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.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 27, 2015
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.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on November 27, 2015
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.
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.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015
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.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on November 26, 2015
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.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 25, 2015
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.