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Buick Regal offers all-wheel drive for wintry travel

The 2016 Buick Regal is a competent and nimble mid-size sedan with pretty appearance, quiet interior, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and — important for the approaching winter — all-wheel drive for surefooted travel. The four-door, five-passenger Regal also is relatively affordable, with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $27,990 for a front-wheel drive […]

Honda’s new HR-V an attractive value package

The Associated Press Honda’s HR-V is a value-priced, fuel-efficient and practical sport utility vehicle that’s easy to drive and smartly packaged with a rearview camera and USB port among the standard features. Just 14 feet long, the new-for-2016 HR-V earned an overall five-out-of-five-stars rating from the federal government for driver and passenger protection in frontal […]

Audi TT gets stylish upgrades

The Associated Press The stylish Audi TT has been given some fashionable upgrades for 2016, with quilted-looking leather front sport seats and a new driver-centered video game-like virtual cockpit that replaces the typical car display screen in the middle of the dashboard. 2016 Audi TT Coupe 2.0T Quattro S tronic Base price: $42,900 Price as […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Scion offers decent ride for less than $20K

The Associated Press Toyota’s youth brand, Scion, has added an impressive five-door hatchback for 2016 that features a lot of standard equipment, pleasant looks and decent ride for under $20,000. In fact, the 2016 Scion iM seems like a bargain compared to many other low-priced hatchbacks, as it comes standard with a Pioneer 7-inch touchscreen, […]

October 16, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

At 50, Mustang is current and classic

The Associated Press At the age of 50, the Ford Mustang has accomplished the ultimate goal: To be current and ageless, and appealing to young and old alike. For 2015, the half-century-old Mustang adds a modern 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s fuel efficient and refined even as it delivers more horsepower and torque than the […]

September 25, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Nimble GTI picks up more power

The Associated Press The fun, nimble Volkswagen Golf GTI, Germany’s original hot hatchback, has more power, new features, roomier seating and better fuel mileage for 2015. There’s also sharp-looking plaid upholstery that makes the compact car look as special on the interior as it is on the road. Best of all, starting retail price for […]

August 21, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 24, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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. […]

June 05, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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. […]

July 17, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 ,
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