Ann M. Job

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 ,

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 ,

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