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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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2016 Chevrolet Volt: EV Life, Part 2

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 24, 2017

2016 Chevrolet Volt

A couple of readers called me out in one of my last posts about trying out the EV life with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. They argued that my meager attempt at lunch-break recharging didn't constitute real EV living; to do it right, I'd need to try some overnight home charging. Since I don't have a Level 2 charger at home, I'd be stuck with the trickle-charge economics of a 120-volt outlet.

A Volt-owning friend does this, plugging his car into a 120-volt outlet via extension cord at around 7 p.m. He's got a full charge (about 53 miles) when he leaves for work at 5:30 the next morning.

Now it was my turn.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Detroit to LA

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on February 23, 2017

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Originally, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD in this production was going to be our 2016 Tesla Model X. But having already crossed the country, twice, in our 2013 Tesla Model S, and also finding the looks, ride and paltry range of the X disagreeable, I buried an ax in the head of that idea as swiftly as I could.

I liked the road-trip part, though. Like Magrath, I'm a sucker for a good one. So once the Model X gave way to #kingbanana, I was eager to finish what Travis started. When you get a chance to see your country, take it.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
A number of editors have been eyeballing our new 2017 Honda Ridgeline since the day it arrived, and there's been a lot of water-cooler talk about schemes involving camping and other outdoor activities. But January was very wet. With one exception, none of that talk has produced much real action. I expect we'll see some of those plans come to fruition in the warmer and drier months to come.

Even so, the Ridgeline has managed to accumulate nearly 3,500 miles in its first six weeks in our possession. Some of those miles came during routine commuting, of course. But it has also seen its share of day trips, at least one local canyon run in the mountains, a bit of muddy off-roading and an extended thousand-mile road trip to the north-central California coast.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2016 Toyota Prius

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Toyota Prius had a relatively quiet January, puttering around the Los Angeles area and adding 682 miles to its odometer in the process. The Prius hasn't been an ideal candidate for some of the lengthy road trips we've taken recently, but be on the lookout as we take it outside the confines of the gnarly L.A. metro area in the near future.

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2016 Tesla Model X: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Tesla Model X

Where Did We Drive It?
As has often been the case with our 2016 Tesla Model X, we used most of its electrons in January to get us from our SoCal homes to the Edmunds office and back. In fact, my co-worker Ed Hellwig almost ran out of electrons while commuting to the office one day, which you can read more about in his comment below. I'm sure that was fun for him.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2016 Mazda CX-9

Where Did We Drive It?

We took delivery of our beautiful Titanium Flash Mica 2016 Mazda CX-9 in December, as Dan Edmunds noted in the CX-9's Long-Term Introduction. Dan also added some break-in miles over the holidays with a trip up to Oregon, during which he voluntarily tested the fold-flat "sleeping configuration" of the rear seats. But that's a story for another time.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Where Did We Drive It?
A ski trip over the holidays and a month's worth of commuting duties put our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica over the 10,000-mile mark this month. The Pacifica has been in our fleet for about six months now and we've had the chance to take it near and far, with lots of positive feedback about its versatility and initial quality. This far into the test, though, we are still falling short of the EPA's highway fuel economy estimates and the Pacifica has developed a few squeaks and rattles.

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2017 Ford Escape SE AWD: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2017 Ford Escape SE AWD

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Ford Escape covered some 1,300 miles during January, easily eclipsing its rather tepid December total but falling well short of its monster November tally.

It traveled widely within the Los Angeles basin, serving as a surfboard transporter, a cargo hauler and a daily runabout for an editor with an especially long commute (southern Orange County to Santa Monica — ugh!).

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2016 Honda Civic: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

2016 Honda Civic

Where Did We Drive It?
It's the end of the line for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. It's been a full year and we just passed the 20,000-mile milestone. Josh's Central Coast adventures overlapped with the beginning of January, but the Civic spent most of its time this month in the Central Valley with Brent, who's the sole member of what we like to call our Fresno office.

Dan Edmunds chimed in with some maintenance-related updates on the power surge issue, the rain-sensing wipers and an unexpected issue with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Otherwise, our Civic cruised over the finish line trouble-free.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Lincoln Continental joined the long-term test fleet in January and quickly proved itself to be a comfortable cruiser. Despite arriving in the middle of the month, the Continental has already covered more than 2,000 miles.

The Lincoln spent some time in the city with Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf, while Content Strategist Josh Sadlier drove it to Palm Springs and deemed it "one of the quietest highway cars in recent memory." Additionally, the Continental got the star treatment from photographer Kurt Niebuhr, who shot the Long-Term Introduction on location in the San Fernando Valley.

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