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Ann M. Job

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 ,

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 ,

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