2016 Hyundai Tucson SE: A Compact Crossover with Style

All new for 2016, the Hyundai Tucson SE has larger backseats and greater cargo space due to the added length and width. I took my test model on a road trip to Carmel and I can tell you that it has a comfortable ride and is pretty fuel-efficient. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a five-passenger [...]


2016 Kia Sedona SXL: A People-Mover with Class

New for 2016 is a standard rearview camera and seating for eight on the SX and SXL trims. Minivans take a lot of shots, but if you’ve got more than two kids or a small soccer team you can’t beat a minivan. There’s a lot of models out there some good and some not-so-good. The [...]


How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems. Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid [...]


All New 2015 Jeep Renegade is a Winner

The new Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 is a winner on or off road. Smaller than the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee it is an entry-level Jeep that is a kick to drive. I can’t point you to one specific thing that makes this Jeep so desirable. I think it is the sum of all its parts. [...]


2015 GMC Sierra Elevation 1500 Double Cab: When Only a Truck Will Do

Trucks used to be synonymous with construction, farmers, and those that needed to haul stuff on a daily basis. These days more families are choosing to use trucks for daily driving. In response to that manufacturers are making trucks more comfortable with better mileage. The 2015 GMC’s Sierra Elevation 1500 Double Cab is a case [...]


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 smart fortwo coupe: Just Right for City Slickers

With a complete redesign under its belt for 2016 the smart fortwo has more interior space than previous models. This was my first experience in smart and I can tell you that the interior is spacious and parking and maneuvering are a breeze and I drove the car in the crazy days before Christmas. So for [...]


Spring Car Care Tips

Winter is almost over so it’s a perfect time to prepare your car for warmer weather. Make sure you are ready for spring and prepare to cruise your way into a new season! Start with your tires – heavy, consistent snow and ice require snow tires, which absolutely should be replaced with the non-snow variety. [...]


2015 Chevrolet Impala 2LT: A Bit of Alright

Very little has changed with the Chevy Impala 2LT since the 2014 revamp except for new 4G data connection and WiFi hotspot capability for all trim levels. If you are on the look out for a large sedan you couldn’t ask for more than the 2015 Impala 2LT. With it’s rakish good looks, stylish interior [...]


2016 Kia Optima SX Ltd: A Complete Redo

For 2016 the Kia Optima has been completely redesigned. The midsize sedan category is a full one. There are any number of cars to choose from and competition is fierce. In order to be noticed you’ve got to be a cut above and this is where the 2016 Kia Optima sits. With a completely re-engineered [...]


2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport: A Midsize Sedan That Scores

For 2016 the Sonata gets a larger 7-inch touchscreen standard on all trims except the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T which gets an 8-inch screen. Also standard are automatic headlights and a rearview camera. Maybe the Sonata Sport didn’t get the memo that crossovers were in and midsize sedans where out since it still seems to be [...]


2016 Scion iA: No Sacrifice Needed

The all-new Scion iA is a fully-loaded subcompact that is fun to drive. It has an upscale interior with sporty handling and easy to use technology. The icing on the cake is the competitive price and great gas mileage. The 2016 Scion iA is a stand alone model chock full of features like; 16-inch alloy [...]


2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium: Function over Flash

In a field that is full of choices the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium stands its ground with a vehicle that is competent, confident, and consistent. This small SUV crossover offers the driver a grounded ride with the standard all-wheel drive and simple comfort. The 2016 Subaru Forester is a available in six trim levels. [...]


2015 City Express LT: A Smaller Cargo Van for the City

The all-new for 2015 Chevrolet City Express LT is a small work van for those that don’t require a full-sized van and want better gas mileage. The 2015 Chevrolet City Express is a compact cargo van that comes in two basic trim levels: LS and LT. This review will focus on the LT trim level. [...]


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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Fall into Great Car Maintenance

When the seasons change it is important to take the time to do a car check. Even though Pasadena’s winters aren’t harsh by any means, it’s important to stay on a seasonal schedule to ensure that your car gets the care it needs. Fall is an important time to check all the lights on your [...]

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The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: A Lot of Zip for Little Gas

For 2016 the Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE holds firm with last year’s extensive upgrades to handling and cabin quality. With more competition than ever, the 2016 Camry Hybrid holds its own against the competition with tighter handling, a peppier engine and an interior to die for. But the real story is the mileage with 40 [...]

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2015 E400 Cabriolet Mercedes: Luxury in a Sporty Package

Convertibles have come a long way since they were first introduced. The rag tops of yesteryear are no comparison to what is on the road today. With the 2015 E400 Cabriolet Mercedes, you get the feeling you are driving in world class. Seating that surrounds you in luxury, and plenty of adjustment options to ensure your [...]

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The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth A High Performance Sporty Character

Hitting the showroom floor, the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth offers the same awesome Multi-Air 1.4 turbocharged engine under its hood. With a top speed of 129 miles per hour, this zippy compact car can go from zero to sixty in 6.9 seconds. Even though little has changed with the engine, the 500 Abarth gains for [...]

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2015 Toyota Prius C Three: A Good Thing in a Small Package

With updated front and rear styling including new headlights, taillights and the big toothy grille, the 2015 Toyota Prius C is an even more attractive entry-level hybrid. New color choices make an even bigger statement like the Electric Lime Metallic my test model was painted. If you’re going to drive a small car, you might [...]

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Germany’s Secrets Have Been Cracked Open by the Cadillac ATS

It’s never too late to take time out and dive into reinvention. Cadillac questioned the traditional wisdoms, challenged current conventions, and sought to excel against diversity. Need an example? Take the 2015 Cadillac ATS for a spin. Ex-Audi and Infiniti leader, Johan de Nysschen is the new Division Head at Cadillac. He knows his way [...]

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The 2016 Mazda 6i Touring – More than Just a Pretty Face

The exterior of the 2016 Mazda 6i Touring is far from disappointing when it comes to looks. Not only is this version of the 6i eye-catching, it is also distinctly attractive. If you like the exterior, you will love the interior. The updated design includes the infotainment screen that is surface mounted. Mazda has done [...]

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