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Sonata evolves into more sophisticated car

The Associated Press The Hyundai Sonata sedan, poised to set a new U.S. sales record this year, feels like a more premium car for 2015 and adds interior room, improved ride, more standard equipment and new, luxury-car features. Standard features on every Sonata now include light-emitting diode daytime running lights that were first popularized by […]

November 28, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Kia’s ‘Soulful’ first electric car

The Associated Press Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one. The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge capability. 2015 […]

November 14, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Big, capable luxury defines Yukon

The Associated Press The full-size, 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is a no-excuses sport utility vehicle that’s both capable and pampering. The fuel-thirsty SUV — updated this year with more luxury features, a more powerful engine and new styling — also is well-timed, as declining U.S. gasoline prices reached a four-year low. With a towing capacity […]

October 31, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Top gas mileage goes to Mitsubishi Mirage

The Associated Press The non-hybrid new car with the best gasoline mileage rating in the United States is not a Honda or Toyota. It’s a Mitsubishi that’s priced less than the average cost of a used car or truck. Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage compact, five-door hatchback is rated by the federal government at 40 miles per […]

October 17, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Chrysler’s mid-size sedan gets a makeover

The Associated Press Chrysler’s redesigned and re-engineered 2015 200 mid-size sedan is so stylish it looks pricier than it is. The sleek 200 also has a strong, 295-horsepower V-6, comfortable ride, surprisingly good handling and a lengthy list of available features. In fact, the 2015 200 can be fitted with light-emitting diode running lamps, like […]

September 26, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Redesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own

The Associated Press Cadillac’s flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015. The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking exterior bling in a new direction. The […]

September 19, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Nissan’s small car excels at affordability

The Associated Press The 2015 Nissan Versa Note five-door hatchback is one of the lowest-priced new cars in the U.S. market and is affordable at the gas pump, too. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a base, front-wheel drive, 2015 Versa Note with five-speed manual transmission: just $14,990. This makes it one […]

September 05, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

M235i revives classic BMW memories

2014 BMW M235i Coupe Base price: $32,100 for 228i; $33,900 for 228i xDrive; $43,100 for M235i. Price as tested: $48,900. Type: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, four-passenger, subcompact, sport coupe. Engine: 3-liter, TwinPower Turbo, direct injection, inline six cylinder with Double-VANOS variable valve control. Mileage: 22 mpg (city), 32 mpg (highway). Top speed: 155 mph. Length: 175.9 […]

August 15, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Big 2015 Chevy Tahoe remains a rare breed of SUV

The Associated Press The big, 2015 Tahoe sport utility vehicle is thriving at Chevrolet, thanks to updated styling, a more powerful V-8, improved second-row legroom, more towing capacity and new features. Evidently, fuel mileage — a combined city/highway rating of 18 mpg — isn’t a deal breaker for buyers. Mileage improved just 1 mile per […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

The Associated Press The flagship of the Jeep line — the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle — is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014. The roomy interior can be luxuriously appointed with stitched leather seats, panoramic sunroof, suede-like ceiling material and a Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with two video screens. But that’s not […]

August 01, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Accord’s latest model is most fuel efficient

The Associated Press The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn’t amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its “wow” factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in a year. This most fuel-thrifty Accord four door — the first with […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Land Rover is updated for fuel efficiency

Land Rover’s capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel-efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rear-view camera. But thankfully, the upper-crust ambience of this Brtitish-built, well-stocked, middle-range SUV in Land Rover’s lineup remains. The base LR4 still comes with its iconic and dated […]

July 18, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Ford wrings mileage out of three-cylinder Fiesta

The Associated Press There’s a new little secret under the hoods of some 2014 Ford Fiesta small cars. Added as an optional selection for Fiesta buyers during the model year, a new three-cylinder gasoline engine is so fuel-thrifty, it makes the Fiesta the top gasoline-powered 2014 sedan in fuel mileage in the United States. In […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

The connected car? Audi has it in the A3

The Associated Press After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi’s new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable with a new group of customers — young millenials. The A3 is revamped as an early 2015 model with new, attractive styling inside and out, a lengthy […]

July 04, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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