2014 Fiat 500L: It’s Bigger Than You Think

I have to admit to being a bit surprised when I was delivered the Fiat 500L it was so much bigger than I imagined. Having driven the Fiat 500, I was expecting a bit more room but not as much as the more than 2 extra feet in length. With the added length the 500L [...]


There’s a New Subcompact on the Market: Mitsubishi Mirage ES

There are a lot of subcompacts on the market but none give the gas mileage numbers that the Mitsubishi Mirage ES does. With 37/city, 44/highway and 40 combined mpgs with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) and low sticker price, the Mirage ES is affordable even for the thriftiest driver. With great standard features like automatic [...]


2014 Dodge Dart Limited: A Tiger under the Hood

When shopping for an affordable compact sedan, you’re sure to run across the Dodge Dart. In the small car market the Dart is a contender with its roomy interior, eye-catching style and spiffy audio-entertainment interface. For 2014 Dodge is making things even more appealing making the 184 horse power, 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine standard on [...]


Chevrolet Volt: A Better Bargain for 2014

To be clear, the Volt is not an electric car, but rather a hybrid. However, it does the job so well that it’s actually better than electric cars. Being one of the new of breed of plug-in hybrids, the Volt travels 25-50 miles on battery power alone whereupon the gasoline engine kicks in to allow [...]


2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport Premium: A Turbo-boost of Luxurious Fun

As the biggest Sedan in the Cadillac fleet, the XTS seems designed with older customers in mind. But add a turbo-charged V-6 and you’ve got something else entirely. The new V-6 engine in the XTS Vsport delivers the goods with a burst of turbocharged speed that will have you leaving cars in your dust. But [...]


2014 Nissan 370Z Touring Roadster: It’s Got it Going On

Sometimes I just freaking love my job. Put me in a sports car and I’m one happy reviewer especially if that sports car is a Nissan Z. With styling that elicits a second look, the 2014 370Z Touring Roadster is also fast, responsive, and totally drivable. Sporting a 3.7 liter V6 engine which produces 332 [...]


2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T: Not Your Sensible Shoes Midsize-Sedan

New standard driver-selectable steering is just one of the many revisions made to the Hyundai Sonata Limited. Available xenon headlights and LED taillights with a sport-tuned exhaust on the Limited give the car a sporty feel.  Optional blind-spot monitoring, improved stability control and new touchscreens make the car safer and easier to use. Powered by [...]


2014 Lancer Evolution: Speed in a Sedan Package

A new touchscreen audio interface and satellite radio along with an improved optional navigation system is new for the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The Evo, as it is know by it’s admirers, is one of the best handling cars available in its price class. With responsive steering and excellent acceleration the turbocharged Evo can keep [...]


Nissan Rogue Gets a Complete Makeover for 2014

Adding to its height and width, the Rogue gets additional leg-room and cargo space for 2014, giving back-seat passengers over two inches of stretching space and leaving room for an optional third row seat. Also added is cargo space 70 cubic feet compared to the cramped 59.7 of previous years. Still under the hood is [...]


2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible: A Rose by an Other Name

When looking for a fun, up-market sport convertible look no further than the Infiniti Q60. Luxury with an emphasis on performance, the Q60 comes equipped with a powerful 330-horsepower V6 engine and wicked handling. The base model, which I tested, came equipped with a seven-speed automatic trany which didn’t slow this puppy down one bit. [...]


2014 Dodge Durango R/T RWD: A Family-Mover with Style

The 2014 Dodge Durango is a family-mover that seats six or seven passengers. It has been updated for 2014 with a new 8-speed tranny, refreshed front and rear styling, an interior make-over and new techie features like touchscreen display and rear passenger Blu-ray player. The Durango is available in four trim levels: SXT, Limited, R/T [...]


2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL: If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Most car models that have gone six years without a change are considered obsolete, but the Tiguan seems to be the exception to that rule. A compact crossover SUV, the Tiguan offers more for the buck than most vehicles in its class. The Tiguan comes in five trim levels: S, SE, SE with Apperance, SEL [...]


Small Changes for 2014 Make the Kia Optima SX Turbo Even Better

Driving into 2014 with small changes including new features like a keyless ignition/entry, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring system and new display screens, the 2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo gives family sedan buyers even more incentive to take a second look. Adding to the already striking exterior, the new Optima adds an updated front [...]


2014 Mazda CX-9: Has What you Need With What you Want

Not much has changed for the CX-9 for 2014 with the exception of an added rear cross-traffic alert system for the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Seating seven passengers comfortably is always a challenge, but seating seven comfortably and providing a responsive and powerful ride is next to impossible. Not for the CX-9 which [...]


2014 Audi A5 Coupe: A Sexy Beast

A slight boost in horsepower along with new standard features like keyless ignition, Bluetooth and an optional Black Optic package are new for 2014. I’ll admit it, I was an Audi virgin. Until receiving the A5 Coupe Quattro manual I had never driven an Audi. Oh, I’ve admired them and certainly lusted after them, but [...]


