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2014 BMW 328d Sport Wagon xDrive AWD Diesel Review

MPG-o-Matic 2014 BMW 328d Sport Wagon xDrive Review Summary: The BMW 328d xDrive isn’t just the most fuel efficient all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicle sold in America today, it’s a marvelously fun to drive alternative to the gas-sucking SUV. We found the 328d’s official fuel economy ratings (31/43/35) to be conservative and easily achieved highway figures in the 50 mile per gallon (MPG) range.

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2013 Ford Escape Titanium Review

MPG-o-Matic 2013 Ford Escape Review Summary: The 2013 Ford Escape battles it out with a host of worthy competitors in the highly popular small crossover segment, from the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, to the Hyundai Tuscon and Chevy Equinox. While some may lament the exit of the traditional Escape SUV, the new crossover design is a more pleasant vehicle overall and is sold worldwide as the Ford Kuga. The Escape’s torquey EcoBoost engine and tightly designed cabin set it apart from the competition.

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Review

MPG-o-Matic 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Review Summary: With a starting price of $37,895, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR packs a remarkable amount of punch for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) dollar, with the legendary Subaru WRX STi the only real competition in its price range ($34,295 with a six-speed manual, automatic not available). If you want to take it up a few notches and have more money to plunk down ($49,000 with the seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic and quattro AWD), the 333 horsepower supercharged Audi S4 is a far more luxurious option than the EVO MR, but it’s no faster in the 0-60 mile per hour (MPH) sprint.

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO MR profile
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2013 Ford Explorer Sport – NYC First Test Drive

Can America compete with the best of the European auto manufacturers when it comes to luxury sport utility vehicles that emphasize the Sport aspect of the SUV badge? The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport seeks to answer that question with a definitive “yes.” With the Range Rover Sport HSE as the primary target, Ford’s attack takes a three-pronged approach: price, performance, and fuel-efficiency.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport - front view - NYC
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

MPG-o-Matic 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review Summary: The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport aims to carve out a niche in the crowded small SUV and Crossover market, with good fuel economy, Evo-inspired styling, light weight, solid handling, and the best set of paddle shifters in the business. It falls short when it comes to sport, due to modest horsepower levels and CVT transmission. With a few tweaks, the Outlander Sport could achieve its full potential.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is powered by a 16-valve DOHC MIVTEC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower (HP) and 145 foot pounds of torque. The inline four can be mated to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission. While the Outlander Sport is available in either two-wheel- (2WD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD), a manual is not offered with the AWD verison.


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