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Driving Notes

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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