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Top cars this holiday

The CNET Car Tech teams picks the best cars for the holiday season.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt

This greenest of the green can go 40 miles under electric power alone. Under the right circumstances, you won't use a single drop of gas all year. It's not only a gift for the holidays, but one for the planet as well.
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2012 Fiat 500C Convertible

Cute and cheap, the little Fiat 500C is a great fit in urban environments, not only because you can park it anywhere, but also for its retro Italian style. Put a hook on top and hang it from the Christmas tree.
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2011 Ford Mustang GT

An American classic made modern, the new Mustang incorporates a beautifully powerful and efficient engine. Its brawny looks get it noticed when cruising down the street. This gift is practically a fountain of youth.
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2012 Audi A7

The Audi A7 evokes the best of European refinement, while at the same time sporting the newest technology both under the hood and in the cabin. It is a definite executive-level gift.
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2011 Nissan Juke SV

A little bigger than a toy car, the Nissan Juke is just as fun. A small SUV with a high-tech engine, the Juke has a go-anywhere attitude. Among cars, it is one of the less expensive as a gift, but also one of the more distinctive.
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2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i

We had been anticipating this update to the X3 for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. An excellent drive system and cabin electronics combine for a capable but efficient SUV. It is a gift for the upscale explorer.

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