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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.

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2016 Kia Optima: Easy to Lose in a Parking Lot

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 27, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's safe to say that the 2011 Kia Optima helped transform Kia's image from a me-too automaker to a company that produces vehicles Americans want to own. This was largely due to sharp bodywork shaped by ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer. But despite Kia's supposed anti-beige philosophy, I think the redesigned 2016 Kia Optima takes a step backward to safer territory. At least in our tester's featureless LX trim and nondescript Sparkling Silver paint.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Temperature Indicator Barely Moves

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on July 27, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I'm used to temperature needles staying on the low side of the gauge so as not to freak drivers out. But I've never seen a fully warm reading as low as the one in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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2016 Honda Civic: Malfunctioning Adaptive Cruise Control

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 27, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

During my recent highway-heavy drive-fest in our 2016 Honda Civic, there were a couple of instances when the Civic's adaptive cruise control system (ACC) suddenly stopped working. At the time, I wasn't sure if it was an isolated problem or something more systemic. Then it happened again yesterday.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: More Traditional Design is an Improvement

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on July 26, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Volt

There are several interior design elements of our second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt that are far more traditional than their first-generation counterparts. Call it evolution, or the simple realization that the original Volt's cabin had a few features that weren't very practical. Either way, I like the interior of this Volt much better.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Update 7.1

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on July 26, 2016

2016 Tesla Model X

Buzz went my phone and instead of a text, it was a message from the Tesla app. A software update was available for our 2016 Tesla Model X, and I could specify a time to install it. I selected 1:00 am that night.

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2016 Honda Civic: How Big Has It Become?

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 26, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Travis' recent picture of our long-term 2016 Honda Civic next to a second-generation Civic got me wondering: How big has the Civic become? Could I conceivably claim that you no longer need to buy the Honda Accord to get family-friendly interior space?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Hauling the Plastic

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

This weekend I used our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to do what trucks do — make it easy to move stuff around. What began as a casual play date between my kids and their friends took a turn for the plastic.

"Look, the kids are having so much fun on that slide."

"They sure are. Do you want it? We have a sandbox we don't use anymore. Want that too?"

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2015 Kia Sedona: What Am I Driving Again?

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 25, 2016

2015 Kia Sedona

I thought I was driving our 2015 Kia Sedona.

I had to double-check when a middle-aged guy (ugh, I think I'm middle-aged too) cut across this tiny parking lot to ask me, "Hey, how do you like that thing?"

I was hoping I'd turn around and see the Viper.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Easily Passes Smog

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 25, 2016

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Before we could sell our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 to a private party, it needed a smog check. Per California DMV guidelines, this is the seller's responsibility if the car is more than four years old. We didn't anticipate any issues, despite the aftermarket Mopar exhaust and intake installed by the previous owner. But there was only one way to know for sure.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Bose? Oh Noes!

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on July 22, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda has a checkered past with Bose stereos, and when I say "checkered," I mean I can't remember a Bose setup in a Mazda that really cranked. They sound OK, don't get me wrong; they just tend not to meet the higher expectations that the premium branding creates.

Which brings me to the nine-speaker Bose system in our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Does it break with tradition? Let's see about that.

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