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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 C-Max Hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Hatchback

Ford developed C-Max to supplant the Escape Hybrid 5-door crossover utility vehicle with the convenience and practicality of a 4-door hatchback wagon plus exceptional EPA fuel consumption scores which climb to 47 miles per gallon (mpg) city/highway. Read More »

2013 Infiniti EX37

2013 Infiniti EX37 compact suv

The compact-class 2013 Infiniti EX37 acquires a powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine with 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, and it behaves itself superbly on twisty roads with all wheels throwing huge torque muscle into each turn as the 245/45R19 all-season performance tires claw for traction on the blacktop. Read More »

2013 Honda Accord Mid-Size Sedan

2013 Honda Accord

Everything about the 2013 Honda Accord is new -- platform and structure, engines and transmissions, suspension and steering mechanisms, body styling and cabin content, on-board electronics and a load of safety equipment. Read More »

2013 Cadillac ATS Compact Luxury Sedan

2013 Cadillac ATS Compact Luxury Sedan

The 2013 Cadillac ATS, rising off a rigid rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform with pliable independent suspension components pinned above every wheel, also carries a goosy turbocharged engine (one of 3 powertrain choices) which translates all of its considerable torque through a malleable but definitely un-Cadillac-like six-speed manual gearbox. Read More »

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

A chiseled body marks Hyundai's 2-door sports coupe for the editions of 2013, as Genesis acquires a redesigned front hood with broad-grin new fascia and grille, and revised angular projector beam halogen headlamps plus LED DRLs. Read More »

2013 Audi A4 Compact Luxury Sedan

2013 Audi A4

2013 Audi A4's 4-in-line engine, with turbocharger and intercooler plus Audi's remarkable FSI (fuel straight injection) technology applied, feels vigorous and quick, drawing on the full force of the plant's production of 211 hp peaking between 4300 and 6000 rpm plus 258 lb-ft of torque spread across a broad band from 1500 to 4200 rpm. Read More »

2013 Acura ILX Compact Luxury Sedan

2013 Acura ILX compact luxury sedan

A corkscrew road ripping over Appalachian foothills in Pennsylvania works like a Formula One course to challenge both driver and car in tests we devised to sample the aggressive character of a sporty new sedan by Acura. Read More »