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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: economic, near luxury

The exterior styling of the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a luxury car appearance.

The Toyota Avalon debuted in late 1994 as the manufacturer’s flagship full-sized sedan. It replaces the Toyota Cressida. The hybrid trim was unveiled in December 2012, further adding to Toyota’s nearly always-expanding lineup. For 2016, The Toyota Avalon Hybrid has only a few changes. Most notably, there’s a redesigned front grille and front turn signal …

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze: new edition offers plenty

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is slightly longer and has  more masculine exterior design.

Now eight years old, the Chevrolet Cruze has been redesigned for 2016 and further adds to the long list of competition in the compact sedan market. The new Cruze has a more masculine exterior appearance with a split front grille and it’s slightly longer than its predecessor. The Weekly Driver Test Drive With the market …

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2016 Lexus NX 300h: Luxurious, efficient, pricey

The 2016 Lexus NX 300h is a luxury compact SUV.

Now it its second model year, the 2016 Lexus NX 300h continues from its debut last year without major changes. The luxury compact crossover is rare in its segment. Its only competition is the Audi Q5 hybrid. The Weekly Driver Test Drive A gasoline-electric hybrid, the 2016 Lexus NX 300h features a 2.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder …

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Stop driving older Honda, Acura models

The 2002 Honda Accord among the more 300,000 used cars being recalled.

If you own an older Honda or Acura, the government is urging you to stop driving it because its Takata airbags have a 50 percent chance of exploding in a crash. The warning applies to about 313,000 models of the Honda Accord (2001-2002), Honda Civic (2001-2002) Honda CR-V (2002-2003), Honda Odyssey (2003), Honda Pilot (2003), …

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