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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Mid-Size Pickup

The Colorado’s compact size is well-suited to congested urban settings.

Yes, for fleets, the Colorado is fundamentally a truck, designed for a specific, utilitarian purpose, but Chevrolet also didn’t forget the driver—hence it’s the perfect melding of form and function. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Pickup

The Silverado High Country combines luxury and workman-like features to accomplish the job.

While the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Silverado High Country will definitely appeal to the horse trailering equestrian enthusiast, the truck also has a place in the commercial fleet market, especially for tradesmen, contractors, and foremen, whose vehicles are their mobile offices used in non-severe duty applications. READ MORE

Photo by Kelly Bracken.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van

A sleeker body design smooths out the once-quirky look of a service and delivery fleet staple.

This Transit Connect offers a smooth ride with agile handling and a fuel economy rating that has been significantly improved from 2010 with an EPA-rated 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined for the model we tested. READ MORE

Photo by Kelly Bracken.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Large SUV

While fuel economy is rarely a selling point for a vehicle of this size and ability, I was surprised to see the gas gauge barely move during a moving job.

The Chevrolet Suburban enters its 12th generation with the 2015 model year. It's durability and cargo capacity make it an ideal vehicle for fire response and other rugged fleet applications. READ MORE

Photo courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford F-150 Pickup

The 2015 F-150's aluminum alloys have a better strength-to-weight ratio than common steel.

The aluminum body pickup boasts a total weight reduction of 700 pounds compared to the previous model, which improves fuel economy and increases payload capacity. The lighter weight also produces better handling, braking, and maneuverability. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Subaru Outback CUV

The redesigned 2015 Outback offers updated body styling, excellent handling, and standard safety features.

The look of the new (fifth generation) Outback is a steer away from the past wagon-like look of the vehicle. It has more modern lines and a matching interior. I could see how this remodeled compact SUV could do well in rougher terrain. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Ram 2500 ProMaster Cargo Van

The 2014 Ram ProMaster's maneuverability shows its strength in a Southern California parking lot.

The inside of the ProMaster is cavernous, especially when it's empty. When I clapped my hands after jumping into the driver's seat, the sound reverberated like a bear cave. Settling into the saddle, which keeps you high above traffic after only a minor step up into the van, I was able to easily reach all the bells and whistles READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel Pickup

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel should met all the needs expected in a work setting.

The 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4x2 is a no-frills, utilitarian work truck with hand-cranked windows, manually adjusted seats, hand-adjusted driver- and passenger-side mirrors, and manual door locks. READ MORE

Photo of 2015 C-Class courtesy of MBUSA.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300/C400 4MATIC Sedans

The 2015 C-Class models feature improved fuel efficiency, with lightweighting being a key contributor.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Mercedes-Benz media event to test drive its two new, all-wheel-drive C-Class sedan models. The 2015 models included the C300 4MATIC and the C400 4MATIC. I tested these vehicles from the perspective of a corporate executive driver. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan

The 2015 Legacy's safety features make a compelling case.

The Subaru Legacy enters its sixth generation with the 2015 model year, and benefits from a redesign that should make it a more compelling mid-size-sedan choice in one of the most competitive automotive segments. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV

The CX-5 offers a comfortable ride and enough storage for sales or meeting materials.

For the 2015-MY, the CX-5 is loaded with a number of safety features, including air bags, stability control, and traction control. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

The bi-fuel CNG Silverado 2500 should expand CNG use among fleets.

I’ve driven a number of CNG vehicles over the years and I must say this was one of the most seamless bi-fuel transitions I have experienced, segueing from CNG to gasoline and back all with a simple flip of a switch — while you are driving. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2015 Ford Expedition XL Large SUV

The 2015 Expedition ups the ante in the large SUV segment.

I drove the 2015 Expedition XL King Ranch (with the extended wheelbase) along a more than 60-mile stretch of rural highways of West Virginia that provided an excellent testing ground for the new suspension feature. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Mazda3 Compact Sedan

The Mazda3's mpg indicator offers fleet-friendly driving feedback.

Driving the 2014 Mazda3 was a pleasure. Clean acceleration, deft handling, and a comfortable interior, filled with plenty of storage added up to a commuting experience I looked forward to each day. READ MORE

Ram Power Wagon takes a Ram 2500 and turns it into an off-road champion.

2014 Ram Power Wagon

Trying to find a place to test the Ram Power Wagon’s true capabilities is no easy task — unless you happen upon another truck in distress.

Trying to find a place to test the Ram Power Wagon’s true capabilities is no easy task — unless you happen upon another truck in distress. READ MORE

Photo by Stephane Babcock.

2015 Ford Transit Van

A media event demonstrated the driving versatility of the Transit as Ford launches its E-Series replacement.

After a quick presentation from the Ford execs, we were unleashed on the high-, medium- and high roof versions of the Transit, as well as three different body lengths, and passenger and cargo versions. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

The NV200 taxi is well suited to ferry a family brood to a ballgame.

After taking a quick look around the Nissan NV200 taxi and contemplating the best driving scenario for it, I was struck with an idea — why not take this NYC cab to a L.A. Dodgers game. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Ford Fusion SE Sedan

The Fusion mid-size sedan offers excellent handling, a roomy interior, and plenty of fleet-friendly safety features.

I am a big fan of the Fusion's exterior styling, which is extremely attractive, especially as it sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. The 2014 Ford Fusion is available in three trim levels — S, SE, and Titanium — with the SE model being the most popular with fleets. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van

The NV200 cargo van's carlike ride and impressive fuel economy make it an ideal urban delivery vehicle.

The unibody NV200 provides seating for two, 122 cubic feet of cargo area, and 1,500 pounds of payload capacity. It was designed as a competitor to the Ford Transit Connect, and after Ford's 2014 redesign of its compact van, now offers a more affordable choice. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Nissan NV Passenger Van

The Nissan NV passenger van offers 12-person capacity with an SUV-like ride.

The NV3500 works as a rolling office. The front passenger seat folds completely flat in the forward position to act as a table, and the center console can comfortably house a laptop computer. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan

The Fusion Hybrid is well-powered to meet the typical challenges encountered by company drivers.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Although the model I drove was the Titanium trim level, a level higher than the SE model typically ordered by commercial fleets, my primary interest was in evaluating the vehicle from both the fleet manager and company driver perspective. READ MORE

Photo courtesy of GM.

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Luxury SUV

The next-gen Escalade pairs a bevy of interior comfort features with a stout driving experience.

The all-new 2015 Escalade not only exudes quality with its muscular, newly designed fascia and hand-sewn interior, it underscores itself in big bold letters when the engine starts and you begin gliding down the road. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan

VW's Passat TDI handles long-range driving with impressive fuel economy.

It comes as no surprise to learn that the Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel has become a top fleet vehicle for the automaker, when you discover its nearly 700-mile range on a single take of fuel. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

The Sprinter offers room for everything under the sun, and a fun and surprisingly low-cost drive.

The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1L four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine as standard equipment, which quickly picked up to highway speeds as soon as I made my way onto Southern California's San Diego (405) Freeway. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan

BMW returns to the U.S. with a 3 Series diesel that blends performance and fuel economy.

The BMW 328d is one of the new-generation diesels that don't announce themselves a block away, offer smooth handling and great highway and city performance, but just sips fuel whether you're zooming at maximum highway speed or are stuck in traffic. READ MORE


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