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With the G80 introduction for 2017, Genesis has also upped the ante with additional features including the Tech and Signature packages, which now come standard. (Photo by Rita Cook).

The 2017 Genesis a brand of its own touting the luxurious G80

With a list of reasons why you will love this vehicle, the 2017 Genesis G80 is quality and quantity wrapped into a nice little package that is arguably one of the best bangs for the buck in the full-size luxury sedan world. Published November 27, 2016

If you think the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is just another part of the Hyundai Santa Fe family, you'd be right and wrong. This one stands on its own in the small crossover SUV market versus the larger Santa Fe, which carries more passengers and has different personality traits. (Photo courtesy of Hyundai).

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport perfectly poised in small crossover market

If you think the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is just another part of the Hyundai Santa Fe family, you'd be right and wrong. This one stands on its own in the small crossover SUV market versus the larger Santa Fe, which carries more passengers and has different personality traits. Published November 20, 2016

Much like the 2016 version, the 2017 Honda Accord has one new trim added to the mix otherwise it's business as usual in the family market. (Photo by Rita Cook).

Choose the coupe or sedan on the 2017 Honda Accord

It's an easy vehicle to drive with plenty of room, good gas mileage and high safety marks in the world of the mid-size sedan. Much like the 2016 version, the 2017 Honda Accord has one new trim added to the mix otherwise it's business as usual in the family market. Published November 16, 2016

The trim levels for this six to seven-passenger midsize 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe include the base SE, Limited, SE Ultimate or the Limited Ultimate. (Photo courtesy of Hyundai)

The power of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe offers one of the best packages for the price than any other model in its category with the competition including the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. Published November 6, 2016

It's a full-size family adventure, at least that's what the Nissan folks are touting when they mention the redesigned 2017 Nissan Armada. An SUV with three rows, towing capabilities and an off road vibe, the Armada is a do it all kind of vehicle for the new year. (Courtesy of Nissan)

The 2017 family adventure begins with the redesigned Nissan Armada

It's a full-size family adventure, at least that's what the Nissan folks are touting when they mention the redesigned 2017 Nissan Armada. An SUV with three rows, towing capabilities and an off road vibe, the Armada is a do it all kind of vehicle for the new year. Published October 23, 2016

2016 Lexus RX 350 (Photo by Rita Cook)

Lexus redesigns 2016 midsize SUV

It's a complete redesign this year for the 2016 Lexus RX 350 and that means more comfort and an upgraded interior and exterior. Published October 16, 2016

If six-to-seven passenger hauling is your ordinary day, then the 2016 Infiniti QX60 is going to be a natural choice in the evolution of shopping for your next vehicle.  (Courtesy of Infiniti.)

The 2016 Infiniti QX60 holds seven passengers comfortably

If six-to-seven passenger hauling is your ordinary day, then the 2016 Infiniti QX60 is going to be a natural choice in the evolution of shopping for your next vehicle. Not only does the QX60 hold seven passengers, but it can get all those passengers moved around in relative comfort. Published October 9, 2016

The Volkswagen Beetle has always been known as a happy car. It's no different in 2016 so whether you opt for the coupe or the convertible like I drove, you will be smiling about it. (Photo by Rita Cook)

Four new fun colors for the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle

During the week that I drove the Sandstorm Yellow (one of the new colors) Beetle, every time I parked anywhere I noticed another Beetle would park next to me in the parking lot. Published September 26, 2016

Sporting an entirely new vibe for 2016, the Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned. Drivers and passengers alike are going to love all the room inside and the handling and feel behind the wheel is worth a shout out. (Photo by Rita Cook)

As 2016 hybrids go, the Chevrolet Malibu is the real deal

Sporting an entirely new vibe for 2016, the Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned. Drivers and passengers alike are going to love all the room inside and the handling and feel behind the wheel is worth a shout out. Published September 18, 2016

The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a smaller sized luxury crossover SUV, and like Volvo promises, it's safe with lots of space inside for comfort. (Photo by Volvo)

Volvo keeps a good thing going with the 2016 XC60

Welcome to the world of Volvo, this is still one of my favorite brands no matter what you put the company up against. The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a smaller sized luxury crossover SUV and like Volvo promises, it's safe with lots of space inside for comfort. Published September 11, 2016

Mazda's 2016 CX-9 offering meets all the requirements

Turning heads with a new design inside and out, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is more than just an attractive option on the outside since the exterior has been tweaked too. Redesigned for 2016, the CX-9 promises good fuel economy, a quiet ride and a variety of trim levels to meet anyone's needs. Published August 14, 2016

2017 Honda Ridgeline (Photo by Ross Hamilton)

2017 Honda Ridgeline is smooth, easy

What I know about the new Honda Ridgeline include its a smooth and easy ride, it's a mid-size pick-up and it has been fully redesigned for 2017. That's a lot for this Honda re-introduction plus the fact that you can also haul to your heart's content since the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Published August 5, 2016

Photo courtesy of Toyota

2016 Toyota Prius: An eco-friendly smart car

Go green in the perfect eco-friendly head turner. The 2016 Toyota Prius is not only long on great fuel economy, but also it looks good and behind the wheel it feels even better than ever before. The Prius has been redesigned for 2016 and you will definitely notice it is a quieter ride with a refined vibe both inside and out. Published July 22, 2016

All new 2017 Kia Sportage is turning heads

The Kia Sportage is a head turner for 2017 with an all new design that is both cool to look at and to drive. It's a small crossover, but it's big on perks and features since the Kia folks get the fact that more is well, more. Published July 10, 2016

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Car review: 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Indulge me (and yourself) just a little as you read my column because I am going to describe to you the details of the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn. If you have an extra $400,000 laying around, then don't hesitate to take one of these immaculate driving machines home with you. Otherwise, put it on your bucket list. Published July 1, 2016