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Compact Cars, Honda, Uncategorized »

20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 46 views
2015 Honda Fit: Or why other subcompact carmakers are “Fit” to be tied

By Don Hammonds

Successful  design  and value in an automobile will “out” every single time .

Lord knows Honda’s been making compact cars for years. But this year’s all new 2015 Fit takes the whole game to whole “nuther level”.

 

Beautifully redone inside and out, the new Fit is miles ahead of most of its other counterparts, in terms of fit and finish, quality of materials, space, fun-to-drive qualities and styling as well.  The car looks substantial and feels substantial, and that fact …

Kia, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

12 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 89 views
2015 Kia K900: Swinging for the automotive luxury fence

By Don Hammonds

More’s the better for automakers when it comes to deciding whether to introduce their brand to a new market niche.

It seems these days whenever one brand goes after a new set of buyers,  here come all the others to hopefully get their share of the market pie, too.

     So it is that Kia.

 Better known as a maker of dependable, economical, sporty, good looking compacts and one  stunning family car, the Optima, it was only a matter of time …

Jaguar, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 160 views
2015 Jaguar F-Type convertible

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By John Heilig
Model: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Convertible S
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V8
Horsepower/Torque: 495 hp @ 6,500 rpm/ 460 lb.-ft. @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Wheelbase: 103.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 176.0 x 75.7 x 51.5 in.
Tires: P255/35R20 (F)/P295/30R20 (R)
Cargo: 7.0 cu. ft.
Economy: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21.7 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 19.0 gal
Curb Weight: 3,671 lbs.
Sticker: $96,313 ($925 delivery, $3,388 options)
The Bottom Line: There’s no question that the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is impressive, in looks, in its …

Dodge, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

28 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 77 views
2015 Dodge Challenger

 
By John Heilig
Model: 2015 Dodge Challenger
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower/Torque: 305 hp @ 6,350 rpm/268 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 116.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 197.9 x 75.1 x 57.5 in.
Tires: P245/45R20
Cargo: 16.2 cu. ft.
Economy: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25.1 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,834 lbs.
Sticker: $33,975 (includes $995 destination, $2,985 options)
The Bottom Line: The Dodge Challenger looks like a performance car, drives like a performance car and has all the goods and bads of a performance …

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 153 views
Ford Fusion Hybrid: Big time ride in the family car field–and for good reason

 

By Don Hammonds

The more often you get behind the wheel of a certain car, it begins to explain its own story.

What I mean by that is that products that are at the head of the pack are usually popular for good reason–and that’s the story of the latest generation Ford Fusion in a nutshell.

It has everything you want–and more.  And if this car doesn’t personify the future of the family car, I don’t know what make does so.

It’s so far …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 184 views
2014 Toyota RAV4: Good as ever, but competition is nipping at the wheels

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s venerable RAV4 isn’t so venerable any more–because it’s been heavily  transformed.

 

It’s got snappy new looks to entice buyers who may mistakenly think they will find the same model in Toyota showrooms that they’ve seen before.  It’s somewhat roomier than previous models. And the interior materials and presentation have been stepped up considerably.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. You will find that the  six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and  you …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 156 views
2014 Rogue SL:  Or the Case of the CUV gone upscale–inexpensively

 

   By Don Hammonds 

Nissan’s ubiquitous Rogue has always been a smile inducer for me.

   It’s cute, economical, zippy, practical, and I always thought it was way better looking than most of the competition.

   But since the Rogue’s introduction, most of the competition has improved on all those counts, making comparison shopping a dicey proposition for last year’s model.  In that time period, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and many others have hit the upscale button.

Well, no worries.  Nissan’s Rogue has …

Convertibles, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 241 views
2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line convertible with Sound and Nav: Long name, big fun!

By Don Hammonds

The calendar says summer is well past the midpoint now, so if you want to get in some sun, better hurry!

Or you can wait for fall; we think that’s a much better time for top down driving.

And if you’re looking for a companion, look no further than the 2014 VW Beetle Convertible R-Line with Sound and Nav.  That’s a mouth full, we know.  But it won’t take you nearly as long to fall in love with the car.

 The …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 124 views
2014 Toyota Prius Three: Good car in search of an update

By Don Hammonds

 

I can remember when the Toyota Prius seemed to be such a futuristic car.

From the out of this world hybrid gas electric hybrid system to its exciting looking future world dash board to the shape of the dashboard to its gee whiz profile, the Toyota Pruis, seemed like it was from a galaxy far. awayNow, in the year of Our Lord 2014, theres little that differentiates Prius from other hybrids onthe road. And today, Little has changed with …

Sports Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

13 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 274 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. …

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