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New Honda Pilot looks smaller but adds interior room, power

Don’t let the Pilot’s new, sleek look fool you. Honda’s largest sport utility vehicle is bigger than ever on the inside, particularly in its third-row seats. Revamped from roof to tires, the 2016 Pilot shed its boxy exterior and upgraded its interior while adding features and power and is now capable of generating 280 horsepower […]

September 04, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen sips fuel and is affordable

Those who don’t like sports utility vehicles but who crave their space and versatility have a nice new alternative: the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Not only does the five-door, front-wheel drive SportWagen have impressive European-style handling, it has 66.5 cubic feet of cargo room — more than a Chevrolet Trax small SUV and 94 percent […]

September 18, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

2015 Ford F-150 is newly refined, best on gas and hauling

America’s favorite truck, the Ford F-Series, was revamped from top to bottom for 2015, and the handsomely styled result shows how far pickups have come from their rough-riding and utilitarian past. The F-Series is more capable than ever of towing and hauling heavy loads, but it’s also more refined, smart and high-tech. It has cameras […]

September 18, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged

Going Rogue has a new meaning

Despite its name, there’s nothing too rogue about Nissan’s compact Rogue sport utility vehicle. In fact, the five-door, 2015 Rogue is an easy runabout, with good people- and cargo-hauling capability and a not-too-big and not-too-small overall size. Special features include a divide-n-hide cargo storage system that uses panels in the cargo floor to help contain […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Volvo’s entry car, S60, gets more power, plus fuel economy

With new, more powerful turbo engines, the 2015.5 Volvo S60 is a distinctive, European premium sedan that’s nimble, quick and has a surprisingly comfortable driver seat for 6-footers. The new S60 with base turbo four cylinder also ranks among the top 10 non-hybrid, non-electric, gasoline-powered, compact and mid-size sedans in fuel economy this year. The […]

February 06, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Toyota’s lowest-priced car gets spruced up

Toyota’s lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Chevrolet polishes its mid-size truck

In a year where attention is focused on big, full-size pickup trucks, the revamped-for-2015 Chevrolet Colorado arrives as a fine, mid-size pickup that’s arguably the first major redesign in the smaller truck segment in a decade. Indeed, the 2015 Colorado differentiates itself from competitors by offering many of the same passenger amenities that are in […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Believe it: 707 horsepower under the hood

Want some attention and excitement in the new year? Try the newest Dodge Challenger — the one with a 707-horsepower, supercharged Hemi V-8 under the hood. Popular Mechanics magazine calls the top-of-the-line, new-for 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat the “wildest muscle car Detroit (has) ever built” and named it “Best Muscle Car” for 2015. With a […]

January 09, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

After 19 years, Alfa Romeo is back in US

After a 19-year absence, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is back in the United States and wowing Alfa enthusiasts with the sexy, fun-to-drive 2015 4C two seater. Even young Americans who don’t remember Alfas or realize that actor Dustin Hoffman drove one in the movie “The Graduate” can be attracted to this exotic-looking coupe. The 4C […]

December 26, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

VW Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

Most consumers may figure they have to pay a premium to get German engineering, European road handling and a roomy interior in a family-size sedan. But Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat is proving them wrong. Starting retail price, including destination charge, for the pleasantly styled, five-passenger Passat is just $23,040 with automatic transmission. It’s only $21,940 with […]

January 09, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Roomiest Subaru Legacy debuts for 2015

Redesigned for 2015, the Subaru Legacy is a sensible and more refined family sedan that has the best fuel economy for the lowest starting retail price among America’s all-wheel drive sedans. Traction-improving all-wheel drive comes standard on the mid-size Legacy, which has a starting retail price of $22,490. Many other cars with all-wheel drive are […]

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Verano is a ‘hotspot’ kind of car

Buick’s smallest car, the Verano sedan, is a rich-looking, pleasant-riding and surprisingly quiet compact with upscale features. A new feature for 2015 — OnStar with 4G LTE that can create a Wi-Fi hotspot at the car so passengers can use their mobile devices for video streaming or posting to social media — is a rarity, […]

January 02, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Kia’s ‘Soulful’ first electric car

Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one. The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge capability. Indeed, the built-in, direct-current, […]

November 28, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

LaCrosse rides Buick’s high reliability rating

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is absolutely, positively not like the stodgy Buicks of old. The LaCrosse sedan’s comfortable ride and attractive styling make it seem more expensive than it is. It offers two smart engine choices: A fuel-saving four cylinder with electric-assist for added zip and a strong V-6. Premium materials and a quiet interior […]

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Sonata evolves into more sophisticated car

