New Car Reviews

Polished Iron: 2013 Ford Mustang GT

Story and photos by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

2013 Ford Mustang GT © 2012: Dan Lyons Photography

Mustang's last major makeover was in 2005, followed by a full refresh in 2010. In 2011, Mustang news was mainly about motor matters. The car received a new 3.7 liter V-6 and GT models got a new, 5.0 liter V-8.

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Fear Not: 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon (photo courtesy Acura)

For years, automakers have suffered from SWS. Station Wagon Syndrome seems to stem from a combination of fears. By calling station wagons by their rightful name, manufacturers seem to fear that buyers will not buy them, for one of two reasons.

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Southwest Expansion: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (photo by Dan Lyons)

For 2013, Hyundai expands the Santa Fe brand from one model to two. The third generation of the popular crossover debuts with a two-row, five-passenger model, as well as a long wheelbase, seven-passenger version. The latter will arrive in showrooms in early 2013; the former — known as the Sport model — is available now, and is offered in front wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.

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Rocket, Refined: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (photo by Dan Lyons)

All cars are evaluated against their competition. But, certain, iconic cars - like the Porsche 911 - are also viewed through the prism of their past. It's a long past, in the case of the 911, which was introduced almost 50 years ago. The 2012 Carrera S is (along with the Carrera and Cabriolet) the first of the 911's seventh generation. The rest of the 911 lineup remains on the former platform.

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More, Better: 2013 Ram 1500

2013 Ram 1500 (photo by Dan Lyons)

More power and better MPGs — that's the headline for the latest, Ram pickup lineup. A new-to-Ram V-6, an updated Hemi V-8 and a brandy-new 8-speed automatic transmission highlight the 2013 pickup models. The former, 3.7 V-6 has been replaced with a 3.6 litre V-6, rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb. ft. of torque.

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Limited Run, Unlimited Fun: 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata (photo by Dan Lyons)

Mazda has been building Miatas for 24 years and counting. And almost from the get-go, they've been making special editions, too. With low production runs and model-specific features, they've been a smart move for Mazda, keeping the brand fresh and holding Miata nation's interest, as the years click by.

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Gran Sport Euro: 2012 Buick Regal GS

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

A 2012 Buick Regal GS, recently named to the Hagerty Insurance "Hot List" of future collectibles, sits in front of current collectible Buicks including (l to r) a 1963 Riviera, a 1970 GSX, and a 1987 GNX (2/2/2012 at the GM Heritage Center)

“There's no replacement for displacement.”

This used to be the party line of the old school guys when it came to high performance cars. The idea was that when it comes to fast cars, nothing beats a big motor for getting it done. (Full disclosure: I have been accused of being old school. I don't deny it, mainly because these are the only occasions when my name and education are mentioned in the same sentence).

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Sharp Sedan: 2012 Buick LaCrosse E-Assist

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

2012 Buick LaCrosse E-Assist (photo courtesy General Motors Corp.)

LaCrosse is Buick's big, four door sedan. This body style ruled the American road for decades; since overtaken in the large vehicle segment by variations on the Sport Ute/crossover theme.

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