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29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 29 views

Automobile Journal has hit the YouTube!

For the first time, there will be road tests of new cars and trucks by Automobile Journal on the popular YouTube website.

There will be a road test of the popular 2015 Mercedes GL250 CUV beginning today. You can view it by going to the link http://youtu.be/2UJFzyEUFNA.

We will publish video road tests of significant new autos and trucks, and you will  still be able to read our popular road tests on our website as well.

During the …

Family Sedans, Nissan, Uncategorized »

5 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 104 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 …

Minivans/Station Wagons, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Subaru, Uncategorized »

18 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 128 views
2015 Subaru Outback Limited: Subaru love, baby!

Subarus can be intriguing to categorize.

Take the Impreza for instance. Imprezas are compacts with a lot of capability. But they are way more sporty to drive than other compacts. And of course, its flagship, the WRX/WRX STi is one of the world’s most desirable high performance compact sedan, so it doesn’t seem quite right to simply categorize the Impreza as just another compact.

Then there is the Outback, the subject of today’s review. .They may be family haulers, but these Outbacks …

Compact Cars, Honda, Uncategorized »

20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 107 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 …

Kia, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

12 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 178 views
2015 Kia K900: Swinging for the automotive luxury fence

By Don Hammonds

More’s the better for automakers when it comes to deciding whether to introduce their brand to a new market niche.

It seems these days whenever one brand goes after a new set of buyers,  here come all the others to hopefully get their share of the market pie, too.

     So it is that Kia.

 Better known as a maker of dependable, economical, sporty, good looking compacts and one  stunning family car, the Optima, it was only a matter of time …

Jaguar, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 333 views
2015 Jaguar F-Type convertible

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By John Heilig
Model: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Convertible S
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V8
Horsepower/Torque: 495 hp @ 6,500 rpm/ 460 lb.-ft. @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Wheelbase: 103.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 176.0 x 75.7 x 51.5 in.
Tires: P255/35R20 (F)/P295/30R20 (R)
Cargo: 7.0 cu. ft.
Economy: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21.7 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 19.0 gal
Curb Weight: 3,671 lbs.
Sticker: $96,313 ($925 delivery, $3,388 options)
The Bottom Line: There’s no question that the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is impressive, in looks, in its …

Dodge, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

28 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 118 views
2015 Dodge Challenger

 
By John Heilig
Model: 2015 Dodge Challenger
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower/Torque: 305 hp @ 6,350 rpm/268 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 116.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 197.9 x 75.1 x 57.5 in.
Tires: P245/45R20
Cargo: 16.2 cu. ft.
Economy: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25.1 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,834 lbs.
Sticker: $33,975 (includes $995 destination, $2,985 options)
The Bottom Line: The Dodge Challenger looks like a performance car, drives like a performance car and has all the goods and bads of a performance …

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 191 views
Ford Fusion Hybrid: Big time ride in the family car field–and for good reason

 

By Don Hammonds

The more often you get behind the wheel of a certain car, it begins to explain its own story.

What I mean by that is that products that are at the head of the pack are usually popular for good reason–and that’s the story of the latest generation Ford Fusion in a nutshell.

It has everything you want–and more.  And if this car doesn’t personify the future of the family car, I don’t know what make does so.

It’s so far …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 225 views
2014 Toyota RAV4: Good as ever, but competition is nipping at the wheels

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s venerable RAV4 isn’t so venerable any more–because it’s been heavily  transformed.

 

It’s got snappy new looks to entice buyers who may mistakenly think they will find the same model in Toyota showrooms that they’ve seen before.  It’s somewhat roomier than previous models. And the interior materials and presentation have been stepped up considerably.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. You will find that the  six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and  you …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 196 views
2014 Rogue SL:  Or the Case of the CUV gone upscale–inexpensively

 

   By Don Hammonds 

Nissan’s ubiquitous Rogue has always been a smile inducer for me.

   It’s cute, economical, zippy, practical, and I always thought it was way better looking than most of the competition.

   But since the Rogue’s introduction, most of the competition has improved on all those counts, making comparison shopping a dicey proposition for last year’s model.  In that time period, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and many others have hit the upscale button.

Well, no worries.  Nissan’s Rogue has …

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