The following cars represent the most technically advanced available.
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI offers basic transportation at a bargain and an excellent engine, but techies will want to hold off for the improved 2015 model.
Despite some very minor quibbles, the 2014 BMW 535d xDrive delivers exceptional quality and feature content on all fronts, from online cabin tech to fuel economy to driving satisfaction.
The 2014 Audi A7 TDI includes some of the best connected tech available today in an automobile, and those inclined to put up with a few diesel drivetrain quirks will be rewarded with significantly higher fuel economy than from the gasoline equivalent.
Featuring excellent fuel economy and a generally comfortable and easy-driving character, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 makes for a useful all-around vehicle, good for the daily commute and family road trips.
Hoover's Air Cordless ushers in a welcome new vacuum category, but it still needs some work to match the performance of our most highly rated uprights.
If you want a no-fuss floor cleaner, stay away from the Moneual Rydis H67 Pro.
iRobot's Scooba 450 isn't perfect, but it's a solid, albeit pricy, choice for small space cleaning.
After a long wait, Sony brings the the A77 into parity with the rest of its class.
If you want an uncluttered, low-maintenance email client that will help keep your inbox organized and empty, Mailbox is the app for you.
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Mercedes has been making a diesel version of the SLK for some time now, so I set about finding out whether a diesel sports car can actually be entertaining.