Ann M. Job

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 ,

Kia doesn’t lose any Soul for 2014

The Associated Press The animated and dapper hamsters in Kia’s television ads aren’t the only ones who ride comfortably in Kia’s newly revamped Soul five-door hatchback. People of nearly all sizes and budgets can find the five-passenger, 2014 Soul to be a satisfying small car. For 2014, it has a more responsive engine, more rigid […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Sleek, nimble FR-S is sportiest Scion

The Associated Press The sportiest car in Toyota’s Scion family, the 2014 FR-S, is a fun-to-drive, four-cylinder, rear-wheel drive coupe that looks more expensive than its $25,455 starting price tag. Even better, the 2014 FR-S earned top, five out of five stars in overall federal government crash tests. And, considering its tidy size, coupe body […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Durango is a worthy three-row SUV

The Associated Press Already a commendable family vehicle with three rows of seats, the Dodge Durango gets even better for 2014 with improved fuel economy, an impressively easy touchscreen and voice control dashboard system and attractively updated interior and exterior. There also are thoughtful details, such as a push button for the driver to remotely […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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