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Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | 45 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 …

Aston Martin, Mazda, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

10 May 2017 | No Comment | 256 views

By Don Hammonds

We have said it before and we will say it again—know who you are.

Mazda still knows who it is, and the result is automobiles that have special flair, styling all their own, and stunning performance for the driving masses.

This year, they have taken it to the next level: Combining sporty performance, arresting styling and amazing, top drawer interior design —-all in one product: the 2017 Mazda CX-9.

The CX-9 breaks all the rules for crossovers, and does it with …

Hyundai, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

3 May 2017 | No Comment | 154 views

By Don Hammonds

Hyundai’s Santa Fe is a striking example —-for its competitors—of what happens when you don’t pay attention.

For ages, many car brands discounted Hyundai and did not take it seriously aas a possible threat to their own market share.

Now, here comes Santa Fe.  Its a joy to drive, has every conceivable feature you will ever need–and usually as standard equipment, has good looks, plenty of power, really strong handling and plenty of other attributes.

[caption id="attachment_8965" align="alignnone" width="696"] 2017 Santa …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 146 views
2017 Kia Sportage: Competitors, be warned–it’s better than good

 

By Don Hammonds

 

Kia’s new 2017 Sportage, redesigned for this year, puts everyone competing in its market niche that the Korean brand means business.

[caption id="attachment_8888" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

The Sportage, first of all, outdoes just about everybody in the looks department, and the interior is plenty comfortable, non-threatening, and quite easy to get used to as you own it.

[caption id="attachment_8887" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

What’s so great about the Sportage?

Just about everything, really.

Start with the little stuff. We …

Jeep, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 127 views

 By Don Hammonds
Some things just don’t change often.
And for that, we are very grateful when it comes to the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4 x 4.
No, it isn’t wildly styled as some recent SUVs we’ve seen. No, it isn’t the least bit trendy, even though it certainly up to date in terms of technology and equipment.  Some pieces, such as the UConnect infotainment center, are the best in the industry.
It’s just that when you get behind the wheel of …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 213 views
2017 VW Golf Alltrack 4Motion: Hitting the off-road in style

 

By Don Hammonds

When it comes to compact SUVs, the word for today is “rugged.”

Thanks to the influence of Subaru’s hotter than hot Crosstrek, every car company seems to be adding some body cladding, raising ground clearance and installing new macho-looking interiors into one or models in their lineup.

Volkswagen is now getting into the act with its cool, sleek new Golf Alltrack,  which is based on the company’s Golf Sportwagen.

It shares some of the advantages of the Sportwagen–simple, intuitive controls, really …

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

14 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 455 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 …

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

23 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 304 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 …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

22 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 289 views
2017 Nissan Pathfinder: More power, more tech, same pizazz and good value proposition

By Donald Hammonds

I remember Nissan Pathfinders from days gone by long ago.

Back then, it was a kick-ass offroader that seemed to be at home in the outback, so to speak.   It was a nice looking, ruggedly built SUV that had a bouncy ride, okay but not flashy interior and seemed to last forever, based on the number of old ones we would see —and still see–on the road.

But the Pathfinder of today  has been transformed  into a classy looking family car …

Lexus, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

17 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 255 views
2016 Lexus NX:  Lexus hits the compact crossover sweet spot

By Don Hammonds

With all of the compact luxury crossovers on the roads these days, you might find it hard to tell them all apart.
Except for one.
The 2016 Lexus NX 200t.
This CUV is strictly its own crossover.

You will probably notice a similarity between the NX lineup and the others out there in a blink of the eye.
Probably you’ll notice that it resembles the RX 350, Lexus’s bread and butter luxury crossover that has been totally redone this year.
The resemblance is totally …

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