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28 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 38 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 | 122 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 | 152 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 | 132 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 | 199 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 | 105 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 | 232 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 | 223 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 | 224 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 | 197 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 …

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