2017 Kia Forte EX: All the Bells and Whistles

Looking for a compact car with all the extras without paying extra? Then the 2017 Kia Forte EX just may be what you are looking for. For 2017 the Kia Forte gets a peppier engine that delivers better gas mileage. Imagine that: better acceleration and improved gas mileage! A freshened front end and added Apple [...]

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel: A People Mover with Attitude

Many of the crossovers on the market today are just glorified cars that are under-powered and the third-row seat is often an afterthought. Not so with the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel, it’s a people mover with attitude. With a third-row seat that actually seats adults and muscular handling, the Durango Citadel will have you smiling [...]

2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum: Delivering Safety and Reliability

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is just plain flat-out a good choice for a compact SUV. Not only is it good-looking and reliable but with the added Safety Sense which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams, it’s a good buy too. There is also an additional [...]

2017 Golf SportWagen TSI S: Crossover Space Without the Crossover Face

Once upon a time when you had a family or had to move stuff you bought a station wagon but when the crossover came on the scene the traditional family wagon all but disappeared, enter the Golf SportWagen. Longer than the Golf by a foot but with all the Golf’s goodies (including the zippy 4-cylinder [...]

Hyundai Elantra Sport Gets a Fresh Face for 2017

With a new look outside, fancier inside and more smarts, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is better than ever. A few notables are the improved ride, faster engine and comfortable interior. A four-door compact sedan, the Hundai Elantra comes in four trim levels: SE, Eco, Limited, and Sport. This review will focus on the Sport [...]

Kia Optima Hybrid: All New for 2017

When Kia completed an overhaul on the Optima in 2016, they held back on the hybrid. So without further ado Kia presents to you the all-new Optima Hybrid. With added technology enhancements like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, the Optima Hybrid also sports a new, more fuel-efficient powertrain, adding to its already impressive mileage [...]

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring: Putting the Comfort Back Into Convertible

There are no shortages of convertibles on the market, but a comfortable convertible? Not so much. Last year Buick put the comfort back in convertible with the return of the Cascada. This year Buick adds a Sport Touring model to the lineup. With it’s bright red paint job and black rag top, I got a [...]

2017 Audi A3: Sporty Luxury

As the entry level car in the Audi group, the A3 still maintains all of what Audi drivers have come to expect of the brand. Luxury, drivability and excellent handling are still to be had at a lower price point. For 2017 the A3 gets a face freshening and a forward collision mitigation system as [...]

2017 Lexus IS 300: Compact in Size But Not in Luxury

Introduced last year, the Lexus IS 300 is a luxury compact that packs a punch. For 2017 the IS 300 gets a refreshed front and rear and adds the Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment. The middle child of the IS series (slotted between the 200t and 350), the 300 is just right in terms [...]

2017 Volvo S60 T5: Safety and Good Looks

In its fourth model year, the Volvo S60 T5 comes into 2017 with only minor changes, but why fix something if it’s not broken? With an attractive outside and loaded inside the S60 also offers a safe drive. A midsize luxury sedan, the S60 comes in T5 Dynamic and T6 AWD R-Design. This review will [...]

2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport: A Family Sedan with Style

In the age of Crossovers, the family sedan is often overlooked. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata, takes the family sedan and elevates it to a comfortable, roomy, alternative to the Crossover doldrums. With a roomy interior and attractive exterior, the Sonata is great for family trips or just to tool around town. Plus its easy to [...]

2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium: Even More Room

With a complete redesign, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is even roomier than before. The folks at Subaru moved the wheels farther apart to add to the already spacious interior. The body is now longer, wider and lower than previous models. The exterior was spruced up too and additional power was squeezed out of the four-cylinder [...]

2017 Dodge Ram 1500 Night Edition is a Bad Rama Jama

I’m short. I like to say I’m 5’4” but I’m lucky if I clear 5’3”, when the Dodge Ram 1500 arrived at my door I was somewhat intimidated. This is a big truck. But once you get into the cockpit it’s amazingly easy to drive. Although the Ram 1500 has been around for awhile it [...]

2017 Prius Prime: The Perfect Combination of Gas and Electric Power

The 2017 Prius Prime replaces the Prius Plug-in. It comes equipped with a larger battery for a longer electric-only range (about 25 miles) and a longer body to accommodate the larger battery. It’s plenty stingy on gas, I know, during my driving experience I drove a daily commute of about 100 miles and never had [...]

2017 Nissan Altima SL: Comfort and Economy in an Attractive Package

In the family sedan arena competition is fierce. Yearly updates to technology, style and fuel efficiency are constant. Although the Altima has some of the best mileage numbers and most comfortable seats, some of the technology is looking a bit dated. The Altima is a midsize sedan that seats five. There are five trim levels: [...]

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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design: Sporty Family SUV

As always it’s safety first with the 2017 Volvo XC60 but there’s also something for the driver: a zippy engine. And with the R-Design you’ll be even zippier as the engine is turbocharged. The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a five-passenger compact SUV that is offered in three main trim levels: Dynamic, Inscription and R-Design that [...]


2016 Lexus ES 350: Luxury Squared

Little has changed for the 2016 Lexus ES 350, just a bit of a facelift and optional bi-LED headlights. What remains the same is the ES 350′s appeal as a fully-loaded midsized luxury ride. The 2016 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five people. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, three [...]


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 [...]