2015 Hyundai Accent GLS: A Subcompact with Style

With newly styled headlights, taillights and grille the Hyundai Accent GLS makes an attractive choice in the subcompact market. The Accent GLS is a budget car that doesn’t look like one. From the interior materials to the solid feel the Accent GLS could be mistaken for a much more expensive car. The 2015 Hyundai Accent [...]

2015 Kia Sedona SXL: No Longer a Minivan Wallflower

The once ugly-stepsister Kia Sedona comes into 2015 with a fully-redesigned body sporting a prominent grille and crossover inspired body styling. The 2015 Kia Sedona is offered in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. This review will focus on the SXL. The L begins with 17-inch steel wheels, dual manual sliding doors, [...]

2014 Mazda 5 Sport: The Minimalist Minivan

Smaller in dimensions than the average minivan, the Mazda 5 is still packed with minivan conveniences like sliding rear doors and storage compartments. Because of its small size the Mazda 5 is easier to drive in crowded conditions, easier to park and a lot more fun to drive than full-sized minivans. I took the Mazda [...]

A Trip Down Memory Lane: 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

Combining Italian design and vintage styling with modern technology, the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition includes vintage-looking 16-inch wheel design with 1950s style badging and a premium leather interior. The 1957 Edition comes in three vintage colors: Blanco (white), Verde Chiaro (light green), and Celeste (blue). Both the green and blue models come with a [...]

2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 30th Anniversary Edition: The Original Minivan

In 1984 Dodge introduced the first minivan combining the industrial work van with the family wagon. It was an “overnight” success and has inspired many copycats, but it remains the original family minivan. The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan is a seven-passenger minivan offered in four trim levels: American Value Package (AVP), SE, SXT and R/T. [...]

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Lot to Love

If you like your cars small and sporty then you’ve got to love the Mazda MX-5 Miata. While other affordable, small, sporty cars have come and gone the Miata is still hanging in there. Small and lithe, the Mazda Miata is a sporty two-seater that allows the driver to feel the road while clipping along [...]

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport and Limited: Redesigned and More Refined

Top: 2015 Hyundai Sontat Sport, Bottom: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is all grown up, acquiring refinements to its chassis, interior and list of features. Trading some of its curves for sleeker lines gives the car an uptown look and added room inside give passengers a bit more room to get comfortable. [...]

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited: Radically Different

Size-wise the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited doesn’t seem to be much different from the 2014 model but that is where the similarities end. Head-turning styling, an updated cabin with snazzy electronics, and new safety features like blind-spot warning make the 2015 200 Limited a vast improvement over last year’s model and a real contender in [...]

2014 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec: It Packs a Wallop

When looking for a small, fuel-efficient car with a small price tag and a bit of panache look no further than the 2014 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec. While most cars offer two or four doors the Veloster R-Spec has three. While the driver’s door is longer to make getting in and out a breeze the passengers [...]

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid EX: Comfort, Drive-ability, and Economy

I was fortunate enough to take the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid on a trip to Bodega Bay, one hour north of San Francisco on the rugged Sonoma coast. The mileage each way was approximately 400 miles and I averaged 34 mpg. I was actually able to get to my destination on one tank of gas [...]

2015 Mazda 3 Grand Touring: A Compact Stand-Out

Most economy cars provide fuel economy and a reasonable price but if you want a side of pizazz that list gets short, the Mazda 3 not only provides the economy you want but does so with style. The 2015 Mazda 3 is available in four-door sedan and hatchback body styles. Both are available in 3i [...]

2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium: A Crossover with Panache

After last model year’s redesign giving the Forester sharper styling, better fuel economy and a roomy interior, the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i receives only minor changes including a rearview camera standard on all models. The 2015 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover available in six trim levels. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i [...]

2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport: New Trim Level for 2014

In years past the Hyundai Elantra wasn’t considered all that sporty. But with 2014 Hyundai introduces the new Elantra Sport to take care of that. Not just sporty inside the new Elantra Sport has a more powerful engine and a sport-tuned suspension that gives the driver a level of excitement previously lacking in the Elantra [...]

2014 Audi A5 2.0T Coupe: A Sexy Beast

A slight boost in horsepower along with new standard features like keyless ignition, Bluetooth and an optional Black Optic package are new for 2014. The A5 Coupe is a sexy beast with two doors, and curves and lines that catch the eye. The interior is also notable with deluxe styling and stylish refinement. A four-cylinder [...]

2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL: If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Holding firm with the redesign made in 2013 that brought the Altima closer to the Maxima’s sense of style, the 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL gains from the new NissanConnect Apps, a smartphone platform that includes Facebook and Pandora. The 2014 Nissan Altima sedan is available in seven trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S, 3.5 S, [...]

2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 5.0 and AWD 3.8: Sensible Luxury

Fully redesigned for 2015 the Hyundai Genesis doesn’t only offer bang-for-the-buck but also adds a degree of polish missing in earlier models. With a longer chassis the Genesis offers more legroom to passengers. An updated interior with a larger nav screen, center stack layout and more curves gives the Hyundai a leg-up when competing with [...]


