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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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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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