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3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 32 views
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT:  A ball to drive

 
By Don Hammonds
Looking for a modestly priced set of wheels that is a blast to drive?
Look no further than Hyundai’s sleek Elantra GT hatchback, a blast to drive at a very reasonable price:$26,675

Lively and fun to drive with a  2.0 liter, 175 horsepower four cylinder, engine backed up by a six speed automatic transmission, the Elantra GT is rated at 24 city and 33 highway. annual fuel costs are $1650; you save $750 over five years in gasoline  costs compared to other vehicles.

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Honda, Uncategorized »

3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 19 views
2016 Honda HR-V: Good car, good value–if you can find one

By Don Hammonds
Honda has this incredible knack to pick just the right product at just the right time.
And they’ve now done it again with the 2016 Honda HR-V.

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It’s fun to drive, it has plenty of room, it’s got a flexible “Magic Seat” to die for, it’s got this wonderful LaneWatch feature that tells you what’s going on on the passenger side of the car, and it’s really elegant in a sporty sort of way.
And …

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9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 86 views
2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD: Nissan Gets Wild–really wild!

By Don Hammonds

First point.

This car is not for the shy. And it definitely is not for those who want to blend into the background scenery.

Nissan’s 2015 Murano is front and center, baby, and if that makes you uncomfortable, well…better move on.

And if  if you do move on, you will miss one oft his year’s most arresting designs, with an interior to die for, and some pretty darn good gas mileage figures to boot.  You will also miss some pretty fine …

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6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 76 views

 Dress it up in black, add some snappy wheels, and the Hyundai Sonata looks like –and acts like–the perfect limousine for the “Green is Good”  crowd.

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First and foremost to that constituency, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is  plenty economical–fuel economy is up 10 percent and the car now has a combined rating of 42 miles per gallon (compared to only 38 combined last year)  40 city and 44 highway, both up from the previous model.

Better …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 379 views
2015 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum: Quite a Transformation

By Donald Hammonds

Driving Nissan’s 2015 Pathfinder  was a truly eye opening experience for me. It has been a while since I’ve driven a Pathfinder—at least four or five years—, and this new generation model is light years away from the old model. To start with, the appearance was phenomenal.

It’s one of the prettiest, most elegant crossovers on the market. With nicely rounded lines that did not look bulbous, and design hallmarks that make it look a heck of a lot more …

Family Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,150 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 …

Ford, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 295 views
2015 Ford Mustang Premium Coupe: Better, Badder and Bolder

By Don Hammonds

Breathes there a soul on the planet who does not love a Mustang? I love them.

And judging from the reaction I got with the 2015 Mustang coupe I drove for a week, a  lot of other people love ‘Stangs too.

This is one fabulous Mustang, and for me at least, it’s got just about everything I would want if I was buying a sport car.  It’s brutishly fast, even in four cylinder form, its more beautiful than ever, …

Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,108 views
Lincoln MKZ: Contemporary cool, traditional elegance, plenty of class

By Don Hammonds

Want subtlety in your next set of wheels? Want striking without the needless bling? How about a car that is as close to a prototype for the future as you’ll get? Let me introduce you to the Lincoln MKZ. I can see you now–you take a look at the zoomily elegant fastback in front of you, and you’re thinking, “No way!  That’s not an MKZ. The MKZ has a squarish design. Looks like a fancy Fusion. But this  fastback …

Family Sedans, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 316 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 …

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8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 202 views
2015 Toyota Yaris: Small,sporty, and yeah–even a bit sexier

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s tiny Yaris is looking pretty good these days.

Thanks to a sporty new appearance package and a makeover of the interior, which called for replacing the old controversial off center dashboard gauges, with a more conventional yet contemporary design, the Yaris is a lot more able to compete effectively in today’s growing city car market segment.

The exterior redesign is particularly noteworthy up front. The new design is one of the best ones in this market, and strongly …

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