Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 105 views
2014 Toyota Prius Three: Good car in search of an update

By Don Hammonds

 

I can remember when the Toyota Prius seemed to be such a futuristic car.

From the out of this world hybrid gas electric hybrid system to its exciting looking future world dash board to the shape of the dashboard to its gee whiz profile, the Toyota Pruis, seemed like it was from a galaxy far. awayNow, in the year of Our Lord 2014, theres little that differentiates Prius from other hybrids onthe road. And today, Little has changed with …

Sports Sedans, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

13 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 232 views
2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line: German stunner

2014 Volkswagen CC: German stunner

 

By Don Hammonds
 
When it comes to automotive luxury, more than two can play the game. Any number of elegant  sedans with four door coupe styling are on the market these days  and you don’t even have to be a luxury sedan maker to play. Consider Volkswagen’s gorgeous 2014 CC R Type, a people pleasing sedan for the five people who get to ride in it.

 Elegant, yes. Fast? To be sure.  Fastback, sexy four door coupe styling? Yep. …

BMW, Uncategorized »

13 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 223 views
2014 BMW X5

 
By John Heilig
 
Model: 2014 BMW X5 x Drive 35d
Engine: 3.0-liter diesel 6
Horsepower/Torque: 255 hp @ 4,000 rpm/413 lb.-ft. @ 1,500-3,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 115.5 in
Length x Width x Height: 193.2 x 76.3 x 69.4 in.
Tires: P255/50R19
Cargo: 23/66 cu. ft. (rear seats up/down)
Economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/21.9 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 22.4 gal.
Curb Weight: 2,234 lbs.
Sticker: $72,475 (includes $925 destination, $14,950 options)
The Bottom Line: It’s an SUV. It’s a BMW. It’s a diesel. That says it all about the BMW X5 …

Jeep, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

10 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 224 views
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4: Puttin’ on the ritz

By Don Hammonds

Jeep’s new Cherokee, the replacement for the venerable Jeep Liberty, has gone upscale and refined on us.

The Liberty certainly was a popular crossover but those who know the auto industry will tell you that the Liberty, while pleasant enough,was both rather unrefined and getting long in the tooth.

Now, enter Cherokee, a name with a long and rich history at Jeep.

But this newest Jeep has little in common with the Liberty, and certeinly even less in common with the

Cherokee …

Family Sedans, Nissan, Uncategorized »

4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 197 views
2014 Nissan Altima: Familar, friendly, and great as ever

By Donald Hammonds

The French say that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Could that really be true of the 2014 Nissan Altima?  We think it is.

And that’s a good thing.

 

The  2014 Altima is what it always has been:  Roomy, ultra quiet, and a car that appeals to the performance minded family person. Only Honda’s Accord and to a slightly lesser extent, the Ford Fusion, can go to the mat with Altima on the performance angle.

     If you’re …

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