The All-New 2016 Scion iM: Lookin’ Good

The Scion iM is in its first model year and it’s looking good. With a sporty demeanor, good fuel economy and plentiful features it’s a great first car. Also notable is the two years of free scheduled maintenance that is included in the price of the car. The 2016 Scion iM is a five-passenger hatchback [...]


2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T SE: Make New Memories

Everyone of a certain age has fond memories of the original Volkswagen Beetle. Whether you drove one or knew someone who did, the Beetle is an iconic symbol of a special time and Volkswagen in its infinite wisdom decided to bring the icon back, but with all of the goodies that technology can offer. The [...]


The 2016 Dodge Dart Rallye: Sporty Yet Roomy

With only minor face lifts, the Dodge Dart Rallye comes into 2016 with little change. With it’s sporty styling, the Dart Rallye is surprisingly roomy. While the engine performance doesn’t necessarily match the exterior’s sporty face it will get you where you want to go in comfort. The 2016 Dodge Dart is a five-passenger compact [...]


2016 Hyundai Tucson SE: A Compact Crossover with Style

All new for 2016, the Hyundai Tucson SE has larger backseats and greater cargo space due to the added length and width. I took my test model on a road trip to Carmel and I can tell you that it has a comfortable ride and is pretty fuel-efficient. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a five-passenger [...]


2016 Kia Sedona SXL: A People-Mover with Class

New for 2016 is a standard rearview camera and seating for eight on the SX and SXL trims. Minivans take a lot of shots, but if you’ve got more than two kids or a small soccer team you can’t beat a minivan. There’s a lot of models out there some good and some not-so-good. The [...]


2016 Audi A5 Coupe: Lookin’ Good

Not a lot of change has happened to the 2016 Audi A5 for 2016. If a car means more to you than transportation, then the posh Audi A5 might be your perfect car. With an appealing exterior and luxurious interior, the A5 makes a driving statement. The four-passenger 2016 Audi A5 is offered in coupe [...]


2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring: A Leader in the Crossover Pack

With a tweak to the exterior here and an upgrade to the interior there the Mazda CX-5 comes into 2016 with a rearview camera and Bluetooth standard on all models except the manual transmission. Most compact crossovers are practical with good cargo room, fuel efficiency, and excellent line of sight but are they fun to [...]


2016 Toyota Avalon Limited: Everything and More

In the full-sized sedan segment there is a certain criteria upon which all cars are judged, is it roomy, is it comfortable, is it quiet, and does it have lots of gadgets. The 2016 Toyota Avalon Limited hits the mark and then some. There are five trim levels for the 2016 Toyota Avalon: XLE, XLE [...]


2016 smart fortwo coupe: Just Right for City Slickers

With a complete redesign under its belt for 2016 the smart fortwo has more interior space than previous models. This was my first experience in smart and I can tell you that the interior is spacious and parking and maneuvering are a breeze and I drove the car in the crazy days before Christmas. So for [...]


Spring Car Care Tips

Winter is almost over so it’s a perfect time to prepare your car for warmer weather. Make sure you are ready for spring and prepare to cruise your way into a new season! Start with your tires – heavy, consistent snow and ice require snow tires, which absolutely should be replaced with the non-snow variety. [...]


2016 Toyota Prius Three Gets a Complete Makeover

As the best-selling hybrid one might think that Toyota would leave the Prius as-is and rest on its laurels. Not so. Coming into 2016 the Prius has had a complete redesign inside and out. Outside it has lost the “concept car” look for a more refined body style. The interior has also been spruced up [...]


2016 Volt Premier Hatchback: More Miles, More Smiles

Since its introduction in 2010, I have been a Chevy Volt fan. It just made sense to have a car that had an extended-range electric motor with a gasoline engine back up. As a matter of fact a former President of Caltech nearly ran me over in one, so quite was the engine. With the [...]


2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4: The Whole Package

New for 2016, the Jeep Cherokee gets additional functionality to its optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system. In the competitive small crossover category, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4 stands out with its well-equipped cabin, comfortable seating and off-road capabilities. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is a five-passenger crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk [...]


2016 Kia Optima SX Ltd: A Complete Redo

For 2016 the Kia Optima has been completely redesigned. The midsize sedan category is a full one. There are any number of cars to choose from and competition is fierce. In order to be noticed you’ve got to be a cut above and this is where the 2016 Kia Optima sits. With a completely re-engineered [...]


2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport: A Midsize Sedan That Scores

For 2016 the Sonata gets a larger 7-inch touchscreen standard on all trims except the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T which gets an 8-inch screen. Also standard are automatic headlights and a rearview camera. Maybe the Sonata Sport didn’t get the memo that crossovers were in and midsize sedans where out since it still seems to be [...]


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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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: [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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2016 GMC Terrain Denali: Cross Over to Comfort

The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali gets minor cosmetic changes and added safety features. With a surprisingly quiet cabin and comfortable ride this crossover delivers. Add the optional V6 to the mix and you’ve got a winning combination. The 2016 GMC Terrain is available in five trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT and Denali. This review [...]

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2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition: More Bang for Your Buck

New for 2016 Hyundai Elantra is the added Value Edition trim package while the SE loses some options and the Limited gains keyless entry and automatic climate control. After all these years the Elantra is still a contender in a saturated small sedan market. With its plethora of standard features it can’t be beaten for [...]

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2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport: It’s Just Right

The brand-new 2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport makes its debut into the compact luxury crossover SUV market. With a sporty look outside and plenty of comfort inside, the NX 200t has appeal for buyers who want their space with a side of style. The 2015 Lexus NX 200t is a five-passenger, compact luxury crossover SUV. [...]

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New Year, New Car

At the end of the year, we take stock of our accomplishments, take an inventory of our things and make plans for a better and more prosperous new year. Now is also the time to start shopping for those last minute holiday gifts and to snag some Black Friday sales. It’s a great time to [...]

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Get Your Motor Running

  Fifty vehicle debuts and 800 cars, along with 20,000 auto and tech industry leaders, and more than 4,500 media from 60 countries, filled the LA Convention Center Wednesday for the first 2015 Auto Show press day. The new global vehicle premieres included Buick’s redesigned LaCrosse, Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, and the [...]

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2015 Audi A3 Convertible: Take the Top Down and Say “Ahhhh”

Convertibles were made for SoCal and SoCal weather was made for Convertibles, it’s a symbiotic relationship. So driving the new 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet down the highways and byways of Pasadena was a pure pleasure. With its fabric soft top, it hearkens back to convertibles of yesteryear but this top is fully automated and takes [...]

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Fall into Great Car Maintenance

When the seasons change it is important to take the time to do a car check. Even though Pasadena’s winters aren’t harsh by any means, it’s important to stay on a seasonal schedule to ensure that your car gets the care it needs. Fall is an important time to check all the lights on your [...]

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The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: A Lot of Zip for Little Gas

For 2016 the Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE holds firm with last year’s extensive upgrades to handling and cabin quality. With more competition than ever, the 2016 Camry Hybrid holds its own against the competition with tighter handling, a peppier engine and an interior to die for. But the real story is the mileage with 40 [...]

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2015 E400 Cabriolet Mercedes: Luxury in a Sporty Package

Convertibles have come a long way since they were first introduced. The rag tops of yesteryear are no comparison to what is on the road today. With the 2015 E400 Cabriolet Mercedes, you get the feeling you are driving in world class. Seating that surrounds you in luxury, and plenty of adjustment options to ensure your [...]

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