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[ 21 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on QX50 crossover keeps Infiniti in the game, begs for update ]

Infiniti has tried hard to get its mojo back.
Introduced the same year as Lexus, the company bolted on the scene with the Q45, a stunning piece that gave Jaguar a serious challenge. It hasn’t had a big sedan that adventurous since, probably because it’s more concerned with trucks and crossovers.
That’s not a big problem since the company’s crossovers and trucks are pretty good.
The QX50 is one of those crossovers. It started as the FX35 back …

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[ 10 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on Audi offers smaller Q3 with full size luxury benefits ]

Audi has been at the top of its game for the past decade, offering some of the finest automobiles on the planet. The company’s interiors are nearly unmatched and the exterior styling always turns heads.
Audi’s dip into the crossover and SUV pool has been as spectacular, so much so it’s now offering a smaller version of the successful Q5, the Q3. It is certainly handsome and well crafted but some may find it a bit …

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[ 1 May 2014 | Comments Off on XV Crosstrek is one make-sense hybrid ]

Subaru has always been thought of as a quirky car marker since it hit these shores decades ago. I don’t know if that thought is still accurate. Subaru offers a full line of cars that are, well, different, but fit into a variety of lifestyles. The XV Crosstrek offers all the Subaru stuff – all-wheel-drive, boxer engine, continuously variable transmission – but pushes the envelope by adding hybrid technology. It’s useful technology. Instead of bolting …

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[ 1 Aug 2013 | Comments Off on Nissan Juke kicks up fun with NISMO model ]

Nissan’s Juke seems to be a hit. I’ve seen many them running about town with various types of drivers from young to middle aged.
This was in the regular fun version. My first experience in the Juke came in NISMO trim, which the company introduced at the Chicago Auto show back in January.

If Juke owners are happy with regular, wait till they sample the extra crispy version. This thing is a blast.
The NISMO (Nissan’s tuner division) …

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[ 29 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Honda’s CR-V gains refinement, quieter ride ]

Is the Honda CR-V the perfect replacement for a minivan?
That depends on how much room you need. It’s big enough to carry a family of five and their stuff, but, again, it depends on how big the family is and how much stuff it has.
As a single adult the CR-V is almost too big, which isn’t a bad thing considering the good fuel economy.
How good? The CR-V gets 23 in the city and 31 on …

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[ 12 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Kia’s Sorento becoming first choice for shoppers ]

Kia’s Sorento is building a reputation as a great alternative to better-known crossovers from its bigger competitors.
The company is also proving that better-known isn’t always better.
The Sorento does everything about right. Ride comfort is good, Handling, good. Driving dynamics? Surprisingly good. Maybe because it’s between small and midsize. It’s bigger than a Toyota RAV4 and Honda’s CRV. It’s also a tad less expensive than both.
The Sorento is a smartly-sized crossover that can easily hold five …

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[ 25 Aug 2011 | 27 Comments ]
Explorer Takes Ford To Familiar Territory

Back in the day Ford sold a gazillion Explorers. It threatened to top the F-150 pickup as the best selling truck a couple of times. It seemed that every business, every family wanted one.
Then came the problems. Somehow, Firestone tires were beginning to blowout on Explorers — only on Explorers it seemed. There were a few more mechanical problems — and many lawsuits — and sales began to slide. The Explorer was also getting long …

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[ 23 Aug 2011 | 35 Comments ]
MKX Is Bright Spot In Lincoln Line

This is the Lincoln MKX, not the Ford Edge.
You may have guessed that by the larger grill and the slightly different shade of red. These cars are essentially twins. As always, Lincoln does upscale versions of Ford product.
Lots of people question this. Why pay more for the same vehicle just because it has a few more toys. Don’t we always pay more for essentially the same vehicle with a few more toys?
Sure we do, But …

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[ 22 Aug 2011 | 67 Comments ]
Acura ZDX Is A Bit Odd But Fun to Drive

The first thing I noticed about Acura’s ZDX is what everyone else seems to notice – this is one sharp car. Literally.
The architectural look to current Acura’s for me is stunning. I love the shield-faced noses that have taken over as the corporate face.
Most of the people who approached me about the ZDX commented on its looks first, then asked what it was. Most guessed it was expensive but thought it cost about $10,000 more …