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2016 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD

Jaguar's modest 2016 refresh of its XJ sedan brings vastly improved connectivity and technology to the flagship. READ MORE

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2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali

The Yukon XL Denali is powered by a standard 6.2L V-8, coupled to an eight-speed transmission, generating 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with a comprehensive safety package and is loaded with 4G LTE technology. READ MORE

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d

For fleets offering a luxury option to drivers or management, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d 4MATIC makes a pretty good case to make the selector. It’s the diesel powerplant that ups the ante. READ MORE

The Nissan Titan XD gasoline joins the Titan XD diesel to round out the truck's engine lineup. Photo: Chris Wolski

2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

The 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine joins the Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel to round out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD engine lineup. The Titan XD is designed to bridge the gap between half-ton pickups and heavy-duty models. Here are my driving impressions. READ MORE

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2016 Buick Encore AWD

The all-wheel-drive Encore Sport Touring model is a small crossover utility vehicle that is powered by a peppy 1.4L turbo engine. It offers seating for five in a very quiet cabin, and is equipped with an impressive array of safety technologies. READ MORE

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2016 Ford Explorer 4WD

Ford gave its top-selling SUV a heavy refresh for the 2016 model year that included a more efficient inline-4, rugged exterior styling, optional 20-inch wheels, and available Terrain Management System adjusts torque depending on the driving conditions. READ MORE

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2016 Jaguar XF S

Jaguar has made no secret that it wants to find a niche in fleets. The XF is a sporty, dynamic step in the right direction. READ MORE

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2016 Isuzu N-Series Cabovers

Isuzu's N-Series cabovers provide greater maneuverability and emphasize payload for urban delivery fleets. READ MORE

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2016 Ford F-150XL with Pro Trailer Backup Assist

I’ll admit that I jack-knifed my share of U-Haul trailers and learned (the hard way) that backing a trailer is a true art. Thankfully, Ford has come to the rescue of amateurs like me by turning trailering into a science. What I’m referring to is the all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist for the 2016 Ford F-150, which makes backing up and parking a trailer easier than ever, regardless of your skill level. READ MORE

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD

The most impressive thing about the 2016 Suburban is the vast array of technology and safety features in its Enhanced Driver Alert Package. The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban is offered in three trim levels – LS, LT, and LTZ models. It is also available in a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive system. Recently, AF test drove the four-wheel-drive, top-of-the-line LTZ model. READ MORE

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2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi entered the plug-in hybrid market with its 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron, a Euro-styled, roomy hatchback the automaker has been selling in the U.S. since late 2015. READ MORE

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2016 Toyota Prius

Fleets looking for excellent fuel efficiency can look to the Toyota Prius, which still has the best fuel economy of the hybrids available. READ MORE

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2016 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium

Executives who choose a Cadillac sedan most often choose the CTS, which received a wide-ranging update for the 2014-MY that brought the V-Sport to the nameplate. READ MORE

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is all-new from the ground up, with a longer wheelbase and more interior room for both front- and rear-seat passengers. It is also 300 pounds lighter, which pays dividends in increased fuel efficiency. My test drive examined the Malibu with the all-new 1.5L Ecotec turbocharged engine from the perspective of both a fleet manager and a company driver. READ MORE

Wintery conditions allowed the i-ACTIV AWD system to provide a real-world demonstration of its capabilities. Photos courtesy of Mazda.

First-Ever Mazda Ice Academy Showcases i-ACTIV AWD System

The Mazda Ice Academy was designed to demonstrate Madza’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive (AWD) on a dedicated ice course in Crested Butte, Colo. It was a very convincing demonstration of reactive vs. predictive on-demand AWD. READ MORE

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive

The 340i brings the new B58 engine, a TwinPower turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 that makes 320 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is also found in the 2016 BMW 740i. READ MORE

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2016 Nissan Sentra

Nissan’s 2016 redesigned Sentra features exterior and interior enhancements, more safety technology and an improved interior quietness. READ MORE

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2016 Chevrolet Spark

Despite lower fuel prices, fleet managers are continuing to examine vehicle downsizing options. For those looking to downsize from a compact to smaller vehicle segment, one option is the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Spark, which was unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show. READ MORE

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Driving Mazda's 2016 CX-3

Is it okay to have fun in a company vehicle? If you define fun as experiencing the pleasure of driving, then the answer is yes, and the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 fits the bill. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a new entry in an expanding niche of the automotive market – subcompact crossover SUVs. READ MORE

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2016 Volvo XC90

Volvo's top-line luxury SUV received a wide-ranging update for 2016 that vaults the vehicle into the top tier of choices with the German competitors. READ MORE

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2016 Toyota Mirai (Fuel Cell)

The 2016 Mirai arrives as the first hydrogen-powered vehicle offered for sale in the U.S. market. Toyota's gambit is a bold one, especially considering the fact that fueling infrastructure remains in its infancy. READ MORE

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2016 Chevrolet Volt

Okay, I’ll admit it. I suffer from range anxiety; however, I found an antidote after driving the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. I spent four days driving the Volt in a variety of road conditions, primarily in the all-electric mode, and found that it met all my driving needs. When trips exceeded the battery capacity, the gasoline engine range extender kicked in seamlessly, which gave me another 350-plus miles of travel. READ MORE

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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

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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

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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

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Amy Winter-Hercher

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Amy is an associate editor for Auto Rental News and Business Fleet.

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Chris Brown

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Chris is the executive editor of Business Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News. He covers all aspects of the fleet world.

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Eric Gandarilla

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Eric Gandarilla works on Automotive Fleet and Fleet Financials.

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Mike Antich

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Mike Antich has covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and was inducted in the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Paul Clinton

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Paul is the senior web editor for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Work Truck. He has covered police vehicles for Police Magazine.

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Thi Dao

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Thi is the executive editor of Government Fleet magazine. She is interested in maintenance management and alternative fuels.

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