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7 May 2014 | No Comment | 119 views
2014 Infiniti QX80 AWD:Big car, big luxury

   By Don Hammonds

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 isn’t for everyone.

And it’s not meant to be for everyone.

 

      Thanks to the sheer bigness of it, the unusual exterior design and the challenges of driving it in crowded settings, some people in the marketplace might shrink from it, to be honest.

      But if you’re a luxury full size buyer, need the room for people and things,  you need strong towing capacity for a boat, and you’ve got money to pay for the …

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5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 140 views
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

By John Heilig

Model: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWD
Engine: 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque: 224 hp @ 6,200 rpm/215 lb.-ft. @ 3,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 105.1 in.
Length x Width x Height: 183.3 x 70.9 x 66.1 in.
Tires: P225/55R18
Cargo: 10.3/34.2/63.3 cu. ft. (behind 3rd row/3rd row down/2nd row down)
Economy: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22.3 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,571 lbs.
Sticker: $34,720 (includes $825 delivery, $6,100 in options)
The Bottom Line: Nice package. Called a small SUV but feels more like a mid-size. Excellent ride …

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5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 144 views
2013 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan: “X” hits the spot and then some

By Don Hammonds

For those of us at Automobile Journal, the arrival of a BMW on our doorstep is an occasion for both anticipation and for celebration.

We feel like celebrating because we seldom see cars with the blue and white roundel; the last time we drove a Three Series was a couple of years ago.  And BMWs make such an impression on us– usually a very good one–that we can recall almost every single one we’ve driven since our founding over …

Compact Cars, Family Sedans, Uncategorized »

5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 264 views
2014 Kia Soul!

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By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Kia Soul !
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower/Torque: 164 hp @ 6,200 rpm/151 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 163.0 x 70.9 x 63.0 in.
Tires: P235/45R18
Cargo: 24.2/61.3 cu. ft. (rear seat up/down)
Economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/20.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 14.2 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,837 lbs.
Sticker: $26,195 (includes $795 delivery, $5,100 in options)
The Bottom Line: Of all the “box” cars, all useful in many ways, I think my favorite is the Kia …

Compact Cars, Mazda, Uncategorized »

26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 2,082 views
2014 Mazda3

By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower/Torque: 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm/150 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 106.3 in.
Length x Width x Height: 175.6 x 70.7 x 57.3 in.
Tires: P205/60R16
Cargo: 12.4 cu. ft.
Economy: 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway/32.7 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,797 lbs.
Sticker: $24,035 (includes $795 delivery charge, $495 in options (cargo mat, metallic paint, door sill scuff plates))
The Bottom Line: The totally redesigned Mazda3 is a very nice compact car with very …

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