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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: Overly Sensitive, Questionably Helpful Distance Alert

by James Riswick, Automotive Editor on August 31, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Among the suite of advanced safety technologies in the 2015 Volvo S60 is a Distance Alert. Using the same sensors and orange flashy warning bar employed for the forward collision warning, Distance Alert warns you when it feels you're too close to the car ahead. Well, in Los Angeles traffic, that orange flashy warning bar is pretty much going to be illuminated 97.9 percent of the time.

Take a look at the photo. I'm not exactly glued to the Benz's bumper. And yet Grandma Volvo feels I'm too close.

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2015 BMW M235i: Understanding the Convertible Impulse

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 31, 2015

2015 BMW M235i

Before driving our long-term 2015 BMW M235i, I'd never been behind the wheel of a convertible. I had a friend that owned a Saab 9-3 convertible, but I never spent any time in it. The idea of a convertible never appealed to me. The summers are hot and humid where I grew up, so air-conditioning was nearly always preferable to leaving the windows rolled down. I rarely even opened the shade of my car's sunroof.

My friend's Saab always had a problem, too.

Well, it had a number of problems, but some of those involved the convertible roof.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Across the Country, By the Numbers

by Carlos Lago, Jay Kavanagh on August 31, 2015

2015 Dodge Viper GT

By now you've read about our coast-to-coast drive and return trip to Los Angeles in Edmunds? long-term 2015 Dodge Viper. If not, go ahead. We'll wait.

Here's a breakdown of our round-trip drive across the country in numbers:

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: Stays Cool in the Heat

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 31, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Returning home to southern California this past weekend from the more temperate central coast was an eye opener. Temperatures along the way were triple digits nearly the entire drive. Overheated cars littered the road at various spots, but the final push over the mountains into the Los Angeles basin was a particularly tough slog for some.

We counted at least a dozen cars and trucks on the side of the road with their hoods up, yet our 2015 Hyundai Sonata didn't seem to mind one bit.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: New Music From New Exhaust

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on August 31, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

When Ford created the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, they made it appeal to the widest audience possible. That includes normal, everyday people. People who want a cool car, sure, but also want to drive it daily and want it to be as civilized as possible.

Accordingly, we've observed that our long-term Mustang GT has a fairly muted exhaust note. That's fine for the aforementioned normal people and a well-considered decision by the Ford engineers. But we're not normal, and we've wanted to relish in the vocals of the GT's 5.0-liter Coyote V8 since pretty much the first week we bought the thing.

So we did something about it.

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2015 Kia Sedona SX-L: Introduction

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 31, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona SX-L

Over the last few years, Kia has bucked the "...for its price" qualifier that accompanied so many of the South Korean automaker's past products. Kia's current lineup is no-foolin', no-qualifiers good. And now the all-new-for-2015 Kia Sedona joins that club.

When designing the Sedona, Kia drew influence from its crossover lineup. The exterior styling is muscular, and the dash and front seats are arranged with the shifter mounted on the wide center console with a configurable bin big enough to hold a newborn.

We walked away from our road test of the 2015 Sedona impressed, so we ordered one up for our Long-Term Road Test fleet and a 12-month, 20,000-mile test.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Nice Accelerator But Lazy Shifting

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on August 31, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of abrupt throttle pedals. It's one of my pet-peeves. More and more cars have these off-the-line jumpy gas pedals, and it's highly annoying.

While talking to an engineer from a car manufacturer, I was surprised to learn that these abrupt throttles aren't a calibration flaw, as I originally assumed, but in fact are completely intentional. Why?

"To make the car feel quicker than it is," the engineer said.

Thankfully, our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's throttle has none of that. It's perfectly supple and tuned quite well, especially from the initial tip-in.

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1989 Yugo GVL: Monterey Car Week - Battery Replacement

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 30, 2015

1989 Yugo GVL

You may recall that Editor Monticello was itching to take our 1989 Yugo GVL home in early August. Unfortunately, ignition was unavailable when he twisted the key. The battery had died.


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2015 Ford F-150: Raised Rear Seats Yield Massive Cab Storage

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on August 28, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

We might grumble about our 2015 Ford F-150's less-than-stellar fuel economy, or the way it sounds, but when it comes to in-cab cargo space, it's the best in the business.

That's a standard-size flip-top crate (12 gallons, to be precise). I've loaded six of them at once into the rear cargo area in the F-150, still had ample room left over for other bulky cargo, and could still see out the rear window.

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2014 BMW i3: It's Popular Around These Parts

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on August 28, 2015

2014 BMW i3

When our vehicle sign-out sheet comes around, I hardly ever have the chance to put my name on the list for our long-term 2014 BMW i3. It's a shame too, because I really like this car for daily commutes. Sure, our Viper and Mustang are great consolation prizes, but I'd much rather have this zippy electric car during rush hour.

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