2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium: Plenty of Elbow Room

For 2017, Volkswagen makes the Jetta even more attractive with the addition of driver assistance features, updates to the infotainment system and a USB port instead of the dated cable connection. The 2017 Jetta is crammed with all sorts of fun stuff that most midsize sedans don’t offer and at a lower price point. But [...]


2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE: A Hatchback with Attitude

When you need extra cargo space on a regular basis, nothing beats a hatchback for its size and usefulness. This is especially true when you live in an urban area where parking is at a premium and the roads are almost always crowded. But combine those useful attributes with a powerful engine and a sporty [...]


2017 GMC Acadia Denali: Seats the Whole Family in Style

Coming into 2017 with a full redesign the GMC Acadia is a midsize crossover that can seat up to seven beings, making it a great family car. The redesign reduced the Acadia’s size giving it a more car-like feel behind the wheel. There’s also a four-cylinder engine available that extends its mileage range. The Acadia [...]


2017 Kia Forte EX: All the Bells and Whistles

Looking for a compact car with all the extras without paying extra? Then the 2017 Kia Forte EX just may be what you are looking for. For 2017 the Kia Forte gets a peppier engine that delivers better gas mileage. Imagine that: better acceleration and improved gas mileage! A freshened front end and added Apple [...]


2017 Dodge Durango Citadel: A People Mover with Attitude

Many of the crossovers on the market today are just glorified cars that are under-powered and the third-row seat is often an afterthought. Not so with the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel, it’s a people mover with attitude. With a third-row seat that actually seats adults and muscular handling, the Durango Citadel will have you smiling [...]


2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium: Even More to Like

For 2017 the Volkswagen e-Golf gets an extended range of 125 miles on a full charge, up from 83 miles on older models. Also the 7.2kW on-board charger is standard on all trims. Since I don’t have an electrical outlet in my garage (all electricity is up a steep hill), I was planning on charging [...]


2017 Toyota Mirai: Car of the Future in California Now

The Toyota Mirai essentially operates as an EV, it has an electric motor and stores energy in a battery. But the mode of producing the electricity is different, instead of requiring charging from an electrical source, the Mirai uses hydrogen gas that produces electricity via a fuel cell. The only byproduct is water. You may [...]


Kia Optima Hybrid: All New for 2017

When Kia completed an overhaul on the Optima in 2016, they held back on the hybrid. So without further ado Kia presents to you the all-new Optima Hybrid. With added technology enhancements like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, the Optima Hybrid also sports a new, more fuel-efficient powertrain, adding to its already impressive mileage [...]


2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring: Putting the Comfort Back Into Convertible

There are no shortages of convertibles on the market, but a comfortable convertible? Not so much. Last year Buick put the comfort back in convertible with the return of the Cascada. This year Buick adds a Sport Touring model to the lineup. With it’s bright red paint job and black rag top, I got a [...]


2017 Audi A3: Sporty Luxury

As the entry level car in the Audi group, the A3 still maintains all of what Audi drivers have come to expect of the brand. Luxury, drivability and excellent handling are still to be had at a lower price point. For 2017 the A3 gets a face freshening and a forward collision mitigation system as [...]


2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: A New Addition to the Rogue Lineup

New for 2017 is the Hybrid option for the Nissan Rogue making Nissan’s stylish compact SUV even more attractive. I’ve got to say I loved the color of my test model. Called Monarch Orange, it was a kind of rusty orange color. I liked it so much I tried to find a nail polish color [...]


2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Comfort and Fuel Economy

Who says you can’t have a comfortable car and fuel economy too? Not the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, it delivers on both. For 2017 the Avalon Hybrid gets the Safety Sense package of forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning and intervention, as standard equipment. If you think that you have to [...]


2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport: A Family Sedan with Style

In the age of Crossovers, the family sedan is often overlooked. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata, takes the family sedan and elevates it to a comfortable, roomy, alternative to the Crossover doldrums. With a roomy interior and attractive exterior, the Sonata is great for family trips or just to tool around town. Plus its easy to [...]


2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium: Even More Room

With a complete redesign, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is even roomier than before. The folks at Subaru moved the wheels farther apart to add to the already spacious interior. The body is now longer, wider and lower than previous models. The exterior was spruced up too and additional power was squeezed out of the four-cylinder [...]


2017 Dodge Ram 1500 Night Edition is a Bad Rama Jama

I’m short. I like to say I’m 5’4” but I’m lucky if I clear 5’3”, when the Dodge Ram 1500 arrived at my door I was somewhat intimidated. This is a big truck. But once you get into the cockpit it’s amazingly easy to drive. Although the Ram 1500 has been around for awhile it [...]


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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2017 Audi Q7 3.0T: Back from a One Year Redesign and Looking Good

After taking a year off for a complete redesign the Audi Q7 is back and better than ever. With a refreshed outside, larger inside, improved tech and turbocharged engine there are even more reasons to give the Q7 a closer look. Even though the Q7 is Audi’s largest crossover, it is a dream to drive [...]

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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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