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Ann M. Job

Ford’s compact SUV goes lux

With European-style handling, luxury looks, surprising refinement and new features for 2013, Ford’s compact sport utility vehicle, the Escape, doesn’t seem like an Escape anymore. The familiar boxy shape is replaced by a sleek, rich-looking exterior, and the Escape’s V-6, manual transmission and gasoline-electric hybrid model are gone. Instead, every 2013 Escape comes with a […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Lexus GS 350 is sporty and solid against its competition

The re-engineered-for-2013 Lexus GS 350 shows that a Lexus sedan can have an overtly sporty ride, a snarly-looking front end and a noticeable exhaust note, all while hewing to the brand’s high fit-and-finish reputation. Packaged in optional F Sport dress, this fourth-generation GS 350 vies to be the closest GS to the BMW’s 5-Series sedan, […]

April 27, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

New Malibu has premium look

Chevrolet’s Malibu mid-size sedan is a welcoming family car — revamped for 2013 with handsome styling, a quieter, refined interior and a pleasant ride. The Malibu’s eAssist electric motor supplements its four-cylinder gasoline engine. Unlike full hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Malibu Eco cannot travel solely on electric power, even […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Ford hones its Edge

Talk about perfect timing. For 2012, Ford added a fuel-thrifty, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to its mid-size Edge sport utility vehicle. The move came just months ahead of today’s gasoline prices averaging more than $3.80 a gallon in the United States and gives fuel-conscious shoppers something other than small cars to consider. In fact, the 2012 […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

New Buick on collectible hot list

The 2012 Regal GS, the sportiest version of Buick’s mid-size Regal sedan, is already on a “hot list” as a potential collector’s car. Today’s top-of-the-line Regal GS is a 270-horsepower, turbocharged four door with a fine manual transmission, European-style handling, noteworthy road manners, pretty exterior and a heritage of Buick performance. In announcing the Regal […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Charger, Dodge’s large sedan, impresses

Forget about retro, nostalgia stuff. The 2012 Dodge Charger is an impressive, large, rear-wheel drive sedan for today’s buyers who want to stand out from the crowd. Revamped for 2012, the expressively styled, four-door Charger can look like a snarl coming down the road. It can act like a snarling machine, too, especially if it […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

2012 Mazda3: From zoom-zoom to SkyActiv

Mazda, the car company known for its “zoom-zoom” marketing campaign, is selling fuel efficiency now, too. Mazda doesn’t have a fuel-sipping, 2012 gasoline-electric hybrid or all-electric vehicle. But for 2012, it’s applying SkyActiv, the company’s package of fuel-saving equipment and upgrades, to the Mazda3 sedan and five-door hatchback. It’s the first rollout of SkyActiv, but […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Range Rover boasts sleekest SUV

Boldly forsaking a history of boxy, gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, England’s Land Rover now sells a compact SUV that’s so stylish former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is consulting on a special edition model. The new-for-2012 Range Rover Evoque with standard all-wheel drive Terrain Response System also is impressively capable off-road and recently snagged the 2012 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Soul is top-selling Kia car

The boxy Kia Soul is still funky-looking and still has dancing hamsters in its award-winning television ads. But for 2012, the youthful Soul is restyled for a more high-tech look, has more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient engines, new six-speed transmissions and more features, including an infotainment system with voice recognition. Kia even offers 18-inch wheels […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Toyota grows the Prius

Toyota sold more than a million Prius gasoline-electric hybrid cars in the United States, but anyone who needed more room than the mid-size hatchback could provide was left out. Not anymore. Toyota’s biggest Prius, the 2012 Prius v, has arrived as a minivan-styled vehicle with 58 percent more cargo space than the current Prius and […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Buick goes small with Verano

“Nice car.” The words finally registered the third time the young man in the parking garage said them. With surprise, I acknowledged his comment. Then he asked, “It’s a Lincoln, right?” No, the 2012 Verano is a Buick, not a Lincoln. But yes, it is a decidedly nice car with pleasing styling, quiet interior, decent […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Natural-gas Civic available to more consumers

Thirteen years after launching its natural gas-powered Civic as a low-emission, low-fuel-price vehicle for public utilities and other business fleets, Honda is expanding availability to more consumers than ever. For the first time, car shoppers in 30-plus states should find natural gas-powered Civics sitting on lots at select Honda dealerships. Key benefits for buyers: Natural […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rugged Jeep Wrangler popular again

Taming America’s sport utility vehicles and turning them into new-day minivans for mainstream buyers took a toll on most classic SUVs. But the iconic Jeep Wrangler escaped the trend. Today, the Wrangler — with new, more powerful engine and a five-speed automatic transmission added for 2012 — stands out in the wilderness and the marketplace. […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Convertible Camaro is a head-turner

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Convertible Base price: $30,100 for 1LT manual; $34,100 for 2LT manual Price as tested: $38,530 Type: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, four-passenger, compact coupe Engine: 3.6-liter, double overhead cam, direct-injection V-6 with CVVT Mileage: 18 mpg (city), 29 mpg (highway) Length: 190.4 inches Wheelbase: 112.3 inches Curb weight: 3,986 pounds Built in: Canada Option: RS […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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