2009 Acura TL Tech

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

280-hp 3.5-liter V6 smooth and powerful. Good steering response and feel, super-comfortable leather seating, expansive trunk, very good visibility augmented with rearview camera. Nav system is simp ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SE 2WD

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Functional utility wagon, with good visibility and room for 4 adults and 2 kids. Simple dash, intuitive controls (3 big knobs), excellent Rockford-Fosgate stereo. Handles well, drop-down bumper/tai ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2009 Kia Borrego EX 4X4

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Crisp exterior styling, excellent finish and panel fit, interior is superior quality, controls are obvious. Kia’s first V8 yields 337 hp, which is plenty, 6-speed auto very smooth. Nav system, sa ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Moderately nippy compact that looks a lot like the insane Evo pocket-rocket. New 2.4-liter, twin-cam four boasts 168 hp, 16 more than the wheezy 2-liter it replaces. Dash is simple, though info scr ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2009 Toyota RAV4 Sport SUV

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Big enough to be useful, decent legroom, longest wheelbase in class and decent ride. 180-hp 4-cylinder is adequate and gets 25 mpg in mixed driving. Reasonably quiet on the highway. Nav system simp ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2009 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD

Reviewed by Jim Pickering

Sporty 2.3-liter turbocharged and direct-injected 244-hp four is quick, Active Torque Split AWD system works well both on wet pavement and in deep snow. Comfortable leather interior for four (but a ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport V6

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Sharp redesign of stodgy predecessor with Land Rover LR3 overtones. 3.2-liter, 230 hp, VTEC V6 is sufficient. Multiple airbags, ABS, traction control, Intuitive dash. Conveniently small overall, bu ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Genuine effort by Hyundai to move upmarket, shows attention to detail, elegant interior and dash, 290 hp V6, 6 speed auto, Lexicon (think R-R) stereo, XM, iPod and USB jacks, heated leather seats, ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2008 Hyundai Vera Cruz Limited AWD

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Subdued Lexus-style SUV, 260 hp V6 with 6-speed automatic is sufficient. Driver sits high for good visibility. Intuitive, simple dash controls, 3rd seat has actual foot room. Multiple safety factor ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2008 BMW M3 Sedan

Reviewed by Jim Pickering

Smooth yet deceptively powerful V8 builds gives everything it’s got at 8,400 rpm limit; suspension, steering and brakes give both excellent control and superb feel; tunable M button ramps up thro ...

Overall Experience:
5.0 rating

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