New Car Reviews

Border Crossing: 2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i

2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i (photo courtesy BMW)

BMW bills the 2013 X6 as a Sport Activity Coupe. Since that's not a common, car classification, let's start this review by defining our terms. If a crossover is a combination of SUV and station wagon, then an SAC is a blend of crossover and sedan.

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New (Again) and Improved: 2013 Honda Civic EX

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

The 2013 Honda Civic is substantially new, and that’s unusual. Why? Because Civic was all new last year.

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Bigger, Smaller, Better: 2013 Honda Accord Sport

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

The 2013 Honda Accord is bigger than the model it replaces. And smaller.

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Fresh Fusion: 2013 Ford Fusion

Story by Dan Lyons, Special to the Times Union

2013 Ford Fusion (photo courtesy Ford Motor Company)

Fusion is all new for 2013, and the first clue is the front view. Ford formerly owned the luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin, and while that status has largely changed, it's hard to look at Fusion and not see the influence of Aston's suave, sinewy front end.

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Class Act: 2012 Acura MDX

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

2012 Acura MDX (photo courtesy Acura)

Talk about the long and short of it? Last week's test drive was the Scion iQ, which measures 10 feet long and weighs a Twinkie over 2,000 lb.
This week, we drive the Acura MDX. It stretches almost 16 feet long and tips the scales at a little over 4,600 lb.

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Upscale, Downsized: 2013 Buick Encore

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

2013 Buick Encore © 2012: Dan Lyons Photography

The average age of a Buick buyer has decreased by seven years in the past five. That stat is unique among its competitive set. The company looks to capitalize on this trend with its latest offering — Encore — a luxury crossover.

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Impact Compact: 2013 Cadillac ATS

Story by Dan Lyons, special to the Times Union

2013 Cadillac ATS (photo courtesy General Motors Corporation)

Cadillac's history with compact cars has been short and sour. Their previous effort was the '80s era Cimarron. Cimarron was essentially a dressed-up version of GM's J body — the same family that included the Chevy Cavalier. It was badge engineering, and it didn't work.

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Midsize Mainstay Pickup: 2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x4

Story by Dan Lyons, Special to the Times Union

What's become of the midsize truck segment? Full-size, half-ton pickups have long been a staple of the U.S. market. The Ford F-series has been the top selling truck for decades, and was, for many years, the best-selling vehicle — car or truck — in the country.

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Competitive Chevy: 2013 Chevy Malibu 2.5 LTZ

Story by Dan Lyons, Special to the Times Union

Complicated is simple; it's easy that's hard. I know what you're thinking: what's with the pearls of Zen wisdom from a guy who's as deep as a mud puddle? Actually, it's a tale of two dashboards.

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More Room, More Mpg’s: 2013 Nissan Sentra

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

2013 Nissan Sentra © 2012: Dan Lyons Photography

Fast fact: one out of every three cars sold in the U.S. is a compact. That translates to over 2,000,000 cars a year. It's a big number, and it's why the roll-out of a new model in this segment is a big deal for an automaker.

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