Articles tagged with: touring

Honda, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | 1,015 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.

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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 …

Family Sedans, Honda, Uncategorized »

25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 1,009 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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Mazda, Uncategorized »

3 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 2,511 views
2012 Mazda5: Gettin’  it just right

By Don Hammonds

The hardest tightrope to master isn’t the one under a circus tent, it’s the one that carmakers have to manage once it’s time for a changeover of a popular model.

Does the company risk big styling changes? Do othey risk introducing new features that might turn off current customers? And what’s everybody else doing in the particular market in which the model competes?

This year, it was “that time” for the Mazda5,  Mazda’s increasingly popular small minivan. In some parts of …

Compact Cars, Hatchbacks, Mazda, Uncategorized »

17 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 1,947 views
2011 Mazda2: Cool car, tough competition

By Don Hammonds

For the record, we really like the Mazda2.

If you like lively, sporty driving and prefer your ride to be glitz-free–just the basics please–you’ll love the Mazda2. The driving experience isw blessedly pure, with no complicated accessories, unnecessary gadgets to distract you, and it really puts a smile on your face as you corner and hit the tight curves.

Still, we wonder.

Mazda2 is coming in the midst of a near-revolution in the compact car field. Rather than driving small cars …

Mitsubishi, Reviews, Sports Cars »

21 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,713 views
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


Model: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Touring
Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged four
Horsepower/Torque: 291 hp @ 6,100 rpm/300 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual mode
Wheelbase: 104.3 in.
Length/Width/Height: 177.0 x 71.3 x 58.3 in.
Tires: P245/40R18
Cargo volume: 6.9 cubic feet
Fuel economy: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway/17.2 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gal.
Sticker: $43,959 (includes $720 destination/handling charge and $2,249 in options (special paint and navigation system))

The Bottom Line: If this is evolution, what have we evolved from? The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (or Evo) is obviously …

Family Sedans, Mazda, Reviews »

24 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,813 views
2010 Mazda6 Grand Touring


Model: 2010 Mazda6 Grand Touring
Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower/Torque: 272 hp @ 6,250 rpm/269 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 109.8 in.
Length/Width/Height: 193.7 x 72.4 x 57.9 in.
Tires: P235/45R18
Cargo volume: 16.6 cu. ft.
Fuel economy: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21.1 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
Sticker: $33,220 (includes $750 delivery, processing and handling fee; $100 LEV-2 ULEV emission package; $2,000 navigation system; $1,980 technology package

Bottom line: If you can get past the (not bad) generic styling, the Mazda 6 is an excellent mid-size …

Family Sedans, Mazda, Reviews »

30 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 1,441 views
2010 Mazda3 Grand Touring

The Bottom Line: From its smiling “face” to its sculpted fifth door liftgate, the Mazda3 is bound to make you content with its content and price point.

Admittedly, the Mazda3 isn’t a vehicle that would normally come to mind if someone would ask me to recommend a compact sedan. That has all changed.

With a base price of $21,500 (plus $670 for delivery, etc.) the Mazda3 is loaded with content. It has heated leather seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat, rain-sensing front wipers plus a rear wiper on the fifth door hatchback, pushbutton start and good power from a 2.5-liter inline four. It even has Dynamic Stability Control and a traction control system (TRAC).

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