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21 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 48 views
2016 Lexus IS300 AWD sedan: The stealth bomber with the velvet touch

By Don Hammonds

Lexus’ IS300 AWD is just the ticket for those who want to avoid the obvious, and go for the road less traveled.

Just about everybody aspires to own a BMW Three Series or perhaps nowadays, an Audi A4. But those of us who loathe anything that “everybody” has, and wants to make a statement with their choice of a sports sedan can go with the 2016 Lexus IS300 sedan.

 

If you are wondering what people I’m talking about, consider yours truly.

Though …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 57 views
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid:  A breath of fresh, uncomplicated, enjoyable driving

By Don Hammonds

We are “ravin’ about the 2016 Toyota RAV4 around here these days–especially the RAV4 hybrid with its combination of economy, looks, class,  and one of the best interiors in the small sport utility field.

But some of the reasons we like it a lot are strictly psychic.  We think it is such a relief to get into a car where we don’t have to guess where anything is located. That is so not happening these days with so many …

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16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 61 views
2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X: Welcome to the “Big Boys Club”

By Don Hammonds

Nissan’s Titan has been out there battling in the truck market for quite some time.

But this time around, Titan’s bringing game with them: A bigger, more imposing truck that looks t0 be no pushover. A new 310 horsepower 5.0 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that has a two-stage turbo system. A host of equipment, options and features that will make it eminently a much tougher  competitor than ever before.   And plenty of clout appearance wise among other trucks, …

Dodge, Family Sedans, Uncategorized »

16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 96 views
2016 Dodge Charger STX Plus AWD:  It’s about the flava, baby!

By Don Hammonds

Looking for some “Flava” in your next big American family sedan?

Let us suggest the 2016 Dodge Charger SXT Plus AWD–it’s a solid, well-built, impeccably made full sized sedan  that, despite playing little brother to the hellishly fast Dodge Charger Hellcat, can really step out briskly and do so while getting pretty decent mileage.

First, let me put something to rest about this car and FiatChrysler products in general.

You probably have heard that Chrysler Fiat is having quality control issues. That just has …

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2 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 84 views

By Don Hammonds

If James Bond was a family man, I strongly suspect that Nissan’s new Maxima would be on his list of possible rides for the kiddos.

Sleek, sexy, sly as a leopard, the 2016 Maxima is beyond a doubt, one of the coolest cats in the full-size sport sedan field.  It’s reliably fast without slamming you against the seats or upside a door panel. It corners and stops and steers like some of the better sports sedans I’ve driven.  And …

Acura, Aston Martin, Uncategorized »

14 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 207 views
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum: Lush life, Ford style

By Don Hammonds

I knew I was in for a treat when I took a look at the iconic Ford emblem on the steering wheel of the ritzy 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.

My clue was when I saw that the emblem was not done up in the usual midnight blue associate with the oval nameplate.  No, this looked like sterling silver—yeah, baby!

[caption id="attachment_8138" align="alignnone" width="643"] 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Series with EcoBoost[/caption]

Now when was the last time YOU saw a Ford emblem …

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13 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 204 views
2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe: The Magnificent Beast

By John Heilig

MODEL: 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

ENGINE: 3.0-liter supercharged V6

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 360 hp @ 6,500 rpm/339 lb.-ft. @ 3,500-5,000 rpm

WHEELBASE: 103.3 in.

LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 176.0 x 74.2 x 51.6 in.

TIRES: P255/35R20 (F)/P295/30R20 (R)

CARGO: 11.0 cu. ft.

ECONOMY: 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway/18.3 mpg test

FUEL TANK: 18.5 gal.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,456

COMPETITIVE CLASS: Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz 600SL

STICKER: $99,305 (includes $995 delivery, $14,910 options)

BOTTOM LINE: Not only is the Jaguar F-Type Coupe one of the most beautiful cars on the …

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13 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 183 views
2016 Mazda CX-3: Pint-sized thrill ride

By John Heilig

AUTO PAGE SPECS
MODEL: 2016 Mazda CX-3
ENGINE: 2.0-liter I-4
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 146 hp @ 6,000 rpm/146 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm
WHEELBASE: 101.2 in.
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 168.3 x 68.1 x 69.6 in.
TIRES: P215/60R16
CARGO: 10.1/42.3 cu. ft. (rear seats up/down)
ECONOMY: 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway/28.7 mpg test
FUEL TANK: 11.9 gal.
CURB WEIGHT: 2,950 lbs.
COMPETITIVE CLASS: Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Rogue
STICKER: $26,150 (includes $850 delivery, $2,090 options)
BOTTOM LINE: The Mazda CX-3 is small. There’s essentially no difference between it and the …

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13 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 194 views
2016 BMW 340i xDrive: A rolling feast for the eyes and senses

By Don Hammonds

One of life’s great mysteries–at least to anyone who doesn’t own a BMW–is why these cars are so treasured by auto enthusiasts and anyone else who ever touches one.

[caption id="attachment_8096" align="alignnone" width="648"] All-new BMW X1 and 340i launch drive in Chihuahua, MX.[/caption]

After years of driving them, I must say I’m at a loss to explain the whole mystique thing that these cars have going for them. I’ve decided that BMW products are far more than just sterling road …

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11 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 231 views

It is the policy of Automobile Journal to run more than one article on a particular car in the interest of giving a variety of viewpoints to consider. This is a road test of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by veteran auto writer John Heilig.

2016Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

ECONOMY: 39 mpg city/43 mpg highway/33.9 mpg test
FUEL TANK: 15.9 gal.
CURB WEIGHT: 3,560 lbs.
COMPETITIVE CLASS: Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Mazda6
STICKER: $35,765 (includes $825 delivery, $4,840 options)
BOTTOM LINE: Hybrid or not, the Hyundai Sonata has …

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