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Compact Cars, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Sep 2017 | No Comment | 37 views

By Don Hammonds

 

Looking for a bargain compact sedan with cool looks, unusually modern and enticing interior and a driving personality that invites you to be sporty?

Look no further than Toyota’s Yaris iA sedan.

This one, I will tell you, was a real surprise for me.  First, the styling.  Really well done with nice, flowing lines, appropriate character lines, and asignature front end look that stands apart from what everybody else is doing.  It looks quite a bit like the recently departed …

Fiat, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

8 Sep 2017 | No Comment | 42 views

By Don Hammonds

One of the great mysteries of the automotive industry that really stumps me is why Fiat doesn’t sell more cars.

Every time I pick up the paper or read industry news, it seems that Fiat sales are steadily dropping.

But one bright star for me–and I think it may well prove to be a godsend for the brand–is the little 500x crossover.

Its a really fun looking, sexy car that does what it is supposed to do quite well, and provides …

Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | 80 views

By Don Hammonds

Ford’s 2017 Escape is a classic made all new for this model year.

It’s got all the stuff we all loved about Escape:  Zippy performance, good looks, terrific gas mileage, and a contemporary zest that a lot of its competitors just did not have.

 

[caption id="attachment_8974" align="alignnone" width="612"] New Ford Escape packs more of what Escape customers said they wanted, including the latest driver-assist technologies, remote connectivity and two new fun-to-drive EcoBoost® engines.[/caption]

Well, if you liked the old one, you’re …

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5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | 180 views

By Don Hammonds

For 2017, Nissan’s popular Rogue is a heck of a lot roguish–lowercase “r” intended.

With more dramatic styling,  big upgrades in the interior, and more refinement overall, the compact CUV Rogue is a big player in the compact CUV market, and for good reason.  It’s right-sized, reasonably nimble in the urban road and highway jungle, it’s very comfortable, and as you can see, pretty good looking–enough to make us think of a small Volvo wagon.

For 2017, there were a …

Chrysler, Minivans/Station Wagons, Uncategorized »

31 May 2017 | No Comment | 222 views

By Don Hammonds

If ever there was a car that will make you feel like you stepped right into the middle of the 21st century–ion other words, light years ahead–it’s the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Sure it’s the looks—they are truly unlike anything else on the road, whether you are talking minivans or just any car. But it’s also the wealth of technology, almost overwhelming in quantity and quality. We mean everything from the KeySense system aimed squarely at driver teens, which …

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