Things That Can Get You Stranded in the Middle of Nowhere: Alternator Failure

Some people may never experience being stranded at the side of the road thanks to a breakdown. But a lot of people unfortunately will come to realize that cars can fail you on occasion, and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Mike Kefalas at JK Volvo tells us that becoming aware of the [...]

What Precautions Should I Take When Buying A Used Car?

No matter how much you think you know about cars, unless you are a professional with all the testing equipment at your disposal and years of experience to guide you through those shark infested waters. According to our friends at JK Volvo, the first thing you need to do before even stepping onto the forecourt [...]

2018 Kia Rio EX: All Grown Up and Looking Good

The redesigned 2018 Kia Rio makes a statement in the subcompact segment. With its new look and upgraded interior, the Kia Rio seems like a larger, more expensive car. The interior still has hard plastics but the placement of the instruments and the redesign of the dash make it seem more expensive than it really [...]

2018 Infiniti QX30 Sport: Top of the Line and Feeling Fine

Blazing its own trail between a coupe, hatchback and crossover, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a great choice for someone who wants more cargo space with a sporty drive. The Sports trim comes in front-wheel drive only, so there will be no light off-roading in this baby. It’s sports-tuned suspension means it rides a bit [...]

2017 Kia Optima SX Limited: Value Without Compromise

With plenty of room and a stylish interior, you might mistake the Kia Optima for a more expensive luxury car, but the price will prove you wrong. A large sedan, the Optima is inviting with plenty of options to mix and match for your perfect vehicle. After a complete redesign in 2016, the Optima comes [...]

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Zoomalious

For all you sports car lovers, I present to you the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. A zoom-worthy two-seater for anyone who appreciates the wind in their hair, the feel of the road, and has a need for speed. Since its complete redesign two years ago the Miata comes into 2018 with a minimum of [...]

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium: It’s Just Right

The completely redesigned for 2018, Subaru Crosstrek continues to hit it out of the park with a combination of looks, handling and affordability. An embarrassment of riches comes in the form of upscale options like lane departure warning, a premium audio system, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency breaking. The addition of a spruced-up interior [...]

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica: A Classic Reimagined

If you think the Fiat Spider resembles the MX-5 Miata, you’d be right. Mazda did have a hand in creating the structure of the Spider, but that is where the comparisons end. Fiat uses its own suspension, engine and trany, making it a chip off the old Spider block. Since its debut in the 2017 [...]

2018 Volkswagen Golf SE: Sporty Hatch with European Styling

Volkswagen’s perennial favorite the Golf, is a sporty hatchback with just the right amount of zippidy-do-dah to make everyday commutes a little less humdrum. With its turbocharged engine and nimble steering, the Golf is more than just your average passenger/cargo workhorse. For 2018, the Golf is receives a refresh. The S, SE, and SEL trim [...]

2018 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Hatchback: Extreme Drivability

Mazda has the touch. They can somehow take a boring compact hatchback and turn it into something fun to drive. It may not be the fastest four-door hatchback in the pack, but it is one of the most engaging to drive. Attractive inside and out, the Mazda 3 Grand Touring makes a striking statement as [...]

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch Diesel: Excellent Mileage with a Side of Zoom

A zippy hatchback, the Cruze is a popular Chevrolet drive. This year, adding to its popularity is the new Cruze Hatch Diesel. Combining a zippy, yet economical diesel engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch Diesel provides added cargo-carrying capacity in a great-looking package. There is only one trim offered with the diesel engine and that [...]

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid: Adding Miles With a Plug

New for 2018, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is adding mileage with a simple push of the plug. Hyundai’s new plug-in hybrid adds up to an extra 29 miles of driving on a fully-charged battery. I’m of the opinion that our infrastructure for 100% electric cars is still not there. The Ioniq Plug-In fills an [...]

2017 Jeep Compass Sport 4×4: Fully Redesigned

At the beginning of 2017 the Jeep Compass carried over unchanged. But a midyear redesign was introduced bringing a whole new Compass. Inside and out the Compass is new bringing it in line with other Jeep models. Features of the new Compass are: stronger chassis, revised suspension, and easier powertrain choices. The are four trim [...]

