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20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 183 views
2015 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum: Quite a Transformation

By Donald Hammonds

Driving Nissan’s 2015 Pathfinder  was a truly eye opening experience for me. It has been a while since I’ve driven a Pathfinder—at least four or five years—, and this new generation model is light years away from the old model. To start with, the appearance was phenomenal.

It’s one of the prettiest, most elegant crossovers on the market. With nicely rounded lines that did not look bulbous, and design hallmarks that make it look a heck of a lot more …

Family Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 551 views
2015 Volkswagen Passat:  Conservatively elegant, and a sports sedan to boot

      By Don Hammonds

 Could the 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SE and its fellow versions of VW’s midsized sedan be the Bentleys of the family car segment?
Could be!
First, they are conservatively elegant. Second, they handle quite well, and are fast in a very subtle sort of way. And they are impeccably put together.  Sound like any  car you kjnow?  Bentleys, of course.
Now, we are not suggesting that the Passat is a good substitute purchase for the Bentley.
But we are saying that each …

Ford, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 174 views
2015 Ford Mustang Premium Coupe: Better, Badder and Bolder

By Don Hammonds

Breathes there a soul on the planet who does not love a Mustang? I love them.

And judging from the reaction I got with the 2015 Mustang coupe I drove for a week, a  lot of other people love ‘Stangs too.

This is one fabulous Mustang, and for me at least, it’s got just about everything I would want if I was buying a sport car.  It’s brutishly fast, even in four cylinder form, its more beautiful than ever, …

Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 574 views
Lincoln MKZ: Contemporary cool, traditional elegance, plenty of class

By Don Hammonds

Want subtlety in your next set of wheels? Want striking without the needless bling? How about a car that is as close to a prototype for the future as you’ll get? Let me introduce you to the Lincoln MKZ. I can see you now–you take a look at the zoomily elegant fastback in front of you, and you’re thinking, “No way!  That’s not an MKZ. The MKZ has a squarish design. Looks like a fancy Fusion. But this  fastback …

Family Sedans, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 188 views

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s all-new 2015 mid-sized Camry is proof positive that you can make substantial changes to a popular model, and still keep–even grow–your customer base.

Our road tests of the 2015 Camry XLE and the 2015 Camry Hybrid were some of the most surprising evaluations we’ve had from a Camry evaluation in years.  The new models are exactly as promised; new from stem to stern and back,   the only carryover piece, company officials said, was the  exterior roof. ”

And, for the …

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