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20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 41 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 …

Family Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 91 views
2015 Volkswagen Passat:  Conservatively elegant, and a sports sedan to boot

      By Don Hammonds

 Could the 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SE and its fellow versions of VW’s midsized sedan be the Bentleys of the family car segment?
Could be!
First, they are conservatively elegant. Second, they handle quite well, and are fast in a very subtle sort of way. And they are impeccably put together.  Sound like any  car you kjnow?  Bentleys, of course.
Now, we are not suggesting that the Passat is a good substitute purchase for the Bentley.
But we are saying that each …

Ford, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 38 views
2015 Ford Mustang Premium Coupe: Better, Badder and Bolder

By Don Hammonds

Breathes there a soul on the planet who does not love a Mustang? I love them.

And judging from the reaction I got with the 2015 Mustang coupe I drove for a week, a  lot of other people love ‘Stangs too.

This is one fabulous Mustang, and for me at least, it’s got just about everything I would want if I was buying a sport car.  It’s brutishly fast, even in four cylinder form, its more beautiful than ever, …

Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 123 views
Lincoln MKZ: Contemporary cool, traditional elegance, plenty of class

By Don Hammonds

Want subtlety in your next set of wheels? Want striking without the needless bling? How about a car that is as close to a prototype for the future as you’ll get? Let me introduce you to the Lincoln MKZ. I can see you now–you take a look at the zoomily elegant fastback in front of you, and you’re thinking, “No way!  That’s not an MKZ. The MKZ has a squarish design. Looks like a fancy Fusion. But this  fastback …

Family Sedans, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 44 views

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s all-new 2015 mid-sized Camry is proof positive that you can make substantial changes to a popular model, and still keep–even grow–your customer base.

Our road tests of the 2015 Camry XLE and the 2015 Camry Hybrid were some of the most surprising evaluations we’ve had from a Camry evaluation in years.  The new models are exactly as promised; new from stem to stern and back,   the only carryover piece, company officials said, was the  exterior roof. ”

And, for the …

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8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 47 views
2015 Toyota Yaris: Small,sporty, and yeah–even a bit sexier

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s tiny Yaris is looking pretty good these days.

Thanks to a sporty new appearance package and a makeover of the interior, which called for replacing the old controversial off center dashboard gauges, with a more conventional yet contemporary design, the Yaris is a lot more able to compete effectively in today’s growing city car market segment.

The exterior redesign is particularly noteworthy up front. The new design is one of the best ones in this market, and strongly …

Chevrolet, Convertibles, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 93 views
2016 Chevy Camaro goes topless

By Don Hammonds

You knew it had to happen. If there’s an all new Chevrolet Camaro Coupe now unveiled, a Camaro Convertible would not be far behind. And so, it is true. Chevy’s raised the top on its new Camaro–literally. It’s a convertible that has a top that can even be lowered at 30 miles per hour!

Camaro convertibles have a legacy and lore all their own,  you know. The convertible back in the day served as pace car in both …

Chevrolet, Compact Cars, Uncategorized »

24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 131 views
New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze unveiled

By Don Hammonds

Few segments of the automotive market are as cut-throat competitive as the compact car segment.It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016. Each brand in the field has its own calling card: Hyundai’s Elantra combines strong, distinctive styling and a wealth of equipment, translating to value.

Toyota’s Corolla, one of the newest redo jobs, combines the brand’s reputation for quality and durability, with  a bit  of …

Ford, Trucks, Uncategorized »

8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 101 views
2015 Ford F-150

 

By John Heilig

AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL: 2015 Ford F-150 4X4 Supercrew Lariat ENGINE: 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with tow mode HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 325 hp @ 5,750 rpm/375 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm WHEELBASE: 145.0 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 231.9 x 79.9 x 77.2 in. TIRES: P265/60R18 CARGO: Maximum payload – 2,250 lbs./Maximum towing capacity – 8,500 lbs. ECONOMY: 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20.1 mpg test FUEL TANK: 23.0 gal. CURB WEIGHT: N/A BASE PRICE: $41,735 BOTTOM LINE: Despite …

Lincoln, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 94 views
2015 Lincoln Navigator

By John Heilig

 

AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL: 2015 Lincoln Navigator 4X4   ENGINE: 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 380 hp @ 5,250 rpm/460 lb.-ft. @ 2,750 rpm WHEELBASE: 119.0 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 207.9 x 78.8 x 78.1 in. TIRES: P285/45 R20 CARGO: 18.1/54.4/103.3 cu. ft. (behind 3rd row/3rd row seats folded/2nd row seats folded) ECONOMY: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway/15.2 mg test FUEL TANK: 28.0 gal. CURB WEIGHT: 6,069 lbs. STICKER: $72,900 (includes $995 delivery, $6,850 …

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