Ann M. Job

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 ,

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 ,

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 ,

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