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9/1/2011 12:38:00 AM
2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid - Editors' Notebook - Automobile Magazine
A not-so-sporty continuation of Porsche's engineering expertise.

I was never impressed with the last-generation Porsche Cayenne so I hoped for better with the new 2012 model. Unfortunately, this S Hybrid suffers from the same leaden feeling that plagued the previous car. I know that hybrids generally weigh more than their non-hybrid counterparts due to heavy batteries, etc., but there is more than just this vehicle's actual physical weight -- which is an obscene 4938 pounds -- at work here. Each of the driving controls -- steering, brake, and throttle -- are oppressively heavy. At low to moderate speeds, the steering wheel requires too much effort to turn and the pedals are absurdly stiff. To make matters worse, both pedals also have very little feel and seem to have a delay of a second or two before they respond to inputs. All of these factors add up to a driving experience that is very un-Porsche-like.


Photo Gallery: 2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid - Editors' Notebook - Automobile Magazine


8/31/2011 7:38:00 PM
First Drive: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Prototype
First Drive: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Prototype - Automobile Magazine
Zoom-Zoom redemption.

In recent years, Mazda has earned a strong reputation for fun-to-drive vehicles by spicing up staid segments with products like the compact 3, the mid-size 6, and the CX-7 crossover. The Mazda Tribute, however, was not one of those vehicles. Ironically, the vehicle that launched the brand's Zoom-Zoom campaign was Mazda's least charismatic and least exciting offering. The Tribute was a rebadged Ford Escape, and just as Ford's utilitarian compact crossover languished on the market for far too many years, so did the Tribute.


Photo Gallery: First Drive: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Prototype - Automobile Magazine


8/31/2011 4:38:00 PM
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Summer: Ann Arbor to Mount Pleasant
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Summer: Ann Arbor to Mount Pleasant - Automobile Magazine
College Companion

Being offered a chance to drive a new car is one I would rarely pass up, and this weekend is no exception. So, when the opportunity came my way, I jumped at the chance to drive our 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata to Central Michigan University, a school that I almost went to and that many of my closest friends attend. With the hard top in place and the black OZ wheels looking stellar, I set my sights on a college weekend with my friends.


Photo Gallery: 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Summer: Ann Arbor to Mount Pleasant - Automobile Magazine


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