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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

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

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

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0

The V-8-powered 2015 Hyundai Genesis should find a place among executive drivers.

The Genesis equipped with the V-6 has been the bigger seller, and the V-8's benefit may be primarily to tap into more primal urges. It's a sedan that always seems ready to give you more power than you desire. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport

The NX compact luxury SUV is seeking a younger demographic.

The NX enters a ever-more crowded field of compact SUV offerings, especially among luxury brands, but should find its niche with its sportier driving feel and aggressive styling. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Ford Edge

The second-generation Edge offers enhanced parking assist to back into perpendicular parking spaces.

The 2015 Ford Edge is one of the most high-tech models sold by Ford, with a host of features such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning; a 180-degree front camera system with a washer, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. READ MORE

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

2015 Nissan Murano

Nissan increases tech offerings with its 2015 update.

The all-new 2015-MY Nissan Murano was designed to appeal to a consumer demographic with a sporty, fresh look; however, for fleets, the compact crossover could also be a perfect fit. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country

The Volvo V60 Cross Country blurs the line between wagon and utility vehicle.

The V60 Cross Country provides 2.6 inches of additional ride height from the V60, blacked-out mirror trim and window tinting, front and rear skid plates, silver trim, and a honeycomb grille. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 BMW i3

BMW is gearing its green-minded i3 EV toward Silicon Valley technology fleets.

Just about everything that goes into BMW's 2014 i3 may seem impractical, such as its broad use of exotic materials, bulbous shape with coach doors, and range limit. Yet, this vehicle is an automotive engineering marvel that's also a fun, smooth drive. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

The e-Golf provides a 100-mile range in Eco mode.

The e-Golf drives and handles exactly like its gasoline and diesel cousins — meaning smoothly and efficiently with the kind of get up and go that modern drivers expect and the handling and solidness that fleets need. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Audi A3 TDI

Audi's updated A3 TDI sedan provides a 470-mile range in city and highway driving.

Audi has brought back its A3 TDI sedan for the 2015 model year with a redesigned 2.0-liter diesel that provides impressive range in an entry luxury sedan that won't crack open a fleet budget. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Chrysler 200C

Chrysler significantly revamped its mid-size sedan for the 2015 model year.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is all-new from the ground up and is the first mid-size sedan with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission and rotary dial electronic shifting. It offers two engine choices and an all-wheel drive model. READ MORE

Photo by Mike Antich.

2015 Audi Q3 Quattro

The 2015 Audi Q3 is a compact SUV positioned below the Audi Q5 SUV.

The 2015 Q3 compact SUV is powered by a direct-injected 200 hp, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces up to 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The Q3 is available both with front-wheel drive and Quattro all-wheel drive. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

The GLA250 is based on the same platform as the CLA-Class sedan.

Thanks to direct injection, the GLA250 isn't sluggish; it has some zip. And its 174-inch length certainly helps you snag a "compact" parking stall when the opportunity arises. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan

The hybrid version of the Camry gets an EPA-rated fuel economy of 40 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Instead of a gauge showing RPM, the Camry Hybrid displays three states: “Charge,” “Eco,” and “Power.” I assume if you want to improve your MPG, you can try to stay in the Charge and Eco modes for a long as possible. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2015 Ram ProMaster City Compact Van

This compact cargo van should find plenty of fleet buyers seeking a smaller yet rugged package.

The Ram ProMaster City benefits from a car-like ride that's enabled by a bi-link coil suspension. Ram has moved away from the leaf springs usually used in pickup trucks to give the van greater agility and better handling. READ MORE

Photo of 2015 Chrysler 300S by Amy Winter.

2015 Chrysler 300 Sedan

Chrysler’s redesigned 2015 300 sedan offers a balance between performance and refinement.

Sister to the Chrysler 200, this redesigned full-size sedan maintains a family tie but has more of an elegant and modern personality. With a starting MSRP of $31,395 and 31 mpg highway fuel economy, the Chrysler 300 offers four unique trim levels (base model 300, the 300S, the 300C, 300C Platinum). READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

Hyundai's 2015 Sonata is a worthy entry in the uber competitive mid-size sedan segment.

The Hyundai Sonata hasn't established a large footprint in the commercial fleet world, yet the 2015 model of this mid-size sedan may be poised to gain greater traction with its appealing exterior styling, stout highway fuel economy, and bevy of interior features. READ MORE

Photo of Mazda6 GT courtesy of Mazda.

2015 Mazda6 GT Sedan

The Madza6 is ideal in meeting commercial fleet applications, especially as a sales or reward vehicle.

The Mazda6 represents an ideal model for the commercial fleet market and, after spending several days in the vehicle, I can see where it can excel in meeting commercial fleet applications, especially as a sales or reward vehicle. READ MORE

Photo by Steven Martinez

2015 Chevrolet Trax Compact SUV

The Chevrolet Trax provides a mix of small car practicality with small SUV utility.

The Trax has a small footprint, a small engine and clever interior cargo space that maximizes every inch of the vehicle. Chevrolet will be offering a fleet version of the Trax based on the entry model LS trim. READ MORE

Photo by Adam Pringle.

2015 Toyota Camry Mid-Size Sedan

The new model of Toyota’s flagship sedan packages performance with practicality.

The Camry XSE, released in conjunction with the Camry’s redesign for MY-2015, combines the luxury of the Camry XLE with the performance of the SE. Two engines are offered for the Camry XSE: a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.5L V-6. READ MORE

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