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2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD review: So quiet

2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD review: So quiet

It was when four of us riding at, ah, highway speed on the Interstate that I had an epiphany of sorts. I broke into the conversation, probably rudely interrupting someone in mid-sentence, and said, “This is really quiet!” The “this” was a 2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD and the conversation was among two couples out […]

April 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport review: How good it is

2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport review: How good it is

Sometime we will have to stop explaining how it’s a really good car in spite of being a Hyundai, and change that over to it’s a really good car because it’s a Hyundai. And the reason we’ll have to do that is because of cars like the 2015 Hyundai Elantra. Simply put, our test Elantra […]

April 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500X first drive review: good things come in big packages, too

Fiat 500X first drive review: good things come in big packages, too

There’s a phenomenon that occurs when you test drive different cars on a regular basis. I don’t think there’s a formal name for it, but it happens all the time. No matter what vehicle you’re driving, you tend to notice (or notice a lack of) the same exact vehicle on the road; a type of […]

April 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 GMC Canyon road test: a pickup truck without the jiggles and joggles

2015 GMC Canyon road test: a pickup truck without the jiggles and joggles

An acquaintance who spent time driving the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon summed up what he liked best about the mid-size pickup truck in one simple sentence: “It doesn’t ride like a truck.” To me, that is a particularly important distinction between the Canyon and some competitors, including full-size pickups that capture the bulk of the […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Infiniti Q50 S AWD review: It’s new, and not the G37

2015 Infiniti Q50 S AWD review: It’s new, and not the G37

So when Infiniti says its Q50 is an all-new model, they’re right. But to say it has no predecessor is, well, let’s say that when the brand changed its nomenclature from G and M and QX and such to simple Q’s and QX’s, the midsize G37 sedan disappeared and the midsize Q50 arrived. It just […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV vs. Suburban: Shock and Awe

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV vs. Suburban: Shock and Awe

Founded in 1911, GM’s Chevrolet Division embraces its second century with about as much bandwidth – or brandwidth – as anyone (even the General’s founder, Billy Durant) might imagine. As the planet’s 4th-largest automotive brand, Chevrolet is sold in 115 countries, while its global client base can select from roughly 70 different models. In the […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Touring review: You can get most of what you want

2016 Mazda Mazda6 i Touring review: You can get most of what you want

As the Rolling Stones said, you can’t always get what you want. But if it’s a manual transmission in a midsize sedan you can. It’s just that the selection is very small, only three models from three carmakers. And of them, not all trim levels, the manual restricted to the base model as a way […]

April 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 review: Pure Truck and it’s garage-able

2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 review: Pure Truck and it’s garage-able

The absence of a mid-sized pickup truck under the Chevy Bowtie had Chevrolet hard core tuck enthusiasts floundering in a void. The last of the previous Colorado and its sibling GMC Canyon rolled off the assembly line a few years back and there was not much out there to fill that vacancy. The mid-sized pickup […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
2014 BMW X5 xDrive25d X-Line followup review: Doing time in a diesel SAV

2014 BMW X5 xDrive25d X-Line followup review: Doing time in a diesel SAV

When we first drove the BMW X5 xDrive35d, it was, well, a first-drive. And while BMW is generous with seat time on its press introductions, there’s nothing like spending quality time on our home turf to get to know a vehicle better. And so the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d. The X5 is BMW’s large sport-utility […]

April 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD Review: The Line Forms Here

2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD Review: The Line Forms Here

Less than 24 hours removed from the visual excess that comprised this year’s New York Auto Show (like, where should I start?), awaiting me at the D/FW Airport was – at least in stylistic terms – the proverbial breath of fresh air. In an era when a Camry is working overtime to be ‘bold’ (good […]

April 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
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