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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 ,

Mercedes has new fun-to-drive entry model

The Associated Press Mercedes-Benz’s new entry-level car, the CLA, is a fun-to-drive, turbocharged, front-drive, compact sedan that looks more expensive than its $30,825 starting retail price. In fact, this lowest-priced Mercedes presents a competitive alternative to the 2014 BMW 3-Series and 2015 Audi A3 sedans. Price isn’t the only attraction of the CLA. The CLA’s […]

June 13, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Ford puts Focus on fun driving experience

The Associated Press The 2014 Ford Focus ST is a fun-to-drive, spirited hatchback with turbo power, European-style handling and practical seating and cargo room. A compact-sized car, the Focus five-door hatchback even garnered top, five out of five stars from the federal government in frontal and side crash testing. Fact sheet Base price: $23,625 Price […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Cadillac CTS takes on BMW, Mercedes

The Associated Press A dozen years after its start as an edgy, luxury sedan, the mid-size Cadillac CTS is evolving into a handsome, less edgy and decidedly German-feeling car with improved handling. For 2014, the CTS is longer and lighter weight than before and even embraces — and smartly deploys — turbocharged four- and six-cylinder […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Miata marks 25 years of fun, spirited driving

Twenty-five years after its debut as a lightweight, fun-to-drive, sporty roadster, the Mazda MX-5 Miata still travels a road all its own. With a starting retail price of less than $25,000, the rear-wheel drive Miata is arguably the most affordable two-seat sportster in the United States. Only the diminutive and decidedly not sporty, 70-horsepower, 2014 […]

May 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Honda Odyssey: Maximum van, minimum fuel

The Associated Press The roomy and comfortable-riding Honda Odyssey family van is starting 2014 much the way it finished 2013 — on top. The 2014 Odyssey has the top combined city/highway fuel mileage rating from the federal government among vans that have seats for more than six people — 19 miles per gallon in city […]

May 02, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Volkswagen Passat a fuelish family sedan

The Associated Press Don’t be fooled by the mild-looking exterior of the Volkswagen Passat sedan. This mid-size four door comes with a solid, stable ride, European-style handling, exceptional back-seat legroom and superlative fuel economy. In fact, the Passat differentiates itself well from other mid-size family sedans because it is one of the few sold in […]

March 07, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

4Runner keeps rugged charm

The Associated Press Thirty years after its U.S. debut as a utilitarian, four-wheel drive truck with a fiberglass cover on the back, the Toyota 4Runner remains a different kind of family sport utility vehicle. Sure, the 2014 4Runner has seats for up to seven passengers and can be stocked with navigation system, leather-trimmed seats and […]

April 04, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Cadillac takes on Tesla with plug-in ELR

The Associated Press Finally, there’s an electric car that rivals Tesla’s eye-catching Model S. The sleek, new-for-2014 Cadillac ELR coupe is arguably as sexy looking as the sporty Model S, and like the Tesla, it’s a plug-in vehicle that’s capable of traveling for hours without stopping. 2014 Cadillac ELR Base price: $75,995 Price as tested: […]

March 28, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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