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By Don Hammonds


Mazda has been transforming itself into an affordable–and I mean affordable–sports luxury brand, and one of its biggest successes in that effort is the

2021 Mazda CX-30 turbo.

Easily the sexiest of the compact SUVs now available on the market, the CX-30 Turbo backs up those good looks with sparkling acceleration and handling that will put big smiles on your face.

It’s not easy to design an SUV of any size that doesn’t look like a box on wheels, but Mazda’s …

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By Don Hammonds

I took one look at the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra, and my mouth dropped.


That is an Elantra?   You’re kidding me!

The coolest, sleekest, and futuristic compact car is….an Elantra?

Yes, indeed.   The 2021 Hyundai Elantra keeps all of the terrific attributes it has always had–economy, decent interior room, practicality, and value–but it adds the cherry on top:  Fantastic looks that will turn your head in a minute. And that is not a bad thing at a time in the automotive …

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By Don Hammonds

Looking for an SUV that doesn’t look like everybody else’s?

Want one that gets fantastic mileage?

And you want one that is dependable, reliable, and easy to drive?

Check out the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE.

It gives you all the advantages:   Terrific mileage. Snazzy looks. And the advantage of both electric driving and gasoline motoring.

Let’s look at Toyota’s new baby:

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE all-wheel drive SUV

Price as tested: $49,831

Fuel Economy:

Hold onto your hat….94 MPGe miles per gallon when using …

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Driving the 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD was like a casual lunch with an old friend for me.

The familiarity is there.  The memories of time spent together suddenly spring to your mind–and you smile.

But you notice some changes since your last time together–and in the case of the 2021 Lexus ES, well—that’s a good thing.

As a car writer who’s become pretty familiar over the years with Lexus, it’s clear that it has transformed itself into quite the stylish, contemporary brand, …

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 T SE R-Line



By  Don Hammonds

Now that we are closing in on the new models,  we thought it might be fun to remember some of the products we have enjoyed over the last year or so.

The first thing that came to mind was Volkswagen’s 2020 Tiguan 2.0 SE R-Line.

At the time, VW’s new looks were–and still are–bringing customers into the showroom–no small feat these days.

I remember my teenager and his friend jumping for joy when the Tiguan …

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