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Test drive: 2014 Audi RS7

Fri, 30 May 2014 15:37:16 +00002014-05-30T15:37:16Z

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I have revered the Audi RS series ever since I drove my first RS4 in 2007 -- in fact, it was a large part of the inspiration for my Best New Cars series. The RS models have been missing in this country for quite a while, but they are starting to trickle back -- first the RS5 (in which I have only had a brief drive) and now in the form of the 560 horsepower RS7 -- my favorite initials attached to my favorite Audi car. How does it all come together? Check out my 2014 Audi RS7 review. -- Aaron Gold

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Adaptive cruise control: What it is, how it works

Wed, 28 May 2014 14:15:10 +00002014-05-28T14:15:10Z

(image) We've seen some nifty new technology come to the market in the past few years, and adaptive cruise has to be one of my favorite features -- simply put, it makes driving safer and easier. Learn more about adaptive cruise control: What it is and how it works. -- Aaron Gold

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Aaron's first Indy

Wed, 28 May 2014 00:53:53 +00002014-05-28T00:53:53Z

(image) I spent Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis at my first-ever Indy 500! What an amazing event -- Firestone Tires brought me out for a complete Indy immersion. Feel free to read about my experience, but I have to warn you, if you've always wanted to go to Indy and haven't yet, my write-up may induce strong feelings of envy. Thanks to Firestone for letting me and my fellow journalists do Indy right! -- Aaron Gold

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A change is gonna come...

Fri, 23 May 2014 12:25:55 +00002014-05-23T12:25:55Z

A note for my regular blog readers -- I have some good news and some bad news.

You might have seen About.com in the news over the past few months. About a year and a half ago, the New York Times Corporation sold us to IAC, and since then our new owners have been making massive changes behind the scenes. And thank goodness -- if ever a web site needed the upgrades, it was ours.

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Test drive: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Wed, 21 May 2014 13:31:21 +00002014-05-21T13:31:21Z

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When the last-generation Legacy came out, I wasn't a huge fan -- not because there was anything wrong with the car, but because I thought it had lost a lot of its Subaru-y character. Subaru still hasn't forgiven me for the opening paragraph of my 2010 Legacy review, and to be fair, they have a point -- I was judging the car against its predecessor, not against its competition.

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Long-term Mitsubishi Mirage: Our third month

Tue, 20 May 2014 23:20:37 +00002014-05-20T23:20:37Z

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It's time (past time, actually) for our Month 3 report on the Mitsubishi Mirage. I spent a good part of the month driving other low-cost, high MPG cars, and that gave me a chance to see how our much-maligned mini Mitsubishi compares to the cars against which it actually competes. Find out in my long-term Mitsubishi Mirage month 3 update. -- Aaron Gold

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2014 Kia Forte5 SX Turbo: The DriveWays review

Mon, 19 May 2014 14:10:48 +00002014-05-19T14:10:48Z

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I'm back from my travels and have lots of keyboarding ahead, so in the meantime, I have another DriveWays review from Frank Aukofer, this time on Kia's new hot-hatch contender, the 201 hp Kia Forte5 SX. Much as I like Kia's vehicles, I would never have considered one as a rival for the great Mazda3 -- but Frank says it's a contender and not just a pretender. Get the full story in Frank's 2014 Kia Forte5 SX review. -- Aaron Gold

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POLL: Are hatchbacks on the way back?

Thu, 15 May 2014 19:57:38 +00002014-05-15T19:57:38Z

(image) Volkswagen seems to think so.

I'm just back from my first drive of the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf, and it's interesting to see how much content VW has put into these cars. Even the basic "S" model (shown here) is surprisingly plush, with a padded dash, V-Tex upholstery (that fake leather stuff with which I fell in love in our long-term Passat TDI), a display stereo, turbo engine (the same 1.8T engine I drove [and loved] in the '14 Passat), alloy wheels, and -- for the first time, as far as I know -- the option of a diesel in the base model.

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DriveWays: 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop

Mon, 12 May 2014 01:05:30 +00002014-05-12T01:05:30Z

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Today I'm once again going to turn the helm over to Frank Aukofer, who tested a car I've not yet driven: The 2014 MINI Cooper. Now, when I saw the new MINI, I thought it was going to be as close to the outgoing 2nd-generation MINI as that car was to the first-gen MINI. But Frank says no -- he says there's a definite change in the all-new MINI Cooper's demeanor. Find out why in his 2014 MINI Cooper DriveWays review. -- Aaron Gold

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Reflections on the Mustang from a man who was there

Fri, 09 May 2014 00:08:12 +00002014-05-09T00:08:12Z

(image) It's a busy week for me -- I run an off-road event for the Motor Press Guild, an organization for auto journos and PR people in southern Cali, and it's coming up next week. If you're curious to see the kind of stuff we do, check out this video.

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