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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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May 06, 2016

2016 Jaguar XF Takes Heritage Into The Future

2016_Jaguar_XF_S_V6_046When the 2009 Jaguar XF launched at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, I sat down to talk with Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum. Besides being a talented designer, Cullum is articulate and whimsical.

He mentioned, “It’s those small, intuitive touches that many people may not notice but we feel make a Jaguar a Jaguar.”

That still holds true for the 2016 Jaguar XF.

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May 02, 2016

Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Grows Appeal

2016_Toyota_RAV4_Limited_Hybrid-exterior_front“Until now, Toyota RAV4 sales have skewed towards female buyers,” said Bill Fay, Group VP and GM of Toyota. That was a surprise to me. However, he mentioned that they were trying to even out the score while growing the brand.

That just may happen with the introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid. While Toyota can boast sales of eight million hybrids; this is their first hybrid joining the small SUV market with competition including Honda CRV, Ford Escape, and Nissan Rogue.

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April 29, 2016

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Offers Exclusive Luxury and Off-Road Durability

2016_Mercedes-Benz_G_Class-15C395_003Over the past 34 years, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class has undergone quite a transformation from its origin as a military vehicle specifically built to tackle the toughest of terrains.

Since it was brought to the civilian market in 1979 as a luxury vehicle for traversing tough off-road terrain, the boxy G-Class -- also known as the Gelaendewagen or G-Wagen -- has provided the DNA for the other SUVs built under the Mercedes-Benz brand.

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