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Ali Arsham

Towing with the Toyota Tacoma

If you want to tow something of any decent weight, you will need a truck. Domestic manufacturers are engaged in a torque war with their diesel trucks —they’re pushing 800 pound-feet of torque and those beasts can tow more than 24,000 pounds. But some of us may not need that much truck. The problem is […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

The return of the Jetta

Volkswagen’s GLI was always unique in its offerings. It was an economy car, yet it offered the performance of its bigger brother, the Audi A4. Its price was low enough that made it become a great alternative to the more expensive sport sedans. When the Jetta was redesigned for 2011, much of the good stuff […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Hybrid Civic adds to winning formula

The Honda Civic can be so many things to so many people. It can be one of the least expensive cars, one the most fuel-efficient cars or a fantastic family car. It has proven to be one of the most reliable cars on the road thanks to its great engineering and simplicity. But it can […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Mustang fans get what they want

The Mustang is one of those iconic cars everyone recognizes, so Ford has to be very careful what it does to it. Back in the early ’90s Ford decided to revamp the Mustang and the public went into an uproar, unhappy with the direction that the company chose. Fortunately, Ford officials made the right move […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

F150 keeps ahead as pickups evolve

Pickup trucks used to be for hauling stuff.  You would not want to use them for anything else because they were uncomfortable and crude. Today, you can get a truck that is as comfortable as any luxury car with state-of-the-art features. And while the comfort and features have increased, the amazing thing is that trucks’ […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Chevy goes for a Sonic boom

Small cars are huge (well not literally) internationally. Drivers around the world buy them because gasoline is expensive, streets are narrow and congested and parking spaces are tight. In the U.S., everything from the cars to the fountain drinks is much larger. Chevrolet has been trying to sell America on small cars for decades (remember […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Thinking inside the ‘Box’

Scion’s xB, known as the Box, has been a huge success. Its shape was an object of fun, but it kept selling. The xB also was one of the first affordable vehicles that the buyer could customize from the factory. Scion’s philosophy was if someone is going to spend $500 to install an aftermarket exhaust, […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Lexus loads up the IS

In January 1999, the Lexus IS sports sedan was shown at the North American International Auto Show. The original IS eventually went on sale in June 2000. The original IS targeted the BMW 3 series with its inline six-cylinder engine and rear drive chassis. Enthusiasts had to wait another year for the manual transmission version […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Multitasking Civic still going strong

The Honda Civic is an amazing vehicle. It can be one of the least expensive cars, one the most fuel efficient cars, or a fantastic family car. It has proven to be one of the most reliable cars on the road thanks to its great engineering and simplicity. But it can also be a fast […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Mazda 5 combines easy driving with a spacious interior

Drivers may want to buy a minivan for the room and utility that it offers, but driving a minivan usually means saying goodbye to fun behind the wheel. Fortunately, the people at Mazda offer the Mazda 5, which is somewhat different. Mazda says, “The Mazda 5 is unique: it doesn’t fit into a mold, and […]

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A Kia Optima for every taste

Looking for an affordable midsize family sedan, most people would head out to their Toyota or Honda dealers — the Camry and Accord have been the standards of the class for years. Yes, there are other alternatives, but now there’s another serious contender in the field from Kia, called the Optima. We recently tested the […]

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