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14 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 162 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 | 145 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 | 139 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 | 153 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 | 191 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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3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 161 views
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT:  A ball to drive

 
By Don Hammonds
Looking for a modestly priced set of wheels that is a blast to drive?
Look no further than Hyundai’s sleek Elantra GT hatchback, a blast to drive at a very reasonable price:$26,675

Lively and fun to drive with a  2.0 liter, 175 horsepower four cylinder, engine backed up by a six speed automatic transmission, the Elantra GT is rated at 24 city and 33 highway. annual fuel costs are $1650; you save $750 over five years in gasoline  costs compared to other vehicles.

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3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 146 views
2016 Honda HR-V: Good car, good value–if you can find one

By Don Hammonds
Honda has this incredible knack to pick just the right product at just the right time.
And they’ve now done it again with the 2016 Honda HR-V.

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It’s fun to drive, it has plenty of room, it’s got a flexible “Magic Seat” to die for, it’s got this wonderful LaneWatch feature that tells you what’s going on on the passenger side of the car, and it’s really elegant in a sporty sort of way.
And …

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9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 172 views
2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD: Nissan Gets Wild–really wild!

By Don Hammonds

First point.

This car is not for the shy. And it definitely is not for those who want to blend into the background scenery.

Nissan’s 2015 Murano is front and center, baby, and if that makes you uncomfortable, well…better move on.

And if  if you do move on, you will miss one oft his year’s most arresting designs, with an interior to die for, and some pretty darn good gas mileage figures to boot.  You will also miss some pretty fine …

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6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 197 views

 Dress it up in black, add some snappy wheels, and the Hyundai Sonata looks like –and acts like–the perfect limousine for the “Green is Good”  crowd.

[caption id="attachment_7956" align="alignnone" width="640"] 2016 Sonata Hybrid[/caption]

First and foremost to that constituency, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is  plenty economical–fuel economy is up 10 percent and the car now has a combined rating of 42 miles per gallon (compared to only 38 combined last year)  40 city and 44 highway, both up from the previous model.

Better …

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20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 457 views
2015 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum: Quite a Transformation

By Donald Hammonds

Driving Nissan’s 2015 Pathfinder  was a truly eye opening experience for me. It has been a while since I’ve driven a Pathfinder—at least four or five years—, and this new generation model is light years away from the old model. To start with, the appearance was phenomenal.

It’s one of the prettiest, most elegant crossovers on the market. With nicely rounded lines that did not look bulbous, and design hallmarks that make it look a heck of a lot more …

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