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A 'light truck' that's actually light

Ford’s Reigning Champ Arrives Anew, Stronger and Lighter

The Ford F-150 is the reigning champ of the truck world, having been the most popular truck in America for 37 years and — get this — the most popular overall vehicle for 32. Even more impressively, the 2015 Ford F-150 is not just miles ahead of the competition; it’s miles ahead of its former self.

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Daily green without the groan

Tested: Five Great Everyday Hybrids

From miserly compacts to full-sized fuel-sipping sedans, you can have your cake and eat it, too, with both style and a serious salute to the environment. These five excellently executed everyday hybrids meld style and sensibility.

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Volvo's flagship, reborn

Meet the New Face of Volvo

We meet the 2016 Volvo XC90 — the face of the new Volvo right down to the new, getting-down-to-business logo.

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Capital Gains

Five Watches to Burn Your Bonus On

You did well this year. Now — what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.

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The GTI of GTIs

Driving the European Spec Volkswagon Golf R, America’s Forbidden Fruit

Why even talk about something we can’t have? Because when VW knocks on the door and hands over their forbidden fruit — the 2015 Golf R Euro-spec — no human of motoring integrity could say no; and we didn’t either.

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An Angry Bird of Prey

Ducati’s Perfect Tourer, the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo

Every motorcycle enthusiast dreams of taking off for an epic adventure. It’s no surprise, then, that adventure motorcycles are the fastest-growing segment on two wheels. Ducati has clearly tapped into that ethos with the design of the Multistrada GT.

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(Sometimes) Longer is better

Quick Spin: 2015 Infiniti Q70L V8 AWD

This year Infiniti released a new “L” variant of their Q70 sedan (formerly known as the M) in the States. An escape from the confines of New York City into the backroads of Jersey proved that the long wheel based car might just balance the ideals of comfort and performance perfectly while remaining a luxury car bargain.

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The Best of the IIHS's Top Rated

10 Safest Cars of 2014

When purchasing a new car, crash safety ratings tend to fall below other priorities like style, fuel economy, performance, amenities, cost and even brand loyalty. That’s unfortunate, since more than a handful of cars will consistently fail to perform well in the one situation we all hope to avoid: a serious accident. If you’re smart, and especially if you have kids in tow, you’ll take the time to bone up on which vehicles are the safest. Of the 22 cars that received the highest safety rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), these are the absolute best.

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From NYC to Maine in Toyota's big rig

In Toyota’s 2014 Tundra, Quality, Simplicity and a Whole Lot of Truck

When daydreaming of a classic summer road trip vehicle, a pickup truck is not what normally springs to mind — especially a massive 5,800-pound one that gets 17 mpg. However, seeing as the 2014 Toyota Tundra ($26,000+) could haul the space shuttle Endeavor across an LA freeway, I figured it could handle my family, a few bags and nearly 700 miles of road tripping.

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Timeless Styles

Faces of the Decades: 5 Throwback Watches

The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor long ago; oversized watches boomed and now seem to be over the hump; and gold has come and gone a few times over. But the greatest and perhaps most viable of today’s trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade — new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.

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Out of this world

Viewfinder: MB&F L’Epée 1839 Starfleet/Machine

One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L’Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.

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Cruze'n USA

2,000 Miles, 24 Hours and a Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

We drove a Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel from New York City to West Michigan for a 2,000-mile round trip. Here’s what we learned.

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Clean, Torquey and Efficient -- What's Not to Love?

Economy Plus: Driving 5 Great Diesels

The only problem with hybrids is how boring they can be to drive. Diesel cars, on the other hand, offer outstanding torque with hybrid-like fuel economy. We take five great ones out for a spin.

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Where MPG meet MPH

Smoke and Mirrors: 5 Best Diesel Motorcycles

Diesel engines may just be the perfect fit for motorcycles. They offer bullet-proof reliability, stump pulling torque and the kind of range even Ted Simon can only dream of. Add to that the fact that refuelling doesn’t involve extended time out of the saddle and it makes you wonder why there aren’t more on the market. We found four examples that would look great in our garage on the road.

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A battle of torque, efficiency, and German luxury

Want This, Get This: Audi A8 L TDI or BMW 328d xDrive

The Germans are all over the diesel car market. Which makes complete sense: those Europeans are passionate about the practicality that diesel-powered cars provide, not to mention the kind of torque that can pull Tyrannosaur teeth from their sockets. If you want a capable German diesel that nets both solid mileage numbers, good driving dynamics and the aesthetics and comfort a stylish German sedan affords, then look to Audi and BMW at the two ends of the price spectrum.

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A Great American SUV, Proven

Six Weeks in the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel will haul you and your stuff for nearly 730 miles on one tank, all the while spoiling you with leather, panoramic roof, digital screens and tons of hauling capabilities. Is this the best American SUV ever made? After six weeks and a variety of tasks and duties, we think it’s certainly up there.

