2017 Kia Sportage SX: All That and Then Some

With a complete redesign for 2017, the small crossover Kia Sportage SX is even better than before. Featuring a fresh face, more backseat legroom, and a smoother ride, there’s even more to love. The 2017 Kia Sportage is a small crossover SUV with seating for five. It’s offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and [...]


2016 Nissan Murano Platinum: A Standout People Mover

Not much has changed for the Nissan Murano Platinum since the redesign one year ago. A USB port is now part of the standard equipment and the premium Bose audio system has 2 extra speakers. Most crossover SUV buyers expect to trade style for substance but with the 2016 Nissan Murano you get both style [...]


2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE: A Little Bit Sporty, A Little Bit SUV

If you’ve got to drive an SUV Crossover you might as make it one that is fun to drive while serving all the Crossover requirements of space, comfort and versatility. Looking for one that fits the bill? Try the 2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE. On the outside the RAV 4 has an updated face that gives [...]


2016 Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop: Adding Muscle to Your Daily Drive

For a full-sized family car that delivers a side of fun, look no further than the Dodge Charger. A full-sized sedan with all the bells and whistles, the Charger has a he-man side delivering a rush of speed and throaty rumble. The 2016 Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan offered in SE, SXT, R/T, R/T [...]


2016 Mitsubishi Lancer SEL: Putting on a New Face

With new front end styling for 2016, the Mitsubishi Lancer is putting on a new face for a new year. Also new for 2016 is standard LED daytime running lights, four wheel disc breaks, auto climate control, Fuse voice controls, center console and USB port. The SEL trim is a new addition for 2016. The [...]


2017 Toyota 86: Blasting Off on a Highway Near You

If “a rose by any other name will still smell as sweet,” then a Scion FR-S renamed the Toyota 86 will still be as fast. Oh yeah! With a tweak to the engine, giving it more speed, and a restyled front and rear end, the Toyota 86 is better than ever. The “new” Toyota 86 [...]


2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring: A Dose of Fun in a Subcompact SUV Package

When the CX-3 was introduced in 2016 it was a hit. Keeping with the old adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” nothing much has changed in 2017, the Mazda CX-3 still delivers the most fun in a Subcompact SUV package. Using KODO-Soul of Motion, the CX-3′s design is fluid and sporty. The engine [...]


Roadtrip in the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible

As a native SoCal gal I love a good roadtrip in a car that makes that roadtrip fun. On my recent trip to Tomales Bay in Northern California, I was lucky enough to drive the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible. Beach and convertible go together like peanut butter and jelly and I made good use [...]


2016 Fiat 500C: Fun, Fun, Fun

When I was in college I owned a 1974 Karmann Ghia convertible in almost the same Spitfire Orange that this fun-to-drive Fiat 500C came in. With a wave of nostalgia, I hopped into the Fiat and took off for a ride. This distinctly Italian subcompact is as cute as it is a blast to drive. [...]


2016 Chrysler 200 Limited Platinum: A Midsize Sedan with Looks and Style

First let me put it out there; this is the most beautiful paint job on a car I’ve seen in a while. It’s called Black/Forest Green and in the sun it shines with a green very close to the old Jaguar green. A picture does not do it justice. Since the complete redesign in 2015, [...]


2017 Toyota Camry: Tried and True

People buy cars for different reasons, for some it’s for looks, others it’s speed and agility, while still others view a car as something to get them from point “a” to point “b” with comfort and ease. The tried and true Toyota Camry is great for the latter who view a car as an appliance [...]


2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES

The 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a small (emphasis on small) all-electric vehicle, that offers gas-free driving for a lower price point. That’s it’s only good point. With a below-average range and longer charging time you may find yourself with a big case of range-anxiety. The EPA says to expect a driving range of 59 miles [...]


Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Gets a Refresh for 2016

After its full redesign three years ago the 2016 Altima gets a refresh with a sportier grill, headlights and tailights. The interior remains unchanged as does the zippy four-cylinder engine. A midsized sedan, the Altima comes in five trim levels: base, S, SR, SV and SL. This review will focus on the SL trim level [...]


2016 Fiat 500L Trekking: Same 500 Style in a Bigger Package

If you have a family and look at the Fiat 500 with longing the 2016 Fiat 500L Trekking is for you. With four doors and plenty of legroom front and rear, small families can now enjoy the fun of the Fiat brand. The 2016 Fiat 500L is a four-door compact wagon sold in five trim [...]


2016 Toyota Yaris LE: City Small and Equipment Packed

The 2016 Toyota Yaris LE is subcompact hatch with the size to fit in small city parking but feature-full. It comes standard with Toyota’s Entune digital interface with a 6.1 inch touchscreen that includes HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio capabilities and a USB connection. The 2016 Toyota Yaris is a subcompact economy car available [...]


2017 Lexus RX 350 F Sport: Car-like Attitude in a Luxury Crossover Body

In the world of luxury crossovers, the 2017 Lexus RX 350 is a front runner with its bold styling and luxurious interior. With seating for five, the RX is not too big, not too small, it’s just right for a family of four. Available in base and F Sport trims, the RX is full of [...]

