2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate, Nifty Three-Door Speedmobile

The Hyundai Veloster comes into 2019 with a complete redesign inside and out. Under the hood it’s sporting a new turbocharged engine giving the Veloster a kick of speed. Inside there are new standard tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation. What hasn’t changed is the Veloster’s useful [...]


2018 Mazda6 Signature: Inspiring Family Sedan Drivers

New updates the grille, a restyled dashboard and redesigned seats, make the 2018 Mazda6 a more attractive choice in the family sedan segment. The ever-present roomy interior and great fuel economy make it a perennial choice for families’ looking to drive a family car with a sense of style and a bit of fun. There’s [...]


2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT: Adding Miles with a Plug

Making its debut in the United States, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT is all new for 2018. It’s one of the first plug-ins in the SUV class. It looks the same as the gas-only Outlander but offers only two rows of seating instead of three, to make room for the batteries and electric motor. [...]


Don’t Wait: Preparing Your Car for Holiday Driving

Most think proper prep for a holiday road trip about stuffing suitcases into the trunk and grabbing your favorite stuffing recipe than about car maintenance. This is understandable; holiday seasons are hectic. However, some planning will make a big difference in getting to your destination safely and arrive there with a few shreds of your [...]


2018 Volkswagen Passat GT: Sportingly Practical

Many years have passed since the last major update of the Passat, (six), but when choosing a practical sedan for commutes and family road trips the Passat still fits the bill. A new GT trim was introduced for 2018 with a larger V6 engine, 19-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension which this review will focus on. [...]


2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Value, Features and a Refreshed Look

Most of the changes on the Elantra are on the outside with a new front end, rear bumper, wheel design a hood, it cuts a dashing figure. Inside the changes are more subtle, mostly concentrated on the dash and center console. As always the Elantra is packed with standard features like a standard rearview camera, [...]


2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: All New Design

Tracing its roots to the Corolla iM, the all-new for 2019 Corolla Hatchback is a whole lot sportier looking than its sedan cousin. The Crayola paint colors also add to the sporty vibe. This is not a hatchback masquerading as a crossover, this is a true old-school hatchback, which translates to a lower profile and [...]


Advice From the Auto Expert: How to Check Your Oil

Mike Kefalas from JK Volvo tells you what you need to know The change of oil in the car should be done regularly even if it’s something you are not looking forward to. Why? First of all, the regular oil change also establishes a benchmark of when your car’s maintenance needs to be met. For [...]


2018 Kia Soul EV+: Squeezing Extra Miles Out of Its Battery

If you haven’t heard of range anxiety you haven’t driven an all-electric vehicle. It’s a very real thing, I know because I don’t happen to have accessible electricity at my home/office so I am dependent upon public chargers. What I liked about the Soul EV besides the maximum range of 111 miles, is that it [...]


2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE: Longer and Mightier

The Volkswagen Tiguan has been completely redesigned for 2018. Most notably adding 10 inches to the length for more cargo space, legroom, and an optional third row seat. Its shape more closely follows the new Atlas SUV and it sits on a new chassis. All of these changes add up to a more Crossover-like vehicle [...]


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: [...]


2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid: Sips Fuel While Looking Good

With quicker acceleration and a lower price point, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid is giving the market-leading Toyota Prius a run for its money. The Ioniq is now the most fuel-sipping hybrid on the market with an estimated 57/city, 59/highway, and 58/combined mpg. Also of note is the Ioniq’s traditional styling which is a [...]


Don’t Forget About the Transmission Fluid

  There are several vital fluids in your car that need constant monitoring and scheduled changes throughout the year. One of those is the transmission fluid, however, for some reason, this is one that many people neglect and the only time it’s thought of is when the transmission stops working right. Scheduled changes for your [...]


Hit the Coast in the 2018 Beetle Dune and Coast Models

The Volkswagen Beetle has always made a statement on the road: fun, whimsical, and iconic. Few cars are as identifiable and beloved, bringing back memories of school dances, summer nights, and road trips. The 2018 VW Beetle is similar in styling to the old Beetle it’s just a lot more comfortable, zippy, and technology forward. [...]


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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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