Road Tests

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Good:
– Superb engine performance
– Cabin space and features
– Great handling
The Bad:
– Pricey with options
– Some hard cabin plastics
– Throttle response at idle

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2014 Lexus IS 350

2014 Lexus IS 350

The Good:
– Head-turning new exterior
– Great fun with ESP off
– Fairly comfortable ride
The Bad:
– Above-average cabin noise
– No fun with ESP on
– Some hard cabin plastics

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2014 Mazda 6 SkyActiv 2.5

2014 Mazda 6 SkyActiv 2.5

The Good:
– Class-competitive engine
– Class-leading handling
– Class-beating cabin materials
The Bad:
– A bit on the noisy side
– Somewhat shallow boot
– Staid cabin design

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe V6

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe V6

The Good:
– Great exterior styling
– Value-packed features
– Fairly comfortable ride
The Bad:
– Soft handling
– Most safety features optional
– No low-range gearing

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