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Lexus, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

28 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 124 views
2014 Lexus IS350 AWD: Making its own way

By Don Hammonds

Lucky for buyers of entry level luxury sports sedans!

Each of the entries has its own niche, its own personality and market. To us at Automobile Journal, its not so much that one model is better than another, rather, its more important that you know which one of the models on the market suits your personality and needs best.

BMW Three Series is clearly the choice for those wanting a dyed in the wool,  high performance sedan with superb handling and a pedigree  …

Uncategorized, Volvo »

21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 74 views
2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E: A sporty mobile coccoon? Yep!

If ever there was a company all about the “wombing” of the automobile experience, it’s Volvo.

It’s hard to imagine a line of cars, more comfortable, reassuring, safe and indestructible than Volvo products, and that’s why they sell well, we think. It’s the company’s uncanny ability to play to that most basic of human desires: security.


This time around, the example of this phenomenon was the 2015 XC60 T6 Drive-E. 

Base price was $40,050, and withoptinos the price came to $58,725.


Standard features on …

Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 186 views
2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid:  Prototype of the luxury car of the future?

     By Don Hammonds

     If we had to describe the 2014 Lincoln MKZ it would the word “futuristic.”

     I can’t think of a single piece of usable new technology that this car  does not have, and if Lincoln officials are ;looking for a new way to sell it, that’s the angle to use as far as we aer concerned.

      When you enter this car, you notice the unusual contour of the seats, the sweeping dashboard and console that look as …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 133 views
2014 Toyota Highlander:  Putting on top hat and tails

By Don Hammonds

Wow, have things ever changed for the Toyota Highlander!

We just test drove the 2014 model, and it is vastly different from its predecessors. To be sure, its still quiet, utterly appropriate for family needs, and built to last. None of that has changed.

But what HAS changed is the demeanor and message that the Highlander puts out there.  It comes across as being a lot more expensive than it is, thanks to its elegant new design that has enough …

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5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 118 views

By John Heilig
Model: 2014 BMW 435i xDrive Coupe
Engine: 3.0-liter Twin Turbo 6
Horsepower/Torque: 300 hp @ 5,800-6,000 rpm/300 lb.-ft. @ 1,200-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 110.6 in.
Length x Width x Height: 182.6 x 71.9 x 54.2 in.
Tires: P225/45R18 run flat
Cargo: 17.7 cu. ft.
Economy: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/28.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,735 lbs.
Sticker: $64,275 (includes $975 destination, $14,350 in options)
The Bottom Line: The BMW 435i is a beautiful car with performance to match. On Interstates, it’s a smooth cruiser; …

BMW, Luxury Cars, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

7 May 2014 | No Comment | 145 views
2014 BMW 3 Series xDrive Gran Turismo: A star is born


By Don Hammonds

There are so many things to say about the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.


That’s because more than some of the BMWs we’ve tested, this one is an enigma to us that we find at once fascinating, and yet so hard to pin down.  That’s not because of anything negative, but  because it has so many wonderful qualities it’s hard to figure out how to categorize it.

     You could call it an incredible performance sedan because of its …

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7 May 2014 | No Comment | 126 views
2014 Infiniti QX80 AWD:Big car, big luxury

   By Don Hammonds

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 isn’t for everyone.

And it’s not meant to be for everyone.


      Thanks to the sheer bigness of it, the unusual exterior design and the challenges of driving it in crowded settings, some people in the marketplace might shrink from it, to be honest.

      But if you’re a luxury full size buyer, need the room for people and things,  you need strong towing capacity for a boat, and you’ve got money to pay for the …

Mitsubishi, Uncategorized »

5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 148 views
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

By John Heilig

Model: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWD
Engine: 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque: 224 hp @ 6,200 rpm/215 lb.-ft. @ 3,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 105.1 in.
Length x Width x Height: 183.3 x 70.9 x 66.1 in.
Tires: P225/55R18
Cargo: 10.3/34.2/63.3 cu. ft. (behind 3rd row/3rd row down/2nd row down)
Economy: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22.3 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,571 lbs.
Sticker: $34,720 (includes $825 delivery, $6,100 in options)
The Bottom Line: Nice package. Called a small SUV but feels more like a mid-size. Excellent ride …

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5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 150 views
2013 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan: “X” hits the spot and then some

By Don Hammonds

For those of us at Automobile Journal, the arrival of a BMW on our doorstep is an occasion for both anticipation and for celebration.

We feel like celebrating because we seldom see cars with the blue and white roundel; the last time we drove a Three Series was a couple of years ago.  And BMWs make such an impression on us– usually a very good one–that we can recall almost every single one we’ve driven since our founding over …

Compact Cars, Family Sedans, Uncategorized »

5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 271 views
2014 Kia Soul!

By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Kia Soul !
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower/Torque: 164 hp @ 6,200 rpm/151 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 163.0 x 70.9 x 63.0 in.
Tires: P235/45R18
Cargo: 24.2/61.3 cu. ft. (rear seat up/down)
Economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/20.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 14.2 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,837 lbs.
Sticker: $26,195 (includes $795 delivery, $5,100 in options)
The Bottom Line: Of all the “box” cars, all useful in many ways, I think my favorite is the Kia …

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