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 [...]

It’s National Car Maintenance Month

April is an official Car Care Month. In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips! National Car Care Month reminds you to take care of any issues that may have occurred or been ignored during winter. Spring driving brings its [...]

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring: A People-Mover with Flare

In the world of people-movers the mere use of the word minivan can cause an involuntary cringe, but one look at the Chrysler Pacifica Touring will put a smile on your face. With so many car companies ditching the minivan moniker, Chrysler uses it proudly and with good reason. The all-new Pacifica basically replaces the [...]

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 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport: Great in Winter Yuck, Grand in Summer Sun

Although we in Southern California don’t sweat the weather too much (except when it’s over 100), we do have our moments. The first rain of the year, a full day of steady rain or a sudden downpour can make our roads treacherous. The all-wheel drive Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport is great for that, but it’s [...]

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso Hits it Out of the Park

Often when old car models are reintroduced you wonder why. With the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider you wonder why they didn’t do it sooner. Based loosely on the Miata, the Fiat Spider has things the Miata does not. It is more comfortable, quieter and has more get up and go. With an extra 3 inches [...]

2017 Toyota 86: Blasting Off on a Highway Near You

If “a rose by any other name will still smell as sweet,” then a Scion FR-S renamed the Toyota 86 will still be as fast. Oh yeah! With a tweak to the engine, giving it more speed, and a restyled front and rear end, the Toyota 86 is better than ever. The “new” Toyota 86 [...]

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 Mazda3 Grand Touring: A Touch of Class

The Mazda3 comes into 2017 with plenty of updates including a refreshed exterior, newly designed dashboard, and added standard equipment. With its European styling and classic lines the Mazda3 is a compact car that feels and looks anything but. With its plethora of standard features and its playful personality, the Mazda3 is a great compact [...]

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Power and Drivability

After a full redesign just last year the Mitsubishi Outlander comes into 2017 with few updates. New standard equipment includes the 6.1-inch touchscreen and rearview camera. There are new optional features too, a heated steering wheel, CarPlay, Android Auto, 360 camera system, and automatic high beams. As family-sized crossovers go the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is [...]

2017 Toyota Camry: Tried and True

People buy cars for different reasons, for some it’s for looks, others it’s speed and agility, while still others view a car as something to get them from point “a” to point “b” with comfort and ease. The tried and true Toyota Camry is great for the latter who view a car as an appliance [...]

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 [...]


2016 Lexus GS 450H Hybrid: Doesn’t Compromise

With a restyled front and new lighting for the rear, the 2016 Lexus GS 450h is looking good. Add to that a larger touchscreen and some much-appreciated blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection and you’ve got something going on. Hybrids are now a common sight but the operation of the hybrid varies from car to [...]


2016 Fiat 500X Trekking: All New, All Cool

The Fiat 500X is a small crossover that offers more room than the 500L with the higher visibility of a crossover all with the 500′s winning personality. In other words it’s a more practical Fiat without losing any of its fun-loving ways. Looking much the same at the 500, the 500x adds height and extra [...]