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 [...]


What Precautions Should I Take When Buying A Used Car?

No matter how much you think you know about cars, unless you are a professional with all the testing equipment at your disposal and years of experience to guide you through those shark infested waters. According to our friends at JK Volvo, the first thing you need to do before even stepping onto the forecourt [...]


2018 Kia Rio EX: All Grown Up and Looking Good

The redesigned 2018 Kia Rio makes a statement in the subcompact segment. With its new look and upgraded interior, the Kia Rio seems like a larger, more expensive car. The interior still has hard plastics but the placement of the instruments and the redesign of the dash make it seem more expensive than it really [...]


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 Subaru Crosstrek Premium: It’s Just Right

The completely redesigned for 2018, Subaru Crosstrek continues to hit it out of the park with a combination of looks, handling and affordability. An embarrassment of riches comes in the form of upscale options like lane departure warning, a premium audio system, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency breaking. The addition of a spruced-up interior [...]


2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica: A Classic Reimagined

If you think the Fiat Spider resembles the MX-5 Miata, you’d be right. Mazda did have a hand in creating the structure of the Spider, but that is where the comparisons end. Fiat uses its own suspension, engine and trany, making it a chip off the old Spider block. Since its debut in the 2017 [...]


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 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch Diesel: Excellent Mileage with a Side of Zoom

A zippy hatchback, the Cruze is a popular Chevrolet drive. This year, adding to its popularity is the new Cruze Hatch Diesel. Combining a zippy, yet economical diesel engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch Diesel provides added cargo-carrying capacity in a great-looking package. There is only one trim offered with the diesel engine and that [...]


2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid: Adding Miles With a Plug

New for 2018, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is adding mileage with a simple push of the plug. Hyundai’s new plug-in hybrid adds up to an extra 29 miles of driving on a fully-charged battery. I’m of the opinion that our infrastructure for 100% electric cars is still not there. The Ioniq Plug-In fills an [...]


2017 Jeep Compass Sport 4×4: Fully Redesigned

At the beginning of 2017 the Jeep Compass carried over unchanged. But a midyear redesign was introduced bringing a whole new Compass. Inside and out the Compass is new bringing it in line with other Jeep models. Features of the new Compass are: stronger chassis, revised suspension, and easier powertrain choices. The are four trim [...]


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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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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