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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 ,

New engine boosts 2012 Cadillac SRX

2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Collection Base price: $35,185 for base, 2WD model; $39,715 for 2WD Luxury; $42,210 for AWD Luxury; $43,530 for 2WD Performance; $45,975 for 2WD Premium; $46,340 for AWD Performance; $48,785 for AWS Premium Price as tested: $51,550 Type: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, luxury, crossover sport utility vehicle Engine: 3.6-liter, double overhead cam, […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Infiniti adds first gas-electric hybrid

Luxury brand Infiniti finally joins the gasoline-electric hybrid car market with the 2012 M35h that’s rated 38 percent more fuel efficient overall than its non-hybrid, V-6-powered M35 sibling. Drivers can get 9 more miles from a gallon of gas in city traffic and 6 more miles a gallon on the highway by driving the M35h […]

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Meet the Beetle

2012 Volkswagen 2.0T Beetle Base price: $18,995 for base Beetle manual; $19,795 for 2.5L Beetle manual; $20,895 for 2.5L Beetle automatic; $23,395 for 2.0T Beetle manual; $24,495 for 2.0T Beetle automatic Price as tested: $25,265 Type: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, four-passenger, subcompact, three-door hatchback Engine: 2-liter, dual overhead cam, turbocharged and intercooled, inline four cylinder Mileage: 22 mpg […]

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Comfort is nicely sized in Equinox

Chevrolet’s best-selling sport utility vehicle, the Equinox, is comfortable, attractive inside and out, and roomy without being oversized. In fact, thanks to an accommodating sliding mechanism for the rear seats that allows them to go forward and back nearly 8 inches, the Equinox features the most rear leg room — 39.9 inches — in its […]

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Escalade still a status symbol

The Associated Press Not even major league hockey’s shiny, big Stanley Cup trophy dims the glitzy looks of the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV. I know, because I chased down the famous hockey trophy while behind the wheel of an Escalade ESV and got a picture of the two impressive symbols of success next to each […]

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VW refreshes Eos convertible

It’s easy to get people staring at the newly restyled, 2012 Volkwagen Eos — particularly when the convertible hardtop is down and a nearly 4-foot-tall, bright yellow M&M’s character is strapped into the back seat. VW doesn’t include the big, plastic M&M’s character, but I picked up the cheerful candy store display at a garage […]

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Hyundai Elantra is a real looker

The attractive 2011 Hyundai Elantra sedan is arguably the best-looking smallish sedan in the country. It’s also a value-minded five-seater that lets buyers add coveted features, like navigation system, rearview camera, upscale alloy wheels and 360-watt, premium audio, and still wind up with a sticker price of $20,350 or less. Every Elantra sedan is government […]

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