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2015 Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala (CNG)

Alternative-fuel vehicles have come of age and a perfect example is the bi-fuel 2015 Chevrolet Impala that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). If not told in advance, most everyday drivers behind the wheel of a bi-fuel Impala would not know they were driving a CNG-powered vehicle. READ MORE

Photo by Mike Antich.

2015 BMW 320i xDrive

The 2015 BMW 320i xDrive is an all-wheel-drive compact sport sedan powered by a fuel-efficient, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It has a NHTSA 5-Star safety rating and an array of active and passive safety features. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Plus

The Grand Caravan has been an affordable shuttle that won't break a fleet acquisition budget, and it's also surprisingly enjoyable to drive. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 4x4

For 2016, the Tacoma adds a more powerful V-6 engine, improved off-road capability, an updated infotainment system with touchscreen, and more aggressive body styling. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Volkswagen Passat

The Passat, Volkswagen's top fleet seller, enters the 2016-MY with plenty of new safety and connectivity features, sportier styling, and LED lighting that annihilates dark corners around a driveway. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Ram 3500 HD with 6.7L Diesel

The Cummins 6.7L diesel powertrain generates 385 horsepower and an amazing 900 lb.-ft. of torque, which increases towing capacity to a record-breaking 31,210 pounds, the most ever for a mass-production vehicle. READ MORE

Photo of 2017 Jaguar XE by Paul Clinton.

2017 Jaguar XE S

We were impressed by the XE's sure-footed handling, easy power delivery, and attractive body style that's more reassuring than snazzy. READ MORE

Photo of 2016 Nissan Altima SL by Paul Clinton.

2016 Nissan Altima

Nissan has given its top-selling Altima mid-size sedan a heavy refresh for 2016 for a model that has found a niche mostly among pharmaceutical fleets looking to provide their sales personnel a reliable, fuel efficient model with a bit of pizzazz. READ MORE

Ram Commercial Truck recently put its entire lineup to the towing test. Photo: Chris Wolski

Ram Heavy Hauling Event

Ram Commercial recently put its claims about its products’ towing ability to the test during a heavy hauling event at the Chrysler Proving Grounds. READ MORE

Photo by Chris Wolski.

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Slotted between a traditional 1500- and 2500-type pickup truck the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD delivers both the comfortable, intuitive driving experience of a smaller truck and the capabilities typically associated with a ¾-ton truck. READ MORE

A 2016 Colorado Duramax Diesel after an off-road drive testing the smart diesel exhaust brake. Photo by Chris Wolski.

2016 Colorado Duramax Turbo Diesel

The 2016 Colorado Duramax Diesel delivered not only a pleasant, effortless ride, but the kind of fuel economy that would have been considered wild fantasy only a few short years ago. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Subaru Forester

Driving the Forester in southern California, we appreciated the extra torque that minimizes wheel slip while turning a sharp corner or the greater stability at freeway speeds. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT FWD

The Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV has been a surprisingly strong seller for General Motors, and has quietly found a place as a top vehicle in commercial fleets due to its utility, respectable fuel economy, and affordability. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck

The Chevrolet Silverado enters the 2016 model year with some useful upgrades for commercial users of this powerhouse fleet vehicle that include expanded use of 8-speed transmissions and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Lincoln MKC 2.0L FWD

Lincoln offers the MKC in several configurations. We tested the model powered by the 2.0-liter inline-four EcoBoost engine that delivers its 240 hp via a 6-speed automatic transmission. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

We had an opportunity to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel model and were impressed by its fuel economy, cruising range, engine performance, safety features, and its ability to contribute to corporate sustainability goals. READ MORE

Photo by Kareem Girgis.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel 4x4

The diesel-powered Grand Cherokee, which was introduced when Jeep refreshed the model for 2014, offers another impressive example from a crop of new light-duty diesels. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Compact SUV

The CX-3 offers fun driving dynamics, fluid body style, impressive fuel economy, and a well-appointed interior.

Mazda may have just obliterated the razor-thin line between compact cars and entry-level crossovers with its impressive CX-3 that should rise to the top of an increasingly competitive category. READ MORE

Photo by A.J. George.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV

The Tahoe PPV offers law enforcement a winning combination of size, comfort, and four- wheel-drive performance.

Chevy's Tahoe patrol vehicle is fast and nimble, it corners well, and it has a good turning radius. It's also comfortable, offers a higher vantage point than a patrol sedan, and can carry a lot more gear than a car. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI

The Golf SportWagen is replacing the Jetta SportWagen.

Volkswagen's 2015 Golf SportWagen TDI is a powerhouse highway miler with enough comfort features for fleet drivers delivering lab samples or other low-profile cargo. READ MORE

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

2015 International WorkStar 7300 SFA 4x4

The WorkStar 7300 nimbly danced across a rough and ready course at a ride-and-drive event.

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to take an International WorkStar 7300 4X4 off-roading at Navistar’s recently acquired New Carlisle, Ind., proving grounds. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Jeep Renegade Sport 4x4

The Renegade delivers a ride that’s fun, albeit a bit rambunctious — almost as if the vehicle is just pining for the off-road it knows is out there somewhere.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport 4x4 may have been engineered as an off-road lifestyle vehicle, but it was awfully fun to drive at freeway speeds in the asphalt jungle that is Los Angeles. READ MORE

Photo by Chris Wolski.

2016 Nissan Maxima SL

The Maxima might be positioned as a large sedan, but it didn’t drive like one.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the MY-2016 Nissan Maxima SL on California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the adjoining, and rather congested small city of Malibu, where it delivered a comfortable and thoroughly satisfying drive. READ MORE

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2016 Mercedes-Benz Mid-Size Metris Van

The Metris will be offered in passenger and cargo van models. Key vocational markets for the cargo van are delivery fleets and service & maintenance applications. The passenger van will target limo, taxi, and shuttle companies. Here is my report based on a recent press preview and test drive. READ MORE

Photo by Chris Brown.

Driving the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

The 2016 Metris is a midsize van that can be described as “garagability” meets versatility and refinement.

A former mining town in the southwestern Colorado foothills provided the backdrop to test-drive Mercedes’ new medium-size commercial van. READ MORE

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