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April 09, 2014

Audi’s All-New 2015 A3 Offers Lovely Luxury And Leading Technology

2015_Audi_A3_Sedan_F9R9279-frontviewBy Sue Mead

“You’ll be known by the friends you choose, so pick wisely,” my mother used to say, and Audi is saying the same thing today as the German automaker releases its all-new 2015 A3 compact sports sedan. To make its point, the manufacturer took a cadre of autowriters to Silicon Valley, the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, to draw attention to Audi’s in-car interface of connectivity and information management systems in the premium compact segment in America.  

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March 27, 2014

A Ladies’ Look at Mila Kunis’ 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge Edition Cabrio

2014_Fiat_500c_Lounge-exteriorAs we reported over at BlogHer, Mila Kunis has been spotted driving a Fiat 500 Cabrio around Los Angeles. What’s going on with the little car that Mila and Ashton are driving?

The couple recently announced their engagement and pregnancy. Engagement gift? Pregnancy gift? Doesn't matter, it's still cute. Painted black and sporting a flashy red soft-top, Mila’s Fiat Lounge Cabrio is powered by 135-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged engine boasting fuel economy of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

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March 26, 2014

Ford’s New Super-Fuel-Efficient Fiesta Is Small But Mighty

IMG_2479_SH_CropIt’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Ford Fiesta, having preordered my 2011 Fiesta sedan before they even arrived at Ford dealerships. It’s four years old now, and Ford has refreshed the fun Fiesta for the 2014 model year, in a midcycle makeover offering styling changes, improved technology, and a brand-new super-fuel-efficient engine choice.

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February 24, 2014

Ladies Will Love The 2015 Volkswagen Golf For Its Sporty Fun, And Practical Safety


2015_Volkswagen_Golf_bdgeThe seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been redesigned from the ground up. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is slightly bigger and more spacious than the model it replaced, but is lighter and more fuel-efficient. Popular with Volkswagen fans, the 2015 Golf is one hot little hatchback offering plenty of fun, sporty performance, and practical features.

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February 17, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Sonic: Fun To Drive And Fuel Efficient = Twice The Value

2013-Chevrolet-Sonic-sedan-and-hatchbackI spent two weeks driving two Sonic models, powered by two different engines, and two different transmissions, and I was pleasantly surprised. Turns out this little car is not only affordable, but it's also both fun to drive and fuel efficient, making it twice the value for a subcompact.

The only subcompact assembled in America, Sonic has been a successful vehicle for Chevrolet: Thirty percent of Sonic buyers are under 35, and nearly half of its buyers trade in a non-GM brand.

Chevrolet is especially proud of the car's excellent safety rating: Sonic is the first and only car in its class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the 2013 model was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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February 13, 2014

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: Automakers’ Hot Bodies and Taut Muscles Warm the Windy City

Kia_Niro_Concept-leadBy Sue Mead

Let’s face it, women are buying more vehicles than ever and while many appreciate the look of hot bodies and taut muscles, we also care about what’s underneath a pretty face. There’s plenty of opportunity to experience both at the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in America.

The special reveals for the motoring press have now finished and it’s show time for consumers to get up-close-and-personal with a captivating collection of all-new releases, charismatic concepts, and carry-over-but-updated production models for the upcoming year. In addition to the flashy exteriors in charming colors and under-the-hood ‘might and muscle,’ you’ll find some of the world’s latest and greatest technologies that range from audio, communication, and comfort upgrades to innovative safety features, designed to keep you and your family coddled and protected in your modern-day cocoon.

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February 11, 2014

Viva Volvo Las Vegas: Notes from Volvo's 2015 S60 Drive-E Reveal

2015_Volvo_S60_Las_Vegas-frontviewFront Page News:  The Volvo Car Group is undertaking an $11 billion strategy to boost the Swedish automaker’s position in the global marketplace.

New for 2014: The Swedish company just revealed a trio of 2015 Volvo 60-series models with the new Drive-E powertrains.  The trio consists of the V60 station wagon, S60 sedan, and XC60 crossover.

The skinny? In what's noted as the largest refresh in the company’s history, the four-cylinder lightweight, low-emission engines were developed in Sweden and will be implemented on each new model that Volvo rolls out in the near future.

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January 27, 2014

Hyundai Offers Family Flexibility with 2014 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Long Wheelbase

Moms shopping for a utility vehicle sometimes need help deciding whether they need two rows or three to accommodate their family. Sometimes two rows is sufficient, but other times, even a family of four may need three rows to bring along friends -- or just to keep feisty kids apart. Hyundai can accommodate both needs by offering families a choice between a long-wheelbase six/seven-passenger three-row Santa Fe sport utility vehicle or a slightly smaller five-passenger, two-row Santa Fe Sport crossover utility vehicle.

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Aside from the size difference inside and out (and the extra row in the larger vehicle), styling and design across both models is similar. Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe together, with the primary differentiating element being the side window shape: the larger Santa Fe side windows highlight the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat. Choosing between the two vehicles ultimately comes down to the buyer’s size and budget requirements.

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January 23, 2014

All-New Family Friendly 2014 Toyota Highlander Travels the High Road

2014_Toyota_Highlander_frontviewBy Sue Mead

I had a difficult choice to make recently: to travel to Detroit, Michigan, in the dead of winter to hear some new car news and attend a few holiday parties, or travel to sunny Carmel Valley, California, to try out the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander

Hailing from a cold clime, of course the warmth of coastal California appealed to me, but I was also very excited to take a look at the third-generation Highlander, a mid-sized crossover SUV made by the Japanese brand that has become known for quality and dependability.

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January 13, 2014

Cadillac’s Awesome Safety Secret: Rear-Seat Passenger Sensing System

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If you’ve got kids, this secret safety feature is one every parent should know about: Officially called the “second-row passenger belt reminder light,” this feature found in the Cadillac SRX tells the driver which rear seat belts are occupied and safely belted when the vehicle is moving; this means you can tell if your wiggly kidlet has unbuckled his seat belt without taking your eyes off the road to look.

Unofficially, it's like having eyes in the back of your head, Mom. It's an awesome safety feature, but not many parents know to look for it when shopping for a family car.

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