Thursday, July 31, 2014

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Fit for Life’ keeps seniors healthy and independent

Twenty-five men and women ranging in age from 64 to 98 filed into a brightly lit room at the Davis Senior Center at 7:45 a.m., ready for their workout. Debbie Eernisse, wearing a hands-free microphone, directed the mostly sweatpants-wearing group to lift their legs up and down 12 times. “You want to be tired by […]

Even with no flowers, Anza-Borrego’s desert inspires

By Michele Bigley A common theme in literature is the hero who goes on a search and returns with the gifts of the unexpected. It was March – typically the optimal time for wildflower shows in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — and California faced one of the direst droughts in recent history. Yet I was […]

Lexus LS keeps up tradition of excellence

The Lexus LS sedan was a game-changer when it first appeared more than 20 years ago. It was a sedan that competed directly with the big German giants at a much lower price. It was such a huge success that it forced the competition to re-engineer their cars and pricing. Today, the LS is still […]