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Compact Cars, Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

20 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 100 views

 

 

  By Don Hammonds

I distinctly remember the first time driving a Toyota Prius many years ago.

It looked and felt like it came from some century beyond ours at the time, and it was teeming with all kinds of hardware, gadgets and gauges that fascinated everyone who saw it. But all the while–it was still a Toyota–with all the virtues that come with the brand: Well-built,  quality everywhere, and the sense that you were well taken care of while behind the …

buyer's guide, Compact Cars, Honda, Minivans/Station Wagons, Uncategorized »

19 Aug 2020 | No Comment | 252 views

  By Don Hammonds

     If you are a parent–or if you love going on long highway vacations with a carload of friends–rejoice.
   Honda’s big news for 2021 is the arrival of a refreshed and revamped Honda Odyssey.
Honda’s big minivan has been the best selling minivan for ten years running, and not only does it deliver on the practical, it also has been a pretty stylish ride too, considering its purpose.

[caption id="attachment_10937" align="alignnone" width="700"] 2021 Honda Odyssey[/caption]

     Now in …

Compact Cars, Hybrids, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 767 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 …

Compact Cars, Kia, Uncategorized »

20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 954 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 …

Compact Cars, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Sep 2017 | No Comment | 1,025 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 …

Compact Cars, Fiat, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 1,254 views
2016 Fiat 500x:  Hey, ya gotta love it!

By Donald Hammonds

You know the routine.

You buy a new car and it just seems like the same old, same old. Three Box design, five to six seat space, nothing special on the equipment list, and is so boring that you yawn just thinking about it.

Well—if you can reduce your size expectations, juice your adventure quotient as high as you can, and prepare yourself for a ball of fun to drive–we have a car you may want to look at. And …

Chevrolet, Compact Cars, Uncategorized »

24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 1,400 views
New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze unveiled

By Don Hammonds

Few segments of the automotive market are as cut-throat competitive as the compact car segment.It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016. Each brand in the field has its own calling card: Hyundai’s Elantra combines strong, distinctive styling and a wealth of equipment, translating to value.

Toyota’s Corolla, one of the newest redo jobs, combines the brand’s reputation for quality and durability, with  a bit  of …

Compact Cars, Honda, Uncategorized »

20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,549 views
2015 Honda Fit: Or why other subcompact carmakers are “Fit” to be tied

By Don Hammonds

Successful  design  and value in an automobile will “out” every single time .

Lord knows Honda’s been making compact cars for years. But this year’s all new 2015 Fit takes the whole game to whole “nuther level”.

 

Beautifully redone inside and out, the new Fit is miles ahead of most of its other counterparts, in terms of fit and finish, quality of materials, space, fun-to-drive qualities and styling as well.  The car looks substantial and feels substantial, and that fact …

Compact Cars, Family Sedans, Uncategorized »

5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 1,793 views
2014 Kia Soul!

THE AUTO PAGE
By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Kia Soul !
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower/Torque: 164 hp @ 6,200 rpm/151 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 163.0 x 70.9 x 63.0 in.
Tires: P235/45R18
Cargo: 24.2/61.3 cu. ft. (rear seat up/down)
Economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/20.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 14.2 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,837 lbs.
Sticker: $26,195 (includes $795 delivery, $5,100 in options)
The Bottom Line: Of all the “box” cars, all useful in many ways, I think my favorite is the Kia …

Compact Cars, Mazda, Uncategorized »

26 Mar 2014 | One Comment | 5,272 views
2014 Mazda3

By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower/Torque: 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm/150 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 106.3 in.
Length x Width x Height: 175.6 x 70.7 x 57.3 in.
Tires: P205/60R16
Cargo: 12.4 cu. ft.
Economy: 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway/32.7 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,797 lbs.
Sticker: $24,035 (includes $795 delivery charge, $495 in options (cargo mat, metallic paint, door sill scuff plates))
The Bottom Line: The totally redesigned Mazda3 is a very nice compact car with very …

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