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2015 Nissan Murano: Driving the USA Pro Challenge #2

The 2015 Nissan Murano has a new angular exterior design.

The USA Pro Challenge, the fifth-year professional cycling event in Colorado, takes the riders throughout cities large and small. In the past few days, I’ve driven the 2015 Nissan Murano from Frisco to Copper Mountain to Aspen to Breckenridge. The route has primarily been along winding and hilly Interstate 70 that advance through wondrous rock ...

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NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2016 Toyota Tacoma stronger, more trims

The redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

The redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma will feature a new powertrain, enhanced suspension timing and an expanded range of trim possibilities adding to the appeal of the enduring mid-size pickup. Fortified with additional steel, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will have enhanced rigidity and more overall strength. The steel was integrated into the body shell using a ...

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2015 Nissan Murano: Driving the USA Pro Challenge #1

The 2015 Nissan Murano is among the quickest midsize crossover SUVs.

Newly designed for 2015, the Nissan Murano is a midsize, versatile crossover SUV. It’s available in four trim levels and all with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. My weekly driver of the USA Pro Challenge, a seven-day pro professional bike race in Colorado, is the SL trim with all-wheel drive. Standard equipment on the base ...

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2015 Lexus ES 350: Perfect sedan for a 2,000-mile desert trek

The 2015 Lexus ES 350 is comfortable for four adults and the trunk is spacious.

What car enthusiast wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to drive across three sates, including long stretches in the desert, on wide, high-speed roads? And considering super cars to classics, what would be an ideal car to drive just under 700 miles from Sacramento, California to Logan, Utah? And after eight days in Utah, how satisfying would ...

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