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Kia’s all grown up with luxury sedan

Kia has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The best evidence is the new Kia K900, a car so luxurious that many European luxury car makers should be getting nervous. Kia celebrated its 20th anniversary in the U.S. market last year, and the K900 is a symbol of how far the brand has come and […]

Acura revamps midsized sedan

Acura has recently shuffled their vehicle lineup. Instead of the TL and the TSX, now there’s a midsize sports sedan called TLX. Positioned between the entry level ILX and the top-of-the line RLX, the TLX is a great compromise and it is actually very close to last year’s TL in dimensions. It’s about 4 inches shorter and […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Fiesta forever? Ford gets a boost

Ford is redefining the small car with the updated Ford Fiesta EcoBoost. The new special edition Fiesta comes with the newest EcoBoost engine that Ford says will get 45 mpg without any hybrid or diesel technology. The upside is that the cost will be kept down. We put the Fiesta SFE through an extensive test […]

October 24, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Chrysler adds a sporty touch

Sometimes nothing beats a large American sedan, and the Chrysler 300 has long been one of the crowd favorites. There are many different versions of the 300 and Chrysler has tried to infuse each with a slightly different flavor. We chose the 300S to see how the sedan has changed in the 10 years that it has […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

A change of pace from the old, boring sedan

The world of the family sedans is filled with boring cars from the big manufacturers. Volkswagen is certainly not a small manufacturer, but it’s not the first one that comes to mind when most people thinking of shopping for a family sedan. That’s too bad, because the Volkswagen Passat is a car that deserves to […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Technology makes a great car better

Ford’s newest plug-in hybrid is the Fusion Energi. The regular Fusion is a terrific sedan and now, with the Energi system, it is also very efficient. Ford promises great range and terrific economy, and the EPA numbers are there to back it up. But there’s never a free lunch so we had to find out […]

August 29, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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, […]

April 18, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 31, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,
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