Author Profile: Steve Cypher


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Contributing Writer: Steve Cypher Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com.


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2019 Mazda Mazda6 Signature 2019 Mazda Mazda6 Signature Driving Impressions

The 2019 Mazda Mazda6 continues to impress with a gorgeous design, sharp handling, and responsive 4-cylinder turbo on the top three trims, while meaningful additions for 2019 include additional advanced safety features on the entry-level model plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the base trim. At the same time, the infotainment software remains distracting, top trims are pricey, the ride is much firmer than rivals, while a manual transmission is no longer available.

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate FWD 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate FWD Driving Impressions

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson receives a refresh, and continues to impress with a broad selection of trims, active safety tech, an excellent warranty, and the brand’s solid value proposition. At the same time, it’s let down by average fuel economy, unexceptional performance, and numb steering, while the widest range of safety features are only offered on the top trim level.

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2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport 2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport Driving Impressions

All-new this year, the 2019 Lexus UX 250h comes to market with adventurous styling, a wide range of advanced safety features, and an interior that, at least for passengers, is relatively spacious given its exterior dimensions. But the hybrid-only AWD system is limited, acceleration is merely acceptable, the infotainment interface is distracting, while Sport mode offers little more than an annoying engine roar.

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2019 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback Premium AWD 2019 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback Premium AWD Driving Impressions

The all-new 2019 Mazda Mazda3 hatchback impresses with a stunning interior, improved ride comfort, optional all-wheel-drive, solid fuel economy figures, and a number of advanced safety features. However, we continue to be disappointed by the tight rear seat, a polarizing design that limits driver visibility from the B-pillar on back, a watered-down driving character and, despite improved software, a needlessly complex infotainment system.

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2019 Lexus RX 350L AWD Luxury 2019 Lexus RX 350L AWD Driving Impressions

New to the lineup last year, the 2019 Lexus RX 350L continues to impress by offering a wide range of advanced safety features, increased versatility over the regular version with more cargo space, plus a standard third row for better family hauling capabilities. At the same time, the price can climb quickly, the infotainment controls are frustrating, while only small children will find the third row remotely comfortable.

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