2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo: All New Design, Same Fun Drive

Some people like to scoff at the Kia Soul, that box-like car that is driven by hamsters in the Kia commercials. I have to admit to some skepticism when I drove my first Soul, years ago. But after driving it I have to admit I loved it. There is something about the high roof line [...]

Cost-Saving Practical Car Inspection and Trouble-Shooting Tips

You don’t have to be an automobile expert to perform essential maintenance for your car. Learning how to inspect your vehicle correctly and do basic trouble-shooting saves both time and money. Here’s a list of car maintenance tips you can do at home: 1. Check the engine oil and add if necessary. Having the right [...]

Are You Listening to Your Car?

We all know that sinking feeling when you turn on your car and it emits a piercing shriek from under the hood. But wait! Didn’t you hear funny noises earlier? Prevent major car trouble by keeping your eyes (for smoke and drippings) and ears (for telltale noises) open. To help keep us on the road [...]

2019 Hyundai Kona EV Ultimate: Long on Range, Short on Anxiety

Range anxiety, it’s real and not pleasant. Adding up the miles to your destination and back, hoping that the nearby charging station is open or that there is an outlet you can plug into. It’s what has kept me from driving EVs. But with the new generation of longer range vehicles, I find that range [...]

2019 Chrysler 300S V8: Uniquely Drivable

For a premium sedan, the 300S is uniquely drivable. Whether that is due to the rear wheel drive or the optional V8 engine is a toss up. The 300S delivers on the speed while the interior keeps its promise of a quiet and gentle ride. If you’ve got to drive LA’s bumpy roads and traffic-laden [...]

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS: Sportier Looks and Drive

When I was a kid the first new car my dad ever bought was a Chevy Malibu. He loved that car and took wonderful care of it. Unfortunately I was the first one to give it a door ding, I’ll never forget the look on my dad’s face. So whenever I get a chance to [...]

2019 Prius Prime Advanced: Adding Extra Miles with a Plug

Hybrids are great, adding gas mileage with a battery and electrical boost. EVs are also great if you have a place to plug them in at home and you have another car for longer trips. Melding the two is even better, giving the driver extra mileage with electric only driving and extended range with a [...]

2019 Subaru Forester Limited: A New Generation

It’s 2019 and Subaru introduces it’s fifth Forester generation, giving the compact crossover a greater sense of space for passengers and cargo. Besides being a great car to drive in inclement weather, safety has always been job one for Subaru and the new Forester is no exception. Added safety features include the EyeSight suite of [...]

2019 Buick Enclave Premium: Quiet and Roomy

Sometimes you just need a large vehicle to get around town. Whether its cargo, passengers or both, the 2019 Buick Enclave with get you there in comfort and style. It also comes with the Buick’s signature quiet ride making it a great place to enjoy your favorite tunes or your kids latest news. Even the [...]

2019 Buick Encore Essence: Quietly Elegant

By now everyone knows that the Buick badge has reinvented itself into something more than the old-fogey cars they used to be. Today’s Buick is sleek and modern with all the amenities. The 2019 Buick Encore is no different. This subcompact crossover has plenty of standard tech and safety features, but in a size that [...]

2019 GMC Terrain AWD SLT: Quality and Towing in One Package

It’s not often that a car can boast true towing capacity in an attractive family car package, but the 2019 GMC Terrain SLT can. With power enough from the 2.0 liter turbo charged engine, it is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The interior is well appointed and comfortable and not something you generally [...]

2019 Mazda3 Premium: Ready for Its Closeup With a Whole New Design

If you are sick of the soccer-mom, see it everywhere crossover, look to the sedan. With it’s new styling and more powerful engine, the 2019 Mazda3 is ready for its close-up. As a mid-sized sedan that comfortably seats four, the Mazda3 now offers AWD, that gives that extra-grip in loose gravel and snow (ok, Southern [...]

2019 GMC Sierra Denali 1500: Making Its Mark With Innovation

The first thing I need to say is this is by-far the biggest vehicle I have ever driven. I top out at 5’2” and the Sierra Denali towered over me. There was a nice running board for me to use when I had to “climb” into the cab which made it possible for me to [...]

2019 Kia Forte EX: Economy of Cost Not of Features

The Kia Forte comes into 2019 with a full redesign. What started out as basic mode of transportation has morphed into a stylish vehicle with a rakish exterior, nimble performance and plenty of tech for the money. A riches of features is still standard on the Forte but the silhouette has changed with a longer [...]

2019 Toyota Corolla XSE: Holding Steady

With a history of reliability and economy is it any wonder that Toyota has chosen to keep the 2019 Corolla as-is instead of doing a complete reboot? Holding steady with its roomy interior, comfortable seating and well-equipped models, the 2019 Toyota Corolla is a great choice for a compact car. Available in six trim levels: [...]