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One giant leap

Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite

Wearing a $20,000 watch with a white strap onboard a Great Lakes wreck diving charter is inviting ridicule. But duty called, and I strapped the Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite ($20,000, limited to 59 pieces) over my drysuit cuff, clipped on the Reef digital dive module and waddled to the back of the boat. It quickly proved a sports watch in a category all its own.

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A case study in the downsides of the CUV

The Bizarre Success of the BMW X6

The BMW X6 been around since 2007 and has found shockingly good sales success for BMW, even earning a refresh this year: all this, despite its inferior specs, a small interior, and the fact that it looks like it’s been whacked with the same ugly stick as the Pontiac Aztek. So how does the X6 manage to draw buyers?

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Jeep's radical departure pays off

In the 2015 Jeep Renegade, Very Different is Very Good

Jeep is an American automotive staple, but it hasn’t done anything radically new in, well…ever. This signature Jeep American-ness on four driven wheels now gets its biggest injection of originality in the form of the Italian-made, Fiat 500L-based 2015 Jeep Renegade.

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This tiger's got teeth

An Achtung Baby: Quick Spin in the 2015 Porsche Macan

Twelve years ago, we said a Porsche truck was a bad idea. Boy, were we wrong. A quick drive in the 2015 Porsche Macan made our eaten words that much more delectable.

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Crossovers to the dark side

Five Best Performance Crossovers

Crossovers have changed in the recent past; you no longer have to trade in your testicles and driving sense to drive one. Even the haters (car nuts) have been proven wrong now that more horses, better driving dynamics and sleeker silhouettes have shown up in performance-focused crossovers. Here are five that break hard from the pack of mediocre crossovers still stuck in the driver’s ed parking lot.

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Haute Horlogerie Bargain Hunting

Want This, Get This: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar or Montblanc Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar

This past January, Montblanc shook up their lineup with a steel perpetual calendar, a more affordable (though still not cheap) alternative to the unobtanium that is Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar. How do the two compare?

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Some MMasterful, All MMagnificent

The BMW M3 Through the Generations

Over the decades, BMW’s iconic M3 has only grown in power, performance (and in most cases, weight), going from niche sports sedans to one of the most popular performance-focused automobiles in the industry. The best part? There are five generations of them, all with scintillating, unique details and the underlying similarities of greatness.

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Better Than What You Made in Art Class

Elements: Ceramic

Dig up dirt, mold into desired shape, apply heat. With that kind of recipe, it’s no wonder ceramics have been around for 27,000 years. Sure, you might know the material from DIY pottery and kindergarten art classes, but these days a handful of companies are producing high-quality ceramics that manage to toe the line between stark minimalism and natural roughness. Here are our eight favorites from both ends of the spectrum.

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Rise of the machines

Positively Charged: 7 Best Electric Motorcycles of 2014

While electric cars have stumbled in the recent past, motorcycles have readily embraced digital propulsion — even Harley-Davidson has one in the works. With less mass to motivate, shorter runtime requirements and a complete lack of power-robbing creature features, motorcycles are a natural fit for battery-operated powerplants. Here are the seven best electric motorcycles of 2014.

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Flight Time

Buying Guide: Six Soaring Pilot’s Watches

New or old, a pilot’s watch much be legible, tough, accurate and reliable, with extra points awarded if it looks good riding the sleeve of a flight jacket. This flock hits those marks.

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Affordable Ways to Your Fuel-Lovin' Heart

Cheap Thrills: 10 Bargain Driver’s Cars

Your buddy’s Rosso Corsa Red Ferrari makes your blood boil with envy. Unfortunately, your better half won’t let you mortgage the house so you can buy one yourself. Though they may not have the prancing horse on the grille or elicit gazes from the bold and the beautiful, these 10 affordable driver’s cars still delight with great driving dynamics and the kind of motoring spirit that makes you feel like a kid again.

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...Finally

Lincoln’s 2015 MKC Fights the Good Fight, and Wins

Lincoln’s new MKC crossover is a stunning success — and the brand couldn’t have needed it more.

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Back and better than ever...or is it?

Quick Spin: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Longer, wider, lighter and with brand new tech, the Mk VII Golf GTI goes head to head…with past versions of itself.

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Two if by land, two if by sea

Breakdown: Gibbs Quadski XL

You’re the kind of guy who hates two things: wasting time and not getting enough attention. You also have a passion for both watersports and getting hugged from behind by a gleefully screaming passenger. The brand new Gibbs Quadski XL is the morphing amphibious vehicle for you, changing from watercraft to rear-wheel-drive ATV with the push of a button. We break down its features.