Compact Cars, His & Hers, Kia, Reviews »

30 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 2,607 views
2010 Kia Forte

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,
His: Chuck Kerber, Writer,



MSRP:$19,290 as tested

MSRP:$19,290 as tested


A new KIA acronym: Kick ‘In (some) Attitude
2.0 Liter four cylinder engine, 156 horsepower
6,200 …

Compact Cars, Kia, Reviews »

29 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 1,145 views
2010 Kia Forte

Price as Tested: $19,290.00

In the early 90’s, Kia began selling vehicles such as the Sephia and Sportage under its own nameplate.  Initial sales were not off the charts, but the company made headway with the two newly popular cars.  Struggling with reliability issues, Kia’s overall refinement and breakthrough design features couldn’t compete with Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

Enter 2010.  With gradual yet persistent improvements to quality, Kia has managed year after year to improve its image while offering dependable vehicles. Many …

Chevrolet, Reviews, Sports Cars »

29 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 1,603 views
2010 Camaro 2LT COUPE

Price as Tested:  $30,455.00

The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared on September 26, 1966, for the 1967 model year.  Its rugged good looks, fat tires, and big engine instantly appealed to car enthusiasts.   Over the subsequent years, Camaro fans have been happy and disappointed with design and engine changes.

Enter 2010.  It could be time for the true Camaro fans to rejoice once again.  Our Rally-Yellow model arrived polished and ready to drive.  Before I could get behind the seat, I was interrupted …

Lexus, Luxury Cars, Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

29 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 5,643 views
2010 Lexus RX 450 Hybrid

Starting Price $42,210.00, as-Tested Price, 52,303.00

With the push of a button, the car awakens – the gauges come alive and the steering wheel automatically adjusts to the driver’s setting.  There’s only one thing missing – the sound of an engine.  The car is completely silent.  It’s so silent in fact, that my colleagues and I mistakenly found ourselves pushing the start button more than once.   Of course, the car is operable, it’s just unusually quiet thanks to hybrid technology; one …

Luxury Cars, Mercedes, Reviews »

9 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 1,747 views
2010 Mercedes-Benz E350

Over the past several months, the public has been inundated with a myriad of Mercedes Benz commercials. One in particular (and the heaviest advertised) highlights the re-designed 2010 E Class. The new ads tout the car’s completely new design and advanced technological features – even claiming that this is the best Mercedes ever built.

With its rigid lines and stout features, the E-Class is a visual stunner. Gone are the roundish headlights, replaced with sportier front angles and …

Jeep, Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

31 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,449 views

When I was 17 years old my future brother-in-law arrived at our house in a new, red Jeep Wrangler.

We spent the better part of our summer driving around with the doors and top off exploring the Southern California beaches and deserts- it was one my most memorable summers. When Jeep dropped off the Rubicon test vehicle I was eager to get back behind the wheel and relive some of those memories.

For the base price of $31,465, Jeep has …

Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Volvo »

31 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,689 views

Base MSRP $32,295  Price as tested  $44,500

Over the years, Volvo has introduced several safe, unremarkable vehicles.  While structurally secure, they do little to excite the senses, and lack appeal to the driving enthusiast. Enter the new XC60 T-6.   With smooth flowing lines and a soft body shape, you may turn your head twice to make sure it’s actually a Volvo.  Breaking into the the mid-sized SUV market, the engineers at Volvo wanted to make sure that they had something different …

Luxury Cars, Mercedes, Reviews, Sports Cars »

30 Aug 2009 | No Comment | 1,655 views
2009 Mercedes SL 550 Roadster


That’s what I heard when I stepped out of the 2009 Mercedes SL 550 Roadster.   I had stopped at a convenient store to pick up a few items, and was drawing a few jealous stares.   As I stepped out of the hard-top convertible (Capri-Blue with Stone Napa Leather Interior) I noticed quite a few people admiring the car.  It was easy to understand the covetous bystanders; this is a beautiful vehicle.  From the moment you lay your eyes on it, …

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