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe: Drool Inducing Speed and Style

Almost everyone has that one car, that car that you lust over, your dream car. I’ve got a couple and the Corvette tops the list. I was over the moon when I found out I would be reviewing a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Not only that, but I was driving it to the Peterson Automotive [...]


2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum: Look Ma, No Hands!

Self-driving cars. It’s a mind-boggling idea. And yet it seems that’s where we’re headed. To help that transition and to ease some of the monotony of highway driving, Cadillac gives drivers the middle ground, Super Cruise. Super Cruise is a driver assist program (notice I say “assist”, it is not meant for the driver to [...]


2019 Lexus UX 250h Luxury: All-New, All-Lexus

With a zippy hybrid engine, the all new Lexus UX 250h makes its mark in the subcompact SUV market. As with all Lexus’ it has a posh interior and plenty of standard features. It fits in that sweet spot between full-sized SUV and crossover; easy to maneuver and park on city streets but big enough [...]


2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Momentum: The Volvo Crossover Segment Gets a New Sibling

Taking elements from the five-seat XC60 and the three-row XC90, Volvo has created a third crossover SUV, the XC40. It’s the smallest of the crossovers and more economical too. It has seating for five and all the safety features you’ve come to expect from Volvo including Volvo’s City Safety feature. Warning the driver of an [...]


2019 Lexus ES350 Ultra Luxury: More Powerful with Comfort Aplenty

Long road trips help to define a vehicle, what might not be noticeable or annoying around town can get downright irritating after driving four or more hours on the open road. I took a road trip to Phoenix in the 2019 Lexus ES350 and it was a dream. Redesigned for 2019, the Lexus ES350, glided [...]


2019 Toyota Avalon XSE: Looking Sharp, Feeling Comfortable

For 2019 the Toyota Avalon has been redesigned with a younger market in mind. Bridging the gap between a luxury car and a sporty sedan, the all-new Avalon brings it with a sharp exterior and soft interior. The outside has a new face that is reminiscent of a Lexus while the interior sports perforated leather [...]


2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe: Packing Muscle in a Four Cylinder Engine

Sporting a fresh new look (new front and rear lights and a new fascia), the Chevrolet Camaro comes into 2019 with the same brief: to muscle it’s way through traffic with agility and purpose. It’s a sports car will all the enjoyment and drawbacks that come with that moniker. The Camaro is a hot little [...]


2019 Mercedes C 300 Cabriolet: More to Love

There’s a reason that many people sigh or stare when they see a Mercedes C 300 Cabriolet, it is the epitome of luxury, style and performance that so many of us seek. The 2019 version of the C 300 Cabriolet is no different, with a bit of a refresh from the last redesign two years [...]


2019 Kia K900 Fully Redesigned Luxury

A vast improvement over the previous incarnation, the newly redesigned K900 is more in keeping with the vehicle’s intent of a luxury sedan at a lower-price point. With an attractive exterior and roomy and comfortable interior, the K900 does not disappoint. With seating for five, the K900 come in one trim level, Luxury. There is [...]


2019 Lexus RX 350L: Luxury with a Third Row

Until last year if you wanted a luxury crossover with a third-row from Lexus you were out of luck, but with the introduction of the RX 350L in 2018 Lexus threw their hat into the ring. For 2019 the RX 350L remains unchanged from its debut last year. To accommodate the third-row, Lexus added 4.4 [...]


Blazing a Trail to Laguna Beach in the New Chevrolet Blazer

The all-new for 2019 Chevrolet Blazer cuts a dashing figure on the road and on the curb. If the name sounds familiar it is. Chevrolet has been using the Blazer moniker since the 1960s. In its most iconic form it was a truck-like vehicle with a removable top. Today’s Blazer is a crossover that seats [...]


2019 Infiniti QX50 Essential: Completely Redesigned

Shorter, wider, and taller, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 makes a dashing statement on the road. It adds legroom to both front and backseat passengers and adds sliding, reclining and folding capability to the back seats for greater comfort and more cargo space. The interior, with its dual touchscreens (the top one for Nav and bottom [...]


2018 Kia Cadenza Limited: Built for Comfort

Currently the car du jour is the crossover SUV but not everyone wants or needs something with that high a profile, for them a large sedan will do the trick. The 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited is a large sedan that offers comfort and space for four adults and if the adults are small you could [...]


2018 Lexus LS 500: Not Just Another Pretty Face

The completely redesigned 2018 Lexus LS 500 is all curves and angles on the outside, but it’s pure splendor on the inside. With a cushy ride and quiet interior, you’ll never doubt it’s luxury roots. The newly-designed suspension literally glides down the road, while the turbocharged V6 zips down the road. The LS 500 comes [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]