The Hyundai Sonata sedan, poised to set a new U.S. sales record this year, feels like a more premium car for 2015 and adds interior room, improved ride, more standard equipment and new, luxury-car features. Standard features on every Sonata now include light-emitting diode daytime running lights that were first popularized by luxury carmaker Audi, […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Big, capable luxury defines GMC SUV

The full-size, 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is a no-excuses sport utility vehicle that’s both capable and pampering. The fuel-thirsty SUV — updated this year with more luxury features, a more powerful engine and new styling — also is well-timed, as declining U.S. gasoline prices reached a four-year low. With a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds, […]

November 14, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Mazda roadster in Guinness World Records

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting loose of heavy burdens. The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there’s not a lot of room to carry extra baggage. The car, itself, weighs less than 2,600 pounds and is energetic and eager to dash down the roads in a lighthearted […]

November 07, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Top gas mileage goes to Mitsubishi Mirage

The non-hybrid new car with the best gasoline mileage rating in the United States is not a Honda or Toyota. It’s a Mitsubishi that’s priced less than the average cost of a used car or truck. Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage compact, five-door hatchback is rated by the federal government at 40 miles per gallon in combined […]

October 31, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Honda Fit becomes even more intriguing small car

Fans of Honda’s innovative and spacious Fit hatchback will love what the car becomes for 2015 — quieter inside, more powerful and yet more fuel efficient, more refined in its ride, roomier and better equipped. In fact, for the first time, the Fit can be fitted with premium amenities like heated and leather-covered seats, push-button […]

October 24, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Lexus compact sedan winning buyers

A showy exterior, V-6 power, nimble handling and the lowest starting price tag of any Lexus sedan are proving to be a winning formula for the Lexus IS compact sedan. Through the first eight months of this calendar year, sales of the IS four door are up a whopping 77 percent from the year-earlier period. […]

October 17, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Chrysler’s mid-size sedan becomes stylish

Chrysler’s redesigned and re-engineered 2015 200 mid-size sedan is so stylish it looks pricier than it is. The sleek 200 also has a strong, 295-horsepower V-6, comfortable ride, surprisingly good handling and a lengthy list of available features. In fact, the 2015 200 can be fitted with light-emitting diode running lamps, like Audis have. Available […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Redesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own

Cadillac’s flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015. The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking exterior bling in a new direction. The Escalade, which comes […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Kia goes upmarket in a big way

The 2015 K900, the new flagship at Kia, is an attractive, large, luxury sedan with a quiet, comfortable ride, a boatload of standard features and a value price compared with luxury-brand competitors. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $60,400 makes the sizable K900 Kia’s most expensive model by far. But the story […]

September 26, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Nissan’s small car excels at affordability

The 2015 Nissan Versa Note five-door hatchback is one of the lowest-priced new cars in the U.S. market and is affordable at the gas pump, too. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a base, front-wheel drive, 2015 Versa Note with five-speed manual transmission: just $14,990. This makes it one of the lowest-priced […]

September 19, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Hyundai’s top SUV making sales gains

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size sport utility vehicle stands out from the crowd for its attractive styling, comfortable ride, value pricing, surprising standard features and warranty. In fact, sales of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV are up 26.4 percent so far this calendar year — to more than 60,000 — compared with the same period a […]

September 12, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Infiniti SUV: Luxury in seven seats

Families who need a vehicle with three rows of seats have a new, roomy and plush sport utility choice this year that’s high in government fuel economy ratings. Infiniti’s 2014 QX60 Hybrid SUV, which is a gasoline-electric hybrid that’s more than 16 feet in overall length, is rated by the federal government at 26 miles […]

September 05, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

M235i revives classic BMW memories

The 2014 BMW M235i is the best temptation yet for American car buyers to get back into sporty, two-door coupes. The agile, turbocharged, rear-wheel drive M235i is downright fun to drive and relatively affordable — for a BMW with turbocharged six-cylinder power. This first M Performance Automobile (MPA) from BMW to arrive in the United […]

August 29, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Big 2015 Chevy Tahoe remains a rare breed of SUV

The big, 2015 Tahoe sport utility vehicle is thriving at Chevrolet, thanks to updated styling, a more powerful V-8, improved second-row legroom, more towing capacity and new features. Evidently, fuel mileage — a combined city/highway rating of 18 mpg — isn’t a deal breaker for buyers. Mileage improved just 1 mile per gallon over the […]

August 22, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

The flagship of the Jeep line — the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle — is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014. The roomy interior can be luxuriously appointed with stitched leather seats, panoramic sunroof, suede-like ceiling material and a Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with two video screens. But that’s not all: With […]

August 15, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Accord’s latest is most fuel efficient

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn’t amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its “wow” factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in a year. This most fuel-thrifty Accord four door — the first with an electric plug […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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