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2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT review: Playing, metaphorically, in Peoria

2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT review: Playing, metaphorically, in Peoria

In a phrase dates back to vaudeville, they say if it will play in Peoria, it’s ready for the big time. The thought was that this northwest Illinois town had the demographics and attitudes that matched the nation as a whole. So we ask, would a cargo van designed by Fiat, built in Turkey, and […]

May 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Audi A4 2.0T quattro Tiptronic review: Now? Or wait until then?

2015 Audi A4 2.0T quattro Tiptronic review: Now? Or wait until then?

When a model is in its final year before replacemrnt by a new generation—as the 2015 Audi A4 is now—a carmaker has two choices. It can whistle past the graveyard and hope nothing bad happens. Or it can aggressively court buyers with special packages, or make previously optional equipment and trim standard. For the 2015 […]

May 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid first drive review: Plugging into the future

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid first drive review: Plugging into the future

It’s amazing how quickly people forget. Sometimes that’s good, like when you forgive and forget. Sometimes that’s bad, like when you forget that although gas prices might be at a low now, they always rise again, and usually to a higher price than ever before. The minute we see the numbers go down at the […]

May 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Heels & Wheels: knowing what women want

2015 Heels & Wheels: knowing what women want

No matter where you get your research from, the consensus is that the purchasing power of women is incredibly strong. Whether it’s automobiles or groceries, women are the primary decision makers. We do research, we ask the opinion of others, and we rely on more than emotions before we sign the contract. Understanding the female […]

May 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Sedona long-term review: 365 days of adventure

2015 Kia Sedona long-term review: 365 days of adventure

We all know that the glory days of the minivan are in the past. Sales that were once over a million annually have been cut in half, mostly because of the growth of crossovers, and the undeserved reputation of the minivan as the preferred ride of soccer moms. For those of us who have either […]

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Audi A3 road test: Small, frugal and luxurious

Audi A3 road test: Small, frugal and luxurious

Of course size matters but, when it comes to cars, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Consider the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, a new, small entry from the German manufacturer of highly regarded automobiles. With the introduction of the newest A3 models, Audi joins a growing list of carmakers who seek to increase sales by going down […]

May 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport review: Great stuff, if you like how it’s canned

2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport review: Great stuff, if you like how it’s canned

The advertising tag line for a jelly maker goes, “With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good.” Well, with a face like the 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, it must to be great. Or else. The Lexus spindle grille is, well, controversial, and that on the NX 200t is the largest yet, […]

May 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Trax road test: Just right for the big-city folks

2015 Chevrolet Trax road test: Just right for the big-city folks

To be honest, it took a while to wrap my brain around the 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT that I recently put through its paces. The problem is terminology. The Trax is referred to by many as a subcompact sport-utility vehicle. Isn’t that kind of like an oxymoron? You know, giant shrimp, tallest midget, etc. I […]

May 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Honda CR-V Limited AWD review: It’s not an SUV. It’s an SUV.

2015 Honda CR-V Limited AWD review: It’s not an SUV. It’s an SUV.

Let’s get on thing straight, the 2015 Honda CR-V isn’t an SUV. It’s an SUV. In other words, no, it’s not a “sport-utility vehicle.” Rather, it’s “suburban-utility vehicle.” What better to hustle the kids off to daycare, dash to the office, run past the supermarket, zip in to the dry cleaners, pick up the kids, […]

April 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ohio’s 2015 Honda Accord Touring V6: Red, Wright and Blue

Ohio’s 2015 Honda Accord Touring V6: Red, Wright and Blue

If under 40, you may not remember a time when GM, Ford and – to a lesser extent – Chrysler dominated the automotive landscape. What were then large sedans (and today would be regarded as midsize) were in everyone’s driveway, the pickup truck was rarely used by anyone outside of the cartage or landscape industries, […]

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