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  • 2006 MazdaSpeed 6
    handling, and most advanced sports sedan. The turbocharged 2.3-liter direct-injection engine is one of the company's firsts for North America. The turbocharger delivers 15.6-psi boost at 2,500 rpm. And with 274 hp at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of nearwhiplashing torque at 3,000 rpm, I unexpectedly
  • In the market for a car? Here's what $350,000 will buy
    limousine is 221.4-in. long. Both models are powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 that produces 543 hp at 5,250 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque at 2,300 rpm. The powerplant mates to a five-speed automatic specially developed to handle the low-end torque. With all this power under the hood, the Maybach 57
  • 2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada
    on a 300-mile trip. Everyone was comfortable as evidenced by the snoring from the back seats. The big truck is more-than-amply powered by a 5.6-liter DOHC V8 rated at 305 hp with 385 lb-ft of torque, enough to tow a 9,100-lb trailer. The engine numbers seem conservative because the Armada is notably
  • Ford Ranger Edge 434 Super Cab
    a 434 ride height even in a 432 configuration. Along with the higher stance, the Edge package includes a monochromatic exterior, bed rails and raised dome hood, textured vinyl flooring, a four-speaker CD system, custom wheels and tires with tow hooks, fog lamps, a mesh-type grille, and air conditioning
  • 2007 Lincoln MKX FWD
    shared the trucklike ladder frame of the Ford Explorer. (MKX, Mazda CX-7, and Ford Edge share the same chassis.) A 3.5-liter V6 with a new six-speed automatic transmission delivers 265 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard. Optional all-wheel drive, tuned for cornering
  • 2004 Volvo C70 convertible
    and 210 lb-ft of torque. It zoomed along very nicely, handled fairly well, and braking was extremely smooth. I've never been a big fan of convertibles because of road noise, wind, and other discomforts, but the C70 converted me. A wind blocker keeps things intact inside the car. The front-wheel
  • 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner
    just above it completely hides the digital clock from view. Helping you to forget the time is a good-sounding, six-speaker CD stereo. I had to break out the manual when the CD player randomly chose which songs to play. It turns out "random play " is a selectable mode. Driving with the radio off
  • Suzuki Reno
    than a hybrid that will run in the neighborhood of $30,000. Our test vehicle was the basic Reno. Standard features include a five-speed manual tranny, four-wheel disc brakes, tire-pressure monitoring, power/heated mirrors, A/C, an eight-speaker audio system that includes MP3, and speed-sensitive

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