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2017 Kia Optima Reviewed: As You Like It

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Overview: If the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry are the perennial powerhouses in the mid-size-sedan segment, the Kia Optima is the sophisticated secret. While it can’t touch the sales numbers of that pair and remains a bit under the radar, the Optima offers a complete package with plenty to offer and the ability to cater to an array of buyers. READ MORE ››


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2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat In-Depth Review: Lord of the Horsepower War

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Billowing burnouts and thunderous emanations are standard equipment on the Challenger SRT siblings. Dodge’s devilish duo are fitted with an adaptive suspension and substantial brakes; the SRT 392 packs a 485-hp Hemi V-8, and the Hellcat summons 707 horses from its evil-sounding supercharged V-8. Both retro-styled coupes route power to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. While the stripped-down 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon dominates the drag strip, the SRT twins terrorize weekly cruise nights with a comfortable ride and snazzy standard features. Hard-core versions of Chevrolet’s Camaro (the 650-hp ZL1) and Ford’s Mustang (the 10Best Cars–winning Shelby GT350 and GT350R) have escalated the pony-car wars to DEFCON 1 with racetrack-capable handling. Dodge and SRT are instead banking on having the most powerful weapons of mass destruction. READ MORE ››


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2017 Dodge Journey In-Depth Review: Past Due for Refurbishing

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They say that the journey is the reward, but there’s little that’s rewarding about Dodge’s Journey. Introduced nearly a decade ago, the aging mid-size SUV has survived this long thanks to its affordability and practicality, but it’s decidedly lacking in the latest technology and safety equipment. Despite the availability of five trim packages, an inline-four and a V-6, front- or all-wheel drive, and five- or seven-passenger seating, there’s not a single version of the Journey that is truly competitive with the best family crossovers. It’s only worth considering if there’s a steep discount working in your favor. READ MORE ››


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