Justin Blackbeard

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2014 BMW X5 First Look

Why Mess With Success?<p>BMW‘s “ultimate driving machine” tagline typically doesn’t make you think of the brand’s SUVs. But as BMW’s third best-selling vehicle in 2012 behind the 3 Series and 5 Series, the venerable X5 is a key model for the German automaker in the U.S. and other markets. With the …

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Long-Term Update 3

You learn a great deal about a car when it's just you and your favorite road on a Sunday morning.<p>You learn a great deal about a car when it’s just you and your favorite road on a Sunday morning. The first thing to strike me is just how good the T5’s chassis is. Light, nimble, eager to leap into …

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet First Drive

A Pretty New Face and a Punchy New Heart<p>Getting to Sylt — a T-shaped resort island in the North Sea, just off the German coast — is a pretty painless exercise. Show up at the station, pay your euros, enjoy a coffee and a schnitzel sandwich while waiting for the next departure, then get in line with …

2014 Audi R8 Spyder First Test

The Star Car<p>We’ve had many a kind word for the Audi R8, which has dazzled us with accessible performance and showstopping looks. We even went so far as to name the supercar our Best Handling Car (now Best Driver’s Car) a few years back. Underlying all that praise, though, was an angry caveat: The …

Land Rover to Bring Diesel-Hybrid Range Rover to U.S., Report Says

There’s nothing particuarly new about Land Rover’s development of diesel-hybrid powertrains. The brand’s first foray into the technology was revealed back in 2006, when the Land_e diesel-hybrid concept made its debut. Our first look at the Evoque, the LRX concept from the 2008 Detroit auto show, …

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 4MATIC

The paradox of value rolls on.<p>TESTED<p>Were Nicolaus Copernicus alive today, he would totally get the Mercedes-Benz GL550. Ringing in at a tidy as-tested price of $100,115, the GL550 sits on the bejeweled side of the Diamond-Water Paradox, a subjective theory of value examined by Copernicus, among …

2012 Chrysler 300C

The lovable lug crosses the 40,000-mile threshold.<p><b>Months in Fleet:</b> 13 months<b><br>Current Mileage:</b> 40,320 miles<b><br>Average Fuel Economy:</b> 20 mpg<b><br>Average Range:</b> 382 miles<b><br>Service:</b> $628<b><br>Normal Wear:</b> $0<b><br>Repair:</b> $0<b><br>Damage and Destruction:</b> $1753<p>TESTED<p>When the time came for our Chrysler 300C to exit the <i>C/D</i> stage, the …

The 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Starts at $78,795

Today Audi released pricing for its complete lineup for 2014, and while we’ve already covered this information for the A6, A7, and Q5 TDI models and the R8 supercar, pricing also was announced for the RS5 cabriolet, the topless version of the mighty RS5 coupe. The cost for the no-roof option is …