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18 Aug 2020 | No Comment | 68 views

By Don Hammonds

The big news at Ford for 2021 is one word:  Bronco.

[caption id="attachment_10917" align="alignnone" width="637"] The four-door 2021 Bronco will have available removeable modular roof sections – left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on both two- and four-door models can be easily removed by unlocking the latches from the interior to provide the largest overall open-top view in its class to take in the sunshine or to gaze at the …

buyer's guide, Chevrolet, Uncategorized »

18 Aug 2020 | No Comment | 50 views

 

By Don Hammonds

There is quite a bit of big news from Chevy for model year 2021, from the all-new Trailblazer CUV to the rugged, popular Colorado pickup.

And right in the middle of it all comes the return of a familiar nameplate–Trailblazer for the brand’s all-new entry into the competitive compact SUV market.

Let’s take a look at what is ahead:

Trailblazer:

Chevy’s cooler than cool subcompact SUV is, at this writing, the fastest selling car in America. That’s a huge accomplishment when you …

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3 Jul 2020 | No Comment | 175 views

 

By Don Hammonds

Most people who buy SUVs likely aren’t very bothered by boxy styling.

They buy SUVs for purposeful reasons, for the most part–and not necessarily are motivated by the coolest styling on the  block.

But all that certainly isn’t true of  us style hounds.

We want wheels that look good, turn heads, and have some personality and name brand identity.

It’s for those style and sporty hounds that VW clearly introduced the VW Atlas Cross Sport.

The Cross Sport is essentially a lopped off …

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15 Jun 2020 | No Comment | 240 views

 

By Don Hammonds

To each his own, they say.

Let’s say you are a luxury car buyer looking for a three row crossover.

Yep, you’ve got kiddos, and two rows of seats won’t cut it.

And wouldn’t it be nice if it didn’t look like a box on wheels?  Is that….possible?

Oh, yeah!

It’s called the Lexus RX450 L, and that’s all you need to know,

First, being a Lexus, you know you are going to get the royal treatment when you get in. Butter soft seats, …

Hyundai, Uncategorized »

22 May 2020 | No Comment | 348 views

By Donald Hammonds

Which car company gets the gold for the  best mid-sized SUV?

For many buyers and journalists alike, Hyundai’s Palisade takes it.  It is a vast improvement over the Santa Fe XL,  which I think suffered from identity issues with consumers.

The Palisade is a solid value in its class, and I think one of the biggest selling point for it will be the incredibly lengthy and up to date safety technology and other features which you simply cannot find on …

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22 May 2020 | No Comment | 317 views

 

By Don Hammonds

There is an automotive revolution underway–by a company that is making waves to upend the notion that everyday cars cannot be stylish, distinctive, and head turning.

That car company is Mazda, one of the few automakers that still seems to care about good design–not three box designs for sedans and four box looks for its crossovers.

Just within the last few months, Mazda has revealed some real lookers that stand apart from everything in their market slots. The all-new CX30 …

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6 May 2020 | No Comment | 200 views

 

2020 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn

Four door, front wheel drive, five passenger compact sports sedan

Price as tested: $38,215

Performance:

Absolutely top notch. The GTI Autobahn’s only serious competition in terms of handling, acceleration and braking in the compact sedan segment are the Honda Civic sports models and of course, Subaru’s WRX. The GTI’s ace, however, is that you get all that bravado and acceleration without a back breaking ride, harsh performance on uneven, potholed streets and roads, due in part to an adaptive suspension …

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9 Mar 2020 | No Comment | 300 views

 

[caption id="attachment_10391" align="alignnone" width="638"] 2020 Telluride[/caption]

 

By Don Hammonds

Every year, auto riders and car geeks alike pick one car that stands out from every other, showering it with adoration, curiosity, and of course, clamoring to see it on the road whenever they can.

This year, there are two–Chevy’s awesome new mid-engine Corvette…

And the one pictured above, the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV.  You may not exactly clamor to see it on the road, after all–that honor belongs to sports cars, ultra luxury models, …

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2 Jan 2020 | No Comment | 385 views

 

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line 1.6 Turbo

Price as tested: $29,055

Performance:

Sparkling!  Acceleration is instant, and with only six or so seconds required to hit 60 miles per hour, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the speedometer. You can get carried away in  a flash–seriously. The steering was so crisp and responsive, and the brakes so powerful that you’ll think you’re driving a bonafide sports car around town.  Handling was just about flawless with sure footed stick-like-glue behavior around corners.  Altogether–Bravo! …

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1 Jan 2020 | No Comment | 282 views

 

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid sedan

Price:

Base prices range between $23,770.00 – $32,200.00, depending on the model you choose.

Performance:

Frankly, I really enjoyed driving the Prius, and I’m pretty sure most prospective buyers will be pleasantly surprised when they take it out for a spin. I thought the driving experience was surprisingly lively, and I never felt that the Prius was not up to snuff in terms of handling and highway driving.

Economy:

          Toyota Prius’ powertrain system consists of a 1.8-liter …

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