2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid: Extended Range for Greater Mileage

A new addition to the Kia Niro lineup, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid adds extra mileage to the already fuel-sipping Niro Hybrid. Equipped with a larger battery to provide about 26 miles of electric-only power on a full charge, the Niro PHEV is even better on gas mileage providing up to 105 MPGe on a full [...]


2018 Lexus RX 350L Luxury: Adding a Third Row for Added Versatility

The Lexus RX has always been a popular crossover but it would only seat five. With the new addition of the RX 350L, now larger families can enjoy the luxury and sporty styling of the five-seat RX. Adding 4.4 inches to the RX, the RX 350L adds third-row seating now accommodating up to seven passengers. [...]


2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line: Tried and True

Exchanging flash for function and rakishness for practicality, the tried and true Volkswagen Passat comes into 2018 with little changes since its redo six years ago. With its comfortable drive, large cabin and drivability, the Passat is a great mid-sized sedan for a short jaunt or a long road trip. An updated four-banger and new [...]


2018 Toyota RAV4 Platinum: An Old Favorite

Although it’s been six years since the last major redesign, the 2018 RAV4 is still a popular crossover. Because of its large interior and utility-inspired features the RAV4 remains a favorite among kid-toting, cargo-hauling, soccer-driving families. A new Adventure trim level is new for 2018 and the ground clearance for all the RAV4s goes from [...]


Things That Can Get You Stranded in the Middle of Nowhere: Alternator Failure

Some people may never experience being stranded at the side of the road thanks to a breakdown. But a lot of people unfortunately will come to realize that cars can fail you on occasion, and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Mike Kefalas at JK Volvo tells us that becoming aware of the [...]


2018 Toyota 86: Putting the Fun Back in Driving

The Toyota 86 is great fun to drive. It’s small and sporty and zips its way through traffic with a lot of rumble and roar. However, the interior is small so tall people beware. The 86 comes in two trim levels: base and GT. This review will focus on the base trim. The base trim [...]


2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited: Full Restyle, Full of Features

With a full restyle inside and out, there is more to love with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata midsized sedan. Suspension and steering have been reconfigured to improve ride, response and steering feel. All models now come standard with great safety features, and in my opinion a must in every car, of blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic [...]


2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country: Lighter, More Powerful and Ready To Go

The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse three-row crossover has a lot to offer those looking for more room without pulling the trigger on a full-size SUV. The new Traverse is a leaner, meaner people mover with more features and more passenger space. It also boasts more standard technology like a bigger 7-inch touchscreen and Chevy’s Teen [...]


Volkswagen Introduces the All-New Atlas: Designed with Families in Mind

Slotting between the Tiguan and Tourareg is the all-new Volkswagen Atlas. The Atlas adds a much-needed third-row for families that require more seating than the other models has to offer. Designed and assembled in America, the Atlas has American tastes in mind with a smooth ride and an ample selection of gadgets and goodies. I [...]


2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Zoomalious

For all you sports car lovers, I present to you the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. A zoom-worthy two-seater for anyone who appreciates the wind in their hair, the feel of the road, and has a need for speed. Since its complete redesign two years ago the Miata comes into 2018 with a minimum of [...]


2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier: Taking the Anxiety Out of All-Electric Driving

The Chevrolet Bolt boast over 200 miles of range on a full charge, let me say that again: 200 miles! I have suffered from range anxiety, it’s not fun. At least when you run out of gas someone can bring a gas can full to get you going again. Run out of electric charge and [...]


2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo: More to Love

After a full redesign last year, the Kia Sportage comes into 2018 with only minor changes to trim levels. As a compact crossover, the Sportage is refined and comfortable. With a lower price point than other compact crossovers in its class, there’s more to love. Available in three trim levels, LX, EX, and SX Turbo, [...]


2018 Hyundai Elantra ECO: Designed with Mileage in Mind

A compact sedan with a lot to offer, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is an attractive passenger car with plenty of amenities. The ECO is specifically designed to be gentle on gas and high on mileage. Its fuel-efficient turbocharged engine delivers the goods giving up to 40 mpg in highway driving conditions. The ECO comes standard [...]


2018 Fiat 500X Pop: Zippy Passenger Version of Fiat 500

There’s no doubt that the Fiat 500 is a cute car, but it is not exactly roomy. One or two people can get by traveling around in the 500 but add a third or a fourth passenger and you can forget about it. Enter the 500X. A larger more roomy version of the 500, it [...]


Add Some Mileage to Your Commute with the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE

The compact crossover segment is a full one. It takes a lot for a model to stand out. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid does so by virtue of its excellent gas mileage. Add to that the large, comfortable interior, quick acceleration and standard safety features, and the RAV4 Hybrid looks pretty good. There’s not much [...]


2018 Buick Regal GS: The GS Stands for Gran Sport and It Is

“That’s a Buick?” is not just a tagline it’s true. The 2018 Buick Regal GS is a prime example. With a more powerful engine, sports suspension, adaptive dampers, and sleek bucket seats, the Regal GS adds a sporty edge to Buick choices. Exterior enhancements like new exhaust enclosures, revised front and rear and a trunk [...]

