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Bob Plunkett is a veteran automotive reporter whose articles have appeared in industry and consumer magazines for 30 years. He currently produces syndicated automotive reports published weekly newspapers across North America, putting the reader in the driver's seat for a hands-on feel of a vehicle. An adventurer, Plunkett has raced cars, scaled mountains, dived with sharks and run on foot across entire countries to research his articles. For the decade of the 1980s he reported on automotive subjects for an Arkansas newspaper, and during that time wrote speeches for a young Arkansas governor, Bill Clinton. Today, Plunkett still writes from his Arkansas home, but he travels extensively, crisscrossing the globe to drive new cars.

2013 Ford Edge Mid-Size Crossover SUV

2013 Ford Edge Mid-Size Crossover SUV

A driver plants both hands at 3-9 o'clock posts on a sporty steering wheel with both feet on the two pedals -- using our right foot to accelerate and the left one to decelerate in racer style -- as we test the chassis dynamics for a new iteration of the Edge, Ford's athletic and agile crossover utility vehicle. Read More »

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Mid-Size Sedan

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

Now for 2013 Chevrolet Malibu scores yet another complete redo inside and out -- it uses a front-wheel-drive platform designed in Europe, wears a sleek aerodynamic shell and brings an expanded-width passenger compartment dressed with fine materials and top-quality switchgear. Read More »

2013 Cadillac XTS Mid-Size Luxury Sedan

2013 Cadillac Mid-Size Luxury Sedan

The XTS carries an aluminum 3.6-liter V6 engine rigged with dual overhead cams, direct injection technology and VVT (variable valve timing). With direct injection, the fuel goes directly into the engine’s combustion chamber and fosters a thorough burn of the mix of air and fuel. Read More »

2013 Buick Enclave Mid-Size Crossover SUV

2013 Bucik Enclave Mid-Size Crossover SUV

Enclave's 2013 editions show a fresh exterior design, revamped cabin amenities such as a dashboard high-resolution color display with touch-screen control plus Choccochino leather and Cocoa leather color combinations, three new trim designations and new safety technologies including the auto industry's first front center side air bag designed to minimize injury from front-seat riders knocking into each other during a side-impact collision. Read More »

2013 Audi Allroad Luxury Compact Wagon

2013 Audi Allroad Compact Crossover SUV

The new version of Allroad amounts to a slick design with a wide track, jacked suspension, protective undercarriage stainless steel skid plates and a five-door wagon format featuring a sinuous and curvy exterior design and a spacious cabin containing two rows of seats with seatbacks of the back bench splitting and folding down to expand the capacity of the rear cargo bay. Read More »

2013 Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUV

2013 Mazda CX-5 compact sport utility vehicle suv

The all-new 2013 CX-5 is the first Mazda to receive the full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, including engine, transmission, body and chassis components. A compact crossover SUV, the CX-5 boasts the highest highway fuel economy of any SUV sold in North America -- including hybrids -- at 35 MPG. Read More »

2013 Dodge Dart Compact Sedan

2013 Dodge Dart Compact Sedan front view

Badged with a vintage nameplate of Dodge's entry-level vehicle produced from 1960 through 1976, a Dodge Dart of 2013 scoots down the road with strong torque flowing from an optional turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that's also shared with the Alfa. Read More »

2013 Nissan Altima Mid-Size Sedan


Nissan Altima was the second best-selling car among all nameplates in the United States in 2011, the Nissan Altima has come a long way since it was first introduced. Now, with the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design – the most innovative Altima yet – Nissan promises to shake up the mid-size sedan segment again with the most engaging, innovative and stylish vehicle in its class. Read More »