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18 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 26 views

2019 Mazda CX-5 SUV

Price
Base prices range from $24,350 to $41,000
 
Performance
Prepare to fly if you order a new turbocharged 2.5 liter, 250 horsepower four cylinder engine! The car is fast, handling, as you would expect, is superb, as it is with any Mazda.
 But be prepared to pay for the privilege–it is available on two new models, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. They are further up on the price scale.

Economy
24/30 for the turbocharged engine; 25/31 for the smaller one.
Safety
    Mazda offers …

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18 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 21 views

2019 Lexus RX 350 L

Price:

Base prices run from $48,020 to $54,435

Performance:

The 2019 Lexus RX 350L is a midsize luxury crossover  which is equipped with a 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower V6 engine backed by an eight speed automatic transmission.  Front wheel drive is standard and you can order all wheel drive instead as an extra cost option.

Performance wise, I would say that the RX 350L is pretty much mid range–it is neither the slowest or the fastest model in its segment.  …

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7 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 37 views

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD SUV

The Car:

The RAV4 is the best selling SUV, and for good reason.

It is dependable, safe, tough as nails, will last for years, and is really comfortable along with many other laudable traits.

And THIS year, the RAV4 is sexy. Very sexy.

It stands out from all of those other boxy all wheel drive things I see on the road, and its angular, muscular profile, with character lines in all the right places, along with little things like the …

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7 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 39 views

Car: 2019 Atlas V6 SE/w/Technology

Price: $37,295 base price, $38,840 as tested.

Fuel Economy:

The Atlas, according to the federal government, gets 19 miles per gallon overall, 17 city and 24 highway.  The Atlas uses 5.3 gallons of gasoline to reach a hundred miles.  We found the Atlas to be something of a gas guzzler, however, with a good number of competitive SUVs getting a lot more out of the gasoline tank.

Performance:  The Atlas may feel a bit sluggish off the line, but …

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4 Sep 2019 | No Comment | 150 views

2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew XLT

Price as tested: $39,410

[caption id="attachment_10222" align="alignnone" width="626"] Ranger FX2 Package sports tough styling and capability upgrades with an electronic-locking rear differential, off-road tires, off-road-tuned suspension, front underbody guard and Ford’s off-road cluster screen[/caption]

 

By Don Hammonds

Performance:

Wow! Just wow!

The new turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine–it has 270 horsepower and delivers 310 pound-feet of torque– paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, really puts it out on the road. This EcoBoost engine for the Ranger is a blast to drive, and …

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4 Sep 2019 | No Comment | 149 views

 

2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew

Price as tested: $66,520.00

[caption id="attachment_10225" align="alignnone" width="530"] Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is the most powerful light-duty pickup in America[/caption]

 

By Don Hammonds

Performance:

Power for this stallion on wheels comes from a 5.0 liter V-8, backed by Ford’s new 10 speed automatic transmission which, I believe, was developed in cooperation with General motors./  I have nothing but praise for the F-150’s power, acceleration, and passing ability. But even …

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4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 460 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 | 407 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 | 414 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 | 445 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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