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition: Value Added

As a compact sedan the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is competent if not exciting. It has all the ingredients: turbocharged engine, a nice drive, pleasant interior, and decent handling but put all together it fails to get the heart racing. For 2018 the Jetta gets few changes. Two new trim levels have been added: the Wolfsburg [...]

It’s Time Again Pasadena for that Yearly Maintenance on Your Volvo Vehicles

Quit procrastinating! Winter is almost through, and so is the viscosity of the oil in your engine. On both counts, it’s time for a change… So the weather has warmed up, and every indication is that Winter is truly on its way out. Now the work begins as you get out your yearly list of [...]

Ode to a 2018 Lexus LC 500: Poetry in Motion

I love my job because I love cars. Big ones, small ones, practical and fanciful, I appreciate the thought and design that goes into almost every vehicle I test drive. If asked to pick a favorite, I would be hard-pressed to come up with a single answer, until now. To say I loved driving the [...]


2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: Good Looks and a Nice Drive Too

Often crossover SUVs are utilitarian in looks and function. They haul your stuff and kids but have no real personality, the 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription is one of the exceptions. Outside it’s all classic lines and gentle curves. Inside the XC90 is fully-loaded with supple leather and all the gizmos and gadgets you could [...]


2018 Audi A4 allroad Prestige: A Station Wagon with Style

Once upon a time station wagons were all the rage for larger families, but these days it seems all about crossovers. However, there are still station wagons on the market and the 2018 Audi A4 allroad is one of the nicer ones. As with all Audi models luxury is job one and the allroad is [...]


2018 Mercedes E400 Cabriolet: Comfortable, Convertible Luxury

For 2018 the Mercedes E-Class coupe and convertible have been completely redesigned inside and out. The interiors are more richly appointed than before and the ride is smoother due to the new base platform of the E400. There are also a whole host of advanced driver safety features. There are also the latest in autonomous [...]


2018 Buick Encore Premium: A Little Bit Family, A Little Bit Go, Go, Go

I took the Buick Encore on a week’s trip to the beach. It was packed to the rafters with supplies needed to comfortably enjoy a week’s vacation (actually more than I needed since I brought half of it home). There were also two passengers who rode comfortably on the two-hour trip. The interior was well-appointed [...]


2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium: Sleek and Sporty

Blazing its own trail between a coupe, hatchback and crossover, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a great choice for someone who wants more cargo space with a sporty drive. It’s available in all-wheel drive which gives the QX30 the ability to handle foul weather and light off-roading. I liked the QX30 it satisfied the sporty [...]


2018 Mercedes GLA250 4Matic: A Smaller Take on the SUV

If you are looking for a smaller profile SUV and want the Mercedes Badge, then the 2018 GLA250 4Matic was made for you. For 2018 the GLA250 gets a bit of a facial with redesigned front and rear bumpers. Also added as standard equipment is an 8-inch high-res display and rearview camera. I was lucky [...]


2018 Chevrolet Equinox Sheds the Pounds but Keeps the Spunk

Coming into 2018 the Chevrolet Equinox Premier 2.0T gets a complete refresh. It is 4.7 inches shorter and has lost hundreds of pounds of fuel-eating fat. But passengers won’t suffer, the interior space of the Equinox remains basically unchanged. The competition in the compact crossover segment is fierce. Crossovers have surpassed family sedans in sales. [...]


2017 Infiniti QX60: Moving People with Style

Seating seven passengers, the Infiniti QX60 is a cross between a minivan and an SUV. Featuring conventional doors, the QX60 removes the minivan moniker, however the seating is worthy of the best minivan but it looks so much smarter. A tweak of the engine in the QX60 produces more power without loss of mileage and [...]


2017 Lexus GX460, Four-Wheel-Drive Luxury

What comes to mind when I say four-wheel-drive? A Subaru or Jeep perhaps? How about a Lexus? No? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you step-up to the 2017 Lexus GX460. Oh yeah and you’ll get something else, luxury. With three row seating and a kick-ass V8 engine, the Lexus GX460 delivers on power, roominess, [...]


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 [...]