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 [...]

The All-New 2016 Scion iM: Lookin’ Good

The Scion iM is in its first model year and it’s looking good. With a sporty demeanor, good fuel economy and plentiful features it’s a great first car. Also notable is the two years of free scheduled maintenance that is included in the price of the car. The 2016 Scion iM is a five-passenger hatchback [...]

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T SE: Make New Memories

Everyone of a certain age has fond memories of the original Volkswagen Beetle. Whether you drove one or knew someone who did, the Beetle is an iconic symbol of a special time and Volkswagen in its infinite wisdom decided to bring the icon back, but with all of the goodies that technology can offer. The [...]

The 2016 Dodge Dart Rallye: Sporty Yet Roomy

With only minor face lifts, the Dodge Dart Rallye comes into 2016 with little change. With it’s sporty styling, the Dart Rallye is surprisingly roomy. While the engine performance doesn’t necessarily match the exterior’s sporty face it will get you where you want to go in comfort. The 2016 Dodge Dart is a five-passenger compact [...]

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, [...]

2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition: One Hot Number

Debuting for 2016 is a hot new addition to the Veloster lineup; the Rally Edition sporting Rays wheels, matte blue paint and a sportier suspension. The Veloster is a three-door hatchback that offers sporty design with fuel economy. The third door is on the passenger side and makes it easier to load people and things. [...]

2016 Audi A5 Coupe: Lookin’ Good

Not a lot of change has happened to the 2016 Audi A5 for 2016. If a car means more to you than transportation, then the posh Audi A5 might be your perfect car. With an appealing exterior and luxurious interior, the A5 makes a driving statement. The four-passenger 2016 Audi A5 is offered in coupe [...]

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring: A Leader in the Crossover Pack

With a tweak to the exterior here and an upgrade to the interior there the Mazda CX-5 comes into 2016 with a rearview camera and Bluetooth standard on all models except the manual transmission. Most compact crossovers are practical with good cargo room, fuel efficiency, and excellent line of sight but are they fun to [...]

2016 Toyota Avalon Limited: Everything and More

In the full-sized sedan segment there is a certain criteria upon which all cars are judged, is it roomy, is it comfortable, is it quiet, and does it have lots of gadgets. The 2016 Toyota Avalon Limited hits the mark and then some. There are five trim levels for the 2016 Toyota Avalon: XLE, XLE [...]

2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4: Practical Yet Fun to Drive

Now in its second year of production, the 2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4 is a fun to drive subcompact crossover that is well-mannered on and off-road. Around town the Renegade offers a comfortable ride plus it’s easy to park and maneuver in crowded spaces. Off-road the Renegade offers a multitude of abilities that make it [...]

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco: Fresh and New

With a new polished exterior, upmarket interior and technology offerings the new for 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco makes a more refined statement than previous models. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a four-door compact sedan offered in three trim levels: SE, Eco and Limited. This review will focus on the Eco trim. The Eco trim has [...]

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In: A Great Car With a Plug

In California, plug-in hybrids are becoming a common site. For those of us who remember how bad LA smog used to be, they are a welcome choice to driving a gas-only car. Since the availability of charging stations is just beginning to catch up with demand, it makes sense to buy a car that combines [...]

2016 Toyota Prius Three Gets a Complete Makeover

As the best-selling hybrid one might think that Toyota would leave the Prius as-is and rest on its laurels. Not so. Coming into 2016 the Prius has had a complete redesign inside and out. Outside it has lost the “concept car” look for a more refined body style. The interior has also been spruced up [...]

2016 Volt Premier Hatchback: More Miles, More Smiles

Since its introduction in 2010, I have been a Chevy Volt fan. It just made sense to have a car that had an extended-range electric motor with a gasoline engine back up. As a matter of fact a former President of Caltech nearly ran me over in one, so quite was the engine. With the [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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: [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]