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4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 82 views

By Don Hammonds

Want something to talk about?

Take a look at Lexus’ all-new UX, its smallest–and most affordable way of putting Toyota’s luxury brand in your driveway.

 

It has a wild look to it that, for some reason, makes me think of the Minecraft stuff that my kid has in his room.  Yes, it’s that wild looking!  But you know, as startling as it is, you really grow to love it.

I happen to like it a lot, but for most people, it …

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22 Mar 2019 | No Comment | 82 views

 

 

By Don Hammonds

This is a big year for Subaru, the industry’s fast growing, strong selling producer of all-wheel drive vehicles that are comfortable, durable as all-get out, and are prized possessions passed down to generations in many families.

The biggest news is the newest Subaru, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, a square-jawed, roomy, all-wheel drive SUV that seems to be matching the brisk sales path of its Subaru peers.

Powered by a 260 horsepower turbocharged, flat four cylinder engine, the Ascent puts Subaru …

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22 Mar 2019 | No Comment | 82 views

Lexus:

The Lexus cars and SUVs of today may have the same flawless quality,  remarkably comfortable cabin and iron tough reliability of those products that bore the label years ago…but that’s where the similarity ends.

Lexus, once chided by car enthusiasts as being appliances on wheels with  “meh” styling, now helps set the trend for automotive designs which thrill, draw attention and yes–stir up more than a little controversy. Wild as some of the styling may be, they do bear the test …

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11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | 157 views

By Don Hammonds

Only one word describes Kia’s vastly upgraded 2019 Forte sedan.

Wow!

The Forte is sporty on the outside, yes. So much so that you will probably think it looks like a smaller version of the vaunted, well regarded Kia Stinger sport sedan.

It gets good fuel economy, of course.  And it has just about everything you will ever need in a four door sedan, and given Detroit’s sudden aversion to sedans, Kia (and other imported brands)  stand to make a bundle from consumers who …

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11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | 186 views

 

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s 2019 Highlander is a whole new ball game for this writer.

It has been at least eight years or more since I have driven a Highlander, so I had absolutely no idea how this product has matured and transformed into one of the top products in its mid-sized SUV corner of the market, if not THE best of the bunch.

First, the 2019 Highlander looks vastly different and feels larger than the generation model I tested. And I could …

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