2006 Mercedes-Benz E350

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Masterpiece of restraint. Base car offers 268 hp, 3.5-liter engine, and seven-speed automatic. Options range through turbo-diesel and 4-Matic to 469-hp V8 in AMG 55 (for end-of-life crisis?). Subdu ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2006 Volvo S60 R

Reviewed by Kristen Hall-Geisler

Zippy 300-hp turbo 2.5-liter 5-cylinder; sport suspension setting was distinct and fun; firm seats are supportive on long rides; striking blue analog gauges easy to read. ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2006 Mazda MX-5

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

The world’s best-selling two seater gets a belated facelift. Bulging fenders come from RX8; engine gets much needed boost to 170 hp, moves back six inches for 50-50 balance. Brilliant top is ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2006 Lexus GS430

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Toyota finally changes GS design from Guigaro’s 1988 Geneva show car—the Jaguar Buckingham (Jag turned it down). Smooth, 300-hp V8 has six-speed automatic, smart handling dynamics and serio ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck

Reviewed by Keith Martin

Comfortable seating both front and rear, world-class nav system that should have every Mercedes and BMW software engineer crying in their warm German beer, clever trunk under bed. ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2006 Volvo V50 T5 AWD

Reviewed by SCM Staff

Very sharp-looking for a wagon, lots of creature comforts, clean instrument panel, ability to set preferences such as how long the lights stay on after you turn off the car. ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2006 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi

Reviewed by Keith Martin

Interior and exterior styling crisp and innovative, lots of room, suede-insert sport seats attractive, surprisingly good nav system, oh, and did we mention the Hemi? ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

An Italian Mercedes, with style to match performance. Supercharged, 469-hp V8 whisks you to 155 mph, but I bet German-spec cars do 180. Taut-handling air suspension, giant brakes, paddle-shifters, ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Reviewed by Jeff Sabatini

More grip than Kung-Fu G.I. Joe; anthracite 18-inch wheels far better looking than anything you can buy on the aftermarket; drives as mean and muscular as a ‘Vette. ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2005 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Reviewed by SCM Staff

300-hp V8 has enough power to pass two semi trucks without a second thought; deep throaty exhaust note sounds like Bullitt; surprising trunk provides ample space even with top down; attractive with ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

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