they are, in fact, different. I know, amazing stuff, right?

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Mysterious Tire Pressure Monitoring System Error Warning

October 29, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee

I had a lot going on this past weekend, and found myself crisscrossing L.A. and Orange counties in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. Saturday morning's chosen road was particularly pleasant and I was really enjoying myself until...

...the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) warning light started blinking.

The pressure display screen automatically popped up on the driver display screen, but it showed all four tire pressures to be bang-on the specified pressure of 33 psi. I pulled over and confirmed this with a quick check, but as I was doing it I knew it wasn't necessary.

A blinking light, you see, means a problem with the system itself, not the tire pressure. A steady light means you have a low tire. This distinction is coded in the TPMS regulations and noted in the owner's manual.

So I made a mental note and went about my business.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Golf Clubs Do Fit!

October 29, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A friend asked me if I'd like to go golfing on Saturday and I quickly agreed. Then I remembered I was driving our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Coventry, we have a problem. I had already determined that my clubs don't fit when within their travel bag, and although at the time I said they wouldn't fit without it, I never actually tested that assertion.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: 2015 Pricing

October 28, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

Our year-long test of the 2014 Toyota Highlander isn't finished yet, but the 2015 Highlander is already in dealer showrooms.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Easy-to-Use Navigation System

October 28, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

I like the way Kia has kept everything simple in the 2014 Kia Cadenza. This sedan is packed with features and technology but it all functions intuitively and is designed with a simple, easy-to-use interface.

Too many cars these days are just the opposite.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Functional Styling Subtleties

October 28, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

So our 2015 Porsche Macan S has been sitting in my driveway for several days now which has given me plenty of opportunities to observe the subtle merits of its design. One of my favorites is also one of the least obvious.

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2015 Kia K900: Best When Going in a Straight Line

October 28, 2014

2015 Kia K900

We've written a lot about the extreme comfort of our 2015 Kia K900. I'll be taking it on a 250-mile highway drive and I'm looking forward to kicking back and enjoying the K900's soft ride and impressive sound system. At some point, though, I'll have to wind around a highway exit ramp or potentially maneuver quickly to get around a road hazard.

It's times like this where the K900's magic abruptly stops.

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2014 Mini Cooper: From a Whisper to a Wail

October 28, 2014

2014 Mini Cooper

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I play them when I'm getting ready in the morning, on my commute, when I'm doing chores and when I'm working out. When I first played one on the Edmunds long-term 2014 Mini Cooper, I wasn't sure it was working. The volume was too low. Duh, right? Problem was, when I turned up the volume, I still had trouble hearing it.

In case you think I'm hard of hearing, let me explain.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden Vents Part 2

October 28, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've previously mentioned the air vents that rise up in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It's a neat feature that adds some personality and helps this Jag further stand apart from the pack. However, I assumed that the vents rise whenever the HVAC system is turned on. Not so. If the system determines that air doesn't need to be flowing from up above to maintain or achieve the desired temperature (say when foot-level heat is preferable), the vents stay down.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Unique Hatch Release

October 27, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

I drove our 2015 Porsche Macan S for the first time this week. The first time I tried to open the Macan's hatch I was baffled by the lack of a traditional release so I resorted to the remote release on the key fob.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Helpful Cargo Floor Dividers

October 27, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

At first glance, the cargo area of our 2014 Nissan Rogue looks poorly designed. I mean, whose bright idea was it to stick those dividers right in the middle of the load floor?

Turns out it's a perfectly useful space.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Integrated Headrests

October 27, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I like the seats in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. They're snug, supportive, very comfortable, and the leather is holding up well (as you'd hope with just less than 18,000 miles). They've performed well on road trips. They boost the luxury quotient in this bargain Benz.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Tron-Inspired Navigation

October 27, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Many navigation systems display a blank screen or some sort of message that implores you to wait, the proverbial spinning pinwheel or progress bar, while the computer readies the system for use. However, our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo puts on a little Tron-inspired show while you wait. It's not much, a schematic of a cityscape that variously illuminates, but it's a nice touch that makes us feel less like we're waiting for something to happen.

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