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2 Jan 2020 | No Comment | 86 views

 

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line 1.6 Turbo

Price as tested: $29,055

Performance:

Sparkling!  Acceleration is instant, and with only six or so seconds required to hit 60 miles per hour, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the speedometer. You can get carried away in  a flash–seriously. The steering was so crisp and responsive, and the brakes so powerful that you’ll think you’re driving a bonafide sports car around town.  Handling was just about flawless with sure footed stick-like-glue behavior around corners.  Altogether–Bravo! …

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1 Jan 2020 | No Comment | 65 views

 

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid sedan

Price:

Base prices range between $23,770.00 – $32,200.00, depending on the model you choose.

Performance:

Frankly, I really enjoyed driving the Prius, and I’m pretty sure most prospective buyers will be pleasantly surprised when they take it out for a spin. I thought the driving experience was surprisingly lively, and I never felt that the Prius was not up to snuff in terms of handling and highway driving.

Economy:

          Toyota Prius’ powertrain system consists of a 1.8-liter …

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18 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 115 views

2019 Mazda CX-5 SUV

Price
Base prices range from $24,350 to $41,000
 
Performance
Prepare to fly if you order a new turbocharged 2.5 liter, 250 horsepower four cylinder engine! The car is fast, handling, as you would expect, is superb, as it is with any Mazda.
 But be prepared to pay for the privilege–it is available on two new models, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. They are further up on the price scale.

Economy
24/30 for the turbocharged engine; 25/31 for the smaller one.
Safety
    Mazda offers …

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18 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 126 views

2019 Lexus RX 350 L

Price:

Base prices run from $48,020 to $54,435

Performance:

The 2019 Lexus RX 350L is a midsize luxury crossover  which is equipped with a 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower V6 engine backed by an eight speed automatic transmission.  Front wheel drive is standard and you can order all wheel drive instead as an extra cost option.

Performance wise, I would say that the RX 350L is pretty much mid range–it is neither the slowest or the fastest model in its segment.  …

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7 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 128 views

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD SUV

The Car:

The RAV4 is the best selling SUV, and for good reason.

It is dependable, safe, tough as nails, will last for years, and is really comfortable along with many other laudable traits.

And THIS year, the RAV4 is sexy. Very sexy.

It stands out from all of those other boxy all wheel drive things I see on the road, and its angular, muscular profile, with character lines in all the right places, along with little things like the …

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7 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 272 views

Car: 2019 Atlas V6 SE/w/Technology

Price: $37,295 base price, $38,840 as tested.

Fuel Economy:

The Atlas, according to the federal government, gets 19 miles per gallon overall, 17 city and 24 highway.  The Atlas uses 5.3 gallons of gasoline to reach a hundred miles.  We found the Atlas to be something of a gas guzzler, however, with a good number of competitive SUVs getting a lot more out of the gasoline tank.

Performance:  The Atlas may feel a bit sluggish off the line, but …

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4 Sep 2019 | No Comment | 236 views

2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew XLT

Price as tested: $39,410

[caption id="attachment_10222" align="alignnone" width="626"] Ranger FX2 Package sports tough styling and capability upgrades with an electronic-locking rear differential, off-road tires, off-road-tuned suspension, front underbody guard and Ford’s off-road cluster screen[/caption]

 

By Don Hammonds

Performance:

Wow! Just wow!

The new turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine–it has 270 horsepower and delivers 310 pound-feet of torque– paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, really puts it out on the road. This EcoBoost engine for the Ranger is a blast to drive, and …

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4 Sep 2019 | No Comment | 220 views

 

2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew

Price as tested: $66,520.00

[caption id="attachment_10225" align="alignnone" width="530"] Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is the most powerful light-duty pickup in America[/caption]

 

By Don Hammonds

Performance:

Power for this stallion on wheels comes from a 5.0 liter V-8, backed by Ford’s new 10 speed automatic transmission which, I believe, was developed in cooperation with General motors./  I have nothing but praise for the F-150’s power, acceleration, and passing ability. But even …

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4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 511 views

By Don Hammonds

Want something to talk about?

Take a look at Lexus’ all-new UX, its smallest–and most affordable way of putting Toyota’s luxury brand in your driveway.

 

It has a wild look to it that, for some reason, makes me think of the Minecraft stuff that my kid has in his room.  Yes, it’s that wild looking!  But you know, as startling as it is, you really grow to love it.

I happen to like it a lot, but for most people, it …

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22 Mar 2019 | No Comment | 455 views

 

 

By Don Hammonds

This is a big year for Subaru, the industry’s fast growing, strong selling producer of all-wheel drive vehicles that are comfortable, durable as all-get out, and are prized possessions passed down to generations in many families.

The biggest news is the newest Subaru, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, a square-jawed, roomy, all-wheel drive SUV that seems to be matching the brisk sales path of its Subaru peers.

Powered by a 260 horsepower turbocharged, flat four cylinder engine, the Ascent puts Subaru …

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