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9 May 2017 | No Comment | 174 views

By Don Hammonds

Some cars I test drive are wheels that I do not wish to give back to the manufacturer.

Volkswagen has an inordinate number of cars in its lineup that  I have tested which I would just as soon keep.

The latest?

The 2017 Golf GTI Autobahn is the latest of those cars.

I have no idea where to begin to explain why this car captivates me so much.  Maybe its the really ultra-cool styling.  VW has managed to make the Golf a …

Collectibles, Model Cars, Uncategorized »

9 May 2017 | No Comment | 215 views

By Don Hammonds

Wow.

Just wow.

Maisto’s 1:18 rendering of Ford’s incredible new Ford GT is to say the least, stunning.

We are talking top drawer details, design that is painstakingly aacurate, and overall, a big surprise for hobbyists who might not have thought of Maisto when it comes to production of top-tier premium reproductions.

In fact, that’s the name of this new series of models for Maisto: Maisto Premium.

And the company could not have picked a more appropriate car for the unveiling of the …

Hyundai, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

3 May 2017 | No Comment | 192 views

By Don Hammonds

Hyundai’s Santa Fe is a striking example —-for its competitors—of what happens when you don’t pay attention.

For ages, many car brands discounted Hyundai and did not take it seriously aas a possible threat to their own market share.

Now, here comes Santa Fe.  Its a joy to drive, has every conceivable feature you will ever need–and usually as standard equipment, has good looks, plenty of power, really strong handling and plenty of other attributes.

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Family Sedans, Honda, Uncategorized »

25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 173 views
2017 Honda Accord Sport Touring: A thorn in competitors’ sides

By Don Hammonds

It must be pretty frustrating as an automaker selling intermediate family cars when it comes to Honda’s almost peerless Accord.

While Honda has made judicious additions and refinements in the Accord in it current generation for the last four or five years, it still is the same basic model introduced several years ago. And it is still by far and away the best intermediate family sedan you can buy. Nobody even comes close–and that includes the archrival Toyota Camry.

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Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 194 views
2017 Kia Sportage: Competitors, be warned–it’s better than good

 

By Don Hammonds

 

Kia’s new 2017 Sportage, redesigned for this year, puts everyone competing in its market niche that the Korean brand means business.

[caption id="attachment_8888" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

The Sportage, first of all, outdoes just about everybody in the looks department, and the interior is plenty comfortable, non-threatening, and quite easy to get used to as you own it.

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What’s so great about the Sportage?

Just about everything, really.

Start with the little stuff. We …

Jeep, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 167 views

 By Don Hammonds
Some things just don’t change often.
And for that, we are very grateful when it comes to the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4 x 4.
No, it isn’t wildly styled as some recent SUVs we’ve seen. No, it isn’t the least bit trendy, even though it certainly up to date in terms of technology and equipment.  Some pieces, such as the UConnect infotainment center, are the best in the industry.
It’s just that when you get behind the wheel of …

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7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 177 views

By Don Hammonds

 

Dodge is all about the performance business this year.

Arguably the most performance minded brand in America, with more  than just a pony car and a family sedan,  (Ford and its Mustang and all new 2017  Sport)  or a pony car and a legendary sports car (Chevy with its Corvette and Camar0), Dodge has high  performance models in sedans, pony cars and now SUVs with its all new Dodge Durango SRT.

selling performance models across the brandThe Dodge and SRT …

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7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 132 views

Looking for a way to pull away from the crowd?

Try Volkswagen’s 2017 Volkswagen CCR-Line Executive with Carbon Sedan. with its presence, Audi-like ambiance, and brisk acceleration and plenty of value, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Ours had a base price of $37,820, with delivery costs, it totaled $38,685.

It has a 2.0 liter TSI DOHC Turbo, four cylinder direct injection engine. As is the case with just about all Volkswagens, expect the CC to deliver tight, responsive handling, strong braking, swift acceleration and just a …

buyer's guide, Ford, Uncategorized »

16 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 312 views
2017 Automobile Journal Buyers Guide: Ford

 

Editor’s Note:

For the next few weeks, we will publish a 2017 Buyers Guide for as many brands as we can find information to publish.  We are starting with Ford, and tomorrow’s buyers guide will feature Nissan.

By Don Hammonds

For Ford, 2017 looks like a year of red hot performance cars and doing whatever it takes to keep their Number 1 in sales record intact.

Here’s a look at what is ahead for some of Ford’s most popular products:

Mustang:

Enthusiast customers will continue to …

Coupes, Infiniti, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 361 views
InfinitiQ60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Some cars are just beyond expression in words.

You gotta drive it instead.

Such a car is Infiniti’s Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD.

Exhilarating. Chock full of tech.  Awesome exhaust sounds. And lusty, catch me if you can driving thrills.

To be clear, I would not describe this as a sports car per se. It is a luxury grand touring coupe–a strong handling high speed car that is meant to be driven on weekend trips and cross country journeys.

Of course, this car is designed …

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