2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4: Comfortable but Still Rugged

2015 sees few changes to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4. With an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional diesel engine (which my model came equipped with) why mess with a good thing? Since the major redesign 4 years ago, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is noticeably more refined in daily driving than it used to be. [...]

Why Cross Over When you Can Drive the Real Thing: 2015 Chrysler Town & Country S

For 2015 the Chrysler Town & Country gets a new entry-level LX trim which shuffles some of the features for the other trim levels. If you need to haul cargo or a lot of people why look to a cross over when the real deal minivan is just the ticket? And since Chrysler all-but invented [...]

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium: Even More to Love

2015 brings a redesign to the Subaru Legacy, although you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at it. Few changes have been made to the outside, but inside is a different story. With more passenger and cargo room, the Legacy has become even more useful. Interior material upgrades add to its appeal. But for [...]

Delivering Performance and Style, the 2015 Chrysler 300C

The 2015 Chrysler 300C isn’t just made for long-distance cruising. This car holds a few surprises when the route gets twisted because it is surefooted as it can be. All models come with the eight-speed automatic transmission and the base engine is a V-6 3.6 liter, with 292 horsepower. Additional standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy [...]

Douglas Auto Body & Paint Earns Official Certification and Prestigious Top Automaker Recognition

Douglas Auto Body & Paint has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training, and facility necessary to repair the participating Automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications In achieving their certification, Douglas Auto Body & Paint is now an integral part of the [...]

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium: Grabbing Your Attention

New for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek are new standard features on all levels of a review camera and 6.2 inch touchscreen with smartphone-app integration. Subaru has also added an additional base trim model. When you look at compact crossovers the list is a long one and boring at that. But not the 2015 Subaru [...]

The 2015 Dodge Dart California Package: A Strong First Impression

The 2015 Dodge Dart California Package is surprisingly nimble. The ride is never uncomfortable or harsh and that is a huge plus in an economy sized car. The four cylinder 2.4-liter engine offers more muscle when it comes to passing and it is known for its responsiveness. Drivers can expect 184 horsepower and 171-lbs of [...]

The 2015 Nissan Rogue SV AWD is Anything but a Typical Crossover SUV

The 2015 Nissan Rogue SV AWD stands out over the competition with its optional third-row seating. It’s perfect for small children on family outings or trips. Another unique feature is the “Around View” camera. When in reverse, the SUV utilizes four different cameras mounted to the front, rear, and mirrors to offer a 360-degree view [...]

Taking Charming to a Whole New Level: 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum

Forget ruggedness and trail prowess of most crossover SUV’s. It’s time for the head turning flamboyance of the 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum FWD. Luxurious ambiance, style, and elegance are the true icebreakers for this hot vehicle model. Aimed at empty-nesters, the Murano exudes elegance, style and luxury. As such, performance might take a back-seat to [...]

Join the Lancer REV-olution!

The 2015 Evo will be the last production of the Evo as we now know it. The Evolution name will likely continue on in a very different vehicle. Mitsubishi will produce an Evolution vehicle with eco-performance and it won’t be in a Lancer sedan trim. This little road gem has a turbo charged 2.0 liter [...]

2015 Fiat 500C Lounge Cabrio: A Little Car With a Lot of Style

With an improved instrument cluster this diminutive throw-back to yesteryear is not only easy to park and maneuver it also offers comfort for two adults. The 2015 Fiat 500 is available either as a hatchback or convertible. The hatchback is offered in seven trim levels: Pop, Ribelle, Sport, Lounge, 1957 Edition, Turbo and Abarth. The [...]

Buying a Used Car? Here Are Top Tips from a Local Expert

Is it time to get a new set of wheels? There are probably hundreds of options out there that seem to fit your criteria. (Has the internet really made car-hunting easier?) But, if you’ve ever heard the saying that a car loses value as soon as you drive it off the lot, you know that [...]

The 2015 Dodge Durango LTD Blacktop – Hitting the Road with Attitude

The standard engine on the Durango is a V6 3.6 liter that packs 260 lbs of torque with 290 horsepower. Add in the 6,200-lb towing capacity and rear-wheel drive and you get an amazing 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city for a combined 19 mpgs. This SUV is jam-packed with [...]

Introducing the Ultimate in Refinement and Sport – Meet the 2015 Chevrolet Trax-LTZ FWD

Small enough to handle those tight parking spots, but roomy enough to accommodate friends and family, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax-LTZ FWD makes it debut in the US. With moderate fuel consumption your bank account can stack up the savings. This crossover was designed with chunky styling and a higher stance that gives it an appearance [...]

The Mazda 3i Touring: Small Car Charm Packed into a Rough and Tumble Image

Cars have come a long way. Gone are the days when small means economy. Speed, luxury, and precision don’t have to be sacrificed just to have a small package. When it comes to a ride that is packed with personality, the 2015 Mazda 3i 4-Door Touring is the perfect choice. If you enjoy a compact-car [...]

