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October 04, 2016

2016 Honda Accord: Accomplished New Looks

1__2016_honda_accord_sedan-AskPatty_Car_reviewIt's no secret that the Honda Accord is one of the most well-loved vehicles in the midsize market. It has been on the "10 Best" list of Car and Driver magazine a record 29 times -- something no other car has accomplished. Accord has been manufactured in Ohio since 1982, when Honda became the first Japanese automaker to move production to the U.S.

I traveled to Southern California to try out a few goodies in Honda's 2016 Dream Garage. The automaker makes over 600 products ranging from automobiles, power equipment, marine, powersports, to a jet. It's impressive. For me, however, the centerpiece of the garage is the 2016 Honda Accord.

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October 03, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Volt: High Fives to New Voltage

2016_Chevrolet_Volt-010_frontThe new Chevy Volt barely resembles its predecessor concept car that debuted in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show -- and that isn't a bad thing.

Now in its second generation for the 2016 model year, the Volt boasts a new, clean and sporty design in a cabin that seats five; it also has a re-engineered Voltec powerplant for improved power and efficiency, convenient updates to the charging systems including "Location-Based Charging," a new transmission, and enhanced MyLink infotainment features.

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September 30, 2016

Five Best-Selling Top Safety Pick+ Family Vehicles

39-car_buying_women-family_car_keys-thinkstock-460476069When shopping for a family-friendly car, safety is the first priority. IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles are recognized for superior crash safety performance.

Here are five of the best-selling 2016 winners.

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September 08, 2016

The Best-Selling 2017 Lincoln MKZ Offers Quiet, Potent Luxury

1__2017_lincoln_mkz__profileLincoln describes its 2017 MKZ as "quiet luxury"; however the new model has a potent engine that produces a siren song -- with an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Currently Lincoln's best-selling vehicle in North America, the midsize luxury sedan gets a significant mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model year that is zeroed-in on updated quality, performance and style. The 2017 MKZ is the first vehicle in Lincoln's lineup to adopt the company's new design language previewed on the Continental concept car. Competitors include the Cadillac CTS and the BMW 3 Series.

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Volvo XC90 Receives “Women's World Car of the Year” Award

1_Woman_car_of_the_year-volvo_xc90The 2016 Volvo XC90 has been selected as "Women's World Car of the Year" by an organization of 20 women motoring journalists from 18 different countries.

When a group of women automotive writers (myself included) traveled to to Sweden to present the award to Volvo, the President and CEO of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson, noted, "We are here today to acknowledge a very important segment of our customer base."

While it was the first time Volvo has hosted a press event just for women, Samuelsson suggested it would not be the last, "Our design concepts are just one aspect of where we are headed."

Besides having a legacy of safety, Volvo has a history of considering women in the design of their vehicles.

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August 31, 2016

2016 Scion iM: Toyota’s Small “Hot Hatch” Sibling

1__2016_scion_im___raodwayScion says its new 2016 iM hatchback is "waku-waku, doki-doki." Translation: Over-the-top excitement.

This Japanese brand within the Toyota stable was developed to attract the young and young-at-heart in the American market. Scion believes its 2016 Scion iM offers excitement, an impressive array of standard features, top-notch safety, and an affordable price. We agree.

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August 29, 2016

Six Labor Day Deals for Back to School

Six_labor_day_deals_for_back_to_schoolHas this back-to-school season already taught you that your family's cargo needs have outgrown your current vehicle?

Regardless of whether your preference for getting your crew to and from school has you shopping for something large and luxurious (like the Cadillac SRX), a convenient crossover utility vehicle (like the Jeep Compass), a functional family car (like the Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry), or an uber-utilitarian minivan (like the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country), the AskPatty Auto Buying Service has identified some of the very best deals to help new-car shoppers get back to school easier.

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August 26, 2016

Ladies: Sunday, August 28th is “#GoTopless” Day In Support Of Gender Equality

Obama_speaks_on_women_equality_day_2016On Sunday, August 28, 2016, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for a women’s right to go topless in public by participating in a #GoTopless activity near them.

According to, GoTopless Day always falls at the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day,  which occurs every year on August 26. It was on August 26, 1920, that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, the US Congress has made August 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day.” The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

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August 22, 2016

First Look: 2017 Genesis G90 Luxury Sedan

519_2017_Genesis_G90-front_beautyHyundai formally launched its new Genesis luxury brand at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January, with its first car -- the 2017 G90 flagship sedan -- a redesigned version of its previous Hyundai Equus.

Outside, Genesis calls its new design language "Athletic Elegance," highlighting the full-size sedan with an imposing, flat-nosed grille crowned with the winged Genesis emblem, LED daytime running lights, a bold arcing profile with elegantly creased sidelines, and standard 19-inch alloy wheels. In back, chrome dual asymmetrical exhaust tips are integrated in the lower bumper to balance the vertical LED taillights.

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August 18, 2016

Hyundai Launches New Genesis Brand With Premium Features and Luxury


Maybe you've seen, driven, or even own one of the Hyundai Genesis models. From their top-of-the-line Equus sedan to the spritely little Genesis coupe, they're sporty, sexy, and offer more luxury features than other models in the Hyundai lineup.

Following the example set by Toyota and Nissan -- who have already successfully extended their practical reputation with their own upscale offerings via their Lexus and Infiniti brands -- Hyundai seeks to expand beyond its value-driven personality into the luxury segment with its new upscale Genesis brand intended to compete against such premium German brands as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

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