Articles in Family Sedans

Chrysler, Family Sedans, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

24 May 2017 | No Comment | 308 views

By Don Hammonds

There is much to be said for sticking to your guns in the face of challenges.

That much can certainly be said of the 2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum.

It has a classic styling theme that has held up more than well over the years.  It is arguably the most accessible–financially and emotionally–luxury car involved.  Though its technology is both plenteous and new, and it is chock full of the latest everything, it is presented in a way that is not …

Family Sedans, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

9 May 2017 | No Comment | 175 views

By Don Hammonds

Some cars I test drive are wheels that I do not wish to give back to the manufacturer.

Volkswagen has an inordinate number of cars in its lineup that  I have tested which I would just as soon keep.

The latest?

The 2017 Golf GTI Autobahn is the latest of those cars.

I have no idea where to begin to explain why this car captivates me so much.  Maybe its the really ultra-cool styling.  VW has managed to make the Golf a …

Family Sedans, Honda, Uncategorized »

25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 174 views
2017 Honda Accord Sport Touring: A thorn in competitors’ sides

By Don Hammonds

It must be pretty frustrating as an automaker selling intermediate family cars when it comes to Honda’s almost peerless Accord.

While Honda has made judicious additions and refinements in the Accord in it current generation for the last four or five years, it still is the same basic model introduced several years ago. And it is still by far and away the best intermediate family sedan you can buy. Nobody even comes close–and that includes the archrival Toyota Camry.

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Auto Shows, BMW, Chevrolet, Family Sedans, Honda, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Luxury Cars, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

14 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 523 views
2017 North American International Auto Show: Families–rich or otherwise—rule!

By Don Hammonds

Most of us car writers usually try to pick a main theme every year following the 2017 North American International Auto Show, now underway in Detroit.

Sometimes it’s sports cars. Sometimes it’s sport utility vehicles. Other times it’s hybrid or electric cars. Whatever.

Well,  this year, it’s clearly family cars. And that means a totally new affordable family sedan like the 2018 Toyota Camry. Or the livery for the well-heeled family–the also all new Lexus LS500. Or a dependable ride …

Dodge, Family Sedans, Uncategorized »

16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 424 views
2016 Dodge Charger STX Plus AWD:  It’s about the flava, baby!

By Don Hammonds

Looking for some “Flava” in your next big American family sedan?

Let us suggest the 2016 Dodge Charger SXT Plus AWD–it’s a solid, well-built, impeccably made full sized sedan  that, despite playing little brother to the hellishly fast Dodge Charger Hellcat, can really step out briskly and do so while getting pretty decent mileage.

First, let me put something to rest about this car and FiatChrysler products in general.

You probably have heard that Chrysler Fiat is having quality control issues. That just has …

Family Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,406 views
2015 Volkswagen Passat:  Conservatively elegant, and a sports sedan to boot

      By Don Hammonds

 Could the 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SE and its fellow versions of VW’s midsized sedan be the Bentleys of the family car segment?
Could be!
First, they are conservatively elegant. Second, they handle quite well, and are fast in a very subtle sort of way. And they are impeccably put together.  Sound like any  car you kjnow?  Bentleys, of course.
Now, we are not suggesting that the Passat is a good substitute purchase for the Bentley.
But we are saying that each …

Family Sedans, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 600 views

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s all-new 2015 mid-sized Camry is proof positive that you can make substantial changes to a popular model, and still keep–even grow–your customer base.

Our road tests of the 2015 Camry XLE and the 2015 Camry Hybrid were some of the most surprising evaluations we’ve had from a Camry evaluation in years.  The new models are exactly as promised; new from stem to stern and back,   the only carryover piece, company officials said, was the  exterior roof. ”

And, for the …

Family Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

7 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 605 views
2015 Golf TDI SEL:Compact car gold standard

By Don Hammonds

If you haven’t heard by now, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf lineup has been selected as the 2015 Car of the Year by the widely respected Motor Trend Magazine. Of course, when anything or anyone is ranked at the top, detractors and competitors love to seize the chance to knock the winner off the pedestal. Well, if Volkswagen Golf’s competitors wish to mount an assault, they’d better prepare for a big fight. This newest Golf generation beats its competitors …

Family Sedans, Nissan, Uncategorized »

5 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 656 views
2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV: An automotive Jack of All Trades

By Don Hammonds

Let’s say you are looking for a family car.

You want something that’s nice looking, with all the features you need, and good gas mileage, too.  But you DONT want anything boring, slow, or dowdy looking.

We’ve got your car right here—-the 2015 Nissan Altima.

 

Even with a four cylinder economical engine, the Altima is anything but slow. It drives much lighter than it is in reality, with a smooth, quiet ride. And even the cheapest Altima in the lineup looks …

Family Sedans, Nissan, Uncategorized »

4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 745 views
2014 Nissan Altima: Familar, friendly, and great as ever

By Donald Hammonds

The French say that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Could that really be true of the 2014 Nissan Altima?  We think it is.

And that’s a good thing.

 

The  2014 Altima is what it always has been:  Roomy, ultra quiet, and a car that appeals to the performance minded family person. Only Honda’s Accord and to a slightly lesser extent, the Ford Fusion, can go to the mat with Altima on the performance angle.

     If you’re …

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