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Camry Hybrid takes a step forward

The roomy, fuel-sipping Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan gets better for 2015 with more appealing exterior styling, upgraded interior, improved ride and handling and quieter passenger cabin. Coming just three years after the launch of the current generation Camry Hybrid, the changes are more than expected for a mid-cycle refresh of a mid-size sedan. They […]

March 27, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Hot-looking Murano draws attention

The Associated Press Nissan’s stylish 2015 Murano midsize sport-utility vehicle is getting lots of second and even third looks as consumers seek the next big thing in SUVs. Redesigned for its third generation, the five-seat Murano now features a tall hood, V-shaped grille design, light-emitting diode headlamps and tail lights and eye-catching, swoopy lines along […]

March 20, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Best-selling Sienna gets new look

Toyota’s Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015. The Sienna’s new “Driver Easy Speak” feature helps parents be heard by children, or other passengers, in the second and third row of seats. It transmits the driver’s voice through […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Nissan’s Z remains an affordable performer

Thank you, Yutaka Katayama. Katayama, who died last week at age 105, was the executive who renamed the sports car Nissan exported to the United States in the late 1960s. It had been called the Fairlady, and nothing against “My Fair Lady,” but it wasn’t an appealing name for a sports car in America. The […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

‘Going Rogue’ has a new meaning

The Associated Press Despite its name, there’s nothing too roguish about Nissan’s compact Rogue sport utility vehicle. In fact, the five-door, 2015 Rogue is an easy runabout, with good people- and cargo-hauling capability and a not-too-big and not-too-small overall size. Special features include a divide-n-hide cargo storage system that uses panels in the cargo floor […]

February 06, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Toyota’s lowest-priced car gets spruced up

The Associated Press Toyota’s lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel […]

January 23, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Lincoln joins compact SUV segment

The Associated Press The 2015 Lincoln MKC like that driven by actor Matthew McConaughey in commercials is a comfortable haven whose interior is so quiet it invites contemplative thoughts — and not just by McConaughey. In its first model year, the compact MKC also is the smallest sport utility vehicle ever to express Lincoln’s brand […]

January 09, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

The Associated Press Most consumers may figure they have to pay a premium to get German engineering, European road handling and a roomy interior in a family-size sedan. But Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat is proving them wrong. Starting retail price, including destination charge, for the pleasantly styled, five-passenger Passat is just $23,040 with automatic transmission. It’s […]

December 26, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

After 19 years, Alfa Romeo returns

The Associated Press. After a 19-year absence, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is back in the United States and wowing Alfa enthusiasts with the sexy, fun-to-drive 2015 4C two seater. Even young Americans who don’t remember Alfas or realize that actor Dustin Hoffman drove one in the movie “The Graduate” can be attracted to this exotic-looking […]

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Buick Verano is a ‘hotspot’ kind of car

The Associated Press Buick’s smallest car, the Verano sedan, is a rich-looking, pleasant-riding and surprisingly quiet compact with upscale features. A new feature for 2015 — OnStar with 4G LTE that can create a Wi-Fi hotspot at the car so passengers can use their mobile devices for video streaming or posting to social media — […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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 ,

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