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Mazda stays sporty with crossover SUV

...inches for second-row passengers and 32.4 inches for the third row.Driving the CX-9 is a sporty experience. The test car rode on 20-inch tires and hewed close to the pavement, even though it sat up a good ways.Via the front MacPherson...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2014-07-03/mazda-stays-
Driver Joey Logano: Racing is 'a lot safer' than football

...promotional tour for Michigan International Speedway."NASCAR has a constant program of always being able to move up and test cars and crash cars and try to figure out what we can do to make them safer and make the crush zones crush and if there are...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nascar/2014-06-04/driver-joey-logano-racing-
Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

...This summer, Google plans to send test prototypes on closed courses, then later this year on public streets. Those test cars will have a wheel and pedals because under California law a test driver must be able to take immediate control.By summer...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-28/google-build-prototype-tru
2014 Mazda Miata still top roadster

...Headroom shouldn't be too much of a worry, though, because the appeal of the Miata is driving with the top down.The test car, an uplevel Club model with power-operated hard top, felt somewhat spartan inside as seats had to be adjusted by hand...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2014-05-27/2014-mazda-m
New Corolla gains style, legroom in 2014

...dark alloy wheels, did not get second looks.Inside the test car, the black, plastic dashboard was well-arranged but...But it was still comfortable getting into and out of the test car. Just watch the wheel wells that impinge on rear-door...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2014-01-23/new-corolla-gains-style-legro
2014 Buick LaCrosse is peaceful sedan

...steadily. Peak torque is 264 foot-pounds at 5,300 rpm.Even with highway passing demands and hilly terrain, the test car averaged 23.9 mpg in driving that was 70 percent on highways.The federal government's fuel economy numbers for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2013-10-17/2014-buick-lacrosse-peaceful-sedan
2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited is upscale without the cost

...don't have to touch the front seat backs.Entry and exit are a bit constrained by the sleek, coupelike roof line.The test car drove comfortably in the city and on highways. Nearly all passengers thought it had a V-6 and were surprised to learn all...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2013-08-15/2013-hyundai-sonata-limited-u
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is lighter, quicker

...highway travel rated at 24 mpg. The test car was spot on with the combined city...on so smoothly and strongly in the test car that the car typically was going 20 mph...automatically to save fuel at stops, the test car got under way as soon as pressure...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2012-10-18/2013-mercedes-benz-sl550-ligh
XTS is a new type for Cadillac

...seats were eminently supportive for long drives in the test car but didn't feel hard or overly firm. Front seats also...through on their sides.Also, the glovebox lid in the test car always looked like it was ajar and crooked on the right...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2012-12-27/xts-new-type-cadillac
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid beats diesel

...cylinder and lithium-ion battery pack.The Jetta Hybrid test car was so peppy when starting up from stoplights and in sudden...bit frumpy and not exactly upscale on the outside. The test car never got a single glance from passersby, and the only...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2013-02-28/2013-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid-