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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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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Begging for a Truck With Beer and BBQ

July 30, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

This happens almost every week. Usually on Thursday.

Phone rings. We answer it. And we regret it.  

It's a friend or a friend of a friend telling us he's moving this weekend, or his girlfriend is moving this weekend, or his girlfriend's girlfriend is moving this weekend, and he's wondering if he could borrow one of our pickups and our time.

We say no. They beg. We weaken. They offer beer and barbecue. We cave.

Sure, man. How about our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel?

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: A Pretty Penny for Fancy Glass

July 29, 2015

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

On his last road trip in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, Dan's quick thinking prevented a pesky windshield chip from growing into a full-blown moving violation. But the ghost of that hurtling rock remains, taunting us from the peripherals of sight.

The crack may never move another millimeter, but the psychological effect of this eyesore is beginning to grow the more I see it. How much would it cost to exorcise our windshield demons?

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette: Would You Rather a Camry?

July 29, 2015

1966 Chevrolet Corvette

What are we doing pitting our 1966 Chevrolet Corvette against a modern Toyota Camry? I'm not sure we know ourselves, but the answer is probably the same we use to explain any of man's explorations: because it's there.

The V6 Camry we just tested dashed from zero to 60 in 6.6 seconds. The Corvette: 7.9 seconds. The Camry is 1.3 seconds faster through the quarter-mile with a top speed nearly 20 mph faster than the Vette. But on the track, the Camry is nose-heavy and, in the words of Engineering Editor Jay Kavanagh, sloshes "from apex to apex with equal parts understeer and indifference."

The Stingray, meanwhile, comes alive on the road course. It takes a leap of faith to willingly break its bias-ply tires free, but we learned that the less you fear it, the more it rewards.

Out on the track, Road Test Editor Carlos Lago managed to coax the Camry out of its awkward rapport with the track (or as much as one can when working with all-season tires and an automatic transmission), and let the Corvette coax him into wiggly-tailslides that take us back to another era.

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2015 Audi A3: Luxury Is a Matter of Perspective

July 29, 2015

2015 Audi A3

I'm new to the whole auto journalist gig. I haven't had the opportunity to drive as many cars as my co-workers and most of the cars I have driven belonged to friends or family, with the occasional rental, taxi or dealership test drive thrown in. That was the only way I could get behind the wheel of something new or different until now.

I recently moved to Santa Monica, near the Edmunds headquarters. I grabbed the key fob to our long-term 2015 Audi A3 and decided to drive around my new city. Sitting in traffic - something I'm growing accustomed to - gave me plenty of time to explore the Audi's cabin.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: A Little Gutless, But Trouble-Free and Comfy After 10,000 Miles

July 29, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

We've finally driven 10,000 miles in our 2015 Hyundai Sonata. We took delivery of our car back in December, so perhaps a little slow in hitting this milestone. Our goal for almost all of our long-term test cars is to drive them for at least 20,000 miles over 12 months or so. We still have the rest of the year to make up ground, however.

In the meantime, I've recapped our thoughts on the Sonata so far.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Threw It Back in the Water

July 29, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

I fished out a 2015 Ford Mustang GT from the Edmunds long-term pool last weekend. It seemed nice enough at first glance. V8 engine, manual transmission - what's not to like?

Then I drove it in typical Los Angeles conditions, Friday evening, near the tail end of rush hour. My evening plan was to have dinner with a friend who lived nearby.

After 20 minutes of driving, I regretted taking the Mustang.

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Great Seats Then, Great Seats Now

July 29, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

The front seats in the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 were great back when it was new, and they're still terrific now. And the last point is, in fact, two-fold.


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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Hits 15,000 Miles in Wyoming

July 28, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Despite plenty of time to think about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado hitting the 15,000-mile mark, I managed to miss the actual moment. It happened in Wyoming and there were plenty of distractions, which I'll tell you about later.

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1989 Yugo GVL: It's Not Fun - It's a Penalty Box.

July 28, 2015

1989 Yugo GVL

When we picked up our long-term 1989 Yugo GVL in Boise, Idaho, I didn't envy Josh Sadlier or Kurt Niebuhr. They had no air-conditioning in a terrifyingly underpowered car from the 80s and 900 miles of scorching hot desert to traverse. I was driving our long-term F-150 and never imagined that I would become jealous of the Yugo.

But somehow, I did.

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Aggressive, Mandatory Lumbar Support

July 28, 2015

2015 Dodge Viper GT

Someone at Chrysler hates my spine. First the Dart, then the Cherokee, and now it's our 2015 Dodge Viper.

Each one of these cars has a similar seat design where the thigh-bolsters continue in a puffy ring around the seat bottom that surrounds your butt/back like one of those foam things that parents dump babies into when they want to protect the baby's soft skull, but also drink wine.

Those poor babies...

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