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2018 Toyota Camry XSE: One Hot Family Sedan

Like your favorite shirt or those comfy old jeans, the Toyota Camry has been a staple in the midsize family sedan market. Comfortable but not necessarily exciting, reliable but not very fashionable it has been the go-to car for people who needed a family car but not an SUV or Crossover. For 2018 the Camry [...]

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Ode to a 2018 Lexus LC 500: Poetry in Motion

I love my job because I love cars. Big ones, small ones, practical and fanciful, I appreciate the thought and design that goes into almost every vehicle I test drive. If asked to pick a favorite, I would be hard-pressed to come up with a single answer, until now. To say I loved driving the [...]

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2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: Good Looks and a Nice Drive Too

Often crossover SUVs are utilitarian in looks and function. They haul your stuff and kids but have no real personality, the 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription is one of the exceptions. Outside it’s all classic lines and gentle curves. Inside the XC90 is fully-loaded with supple leather and all the gizmos and gadgets you could [...]

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2018 Audi A4 allroad Prestige: A Station Wagon with Style

Once upon a time station wagons were all the rage for larger families, but these days it seems all about crossovers. However, there are still station wagons on the market and the 2018 Audi A4 allroad is one of the nicer ones. As with all Audi models luxury is job one and the allroad is [...]

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2018 Mercedes E400 Cabriolet: Comfortable, Convertible Luxury

For 2018 the Mercedes E-Class coupe and convertible have been completely redesigned inside and out. The interiors are more richly appointed than before and the ride is smoother due to the new base platform of the E400. There are also a whole host of advanced driver safety features. There are also the latest in autonomous [...]

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2018 Buick Encore Premium: A Little Bit Family, A Little Bit Go, Go, Go

I took the Buick Encore on a week’s trip to the beach. It was packed to the rafters with supplies needed to comfortably enjoy a week’s vacation (actually more than I needed since I brought half of it home). There were also two passengers who rode comfortably on the two-hour trip. The interior was well-appointed [...]

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2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium: Sleek and Sporty

Blazing its own trail between a coupe, hatchback and crossover, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a great choice for someone who wants more cargo space with a sporty drive. It’s available in all-wheel drive which gives the QX30 the ability to handle foul weather and light off-roading. I liked the QX30 it satisfied the sporty [...]

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2018 Mercedes GLA250 4Matic: A Smaller Take on the SUV

If you are looking for a smaller profile SUV and want the Mercedes Badge, then the 2018 GLA250 4Matic was made for you. For 2018 the GLA250 gets a bit of a facial with redesigned front and rear bumpers. Also added as standard equipment is an 8-inch high-res display and rearview camera. I was lucky [...]

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Sheds the Pounds but Keeps the Spunk

Coming into 2018 the Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0T gets a complete refresh. It is 4.7 inches shorter and has lost hundreds of pounds of fuel-eating fat. But passengers won’t suffer, the interior space of the Equinox remains basically unchanged. The competition in the compact crossover segment is fierce. Crossovers have surpassed family sedans in sales. [...]

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2017 Infiniti QX60: Moving People with Style

Seating seven passengers, the Infiniti QX60 is a cross between a minivan and an SUV. Featuring conventional doors, the QX60 removes the minivan moniker, however the seating is worthy of the best minivan but it looks so much smarter. A tweak of the engine in the QX60 produces more power without loss of mileage and [...]

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2017 Lexus GX460, Four-Wheel-Drive Luxury

What comes to mind when I say four-wheel-drive? A Subaru or Jeep perhaps? How about a Lexus? No? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you step-up to the 2017 Lexus GX460. Oh yeah and you’ll get something else, luxury. With three row seating and a kick-ass V8 engine, the Lexus GX460 delivers on power, roominess, [...]

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2017 Genesis G90: There’s A New Luxury Line in Town

Have you always wanted a luxury car but blanched at the list price? There’s a new brand in town and it just might have you doing somersaults. The Genesis G90 is the brainchild of Hyundai. Now don’t make that face, remember when Lexus and Infiniti debuted? There was some skepticism there but look at the [...]

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2017 Mercedes C300 Cabriolet: Ahhhhh-Inspiring

Few cars can induce ahhhhhs like the Mercedes and the 2017 C300 Cabriolet is no exception. Newly redesigned for 2017, the C300 Cabriolet has looks and extras galore. Outside the C300 has a flashy grille, chrome exhaust pipes and wraparound headlights. Inside it is packed with the latest gadgets and doodads with enviable luxurious touches. [...]

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2017 Lexus NX 300h: Hybrid Economy in a Luxury Package

When shopping for a luxury compact crossover SUV that also has a hybrid engine, the choices are few. Actually there are no choices, the 2017 Lexus NX 300h is it on a stick as they say. The NX 300h compromises on nothing, it is still as luxurious and smooth-riding as one would expect of the [...]

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2017 Kia Cadenza Limited: Redesigned and Looking Fine

Just three years after its debut, the Kia Cadenza has undergone a redesign, smoothing out the ride and upgrading the interior materials. Now there is even more to love. Luxury sedans have been overshadowed by crossover SUVs in today’s market. But for those of us who don’t need to carry a lot of stuff or [...]

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