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SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2018

Though classified by the EPA as a midsize car, the Avalon’s roomy cabin invites comparison with the large-car segment.  (Toyota)

Toyota Avalon edges ever closer to luxury stature

Over the years, Toyota’s Avalon has evolved from roomy-and-docile family sedan to a near-luxury piece with athletic overtones. And when we say, “near-luxury,” what we really mean is “so-close-to-luxury-it’s-hard-to-tell-the-difference.” The all-new 2019 Avalon ($35,500) finds Toyota’s flagship four-door pushing against old boundaries. Deep sense of...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2016

The XSE brings such upgrades as machine-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power passenger seat and dual-zone automatic climate control. (Toyota)

Don Adair: Sporty trims extend Camry boundaries

The last time I drove Toyota’s Camry XSE, we were locked in winter’s grip. I wrote: Eighteen-inch alloys wear beefy all-season tires designed to enhance efficiency and foul-weather grip. They proved themselves during my ice- and snowbound test week. The chassis and suspension upgrades lent...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

Though it’s not the most powerful car in the family sedan segment, the Mazda 6 might be the most athletic. Steering is precise and communicative, the chassis stiff and responsive and braking action firm and linear. (Mazda)

Mazda6: Heads up!

Out in the supermarket parking lot, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish this year’s Mazda6 from last’s. Changes to its grille, headlights and taillights are so subtle casual observers won’t notice. It’s a different story inside, though, as Mazda fits the 6 with a new dash...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015

On the outside, the grille grows larger and bolder. Subtle hood creases and not-so-subtle side-panel character folds retool the old flat-sided look. The cast of the headlights and LED running lights carries a wicket glint. (toyota)

Toyota Camry: Securing its lead

Every five or six years, Toyota trots out a new Camry and, almost without fail, it rockets to the top of the charts. The last all-new Camry landed in 2011. If convention held, the next new Camry wouldn’t have appeared until 2016 or 2017. But...

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SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

Thanks to Kia and its corporate parent Hyundai, the family sedan segment is awash in technology that a short time ago was the exclusive domain of the luxury segments.

Kia was among the first to understand that buyers of compact and midsize family sedans would spring for amenities common among larger cars. Hence the availability of such options as heated steering wheels, high-end leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and ventilated front seats. (Kia)

Kia Optima: Midsize rule-breaker

Though it has to yet find the sales chart’s upper reaches, Kia’s Optima has changed the rules of the midsize sedan market. Thanks to Kia and its corporate parent Hyundai, the family sedan segment is awash in technology that a short time ago was the...

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