New Year, New Car

At the end of the year, we take stock of our accomplishments, take an inventory of our things and make plans for a better and more prosperous new year. Now is also the time to start shopping for those last minute holiday gifts and to snag some Black Friday sales. It’s a great time to [...]


Get Your Motor Running

  Fifty vehicle debuts and 800 cars, along with 20,000 auto and tech industry leaders, and more than 4,500 media from 60 countries, filled the LA Convention Center Wednesday for the first 2015 Auto Show press day. The new global vehicle premieres included Buick’s redesigned LaCrosse, Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, and the [...]


2015 Audi A3 Convertible: Take the Top Down and Say “Ahhhh”

Convertibles were made for SoCal and SoCal weather was made for Convertibles, it’s a symbiotic relationship. So driving the new 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet down the highways and byways of Pasadena was a pure pleasure. With its fabric soft top, it hearkens back to convertibles of yesteryear but this top is fully automated and takes [...]


Fall into Great Car Maintenance

When the seasons change it is important to take the time to do a car check. Even though Pasadena’s winters aren’t harsh by any means, it’s important to stay on a seasonal schedule to ensure that your car gets the care it needs. Fall is an important time to check all the lights on your [...]


The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: A Lot of Zip for Little Gas

For 2016 the Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE holds firm with last year’s extensive upgrades to handling and cabin quality. With more competition than ever, the 2016 Camry Hybrid holds its own against the competition with tighter handling, a peppier engine and an interior to die for. But the real story is the mileage with 40 [...]


2015 E400 Cabriolet Mercedes: Luxury in a Sporty Package

Convertibles have come a long way since they were first introduced. The rag tops of yesteryear are no comparison to what is on the road today. With the 2015 E400 Cabriolet Mercedes, you get the feeling you are driving in world class. Seating that surrounds you in luxury, and plenty of adjustment options to ensure your [...]


The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth A High Performance Sporty Character

Hitting the showroom floor, the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth offers the same awesome Multi-Air 1.4 turbocharged engine under its hood. With a top speed of 129 miles per hour, this zippy compact car can go from zero to sixty in 6.9 seconds. Even though little has changed with the engine, the 500 Abarth gains for [...]


2015 Toyota Prius C Three: A Good Thing in a Small Package

With updated front and rear styling including new headlights, taillights and the big toothy grille, the 2015 Toyota Prius C is an even more attractive entry-level hybrid. New color choices make an even bigger statement like the Electric Lime Metallic my test model was painted. If you’re going to drive a small car, you might [...]


Germany’s Secrets Have Been Cracked Open by the Cadillac ATS

It’s never too late to take time out and dive into reinvention. Cadillac questioned the traditional wisdoms, challenged current conventions, and sought to excel against diversity. Need an example? Take the 2015 Cadillac ATS for a spin. Ex-Audi and Infiniti leader, Johan de Nysschen is the new Division Head at Cadillac. He knows his way [...]


The 2016 Mazda 6i Touring – More than Just a Pretty Face

The exterior of the 2016 Mazda 6i Touring is far from disappointing when it comes to looks. Not only is this version of the 6i eye-catching, it is also distinctly attractive. If you like the exterior, you will love the interior. The updated design includes the infotainment screen that is surface mounted. Mazda has done [...]


Imagine Going on a Family Trip in Luxury with the 2016 Kia Sorrento SX

The all-new 2016 Sorrento, has been completely redefined. Welcome to a new upscale elegance that is blended with a premium look with awe-inspiring materials. It really gives both Lexus and Audi a run for their money. Three rows of seating are now available in all but the base Sorrento L. For the V-6 models (and [...]


Mitsubishi Motors Announces Reduced Pricing for New 2016 Outlander

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced pricing for the U.S. version of the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seven-passenger crossover. With a starting MSRP of only $22,995, the 2016 Outlander has a $200 lower starting MSRP than the previous model year, which is notable when considering the amount of design and engineering improvements incorporated [...]


2015 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro: Dressed to Impress

With Xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights standard on all models for 2015 the Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro has even more to love. The 2015 Audi A5 comes in coupe and convertible body styles. There are three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The review will focus on the coupe with the [...]


2015 Buick Regal GS: Easy on the Eyes and the Pocketbook

New for the Buick Regal GS for 2015 is a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G LTE and Siri Eyes Free that can read text messages over the speakers. When buying a luxury car you have to ask yourself one question: “Do I want to keep up with the Joneses or am I happy hiding my luxury [...]


2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 5.0 and AWD 3.8: Sensible Luxury

Fully redesigned for 2015 the Hyundai Genesis doesn’t only offer bang-for-the-buck but also adds a degree of polish missing in earlier models. With a longer chassis the Genesis offers more legroom to passengers. An updated interior with a larger nav screen, center stack layout and more curves gives the Hyundai a leg-up when competing with [...]


2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue: Smokin’

New for the 2015 Subaru BRZ are new exhaust tips, retuned suspension, updated interior trim and standard shark fin-type antenna. Also new for this year is the limited edition “Series.Blue” which is the subject of this review. Co-developed with Toyota which sells its version as the Scion FR-S the Subaru BRZ is a break from [...]