Dodge, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

28 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 96 views
2015 Dodge Challenger

 
By John Heilig
Model: 2015 Dodge Challenger
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower/Torque: 305 hp @ 6,350 rpm/268 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 116.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 197.9 x 75.1 x 57.5 in.
Tires: P245/45R20
Cargo: 16.2 cu. ft.
Economy: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25.1 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,834 lbs.
Sticker: $33,975 (includes $995 destination, $2,985 options)
The Bottom Line: The Dodge Challenger looks like a performance car, drives like a performance car and has all the goods and bads of a performance …

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 168 views
Ford Fusion Hybrid: Big time ride in the family car field–and for good reason

 

By Don Hammonds

The more often you get behind the wheel of a certain car, it begins to explain its own story.

What I mean by that is that products that are at the head of the pack are usually popular for good reason–and that’s the story of the latest generation Ford Fusion in a nutshell.

It has everything you want–and more.  And if this car doesn’t personify the future of the family car, I don’t know what make does so.

It’s so far …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 199 views
2014 Toyota RAV4: Good as ever, but competition is nipping at the wheels

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s venerable RAV4 isn’t so venerable any more–because it’s been heavily  transformed.

 

It’s got snappy new looks to entice buyers who may mistakenly think they will find the same model in Toyota showrooms that they’ve seen before.  It’s somewhat roomier than previous models. And the interior materials and presentation have been stepped up considerably.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. You will find that the  six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and  you …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 167 views
2014 Rogue SL:  Or the Case of the CUV gone upscale–inexpensively

 

   By Don Hammonds 

Nissan’s ubiquitous Rogue has always been a smile inducer for me.

   It’s cute, economical, zippy, practical, and I always thought it was way better looking than most of the competition.

   But since the Rogue’s introduction, most of the competition has improved on all those counts, making comparison shopping a dicey proposition for last year’s model.  In that time period, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and many others have hit the upscale button.

Well, no worries.  Nissan’s Rogue has …

Convertibles, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 253 views
2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line convertible with Sound and Nav: Long name, big fun!

By Don Hammonds

The calendar says summer is well past the midpoint now, so if you want to get in some sun, better hurry!

Or you can wait for fall; we think that’s a much better time for top down driving.

And if you’re looking for a companion, look no further than the 2014 VW Beetle Convertible R-Line with Sound and Nav.  That’s a mouth full, we know.  But it won’t take you nearly as long to fall in love with the car.

 The …

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