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25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 31 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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Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 43 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.

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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 | 55 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 …

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7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 62 views

By Don Hammonds

 

Dodge is all about the performance business this year.

Arguably the most performance minded brand in America, with more  than just a pony car and a family sedan,  (Ford and its Mustang and all new 2017  Sport)  or a pony car and a legendary sports car (Chevy with its Corvette and Camar0), Dodge has high  performance models in sedans, pony cars and now SUVs with its all new Dodge Durango SRT.

selling performance models across the brandThe Dodge and SRT …

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7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 53 views

Looking for a way to pull away from the crowd?

Try Volkswagen’s 2017 Volkswagen CCR-Line Executive with Carbon Sedan. with its presence, Audi-like ambiance, and brisk acceleration and plenty of value, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Ours had a base price of $37,820, with delivery costs, it totaled $38,685.

It has a 2.0 liter TSI DOHC Turbo, four cylinder direct injection engine. As is the case with just about all Volkswagens, expect the CC to deliver tight, responsive handling, strong braking, swift acceleration and just a …

buyer's guide, Ford, Uncategorized »

16 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 199 views
2017 Automobile Journal Buyers Guide: Ford

 

Editor’s Note:

For the next few weeks, we will publish a 2017 Buyers Guide for as many brands as we can find information to publish.  We are starting with Ford, and tomorrow’s buyers guide will feature Nissan.

By Don Hammonds

For Ford, 2017 looks like a year of red hot performance cars and doing whatever it takes to keep their Number 1 in sales record intact.

Here’s a look at what is ahead for some of Ford’s most popular products:

Mustang:

Enthusiast customers will continue to …

Coupes, Infiniti, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 184 views
InfinitiQ60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Some cars are just beyond expression in words.

You gotta drive it instead.

Such a car is Infiniti’s Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD.

Exhilarating. Chock full of tech.  Awesome exhaust sounds. And lusty, catch me if you can driving thrills.

To be clear, I would not describe this as a sports car per se. It is a luxury grand touring coupe–a strong handling high speed car that is meant to be driven on weekend trips and cross country journeys.

Of course, this car is designed …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 138 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 …

Infiniti, Nissan, Uncategorized »

30 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 172 views
2017 Infiniti QX80 and 2017 Nissan Armada: Good cars needing more unique identities

By Don Hammonds

When you see either the 2017 Infiniti QX80 Premium and the 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum, you will likely notice one thing: They are big-time big.

But bigger in this case is truly better, with each of them offering the last word in comfort, safety and hominess behind the wheel. The Armada is a full-size–some might say plus-size SUV that can haul up to 8,500 pounds if equipped appropriately, and the same can be said for the Infiniti QX80 Premium. …

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

14 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 366 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 …

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