2014 Audi A6 2.0T quattro: A Midsize Luxury Sedan Top Contender

The 2014 Audi A6 is available in six trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T prestige, TDI Premium Plus and TDI Prestige. For this review I will be focusing on the 2.0T Premium Plus. Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 17-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select, automatic headlights and wipers, heated [...]

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2014 Buick LaCrosse Premium: Forget Your Preconceptions

With new styling front and rear and techie updates like an updated touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, rear traffic allerts, and lane change warnings, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse makes its mark in the large sedan market. Although you might be tempted to buy that midsize sedan, consider the size of your intended passengers. If any of [...]

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2014 VW Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium: A Hybrid Without the Side Effects

Considering a hybrid for your next car purchase? Put the 2014 Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium on your list. With precise shifting, swift acceleration, and sure handling, the Jetta blows the slow, erratic competition out of the water. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is available in Base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trim levels. For this [...]

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An All New Mazda3 for 2014

A fully redesigned Mazda3 greets 2014 with new standard equipment, more powerful yet fuel-efficient engine, refreshed styling, and a new electronics interface. Redesigning a car that is already a winner takes a little finesse, but it looks like Mazda came through with flying colors. Gone is the Mazda3′s silly grin, replaced by a sportier grill [...]

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2014 Audi A4 Quattro: Hot, Hot, Hot

Giving the Audi A4 more horsepower is like gilding the lily but that’s what Audi did for 2014, adding nearly 10 horses to its already impressive 211 horsepower turbo-charged engine making for a whopping 220 hp engine. You don’t want to poke that Tiger. Also new for 2014 is the Convenience package, now standard, adding [...]

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2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited: Cents and Sensibility

A compact Hatchback with a useful AWD feature, the Subaru Impreza holds its own in the fiercely competitive small sedan and hatchback market. With a rearview camera standard on the Limited trim level and smartphone integration new for 2014, the Impreza also boasts a roomy interior, comfortable ride, and simplicity of handling. Standard on the [...]

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Jeep Compass Limited Small but Significant Changes for 2014

With a new sound-damping windshield, standard seat-mounted air bags, 18-inch aluminum wheels, back up camera and a few exterior embellishments, the 2014 Jeep Compass Limited is just getting better. But the big change this model year is a six-speed automatic to replace the stiff continuously variable transmission that seemed to be universally hated. The new [...]

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Mitsubishi Outlander GT: New and Improved for 2014

Getting the most out of less seems to be the Mitsubishi Outlander’s raison d’etre for 2014. Not quite a minivan, the Outlander takes a relatively compact length (around 183 inches) and packs the most useful space inside. My test car was the fully-loaded GT with the Touring Package which outfitted the SUV with luxury-class convenience [...]

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Careful! Don’t Take That Payout Money and Run

It’s sad, but true. For many Californians, the pain of a minor automobile accident only gets much worse after the accident itself is all over, the glass swept up, and injuries patched. Because after being smashed into by another driver, accident victims often head right into another painful collision with their own insurance company. In [...]

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Volkswagen Announces Pricing of Beetle and Beetle Convertible 1.8T Models

Having launched the new EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine in the Jetta and Passat lineup, Volkswagen of America has announced pricing for the Beetle and Beetle Convertible 1.8T models, which are now beginning to arrive in dealerships. The base price for the Beetle is $20,295 when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and [...]

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2014 ZL1 Camaro Convertible: Beauty and Brawn in One Sleek Package

The 2014 ZL1 Camaro Convertible from Chevrolet is everything you would expect from a Camaro. With just minor changes made from last year’s model, it just goes to show that Chevy is not trying to fix what ain’t broke. Some of the minor changes in the 2014 model are the wider lower mouth, compressed upper [...]

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A Wheely Good Look at the LA Auto Show

Eddie Rivera takes a close up look at the spectacular new wheels at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Kia Hits it Out-of-the-Park with the 2014 Cadenza

For years, Kia has been known for putting out mediocre car models. But in recent years, the Korean car manufacturer has shown it can do way better by churning out quality cars that rival even the best Japanese models. The 2014 Kia Cadenza is proof of that. Combining style, features and value, this large sedan [...]

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2014 Chevy Impala 1LT Sedan An Iconic Name, But Does It Deliver?

The Impala brand had more misses than hits in its previous incarnations, especially the more recent ones. But Chevy’s redesigned 2014 model aims to erase all doubts and bring the Impala name back at the top. For its exterior, the new Impala is going for bigger curves, bolder lines and more length. Its more dynamic [...]

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2013 Fiat 500C Lounge Cabrio The Little Car That Can

The Fiat 500 was introduced last year and gained quite a following with its quirky and retro-esque styling. This year is no different, offering the same quality performance for less, in a polarizing design that echoes the past. The Fiat 500 can be considered the Italian Mini Cooper. A compact with huge personality as well [...]

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2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD A Top Contender in the Small to Midsize SUV Market

For its 2014 model, the Kia Sorento’s styling update is slight on the outside, inside the cabin and engine have been upgraded significantly. The Kia Sorento has been one of the favorites the past few years in the midsize crossover SUV market, and this year is no different. Though at first glance, the exterior and [...]

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