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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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Andy Lundin

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Andy Lundin works on Automotive Fleet and Fleet Financials.

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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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