The 2014 Volkswagen Passat competes well in its segment for driving character and fuel economy, and checks off the right boxes for cabin tech, but falls short on driver-assistance features.
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The smooth and quiet Buick Enclave Premium is well equipped with new tech and safety features, but doesn't feel as luxurious as its price tag indicates.
Choose the spartan 2013 Subaru BRZ Premium if you're looking for a fantastic driver's car that carves corners with unmatched precision, but steer clear if cabin tech and "premium" comfort top your list of requirements.
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There is a charm to the 2014 Toyota 4Runner's simplicity, but this truckish SUV sacrifices much of its daily driver refinement in the pursuit of occasional off-road excursions.
The 2013 Acura ILX offers everything that's great about the Honda Civic in a more luxurious form, but it doesn't really fix any of its tech shortcomings and is probably a bit too expensive.
A worthy peer to speakers by Bose and Jawbone, the Sony SRS-BTX500 is one of the best premium portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy.
The new Mazda MX-5 Miata's cabin is compact, but it's full of quirks and surprises, including a Bose audio system that hides speakers in the headrests and Lego-like cupholders.
The GE Profile Series French Door refrigerator has a lot going for it -- but it's the water dispenser that steals the show.
Sony announces a new 64GB "Premium Sound" microSD card for audiophiles that costs about $160.
At Liverpool's Sound City conference, record business insiders discuss the world's biggest music platform and its "big scary lawyers".