Articles tagged with: 2017

Honda, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | 757 views

 

 

 

By Don Hammonds

Talk about your big time changes!

Just look at the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring!

It’s got all new, tough looking styling that really catapults it to the top in terms of head turning design and a look that truly can’t be mmistaken for anything else.

[caption id="attachment_9086" align="alignnone" width="532"] 2017 Honda CR-V[/caption]

And there’s a host of new features and innovations, including an all new engine, marking the first time that there will be a choice of two for …

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6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | 723 views

By Don Hammonds

Tried, true, familiar–and fun.

Pretty much sums up the Toyota RAV4 compact utility vehicle, don’t you think?

 

We do.  We just finished a test drive of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited with all wheel drive, and we could not have been more pleased.

The RAV4, in our view, is one of the top contenders in the CUV end of the market, but it especially shines when it comes to sporty, lively driving–especially this Hybrid version.  It’s faster than the conventional …

Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | 722 views

By Don Hammonds

Ford’s 2017 Escape is a classic made all new for this model year.

It’s got all the stuff we all loved about Escape:  Zippy performance, good looks, terrific gas mileage, and a contemporary zest that a lot of its competitors just did not have.

 

[caption id="attachment_8974" align="alignnone" width="612"] New Ford Escape packs more of what Escape customers said they wanted, including the latest driver-assist technologies, remote connectivity and two new fun-to-drive EcoBoost® engines.[/caption]

Well, if you liked the old one, you’re …

Chrysler, Minivans/Station Wagons, Uncategorized »

31 May 2017 | No Comment | 801 views

By Don Hammonds

If ever there was a car that will make you feel like you stepped right into the middle of the 21st century–ion other words, light years ahead–it’s the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Sure it’s the looks—they are truly unlike anything else on the road, whether you are talking minivans or just any car. But it’s also the wealth of technology, almost overwhelming in quantity and quality. We mean everything from the KeySense system aimed squarely at driver teens, which …

Chrysler, Family Sedans, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

24 May 2017 | No Comment | 1,173 views

By Don Hammonds

There is much to be said for sticking to your guns in the face of challenges.

That much can certainly be said of the 2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum.

It has a classic styling theme that has held up more than well over the years.  It is arguably the most accessible–financially and emotionally–luxury car involved.  Though its technology is both plenteous and new, and it is chock full of the latest everything, it is presented in a way that is not …

Hyundai, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

3 May 2017 | No Comment | 798 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.

[caption id="attachment_8965" align="alignnone" width="696"] 2017 Santa …

Family Sedans, Honda, Uncategorized »

25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 733 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 | 827 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.

[caption id="attachment_8887" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

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 | 723 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 | 570 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 …

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