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10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 245 views
2016 Chrysler 200 Limited: Good car, but …farewell…

By Don Hammonds

One of the saddest bits of news over the last few months has been an announcement of the pending departure of the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart, two really decent products that, at least here in Pittsburgh, have pretty big followings—and sales.

Our understanding from industry sources is that FCA wants to concentrate on minivans like its highly acclaimed Pacific–which we will soon drive–along with crossovers, trucks and SUVS, and thankfully, they are keeping on their terrific Dodge sports …

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11 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 209 views

By Don Hammonds

There is so much to like about the Jeep Renegade.

It’s hard working. It’s cute as hell. It’s well built, and fuel economy is great considering what it offers.

But I’m betting none of those things will be reasons why the Renegade is selling like hotcakes.

Renegade is selling well because it has so much personality.  It literally oozes charm and fun through every badge, and interior and exterior feature that it has.  And believe me, really creative nd imaginable design …

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11 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 207 views
VW Beetle Dune: It’s golden–figuratively and literally

By Don Hammonds

The fun thing about Volkswagen’s Beetle is that it can be transformed into countless distinctive versions, eah with its own personality.

This time around, some bold colors, striking interior features and some nifty exterior features have resulted iin the 2016 Beetle Dune, a way cool version of the Beetle that looks as though it belongs somewhere out west on a vast desert.

What VW does is take a basic Beetle coupe, give  it coat of a gorgeous yellow gold color …

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9 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 112 views
2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE: Masterful, Miserly Money Saver

By Don Hammonds

Perhaps I can sum up my experiences with the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE with a little story.

In four days of driving to seminary, the grocery store, a distant shopping mall, and countless stops here and there for countless reasons, my navy blue Camry went just about everywhere in the sprawling, hilly Pittsburgh metropolitan area. And I went to most places several times–often every day.

We are talking probably 150 to 200 miles of traveling in four days.  All …

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21 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 139 views
2016 Lexus IS300 AWD sedan: The stealth bomber with the velvet touch

By Don Hammonds

Lexus’ IS300 AWD is just the ticket for those who want to avoid the obvious, and go for the road less traveled.

Just about everybody aspires to own a BMW Three Series or perhaps nowadays, an Audi A4. But those of us who loathe anything that “everybody” has, and wants to make a statement with their choice of a sports sedan can go with the 2016 Lexus IS300 sedan.


If you are wondering what people I’m talking about, consider yours truly.

Though …

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