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14 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 132 views
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum: Lush life, Ford style

By Don Hammonds

I knew I was in for a treat when I took a look at the iconic Ford emblem on the steering wheel of the ritzy 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.

My clue was when I saw that the emblem was not done up in the usual midnight blue associate with the oval nameplate.  No, this looked like sterling silver—yeah, baby!

[caption id="attachment_8138" align="alignnone" width="643"] 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Series with EcoBoost[/caption]

Now when was the last time YOU saw a Ford emblem …

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13 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 115 views
2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe: The Magnificent Beast

By John Heilig

MODEL: 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

ENGINE: 3.0-liter supercharged V6

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 360 hp @ 6,500 rpm/339 lb.-ft. @ 3,500-5,000 rpm

WHEELBASE: 103.3 in.

LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 176.0 x 74.2 x 51.6 in.

TIRES: P255/35R20 (F)/P295/30R20 (R)

CARGO: 11.0 cu. ft.

ECONOMY: 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway/18.3 mpg test

FUEL TANK: 18.5 gal.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,456

COMPETITIVE CLASS: Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz 600SL

STICKER: $99,305 (includes $995 delivery, $14,910 options)

BOTTOM LINE: Not only is the Jaguar F-Type Coupe one of the most beautiful cars on the …

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13 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 108 views
2016 Mazda CX-3: Pint-sized thrill ride

By John Heilig

AUTO PAGE SPECS
MODEL: 2016 Mazda CX-3
ENGINE: 2.0-liter I-4
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 146 hp @ 6,000 rpm/146 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm
WHEELBASE: 101.2 in.
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 168.3 x 68.1 x 69.6 in.
TIRES: P215/60R16
CARGO: 10.1/42.3 cu. ft. (rear seats up/down)
ECONOMY: 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway/28.7 mpg test
FUEL TANK: 11.9 gal.
CURB WEIGHT: 2,950 lbs.
COMPETITIVE CLASS: Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Rogue
STICKER: $26,150 (includes $850 delivery, $2,090 options)
BOTTOM LINE: The Mazda CX-3 is small. There’s essentially no difference between it and the …

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13 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 128 views
2016 BMW 340i xDrive: A rolling feast for the eyes and senses

By Don Hammonds

One of life’s great mysteries–at least to anyone who doesn’t own a BMW–is why these cars are so treasured by auto enthusiasts and anyone else who ever touches one.

[caption id="attachment_8096" align="alignnone" width="648"] All-new BMW X1 and 340i launch drive in Chihuahua, MX.[/caption]

After years of driving them, I must say I’m at a loss to explain the whole mystique thing that these cars have going for them. I’ve decided that BMW products are far more than just sterling road …

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11 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 162 views

It is the policy of Automobile Journal to run more than one article on a particular car in the interest of giving a variety of viewpoints to consider. This is a road test of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by veteran auto writer John Heilig.

2016Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

ECONOMY: 39 mpg city/43 mpg highway/33.9 mpg test
FUEL TANK: 15.9 gal.
CURB WEIGHT: 3,560 lbs.
COMPETITIVE CLASS: Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Mazda6
STICKER: $35,765 (includes $825 delivery, $4,840 options)
BOTTOM LINE: Hybrid or not, the Hyundai Sonata has …

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