Ann M. Job

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 ,

Mazda’s biggest SUV is a nimble handler

The Associated Press Mazda, the car company that gave the world the nimble, two-seat Miata roadster, makes a commendable seven-seat crossover sport utility vehicle, too. And like the Miata, the 2014 Mazda CX-9 is a nimble handler that drives as if it’s smaller than it is. The nearly 17-foot-long CX-9 also is attractively styled with […]

June 27, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Maserati’s stylish ride starts around $68,000

American roads are taking on a more Italian look these days. First, Fiat SpA of Italy returned to the United States with its tiny Fiat 500 cars after buying into America’s Chrysler Corp. in 2009. Now, carmaker Fiat is boosting U.S. sales of its luxury Maserati brand by adding a new, lower-priced, mid-sized Maserati to […]

June 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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