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22 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 185 views

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD SUV

 

 

By Donald Hammonds

Seldom have I seen a vehicle that has dramatically changed my entire outlook on things automotive.

I’m talking about my thoughts about SUVs in general, and my thoughts about a car company in particular–Toyota.

I am a self-confessed auto design maven.  I live for good-looking automotive expressions. I loved the vast variety of styling expressions that used to be emblematic of the auto industry, a time which I fear may be gone for good for the …

Family Sedans, Hybrids, Hyundai, Uncategorized »

20 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 168 views

 

By Donald Hammonds

Remember the days when all the American automakers were worried about the impact of the Japanese brands on their business?

Well, forget that.

Their problems have multiplied.

Take a look at the all-new Hyundai Sonata:

American manufacturers better worry!

They have all but given up the sedan market, and I think that will come back to haunt them.

Both Kia and Hyundai  will clean the clocks of American brands as a whole when the 2021 selling year ends.

And I predict when the final tally on …

Compact Cars, Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

20 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 162 views

 

 

  By Don Hammonds

I distinctly remember the first time driving a Toyota Prius many years ago.

It looked and felt like it came from some century beyond ours at the time, and it was teeming with all kinds of hardware, gadgets and gauges that fascinated everyone who saw it. But all the while–it was still a Toyota–with all the virtues that come with the brand: Well-built,  quality everywhere, and the sense that you were well taken care of while behind the …

Lexus, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

18 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 142 views

By Don Hammonds

Tired of boring, boxy, uninteresting looking compact SUV’s?

Check out the 2020 Lexus UX 250h.  Inside and out, on the road and parked in front of your house, I promise you–it will be a sight for tired eyes and a bored automotive spirit.

    I think that in recent years, both Toyota and its luxury division, Lexus have made a decision to not walk, but run away from tired, “okay” styling and design.

And why shouldn’t they feel that way?  …

Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

17 Oct 2020 | No Comment | 253 views

 

By Don Hammonds

If only all SUVs were as distinctive and full of personality as the Ford Edge.

The Edge, which represents the pizzazz side of Ford’s SUV lineup, is  terrific to drive, easy on the eye, truly comfortable and accommodating to passengers, and, especially with the ST-Line version, has a performance personality all its own.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is the SUV for people who cannot stand SUVs, their blandness and awkwardness on the road.

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