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2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design: Sporty Family SUV

As always it’s safety first with the 2017 Volvo XC60 but there’s also something for the driver: a zippy engine. And with the R-Design you’ll be even zippier as the engine is turbocharged. The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a five-passenger compact SUV that is offered in three main trim levels: Dynamic, Inscription and R-Design that [...]

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2016 Lexus ES 350: Luxury Squared

Little has changed for the 2016 Lexus ES 350, just a bit of a facelift and optional bi-LED headlights. What remains the same is the ES 350′s appeal as a fully-loaded midsized luxury ride. The 2016 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five people. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, three [...]

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2016 Audi TT Coupe quattro S tronic: A Redesigned Little Hot Number

Coming into 2016 the Audi TT Coupe has been redesigned inside and out. With a screaming turbocharged engine, sharper exterior and luxurious interior, the Audi TT makes a statement in the sports car segment. The dash has also had a complete redesign combining many functions into the same space as the speedometer and tachometer. I’ll [...]

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Leaner and Meaner

Redesigned for model year 2016, the Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is leaner and meaner than its predecessor. Instead of gaining weight it has shed some 200 pounds but that doesn’t mean it’s lost any of its goodies in fact it has gained some. So it’s still packed with plenty of fun and useful stuff [...]

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2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5: Refined Family Wagon

It seems that the family wagon has gone the way of the Dodo, with SUVs taking their place. But there are still a few wagons left, the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is one of those. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the Cross Country is great for fair weather or foul. The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross [...]

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2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium: Rugged Yet Refined

Subaru’s have always been synonymous with its bad weather capabilities thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. But the Subaru is also great for the mean streets of Southern California due its car-like drive. The 2016 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger sedan available in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. This [...]

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2016 Lexus RC-F: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

My first impression of the 2016 Lexus RC-F? It’s a bullet. The RC-F shoots from a stand-still to a giddy speed in no time. I loved it! A souped up version of the RC coupe, the RC-F sports a natty exterior with a sported-up interior and a more aggressive engine and suspension. The 2016 Lexus [...]

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2016 Audi A6 2.0T quattro Tiptronic: Something for Everyone

With a bit of refresh to the front and rear, more powerful engines and 4G LTE connectivity WiFi, the 2016 Audi A6 2.0T quattro Tiptronic is even more attractive for 2016. In the midsized luxury sedan segment you can’t get better than the Audi A6 for overall handling, fuel economy and sheer driving pleasure. And [...]

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2016 Audi Q3 2.0T quattro Tipronic: Subcompact Luxury Crossover with Panache

The Q3 gets new standard equipment (front and rear parking sensors and a review camera) and updated front-end styling for 2016. Fully-loaded and luxuriously quiet, the 2016 Audi Q3 crushes it. It’s everything you could want in a luxury subcompact crossover. The 2016 Audi Q3 is a subcompact luxury crossover available in two trim levels: [...]

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The 2016 Volvo S60 Welcomes a New Sibling the Inscription

With a 3-inch longer body resulting in 3-inches of extra rear seat legroom, the Inscription is a new body style in the S60 Volvo family. Like it’s siblings it still is a handsome rascal with a comfortable cabin, great handling and a bunch of luxury features. Not forgotten are all the safety technologies, comfort and [...]

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2016 Lexus GS 450H Hybrid: Doesn’t Compromise

With a restyled front and new lighting for the rear, the 2016 Lexus GS 450h is looking good. Add to that a larger touchscreen and some much-appreciated blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection and you’ve got something going on. Hybrids are now a common sight but the operation of the hybrid varies from car to [...]

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2016 Fiat 500X Trekking: All New, All Cool

The Fiat 500X is a small crossover that offers more room than the 500L with the higher visibility of a crossover all with the 500′s winning personality. In other words it’s a more practical Fiat without losing any of its fun-loving ways. Looking much the same at the 500, the 500x adds height and extra [...]

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2016 GMC Terrain Denali: Cross Over to Comfort

The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali gets minor cosmetic changes and added safety features. With a surprisingly quiet cabin and comfortable ride this crossover delivers. Add the optional V6 to the mix and you’ve got a winning combination. The 2016 GMC Terrain is available in five trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT and Denali. This review [...]

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2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition: More Bang for Your Buck

New for 2016 Hyundai Elantra is the added Value Edition trim package while the SE loses some options and the Limited gains keyless entry and automatic climate control. After all these years the Elantra is still a contender in a saturated small sedan market. With its plethora of standard features it can’t be beaten for [...]

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2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport: It’s Just Right

The brand-new 2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport makes its debut into the compact luxury crossover SUV market. With a sporty look outside and plenty of comfort inside, the NX 200t has appeal for buyers who want their space with a side of style. The 2015 Lexus NX 200t is a five-passenger, compact luxury crossover SUV. [...]

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