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13 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 95 views
2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line: German stunner

2014 Volkswagen CC: German stunner

 

By Don Hammonds
 
When it comes to automotive luxury, more than two can play the game. Any number of elegant  sedans with four door coupe styling are on the market these days  and you don’t even have to be a luxury sedan maker to play. Consider Volkswagen’s gorgeous 2014 CC R Type, a people pleasing sedan for the five people who get to ride in it.

 Elegant, yes. Fast? To be sure.  Fastback, sexy four door coupe styling? Yep. …

BMW, Uncategorized »

13 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 74 views
2014 BMW X5

 
By John Heilig
 
Model: 2014 BMW X5 x Drive 35d
Engine: 3.0-liter diesel 6
Horsepower/Torque: 255 hp @ 4,000 rpm/413 lb.-ft. @ 1,500-3,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 115.5 in
Length x Width x Height: 193.2 x 76.3 x 69.4 in.
Tires: P255/50R19
Cargo: 23/66 cu. ft. (rear seats up/down)
Economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/21.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 22.4 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,234 lbs.
Sticker: $72,475 (includes $925 destination, $14,950 options)
The Bottom Line: It’s an SUV. It’s a BMW. It’s a diesel. That says it all about the BMW X5 …

Jeep, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

10 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 113 views
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4: Puttin’ on the ritz

By Don Hammonds

Jeep’s new Cherokee, the replacement for the venerable Jeep Liberty, has gone upscale and refined on us.

The Liberty certainly was a popular crossover but those who know the auto industry will tell you that the Liberty, while pleasant enough,was both rather unrefined and getting long in the tooth.

Now, enter Cherokee, a name with a long and rich history at Jeep.

But this newest Jeep has little in common with the Liberty, and certeinly even less in common with the

Cherokee …

Family Sedans, Nissan, Uncategorized »

4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 136 views
2014 Nissan Altima: Familar, friendly, and great as ever

By Donald Hammonds

The French say that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Could that really be true of the 2014 Nissan Altima?  We think it is.

And that’s a good thing.

 

The  2014 Altima is what it always has been:  Roomy, ultra quiet, and a car that appeals to the performance minded family person. Only Honda’s Accord and to a slightly lesser extent, the Ford Fusion, can go to the mat with Altima on the performance angle.

     If you’re …

Lexus, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

28 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 290 views
2014 Lexus IS350 AWD: Making its own way

By Don Hammonds

Lucky for buyers of entry level luxury sports sedans!

Each of the entries has its own niche, its own personality and market. To us at Automobile Journal, its not so much that one model is better than another, rather, its more important that you know which one of the models on the market suits your personality and needs best.

BMW Three Series is clearly the choice for those wanting a dyed in the wool,  high performance sedan with superb handling and a pedigree  …

Uncategorized, Volvo »

21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 176 views
2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E: A sporty mobile coccoon? Yep!

If ever there was a company all about the “wombing” of the automobile experience, it’s Volvo.

It’s hard to imagine a line of cars, more comfortable, reassuring, safe and indestructible than Volvo products, and that’s why they sell well, we think. It’s the company’s uncanny ability to play to that most basic of human desires: security.

 

This time around, the example of this phenomenon was the 2015 XC60 T6 Drive-E. 

Base price was $40,050, and withoptinos the price came to $58,725.

 

Standard features on …

Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 276 views
2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid:  Prototype of the luxury car of the future?

     By Don Hammonds

     If we had to describe the 2014 Lincoln MKZ it would the word “futuristic.”

     I can’t think of a single piece of usable new technology that this car  does not have, and if Lincoln officials are ;looking for a new way to sell it, that’s the angle to use as far as we aer concerned.

      When you enter this car, you notice the unusual contour of the seats, the sweeping dashboard and console that look as …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 178 views
2014 Toyota Highlander:  Putting on top hat and tails

By Don Hammonds

Wow, have things ever changed for the Toyota Highlander!

We just test drove the 2014 model, and it is vastly different from its predecessors. To be sure, its still quiet, utterly appropriate for family needs, and built to last. None of that has changed.

But what HAS changed is the demeanor and message that the Highlander puts out there.  It comes across as being a lot more expensive than it is, thanks to its elegant new design that has enough …

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5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 158 views

By John Heilig
Model: 2014 BMW 435i xDrive Coupe
Engine: 3.0-liter Twin Turbo 6
Horsepower/Torque: 300 hp @ 5,800-6,000 rpm/300 lb.-ft. @ 1,200-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 110.6 in.
Length x Width x Height: 182.6 x 71.9 x 54.2 in.
Tires: P225/45R18 run flat
Cargo: 17.7 cu. ft.
Economy: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/28.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,735 lbs.
Sticker: $64,275 (includes $975 destination, $14,350 in options)
The Bottom Line: The BMW 435i is a beautiful car with performance to match. On Interstates, it’s a smooth cruiser; …

BMW, Luxury Cars, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

7 May 2014 | No Comment | 183 views
2014 BMW 3 Series xDrive Gran Turismo: A star is born

 

By Don Hammonds

There are so many things to say about the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

 

That’s because more than some of the BMWs we’ve tested, this one is an enigma to us that we find at once fascinating, and yet so hard to pin down.  That’s not because of anything negative, but  because it has so many wonderful qualities it’s hard to figure out how to categorize it.

     You could call it an incredible performance sedan because of its …

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