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11 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 111 views

By Don Hammonds

There is so much to like about the Jeep Renegade.

It’s hard working. It’s cute as hell. It’s well built, and fuel economy is great considering what it offers.

But I’m betting none of those things will be reasons why the Renegade is selling like hotcakes.

Renegade is selling well because it has so much personality.  It literally oozes charm and fun through every badge, and interior and exterior feature that it has.  And believe me, really creative nd imaginable design …

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11 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 118 views
VW Beetle Dune: It’s golden–figuratively and literally

By Don Hammonds

The fun thing about Volkswagen’s Beetle is that it can be transformed into countless distinctive versions, eah with its own personality.

This time around, some bold colors, striking interior features and some nifty exterior features have resulted iin the 2016 Beetle Dune, a way cool version of the Beetle that looks as though it belongs somewhere out west on a vast desert.

What VW does is take a basic Beetle coupe, give  it coat of a gorgeous yellow gold color …

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9 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 59 views
2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE: Masterful, Miserly Money Saver

By Don Hammonds

Perhaps I can sum up my experiences with the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE with a little story.

In four days of driving to seminary, the grocery store, a distant shopping mall, and countless stops here and there for countless reasons, my navy blue Camry went just about everywhere in the sprawling, hilly Pittsburgh metropolitan area. And I went to most places several times–often every day.

We are talking probably 150 to 200 miles of traveling in four days.  All …

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21 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 87 views
2016 Lexus IS300 AWD sedan: The stealth bomber with the velvet touch

By Don Hammonds

Lexus’ IS300 AWD is just the ticket for those who want to avoid the obvious, and go for the road less traveled.

Just about everybody aspires to own a BMW Three Series or perhaps nowadays, an Audi A4. But those of us who loathe anything that “everybody” has, and wants to make a statement with their choice of a sports sedan can go with the 2016 Lexus IS300 sedan.

 

If you are wondering what people I’m talking about, consider yours truly.

Though …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 87 views
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid:  A breath of fresh, uncomplicated, enjoyable driving

By Don Hammonds

We are “ravin’ about the 2016 Toyota RAV4 around here these days–especially the RAV4 hybrid with its combination of economy, looks, class,  and one of the best interiors in the small sport utility field.

But some of the reasons we like it a lot are strictly psychic.  We think it is such a relief to get into a car where we don’t have to guess where anything is located. That is so not happening these days with so many …

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16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 88 views
2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X: Welcome to the “Big Boys Club”

By Don Hammonds

Nissan’s Titan has been out there battling in the truck market for quite some time.

But this time around, Titan’s bringing game with them: A bigger, more imposing truck that looks t0 be no pushover. A new 310 horsepower 5.0 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that has a two-stage turbo system. A host of equipment, options and features that will make it eminently a much tougher  competitor than ever before.   And plenty of clout appearance wise among other trucks, …

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16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 132 views
2016 Dodge Charger STX Plus AWD:  It’s about the flava, baby!

By Don Hammonds

Looking for some “Flava” in your next big American family sedan?

Let us suggest the 2016 Dodge Charger SXT Plus AWD–it’s a solid, well-built, impeccably made full sized sedan  that, despite playing little brother to the hellishly fast Dodge Charger Hellcat, can really step out briskly and do so while getting pretty decent mileage.

First, let me put something to rest about this car and FiatChrysler products in general.

You probably have heard that Chrysler Fiat is having quality control issues. That just has …

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2 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 112 views

By Don Hammonds

If James Bond was a family man, I strongly suspect that Nissan’s new Maxima would be on his list of possible rides for the kiddos.

Sleek, sexy, sly as a leopard, the 2016 Maxima is beyond a doubt, one of the coolest cats in the full-size sport sedan field.  It’s reliably fast without slamming you against the seats or upside a door panel. It corners and stops and steers like some of the better sports sedans I’ve driven.  And …

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14 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 227 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 | 223 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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