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June 20, 2016

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Buying Guide

Alt_fuel_vehiclesWith tougher emissions and fuel economy regulations on the horizon in 2025, automakers are working hard to build more hybrid, plug-in and electric vehicles in all shapes and sizes.

Here's our guide to understanding some of the most popular alternative fuel technologies, and some of the popular vehicles worth considering.

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June 17, 2016

TrueSavings: Six Great Deals for Summer 2016

IStock_86234767_LARGE-Ivanko_BrnjakovicSummer travel season is here, and as families start planning their road trip vacations, we’re collecting info on great deals on new cars.

This summer’s drop in average gasoline prices from $2.80 per gallon a year ago down to $2.37 nationwide per gallon as of June 14 (according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report) has further enhanced the appeal of compact and midsize crossover utility vehicles at the expense of family sedans, triggering higher discounts on midsize cars.

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June 14, 2016

Making News With the 2017 Hyundai Elantra

1344892_2017_ELANTRA_SEDAN-sideYou can sit in a press conference to learn about the improved performance, agility, and comfort of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Or you can drive it in real-life conditions that include high winds, low visibility, tornadoes, and flying debris.

On a recent 2017 Hyundai Elantra test drive that took us from New Orleans to the Mississippi coast, we experienced wicked weather conditions that included all of the above. The results were clear; what was happening outside did not interfere with our experience of the car. The Elantra -- which competes with Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Chrysler 200, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic -- certainly held its own during our turbulent road test.

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May 24, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Enhancing the Minivan with More Family Friendly Features

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-_005PFvccuspi2fb73c8beg4e1rriv9d-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterWhen my second child arrived 13 years ago, my husband and I recognized that my small Honda Civic coupe was insufficient for our family's needs, but when we decided to step up to a minivan, I chose to drive my husband's sedan and let him become the "Minivan Dad." For more than 30 years, minivans have been the ultimate family haulers, offering comfort and convenience, as well as practical flexibility for people and cargo; unfortunately, they've never been perceived as "cool."

Chrysler aims to change that perception with the introduction of its new seven- or eight-passenger Pacifica multipurpose vehicle, promising stylish design, cutting-edge technology, an all-new efficient hybrid powertrain (the segment's first), as well as all the comfort and convenience features we have come to appreciate in Chrysler's previous people movers.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Offers Innovative Back Seat Entertainment

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-kids in back 2-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterTaking a driving vacation with your kids always seems like a fantastic idea. Until that nagging back seat refrain, "are we there yet?" begins.

A good road trip gone wrong? Well, not if you’re driving the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the company’s newest minivan designed with everything parents could think of including an app titled, “Are We There Yet?”

The app displays the distance remaining to the destination and estimated arrival times -- all presented in a fun, colorful, and child-friendly graphics.

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May 23, 2016

2016 Toyota Camry: Just What Jane Q. Public Wants in a Mid-Sized Sedan.

2016_Toyota_camryToyota has been deft at combining its quality engineering with an eye for what Jane Q. Public wants in a mid-sized sedan.

The Camry received a significant makeover in 2015 with just small upgrades for the 2016 model year. The Camry — built in Georgetown, Kentucky — can boast being “America’s Car” as it has been among the country’s best-selling cars for many years.

The Toyota Camry remains the top-selling mid-sized sedan in America, but it has plenty of competition nipping at its rear tires. To Toyota’s credit, it has improved the Camry’s handling and steering responsiveness compared with the previous version. The Entune connectivity set-up works well to integrate your smart-phone and deliver app-based services to the cabin. A supremely competent sedan that checks all the boxes for most buyers.

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May 17, 2016

Everything You Want to Know About the 2017 Kia Sportage

10914_2017_Sportage_SX_Turbo_AWD“We are always reinventing ourselves. Like Apple and Starbucks, we have to come out with new products and services,” Michael Sprague, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors America said to us at the recent launch of 2017 Kia Sportage in San Diego, California.

From marketing blitzes that include the notorious Kia Soul hamsters to dancing Yo Gabba Gabba life-sized characters from a children’s show, Kia has continuously incorporated an element of surprise and fun. Since Kia began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 1994, it has grown far beyond what was expected of this once-small Korean company.

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May 11, 2016

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Luxury, Performance -- and Practicality

2017_Mercedes_Benz_AMG_GLS-_AS_0784-front_beautyAt the large end of its utility offerings is the three-row 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS, the only full-fledged seven-seater in the European premium SUV segment.

Like the GL before it, the new GLS -- the "S-Class among SUVs" -- combines spaciousness and luxury with impressive comfort, high-performance engines, and best-in-class safety.

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May 10, 2016

Powered by Diesel: 2016 Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport TD6

2016_Range_Rover_beauty_shotOn a recent launch of the 2016 Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 (diesel engine models) in Sedona, Arizona, we were put to the test rock crawling through red canyons, deserts, and rutted roads.

Every year the Range Rover gets easier to drive –the new edition even has technology that allows you to take your foot off the pedals on rough terrain. But that still doesn’t stop you from needing to know your boundaries. Our instructor, Jim West, gave me enough encouragement to make me feel awesome.

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