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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Road Test Review

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2012 Hyundai Veracruz Road Test Review - Road & Travel Magazine's 2012 SUV Buyer's Guide

by  Martha Hindes

It isn't that there's anything wrong with the larger,  seven-passenger Veracruz, with the aspirational sounding name. Even though the  styling hasn't had a major upgrade for a bit, it's still attractive looking,  nearly luxurious inside, is exceptionally usable and  carries a price tag worth a second and third look. There are other factors at  play here that deal more with an auto industry landscape somewhat saturated with  good, wonderfully-functional SUVs. Hence the decision by Veracruz's Korean  parent, Hyundai, to let go of the vehicle that has been its flagship truck  entry. The companion Santa Fe SUV gets boosted to a seven seat, long wheelbase version next year to replace the  Veracruz. For full review, click here.


2012 Chevrolet Corvette Road Test

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by Martha Hindes

While the rash, raw newbies can get lots of attention, sometimes it’s the faces and bods with a little mileage on them that attract the crowd. Consider Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston. Hardly anyone considers the three decades behind her and the fourth already underway a detriment. Remaining the American dream girl for many, she excites photographs just being in them, is toned, lusty and confident and can still command space in entertainment magazines portraying hotties on their pages.

That's what you might call "staying power." And we offer another example of staying power with the 2012 two-seater Chevrolet Corvette, particularly in convertible mode. It's the kind of lasting class that has continued to excite American drivers since Chevy launched its rear drive classic nearly SIX decades ago.

We're sure there is an ideal Corvette fan out there. The driver who wants it all -- track worthiness, demon speed, lunge talent, sultry good looks, and the ability to finesse an import out of the desired fast lane while traveling in a domestic sports car. We think Chevy understands that as well, as droves of Vette owners ply cruise events each summer to show off a treasured and pampered sample of the American classic. For full review, click here.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Road Test Review

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2012 Sexy Car Buyer's Guide - 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

by Martha Hindes

Separating a legend from its inspiration can sometimes come as  a shock. Like splitting 'Tomcat” back into the two individuals who combined to  make up that moniker. Take sweet, docile looking actress Katie Holmes and her  shocker in seeking a divorce from her hubby, Tom Cruise, master of all cinematic  venues, an original do-it-yourself guy. Holmes, who after five years of  marriage, has bloomed in intrigue from her pre-Cruise days, was becoming a  legend in her own right, not withstanding the casual divorce bombshell she  dropped in late June. That's rather like the 2012 Chevrolet ZL1 Camaro emerging from the shadows of its iconic  sibling, Corvette, which inspired some of the mutations  that contribute to its current unbridled prowess on the nearest test track or  velvet smooth section of sun beaten Arizona asphalt.

Take your pick. Both legends stand tall and victorious in the  ranks of vehicular driving fun and games. A major difference is the ability to  choose having all that throbbing, surging ability underfoot (and underbutt) for  a  more modest price and intender sports car logo, despite the Camaro's rejuvenated “pony  car” heritage after a few earlier years in hiatus. For full review, click here.