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22 Mar 2019 | No Comment | 486 views



By Don Hammonds

This is a big year for Subaru, the industry’s fast growing, strong selling producer of all-wheel drive vehicles that are comfortable, durable as all-get out, and are prized possessions passed down to generations in many families.

The biggest news is the newest Subaru, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, a square-jawed, roomy, all-wheel drive SUV that seems to be matching the brisk sales path of its Subaru peers.

Powered by a 260 horsepower turbocharged, flat four cylinder engine, the Ascent puts Subaru …

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22 Mar 2019 | No Comment | 497 views


The Lexus cars and SUVs of today may have the same flawless quality,  remarkably comfortable cabin and iron tough reliability of those products that bore the label years ago…but that’s where the similarity ends.

Lexus, once chided by car enthusiasts as being appliances on wheels with  “meh” styling, now helps set the trend for automotive designs which thrill, draw attention and yes–stir up more than a little controversy. Wild as some of the styling may be, they do bear the test …

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11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | 519 views

By Don Hammonds

Only one word describes Kia’s vastly upgraded 2019 Forte sedan.


The Forte is sporty on the outside, yes. So much so that you will probably think it looks like a smaller version of the vaunted, well regarded Kia Stinger sport sedan.

It gets good fuel economy, of course.  And it has just about everything you will ever need in a four door sedan, and given Detroit’s sudden aversion to sedans, Kia (and other imported brands)  stand to make a bundle from consumers who …

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By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s 2019 Highlander is a whole new ball game for this writer.

It has been at least eight years or more since I have driven a Highlander, so I had absolutely no idea how this product has matured and transformed into one of the top products in its mid-sized SUV corner of the market, if not THE best of the bunch.

First, the 2019 Highlander looks vastly different and feels larger than the generation model I tested. And I could …

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11 Feb 2019 | No Comment | 313 views

By Don Hammonds

Toyota has transformed itself in recent years from a popular maker of pleasant, but nondescript products, to a leader in style, designs—and still kept its reliable, pleasant reputation.

For 2019, that trend, which began with the ubiquitous Camry midsized sedan last year, now continues with fresh looks and features all around.

Here’s the scoop:

Avalon, which pretty much has been the beauty queen in past years for Toyota’s sedans lineup, continues that role with an elegant,contemporary luxury sedan with all kinds …

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16 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 384 views

By Don Hammonds

Hyundai, arguably one of the auto industry’s most fiercely competitive companies, is hitting the road this year with a slew of new models that, like others in the brand’s lineup, are likely to be among the top picks of each model segment.

In fact, if there’s a market segment in which Hyundai does not have a strong product to do battle with the competition, we can’t think of one.

Here’s what you can look for in 2019:

Santa Fe

All-new for this …

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15 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 429 views

By Don Hammonds

Cadillac’s big news for 2019 is of course, their chic XT4, which basically is the entry level ticket if you want to nab a Cadillac for your driveway or garage.

[caption id="attachment_9839" align="alignnone" width="5700"] 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport[/caption]

With knife-edge styling that is similar to the popular XT5 SUV, the XT4 has a price range of $35,790 to $38,290. Power comes from a 2.0 liter 237 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine that gets 23 to 25 miles per gallon city …

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14 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 309 views

Welcome to the second round of articles for Automobile Journal’s 2019 Buyer’s Guide.  Today we are featuring the Honda and Kia lineups for 2019.  Thursday, look for articles on Hyundai, Cadillac,  and Audi.

Hope you enjoy our Buyers Guide articles. Happy browsing!

Don Hammonds, executive editor and publisher of Automobile Journal

By Don Hammonds

Looking for style, durability, performance, and an invaluable sense of security about your next vehicle?

Look no further than Honda.

Honda has undeniably had a successful year in 2018.  Just look at …

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14 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 290 views

By Don Hammonds

Kia is one busy carmaker these days.

First, it’s introducing new —and quite well-done–products virtually every model year.

Secondly, Kia continues to garner acclaim for the styling, performance and quality of its products, and given that American car makers are leaving the sedan market, Kia, which produces some of the best sedans in the business from the bottom to the top of the market, will likely see its sales explode over the next year or two to come.

Contrary to what …

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11 Jan 2019 | No Comment | 277 views


It’s that time of the year again:  New model introductions.

And we are unveiling our 2019 Buyers Guide starting today!

We will be publishing articles on the most interesting lineups, giving you photos, basic information and a few highlights that should please you whether you are buying a vehicle this year, or just an auto and truck enthusiast.

The 2019 product lineup is looking pretty exciting, and we thought we would start with Ford Motor Company.


Don Hammonds, executive editor and publisher, Automobile …

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