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Compact Cars, Kia, Uncategorized »

20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 73 views

By Don Hammonds

We all know the story.

Subcompact cars are ugly. They are no fun to drive. They’re slow. The interior is a prison sentence.

Well, Kia’s all-new 2018 Rio EX Five Door just took that story and tore it to shreds–and it’s one of this year’s biggest automotive surprises.

The Rio is an absolute blast to drive, and corners quite aggressively too.  Who knew? Way more fun to drive than just about any of its competitors in this market segment. It is …

Ford, Trucks, Uncategorized »

20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 83 views

By Don Hammonds

There’s a reason for everything, they say.

That sure applies to the popularity of Ford’s storied and favored Ford F-150.It is well-built. Rugged as hell. In some models, it’s so plush it would make a limousine embarrassed. It’s reasonably economical, considering the steadily building rep for Ford’s EcoBoost engines.  And given the turbocharging you get with that engine, the F-150 is responsive and ready to roar when it needs to. And thanks to improvements, it rides better than ever. …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

17 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 96 views

 

By Don Hammonds

Want a glance into the automotive future?

We got your back.

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is your ticket.

The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which means that you can recharge at home or at a public charging station, which are becoming a lot more common nowadays. While it is indeed the top of the heap Prius, it doesn’t look like the other Prius models that are not plug-0in hybrids.  It has its own look–and given the potential of this …

Dodge, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

22 Feb 2018 | No Comment | 120 views

By Don Hammonds

Something unforgettable comes this way.

You can hear it. You can see it.  You can feel it.

It’s Dodge’s 2018 Durango SRT 392, a muscled full throated performance SUV that will make your socks roll up and down, raise hairs on the back of your neck and echo thunderously in your ears.

Of course, Durango’s been around a  minute—a bunch of minutes– since 2011, I think. While it hasn’t changed much over the years, sales figures and positive media reviews suggerst …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

31 Jan 2018 | No Comment | 154 views

By Don Hammonds

Prepare to be surprised by the 2018 Kia Niro.

First this small front wheel drive crossover is pretty roomy when you see how small it is on the outside.  It can hold an incredible number of boxes with the back seat folded down–ten of the standard boxes used by grocery stores for stocking. It’s economical beyond belief.  And the styling is just about the coolest you will find with a hybrid product.  And did we mention price?  The value …

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