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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 Acura TLX: Critics Agree - ELS Audio is Pretty Darn Good

by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on October 6, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Not too long ago, Brent Romans wrote a great post about the ELS system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I'd like to add my two cents. I have a 2015 TLX myself and I spent some serious time bouncing between the base and Tech Package while deciding which TLX model would work best for my lifestyle.

The choice was tough primarily because of the ELS audio system that comes standard in the Tech Package. This is the same audio system in our long-term TLX. Although I would have enjoyed all the goodies that came with the Tech Package, the difference in price between the Base and Tech is, as Brent noted, about $4000.

No matter how you slice it, $4000 makes a nice-size bump in your car payment.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: New Shoes and an Oil Change

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 6, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Soon after we purchased the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, we started to notice that the parking brake wasn't quite holding the car in place as well as it should. After a while, you'd press the pedal to the floor and it did nothing.

"We should have this looked at," said Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing "You don't want the transmission bearing the weight of this car."

So we took it in to our local Dodge dealer and, no surprise, the mechanic confirmed that the parking brake needed new shoes.

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2015 Volvo S60: I'd Leave Off the Auto-Braking

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 6, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

As I pulled up to the exit of the Edmunds parking garage in our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, I rolled down the window and extended my arm, parking pass in hand.

I intended on pulling all the way up to the exit arm, waving my parking pass at the high-mounted sensor, and exiting the garage in the sort of graceful fashion that befits an Edmunds automotive editor. The Volvo had other plans.

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2014 BMW i3: Self-Parking Denial

by Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor on October 6, 2015

2014 BMW i3

Call them delusional, but most people think they're good at parallel parking. So good, in fact, that they say they don't need help from autonomous parking systems in cars, such as the one in our 2014 BMW i3, thank you very much.

Those are the findings of a new survey by AAA. According to the auto club, nearly 80 percent of American drivers "are confident in their parallel parking abilities." And just one in four people would trust the technology to park their cars.

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2015 Ford F-150: No Excuse to Run Into Anything

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 6, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

When I first started driving our 2015 Ford F-150, I assumed that it would be quite unwieldly in urban settings. There's some truth to that, given the truck's overall size, but I didn't expect how easy it would be to know what's going on around the F-150 while driving.

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2015 Audi A3: Fuel Economy Update for September — MPG Remains Flat

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 18,608 miles on October 5, 2015

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

In August and September combined, we drove our long-term 2015 Audi A3 about 2,500 miles and averaged 25.2 miles per gallon of 91 octane. Those miles included a grand mix of environments, from longer highway hauls to the short-trip shuffle on Saturdays.

Mileage for the nine fill-ups ranged from 20.7 mpg to 29.2 mpg.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Unexpected Features

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 5, 2015

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

When it comes to subcompact SUVs like our 2015Jeep Renegade, I don't expect much. Given their size, price range and intended use, I figure as long as they get decent mileage, have useful interiors and comfortable rides, that's all they need. This Renegade has all that and more.

Case in point: a heated steering wheel.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Coolest Car At School

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 5, 2015

2015 Dodge Viper GT

If you own a 2015 Dodge Viper, chances are you've got another vehicle in your fleet that is better suited for transporting kids to school. (No doubt Dodge will happily point you to the Durango or Grand Caravan.) Then again, it all depends on how you define "better." If you measure by kid smiles, other parent envy and all-around awesomeness, then the Viper might indeed be your new school bus.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: In Defense of the Older Generation

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 5, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Our former Intern Extraordinaire, Reese Counts, now turned full-time Vehicle Testing Assistant (applause), lauded our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI as harder, better, faster, and stronger than the generations of GTI that came before. While I don't disagree with his overall sentiment, there are elements in the older vintage that I prefer to the newest iteration out of Wolfsburg — or should I say Puebla, Mexico?

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: A Hike, a Bike, and a Track-Day Wedding, Part 2

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 5, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

I'm an unabashed map fan. Real maps. Made out of paper. I love opening one up, spreading it out and planning the cool route I'll take on my next road trip. Maybe I'm old, maybe it's my romantic outlook on hitting the open road, I'm not sure. But for me, looking at a map on the computer just doesn't give me the same feeling of adventure.    

But sometimes, ya gotta go Google. That's what happened the morning I left Oakhurst in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT heading to Monterey. I slept in a bit the morning after the hike up Half Dome and didn't have time to fully plan out my route to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

I was meeting Senior Editor Josh Jacquot and another buddy there for a mountain bike ride before going to a wedding. There are some great trails right outside the track. It's a county park, after all.

So I put myself blindly at the mercy of Google Maps.

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