2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue: Smokin’

New for the 2015 Subaru BRZ are new exhaust tips, retuned suspension, updated interior trim and standard shark fin-type antenna. Also new for this year is the limited edition “Series.Blue” which is the subject of this review. Co-developed with Toyota which sells its version as the Scion FR-S the Subaru BRZ is a break from [...]


2014 Mercedes CLA250 4Matic: An All-Access Luxury Car

The 2014 Mercedes CLA250 is the all-new entry-level luxury sedan for Mercedes giving those that desired a Mercedes but found them out of their price-range, an affordable choice. Up until the introduction of the CLA Class a nicely equipped entry-level C Class could run around $40,000.00. The CLA brings the price down without losing its [...]


2015 Kia K900: All New Luxury

Some might think that paying $66,400.00 for an automobile is a bit steep but when shopping in the full-size luxury sedan market it’s a mere pittance. It’s all a matter of perspective and from the rarefied air of the luxury market $66,400.00 is a bargain. Large enough to compete with those other cars and loaded [...]


All New for 2014 the Cadillac ELR: A Work of Art on Four Wheels

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so taken with a car. I love cars in general but sometimes a car just tickles my fancy and that’s what the 2014 Cadillac ELR did. It’s a work of art on four wheels. Combining an electric engine with a gas engine, the ELR works like a [...]


Kia Hits it Out-of-the-Park with the 2014 Cadenza

For years, Kia has been known for putting out mediocre car models. But in recent years, the Korean car manufacturer has shown it can do way better by churning out quality cars that rival even the best Japanese models. The 2014 Kia Cadenza is proof of that. Combining style, features and value, this large sedan [...]


Affordable Luxury: 2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate

For 2014 the Hyundai Equus gets a revised front and rear styling with updates to the cabin, instrument panel and control layout. Also added are blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert system and BlueLink telematics. With a badge and grille that makes you do a double-take, the Equus looks anything but like a Hyundai. For up [...]


2014 Audi A6 2.0T quattro: A Midsize Luxury Sedan Top Contender

The 2014 Audi A6 is available in six trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T prestige, TDI Premium Plus and TDI Prestige. For this review I will be focusing on the 2.0T Premium Plus. Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 17-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select, automatic headlights and wipers, heated [...]


2014 Buick LaCrosse Premium: Forget Your Preconceptions

With new styling front and rear and techie updates like an updated touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, rear traffic allerts, and lane change warnings, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse makes its mark in the large sedan market. Although you might be tempted to buy that midsize sedan, consider the size of your intended passengers. If any of [...]


2014 VW Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium: A Hybrid Without the Side Effects

Considering a hybrid for your next car purchase? Put the 2014 Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium on your list. With precise shifting, swift acceleration, and sure handling, the Jetta blows the slow, erratic competition out of the water. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is available in Base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trim levels. For this [...]


An All New Mazda3 for 2014

A fully redesigned Mazda3 greets 2014 with new standard equipment, more powerful yet fuel-efficient engine, refreshed styling, and a new electronics interface. Redesigning a car that is already a winner takes a little finesse, but it looks like Mazda came through with flying colors. Gone is the Mazda3′s silly grin, replaced by a sportier grill [...]


2014 Audi A4 Quattro: Hot, Hot, Hot

Giving the Audi A4 more horsepower is like gilding the lily but that’s what Audi did for 2014, adding nearly 10 horses to its already impressive 211 horsepower turbo-charged engine making for a whopping 220 hp engine. You don’t want to poke that Tiger. Also new for 2014 is the Convenience package, now standard, adding [...]


2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited: Cents and Sensibility

A compact Hatchback with a useful AWD feature, the Subaru Impreza holds its own in the fiercely competitive small sedan and hatchback market. With a rearview camera standard on the Limited trim level and smartphone integration new for 2014, the Impreza also boasts a roomy interior, comfortable ride, and simplicity of handling. Standard on the [...]


Jeep Compass Limited Small but Significant Changes for 2014

With a new sound-damping windshield, standard seat-mounted air bags, 18-inch aluminum wheels, back up camera and a few exterior embellishments, the 2014 Jeep Compass Limited is just getting better. But the big change this model year is a six-speed automatic to replace the stiff continuously variable transmission that seemed to be universally hated. The new [...]


Mitsubishi Outlander GT: New and Improved for 2014

Getting the most out of less seems to be the Mitsubishi Outlander’s raison d’etre for 2014. Not quite a minivan, the Outlander takes a relatively compact length (around 183 inches) and packs the most useful space inside. My test car was the fully-loaded GT with the Touring Package which outfitted the SUV with luxury-class convenience [...]


Careful! Don’t Take That Payout Money and Run

It’s sad, but true. For many Californians, the pain of a minor automobile accident only gets much worse after the accident itself is all over, the glass swept up, and injuries patched. Because after being smashed into by another driver, accident victims often head right into another painful collision with their own insurance company. In [...]