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Jaguar brings sexy and sporty back with its 2016 F-Type

The Associated Press Jaguar has made its sexy F-Type even sportier and more seductive for 2016, with a manual transmission, surprisingly precise electric steering and new standard equipment including a 770-watt sound system from British high-performance audio maker Meridian. All-wheel drive is another new addition that is available on 2016 F-Types with automatic transmissions. Stick […]

Volvo’s entry car gets more power

The Associated Press With new, more powerful turbo engines, the 2015.5 Volvo S60 is a distinctive, European premium sedan that’s nimble, quick and has a surprisingly comfortable driver seat for 6-footers. The new S60 with base turbo four cylinder also ranks among the top 10 non-hybrid, non-electric, gasoline-powered, compact and mid-size sedans in fuel economy […]

Lexus aims younger with NX

Finally, there’s a Lexus sport utility vehicle that’s priced under $40,000. The new-for-2015 Lexus NX is a compact crossover SUV, so it provides a car-like ride and is smaller than Lexus’ top-selling RX 350 mid-size SUV. The NX also is the first Lexus with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which in this case produces 235 horsepower. […]

Kia Sedona goes first-class

Kia’s new, first-class lounge seats might just be the way to make a minivan more appealing. Offered on the redesigned 2015 Sedona minivan, the comfortable, Nappa leather-swathed seats have pop-out foot rests and winged headrests, similar to first-class seats on airplanes. The beckoning lounge seats are in the second row of the van and come […]

Refined Ford F-150 best on gas and hauling

The Associated Press  America’s favorite truck, the Ford F-Series, was revamped from top to bottom for 2015, and the handsomely styled result shows how far pickups have come from their rough-riding and utilitarian past. The F-Series is more capable than ever of towing and hauling heavy loads, but it’s also more refined, smart and high-tech. […]

Affordable SportWagen sure sips fuel

The Associated Press Those who don’t like sports utility vehicles but who crave their space and versatility have a nice new alternative: the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Not only does the five-door, front-wheel drive SportWagen have impressive European-style handling, it has 66.5 cubic feet of cargo room — more than a Chevrolet Trax small SUV […]

Jaguar XJ flagship is distinctive luxury style

An odd thing happened as Americans’ taste for luxury vehicles grew in recent years: Jaguar, the venerable British marquee, struggled to gain traction. In fact, U.S. sales of Jaguar’s flagship sedan, the XJ, are on pace for their slowest year since 2010. Although this may be worrying to the carmaker and Jaguar dealers, owners of […]

Mini Hardtop adds two doors

The Associated Press The Mini Cooper Hardtop has oodles of personality, go-kart handling and now, of all things, four doors and a big, color-changing “mood ring” on the dashboard. Until the current model year, diminutive Mini Cooper Hardtops had only two side doors, plus the hatchback liftgate at the back. For four side doors, buyers […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Serious trucking from GMC Sierra

The Associated Press 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain 4WD Crew Cab SLT Base price: $44,290 for 4WD double cab, standard box SLE; $44,485 for 4WD double cab, long box SLE; $46,095 for 4WD crew cab, standard box SLE; $50,870 for 4WD crew cab, standard box SLT Price as tested: $64,730 Type: Front-engine, four-wheel drive, five-passenger, full-size […]

May 29, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

LaCrosse rides Buick’s high reliability rating

The Associated Press The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is absolutely, positively not like the stodgy Buicks of old. The LaCrosse sedan’s comfortable ride and attractive styling make it seem more expensive than it is. It offers two smart engine choices: A fuel-saving four cylinder with electric-assist for added zip and a strong V-6. Premium materials and […]

November 07, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Electric car’s price sparks a sales run

The Associated Press It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet’s 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal. Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Navigator is distinctive, big luxury ride

For a distinctive, luxury sport utility ride on a large scale, buyers need only to look to the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. The new Navigator is the only full-size, luxury 2015 SUV sold in the United States solely with a V-6 — a twin-turbocharged V-6, to be exact. Don’t fret. The six cylinder produces more horsepower […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Subaru goes rear-wheel drive with sporty BRZ coupe

The Associated Press Subaru’s all-wheel drive passion aside, the automaker crafts a fun, rear-wheel drive, sport coupe. The 2015 Surbaru BRZ is surprisingly affordable, too, with a starting retail price of less than $26,500. Better yet, the low-slung, two-door BRZ earned the top safety score of five out of five stars, overall, in federal government […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Roomiest Subaru Legacy debuts for 2015

The Associated Press Redesigned for 2015, the Subaru Legacy is a sensible and more refined family sedan that has the best fuel economy for the lowest starting retail price among America’s all-wheel drive sedans. Traction-improving all-wheel drive comes standard on the mid-size Legacy, which has a starting retail price of $22,490. Many other cars with […]

December 12, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,
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