2017 Lexus GS350 F Sport: Small Changes Equal Big Fun

The Lexus GS350 F Sport has received incremental changes since its debut in 2013 that have kept it a contender in the midsize luxury sedan segment. 2017 is no different, added to the impressive list of standard features are the previously optional driver safety aids including: adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning [...]

2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve: All Shiny and New

After a year off, the 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve returns with a whole new look inside and out. From its aggressive front grille to its comfortable interior, the Titan has been recreated into a better version of itself. It’s a big vehicle, high off the ground, long and wide, especially for a person of [...]

2017 Fiat Lounge and Abarth Cabrio, Bringing Smiles Wherever They Go

Have you ever seen a dog, cat or baby that just made you smile? The 2017 Fiat Lounge and Abarth Cabrio have the same effect. They are just so cute and peppy that you can’t help but grin. For 2017, the 500 reduces its trim levels to three and the six-speaker Alpine audio and driver [...]

2017 Toyota Yaris SE: Just the Basics with all the Extras

Not everyone is a car fanatic. Some people just want to get from point A to B with creature comforts and fuel economy. But what if you could have the basics with some of the extras? The 2017 Toyota Yaris fits the bill nicely. And for 2017 Toyota has added a whole host of safety [...]

2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium: Plenty of Elbow Room

For 2017, Volkswagen makes the Jetta even more attractive with the addition of driver assistance features, updates to the infotainment system and a USB port instead of the dated cable connection. The 2017 Jetta is crammed with all sorts of fun stuff that most midsize sedans don’t offer and at a lower price point. But [...]

JK Volvo Serving the Pasadena Area for Nearly 50 Years By Treating Customers like Family

For almost 50 years, JK Volvo has served the Pasadena area. JK Volvo specializes in providing highly skilled diagnostics, repairs and service for Volvos. Most importantly, they provide these services with ethics, honesty and integrity. They are a family owned business and their integrity is a reflection of the core family values that John Kefalas [...]

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium: All New Inside and Out

It’s been a while since the Volkswagen Tiguan has seen any changes (it received a refresh in 2011), but for 2018 it debuted with a whole new look. A longer wheelbase means it has extra room for a third row seat. Being wider, means more elbow room, extra length means more legroom and greater cargo [...]

Add Some Muscle to Your Drive: 2017 Dodge Challenger GT

Modern cars come in all sorts of personas, some strive for comfort, others for fuel economy, and there are those that just want to have fun, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is one of the latter. My test model was bright red. Everywhere I went I got looks and comments. When I drove up to [...]

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring: Makes You Want to Go Zoom

Because the Mazda MX-5 Miata was completely redesigned in 2016, the 2017 version is unchanged. Always a fun drive, the Miata is one of the top-selling sports cars. If you like your cars sporty and small, the Miata is for you. Practice up on your manual shifting skills, because although the Miata comes with an [...]

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium: Even More to Like

For 2017 the Volkswagen e-Golf gets an extended range of 125 miles on a full charge, up from 83 miles on older models. Also the 7.2kW on-board charger is standard on all trims. Since I don’t have an electrical outlet in my garage (all electricity is up a steep hill), I was planning on charging [...]

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE: Fully Loaded and Ready to Roll

For 2018 Toyota introduces the all-new C-HR, a hold-over from the discontinued Scion brand, the C-HR is a subcompact crossover with a bit of pizzazz. Its design is all curves and angles with a fun to drive attitude. The C-HR comes in just two trim levels: XLE and XLE Premium. This review will focus on [...]

2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow: Making the Drive Enjoyable

2017 was a big year for the BRZ. With a slew of changes, the BRZ now gets more power from its engine, a smoother ride thanks to a retuned suspension, and upgraded materials on the interior. What stays the same is the “fun”. The BRZ is still engaging on the road and looks great while [...]

2017 Kia Niro Touring: Hybrid Benefits Without the Hybrid Look

For 2017 Kia introduces the all-new Niro, a compact hybrid crossover SUV that looks more like a traditional car. Offering the driver about 43/combined mpg, the Niro really delivers on fuel economy without fudging on power. Available in five trim levels, FE, LX, EX, Touring and limited-edition Touring Launch, this review will focus on the [...]

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: A New Addition to the Rogue Lineup

New for 2017 is the Hybrid option for the Nissan Rogue making Nissan’s stylish compact SUV even more attractive. I’ve got to say I loved the color of my test model. Called Monarch Orange, it was a kind of rusty orange color. I liked it so much I tried to find a nail polish color [...]

2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Comfort and Fuel Economy

Who says you can’t have a comfortable car and fuel economy too? Not the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, it delivers on both. For 2017 the Avalon Hybrid gets the Safety Sense package of forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning and intervention, as standard equipment. If you think that you have to [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]