2006 Infiniti QX56: Leather-Lined Leviathan

Fit for an up-and-coming rapper, and big enough to haul his whole entourage, the QX56 has undeniable presence--'bling' personified. Maybe it's that super-sized, snub-nosed grille, or the omnipresent chrome garnish, starting with the six-inch Infiniti badge, shining everywhere--this sled's street…

2006/2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC: Improving Upon Perfection

The product portfolio at Mercedes-Benz has proliferated rapidly in the last few years. New models from the C-Class Coupe to the savage SLR have kept the brand abreast of the niche-market trend. Still, there is no other model that so…

2006 Audi A6 Avant: A Teutonic Perfection for the Entire Family

Inevitably, every time an Audi appears at our doorstep for a full review, certain scenes play out--as surely as death and taxes, and so similar they could be scripted. For example, being behind the wheel of a new Audi--be it…

2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: Having Your Green and Eating It Too

Although almost identical to the Ford Escape Hybrid by most measures, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid somehow rates hardly a fraction of the attention its sibling enjoys. This neglect may not seem startling, but compared to the acclaim lavished upon both…

2006 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 3.6 – A Country Squire for the Alpenstrasse

Latest in a slew of redesigned staple vehicles, the Volkswagen Passat hit the market late last summer, as part of a barrage of new product planned to counter plummeting market share. Along with improved iterations of the Jetta, Golf (soon…

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT: The Sun Shines on Mitsubishi

Beleaguered Japanese automaker Mitsubishi sure isn't acting like a company in trouble. In fact, to the delight of auto enthusiasts everywhere, the "Driven to Thrill" brand seems to be pouring an awful lot of resources into rebuilding their high-performance reputation.…