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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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2015 Volvo S60: 15,000 Miles, Trouble-Free

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on November 27, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

As the odometer digitally "clicked" past the 15,000-mile mark, I realized our 2015 Volvo S60 test car is now in the final quarter of its year-long test.

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2016 Honda Pilot: Not Impressed By the Automatic Wipers

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 27, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of rain-sensing wipers in general. Aside from a few exceptions, I don't think the technology behind automatic wipers is perfected yet and it's distracting. Enter our newest long-termer, the 2016 Honda Pilot.

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2014 BMW i3: One Week, One Charge

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on November 27, 2015

2014 BMW i3

I signed out our 2014 BMW i3 for a full week, and specifically during the week of the Los Angeles Auto Show when I knew I wouldn't be visiting HQ or the i3's charger. There also isn't anywhere to plug it into my condo's garage. Essentially, I was dealing with one week and one charge.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: I Still See You

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 27, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Nice Light for Dark Driving

I'm a big fan of our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It's quiet, comfortable and fairly decent at the wheel. I agree with Ed about the user-friendly interior design and the generous rear-seat legroom. Brent summed up why the Sonata is great as a daily commuter, including the excellent driver's seat and sound system. I don't have many bad things to say about the car.

The one glaring issue I have is the single, blue LED that illuminates the cabin at night.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Finally Something That Doesn't Fit

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

We've fit bikes, test gear, weekend rally-race essentials, workout gear and muddy humans, rear-facing car seats, dogs, and, I'm certain, some combination of guns, mescal and three suitcases full of neatly-arranged stacks of pesos in the rear cab of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

But I finally found something that didn't quite fit.

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2015 Acura TLX: SH-AWD Is Pretty Cool

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Most luxury sedans these days offer all-wheel drive as an option. The 2015 Acura TLX is one of those cars, of course, but what makes it distinctive is that its all-wheel-drive system actually makes it sportier to drive.

Acura's "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" system (SH-AWD) has been around for about a decade now. Essentially, it can apply specific engine torque to individual wheels to enhance the car's handling balance. Besides just enhanced wet-weather traction, Acura says SH-AWD can help the TLX feel sportier.

For straight-line acceleration, SH-AWD allows you to make the most of the V6's power. There's no drama. You just mat the gas and go. But you'll really notice it when going around turns.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Still Buttoned Down After 75K

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 26, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

For an eight-year-old car with more than 75,000 miles, our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 doesn't feel very tired. And it's not simply because of its 425-horsepower V8.

This car still feels tight from top to bottom. The steering is solid, there are no squeaks in the suspension and the brakes grab hard. It feels nothing like your typical used car.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: The Long Road to Phoenix

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on November 26, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Duty called me to a business trip in Arizona, where I would hear all about the new Nissan Titan XD. My destination in Phoenix wasn't all that far away, so the decision between driving and flying was easy. Our 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan got the call because I hadn't road-tripped it yet.

Nominally, the drive to Phoenix is a simple six-hour interstate cruise. But my event started in the morning and I'd lose an hour changing time zones. I had to leave the day before and grab a hotel, and since it was a day off I decided to stray off course and take my time. I'd never been to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument before, and I had my eye on a couple of other random spots.

All told, my elongated figure-eight round-trip route would amount to well over 1,300 miles.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Tight Ergonomics

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 25, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Editor's note: Both Ron (author of this post) and Mark (author of the previous MX-5 post) submitted similar thoughts about the MX-5's kooky placement of its infotainment controls within a day of each other. Herewith, Ron's take on the setup and other cabin confines.

Our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a blast to drive. And if you only focus on that, the ergonomics are just fine. Any other task will require +1 to your dexterity skills. The green squiggly lines in the above photo comprise my "Punch-Out!!"-inspired driver's arm.

Let's take a closer look at some of the ergonomic challenges in the MX-5.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Bad Place to Put a Knob

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 25, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

As I noted in my first post, I love the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata for it's fun-loving nature. But perfect it is not. Case in point: that infotainment controller.

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