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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Ali Arsham

Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

The Ford Focus has been one of the best small cars in the world. The previous-generation Focus was disappointing because it was not as good as its European brother. Now, Ford has brought over the real Focus to our shores once again. But while the Focus is available in Europe with a host of engine choices, […]

Lexus LS keeps up tradition of excellence

The Lexus LS sedan was a game-changer when it first appeared more than 20 years ago. It was a sedan that competed directly with the big German giants at a much lower price. It was such a huge success that it forced the competition to re-engineer their cars and pricing. Today, the LS is still […]

Newest Jetta keeps a good thing going

The Jetta remains Volkswagen’s best-selling car, three years after the sixth-generation model was introduced to the U.S. marketl. For 2014, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in the SE and SEL trim lines has been replaced by a new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine, carrying the EA888 Gen 3 designation. We were excited to drive the […]

Ford Fiesta turns on the party

Small cars are not boring — that’s what you’ll conclude when you drive the Ford Fiesta ST. It’s quick and fun, and can outhandle many so-called sports cars. And it does this while keeping everything affordable. The Fiesta ST was first launched in Europe in 2005 and now it arrives in the U.S., with Ford […]

Ford Escape gets a makeover

The Ford Escape was introduced in 2001 as a smaller SUV. There have been many improvements since then but for2014 the Escape receives a major refreshing that makes it look much more contemporary. We got our hands on one and were very impressed; it’s a much-improved car from the Escape that you may remember. The […]

Ram diesel thinks big by going small

Up until now, if you wanted a diesel engine in your pickup truck, you had to buy a big heavy duty pickup. We know that diesels are more efficient so why can’t we have a diesel engine in a half-ton pickup? Thanks to Chrysler’s Ram brand, that is now possible and it is a very […]

Kia takes next step with Cadenza

Kia has been on a roll lately, introducing terrific cars in the entry-level and mid-level markets. When you’re successful in entry-level markets, the only place to go is up, which is why Kia has come up with the new Cadenza. The Cadenza is a midsize car geared toward the luxury car buyer. Kia’s new flagship […]

Jeep keeps Grand Cherokee at the head of the pack

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee has always been just a little different than your typical SUV. Always a little rougher and a little more rugged, now it’s trying to be as luxurious and comfortable as the best from the competition, too. For the new model year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee receives enhancements that improve both on- and […]

Grand Cherokee aims for comfort

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee has always been just a little different than your typical SUV. The Grand Cherokee was always a little rougher and a little more rugged. Now, the Grand Cherokee is trying to become as luxurious and comfortable as the best from the competition without losing any of its rugged go anywhere nature. For […]

Hyundai plays a better Sonata

Hyundai has been on a roll recently. The old Sonata should have worried Toyota and Honda — the new one should keep them up at night, because it is much better than the old car and possibly better than the Accord and Camry. To find out, we managed to borrow a Sonata Limited and what […]

Mazdaspeed 3: A factory hot rod at an affordable price

If you think Mitsubishi and Subaru make the only hot sport compacts, you’ve forgotten about Mazda. Mazda understands the enthusiasts so well that they get compared to BMW without the German prices. The Mazdaspeed brand is very much like the Bavarian automaker’s M marque, a limited-edition driver-oriented sub-brand. The Mazdaspeed 3 is based on the Mazda […]

Acura makes its pitch to younger buyers

Acura has not really had an entry-level car since the RSX was discontinued. The cheapest Acura that you could buy until now has cost more than $30,000, and the carmaker needed a lower-priced alternative. According to Acura, the target customers for the new ILX are successful 20- and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks […]

Volkswagen CC brings sexy back

Leave it up to Volkswagen to bring the four-door coupe to the masses. Four-door sedans have been around for a long time, but when Mercedes Benz came up with the idea of a four-door coupe, its CLS proved to be a very sexy car. Later, Volkswagen came up with its own version, and they call […]

Ford takes aim at Prius

The Toyota Prius has been the king of hybrids; there are others out there, but nobody has been able to forge a true competitor. Now, Ford thinks it has the answer with the C-Max. The C-Max is 2 inches shorter than a Prius and 4 inches wider. The biggest difference is the height, with the […]

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