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21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 65 views
2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E: A sporty mobile coccoon? Yep!

If ever there was a company all about the “wombing” of the automobile experience, it’s Volvo.

It’s hard to imagine a line of cars, more comfortable, reassuring, safe and indestructible than Volvo products, and that’s why they sell well, we think. It’s the company’s uncanny ability to play to that most basic of human desires: security.

 

This time around, the example of this phenomenon was the 2015 XC60 T6 Drive-E. 

Base price was $40,050, and withoptinos the price came to $58,725.

 

Standard features on …

Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 169 views
2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid:  Prototype of the luxury car of the future?

     By Don Hammonds

     If we had to describe the 2014 Lincoln MKZ it would the word “futuristic.”

     I can’t think of a single piece of usable new technology that this car  does not have, and if Lincoln officials are ;looking for a new way to sell it, that’s the angle to use as far as we aer concerned.

      When you enter this car, you notice the unusual contour of the seats, the sweeping dashboard and console that look as …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 124 views
2014 Toyota Highlander:  Putting on top hat and tails

By Don Hammonds

Wow, have things ever changed for the Toyota Highlander!

We just test drove the 2014 model, and it is vastly different from its predecessors. To be sure, its still quiet, utterly appropriate for family needs, and built to last. None of that has changed.

But what HAS changed is the demeanor and message that the Highlander puts out there.  It comes across as being a lot more expensive than it is, thanks to its elegant new design that has enough …

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5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 103 views

By John Heilig
Model: 2014 BMW 435i xDrive Coupe
Engine: 3.0-liter Twin Turbo 6
Horsepower/Torque: 300 hp @ 5,800-6,000 rpm/300 lb.-ft. @ 1,200-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 110.6 in.
Length x Width x Height: 182.6 x 71.9 x 54.2 in.
Tires: P225/45R18 run flat
Cargo: 17.7 cu. ft.
Economy: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/28.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,735 lbs.
Sticker: $64,275 (includes $975 destination, $14,350 in options)
The Bottom Line: The BMW 435i is a beautiful car with performance to match. On Interstates, it’s a smooth cruiser; …

BMW, Luxury Cars, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

7 May 2014 | No Comment | 138 views
2014 BMW 3 Series xDrive Gran Turismo: A star is born

 

By Don Hammonds

There are so many things to say about the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

 

That’s because more than some of the BMWs we’ve tested, this one is an enigma to us that we find at once fascinating, and yet so hard to pin down.  That’s not because of anything negative, but  because it has so many wonderful qualities it’s hard to figure out how to categorize it.

     You could call it an incredible performance sedan because of its …

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