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April 15, 2016

Luxury and Electrics Lead at New York Auto Show

Hyundai_Ioniq-2016_New_York_Auto_ShowThe New York International Auto Show previews, held the week leading up to Easter every year, is the last stop on the auto show circuit for carmakers before the calendar turns over for these glitzy extravaganzas in September.

Because New York is the media capital of the world, carmakers like to save something special for the hometown of the world financial markets, the Broadway stage, and the Statue of Liberty.

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April 05, 2016

2016 Fiat 500X: The Italian Jeep

1__2016_fiat_500x___off_road_grilleAs automobiles converge in quality and design, their ability to surprise buyers becomes increasingly rare, but it does happen. Witness the 2016 FIAT 500X.

It is a new, fraternal twin offspring of the acquisition of America's Chrysler by Italy's Fiat, now called FCA, or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Built in a plant in Melfi, Italy, the 500X carries the same underpinnings as the new Jeep Renegade. But like many fraternal twins, they look nothing alike.

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March 31, 2016

2016 Hyundai Sonata: Bold styling stands out in the category

2016_Hyundai_Sonata-exterior_action-AskPatty_car_buying_programThe 2016 Hyundai Sonata has one of the boldest designs in the mid-sized sedan category, which has traditionally been conservative. It also delivers a lot of value in the way of features and content for the money.

The Hyundai Sonata holds its own and then some with segment leaders like Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. The BlueLink telematics system is one of the best in the industry. Styling is bold and attractive, and the interior is well-appointed. This sedan also comes in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, showing that Hyundai is taking a backseat to no one in quality or tech innovation.

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March 25, 2016

2016 Ford F-150 Offers Luxury in the Limited Trim

1__2016_ford_f-150_ltd_frontAfter a complete remake last year, Ford has now added an all-new, range-topping 2016 F-150 Limited edition to its lineup; also new are a special edition trim package and updated and first-in-class technologies.

The new Limited trim is designed for upscale buyers seeking an exclusive pickup that has added convenience and top-level craftsmanship. On sale this winter, the newest truck will slot above the Lariat, the western-and-Texas-themed King Ranch, and the Platinum edition models.

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March 18, 2016

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Has Bones to Stand Out

2__2016_hyundai_tucson__gor__highwayYou can't quite call the 2016 Hyundai Tucson "luxurious." In its price class, it doesn't have to be. Still, in Hyundai's latest effort to alter the pecking order in the compact crossover sport utility segment, the 2016 Tucson does tantalize with premium touches.

Check out the fine leather and stitching on the steering wheel, or the armrests softly padded to caress your calloused elbows. For appearance, how about those classy 19-inch alloy wheels? That's not your usual fare in a popular priced vehicle.

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March 11, 2016

The 2016 Smart Fortwo: Redefined -- even Smarter

1__2016_smart_fortwo__2When it first came to the U.S. nearly a decade ago, the diminutive Smart Fortwo had an unusual moniker and looked like a mini-car designed for the Hello Kitty product line or a kitschy parade car. And, although uniquely cute and appealing, there were a few rough spots that needed attention -- particularly in its power delivery and comfort.

Times have changed. Smart-marketer Mercedes-Benz has now redefined its Smart Fortwo, after selling 1.5 million models in 46 countries around the globe. Today's Smart Fortwo has grown up, even though it remains the shortest car sold in the U.S.

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March 03, 2016

The 2016 BMW 7 Series Offers New Altitudes of Advancement

1__2016__bmw_7_series__whiteThe 2016 BMW 7 Series enters its sixth generation as the German company's flagship sedan. This full-size sedan serves up several groundbreaking technological features for five model variations.

The new 7 Series is the roomiest sedan built to date by BMW, with class-leading rear-seat legroom. All are exclusively long-wheelbase models at 206.6 inches in length, which is 1 inch longer than their predecessors.

The 7 Series sedans showcase familiar BMW proportions, displaying a smoothly downward-sloping roofline, highlighted by a long hood, short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and a set-back passenger compartment that displays a sporting elegance.

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February 16, 2016

2016 Buick Enclave: Luxury Crossover with a Legacy

1__2016-buick-enclave-008Buick says its three-row Enclave utility vehicle has sparked this GM brand's renaissance since its introduction in 2007, resulting in numerous accolades for its safety, dependability, and value.

The 2016 Buick Enclave now brings more connectivity with OnStar 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot allowing passengers to connect up to seven personal devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets to high-speed wireless Internet. The luxury crossover comes in three lovely new exterior colors: Summit White, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and White Frost Tricoat.

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February 15, 2016

Cruising the 2016 Buick Cascada in the Florida Keys

2016-Buick-Cascada-Convertible-032-frontview-sSold in Europe since 2013 as the Opel Cascada, Buick is bringing the cute open-top 2+2 to the United States in an effort to capture some of the 125,000 annual convertible registrations. This is the first time in more than two decades that the premium brand has marketed a convertible in its lineup. Buick says the Cascada targets a space most recently vacated by the Volkswagen Eos, Chrysler 200, and Volvo C60 convertibles.

The Buick Cascada made its American debut in early January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and was launched to the media in Key West later that month. As a fan of drop-top driving, I can think of no better way to enjoy the top-down experience of a sporty convertible than to pilot it more than 150 miles along US Highway 1 from Miami to Key West, Florida. My driving partner during this event was Bob Nagy, an old friend from my Motor Trend days. You can read his more technical opinion on the car here at We cruised the highway for hours, experiencing the sun-runner with its top up and down on a variety of road surfaces; alas, the long, straight highway didn’t offer much opportunity to evaluate handling performance on twisty roads.

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Nissan "Winter Warriors" Are Ready For Any Snow Adventure

If your winter adventures include fantastic romps through deep snow, Nissan would like you to take a look at three concept vehicles debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show made especially for navigating snowfall, ice, and deep drifts. Such conditions would challenge even the most capable all-wheel-drive vehicles, but Nissan boasts these three aggressive concepts could take you anywhere you want to go.

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