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16 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 29 views

By Don Hammonds

Hyundai, arguably one of the auto industry’s most fiercely competitive companies, is hitting the road this year with a slew of new models that, like others in the brand’s lineup, are likely to be among the top picks of each model segment.

In fact, if there’s a market segment in which Hyundai does not have a strong product to do battle with the competition, we can’t think of one.

Here’s what you can look for in 2019:

Santa Fe

All-new for this …

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15 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 30 views

By Don Hammonds

Cadillac’s big news for 2019 is of course, their chic XT4, which basically is the entry level ticket if you want to nab a Cadillac for your driveway or garage.

[caption id="attachment_9839" align="alignnone" width="5700"] 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport[/caption]

With knife-edge styling that is similar to the popular XT5 SUV, the XT4 has a price range of $35,790 to $38,290. Power comes from a 2.0 liter 237 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine that gets 23 to 25 miles per gallon city …

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14 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 32 views

Welcome to the second round of articles for Automobile Journal’s 2019 Buyer’s Guide.  Today we are featuring the Honda and Kia lineups for 2019.  Thursday, look for articles on Hyundai, Cadillac,  and Audi.

Hope you enjoy our Buyers Guide articles. Happy browsing!

Don Hammonds, executive editor and publisher of Automobile Journal

By Don Hammonds

Looking for style, durability, performance, and an invaluable sense of security about your next vehicle?

Look no further than Honda.

Honda has undeniably had a successful year in 2018.  Just look at …

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14 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 36 views

By Don Hammonds

Kia is one busy carmaker these days.

First, it’s introducing new —and quite well-done–products virtually every model year.

Secondly, Kia continues to garner acclaim for the styling, performance and quality of its products, and given that American car makers are leaving the sedan market, Kia, which produces some of the best sedans in the business from the bottom to the top of the market, will likely see its sales explode over the next year or two to come.

Contrary to what …

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11 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 54 views


It’s that time of the year again:  New model introductions.

And we are unveiling our 2019 Buyers Guide starting today!

We will be publishing articles on the most interesting lineups, giving you photos, basic information and a few highlights that should please you whether you are buying a vehicle this year, or just an auto and truck enthusiast.

The 2019 product lineup is looking pretty exciting, and we thought we would start with Ford Motor Company.


Don Hammonds, executive editor and publisher, Automobile …

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25 Jul 2018 | No Comment | 281 views

By Don Hammonds

Looking for a top notch luxury family car for a modest amount of money?

That has all the bells and whistles?

That has a sturdy warranty to calm your nerves about unexpected problems arising?

That pretty much sums up the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited.  You seriously cannot go wrong buying one.  They are solid, dependable and unusually quick on the road, too, at least for a family sedan.

Speaking of the warranty, the Sonata comes with  five year, 60,000 mile new vehicle …

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25 Jul 2018 | No Comment | 254 views

Sergio Marchionne, the executive hailed as the man who heroically prevented the death of two ailing companies and transformed them into Fiat Chrysler, an automotive behemoth selling automobiles that have distinct, individual identities apart from their competitors who pulled two ailing carmakers from the brink of collapse and led the improbable transformation of Fiat Chrysler into an automotive,  giant, died on Wednesday in Zurich. He was 66.
Mr. Marchionne was the chairman of CNH Industrial, the chief executive officer of Fiat …

Compact Cars, Kia, Uncategorized »

20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 466 views

By Don Hammonds

We all know the story.

Subcompact cars are ugly. They are no fun to drive. They’re slow. The interior is a prison sentence.

Well, Kia’s all-new 2018 Rio EX Five Door just took that story and tore it to shreds–and it’s one of this year’s biggest automotive surprises.

The Rio is an absolute blast to drive, and corners quite aggressively too.  Who knew? Way more fun to drive than just about any of its competitors in this market segment. It is …

Ford, Trucks, Uncategorized »

20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 492 views

By Don Hammonds

There’s a reason for everything, they say.

That sure applies to the popularity of Ford’s storied and favored Ford F-150.It is well-built. Rugged as hell. In some models, it’s so plush it would make a limousine embarrassed. It’s reasonably economical, considering the steadily building rep for Ford’s EcoBoost engines.  And given the turbocharging you get with that engine, the F-150 is responsive and ready to roar when it needs to. And thanks to improvements, it rides better than ever. …

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17 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 486 views


By Don Hammonds

Want a glance into the automotive future?

We got your back.

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is your ticket.

The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which means that you can recharge at home or at a public charging station, which are becoming a lot more common nowadays. While it is indeed the top of the heap Prius, it doesn’t look like the other Prius models that are not plug-0in hybrids.  It has its own look–and given the potential of this …

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