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The 2015 Acura TLX is all new this year and it replaces two of the past Acura options that were both well-liked in the sedan category. (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 TLX design joins two Acura sedans into one new model

Every time I have an Acura delivered to me to drive, I get all giddy like a school girl because I know the Acura brand never disappoints. While it might not be the sexiest car out of the gate, competition like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Volvo S60 offer no better "behind the wheel" experience than the new 2015 Acura TLX. Published February 8, 2015

2015 Toyota Sienna (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 Toyota Sienna offers ultimate mommy van experience

It's the ultimate mommy vehicle. With a variety of trim levels and a 2015 refresh, the Toyota Sienna is sturdier this year with simple tweaks to the interior and quality material, which also mean a real breath of fresh air. Published January 31, 2015

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop (Photo by Guillaume de Vaudrey)

An eight hour road trip proves the Mini Cooper has your back

It's hard to find fault with the 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop. I know because a few days after Christmas I took to the road for an eight-plus hour drive from Dallas to New Orleans in the Cooper, which included the Cold Weather, Premium and Sport's Packages. Published January 18, 2015

Like all Volvos, the 2015 Volvo S60 is all about style, luxury and the art of being. Volvo has put much attention into constant consumer safety, and in this S60 it is no different. The Volvo S60 has received excellent crash test scores, but even better you still get a strong engine and quality design. (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 Volvo S60 priced right in luxury sport sedan category

Like all Volvos, the 2015 Volvo S60 is all about style, luxury and the art of being. Volvo has put much attention into constant consumer safety, and in this S60 it is no different. The Volvo S60 has received excellent crash test scores, but even better you still get a strong engine and quality design. Published January 4, 2015

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade (Photo by Rita Cook)

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade's redesign set to spoil any driver

Loving the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is easy since there will be a lot to love for this amazing driving experience. You can get eight passengers inside, but the back row of seats is more kid than adult friendly. With the 4WD Premium version I drove, I could have lived in there since it's so comfortable and appealing. Published December 18, 2014

2015 BMW M4 (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 BMW M4 offers new name, but same style and comfort

If you are scratching your head wondering where the M4 came from, never fear BMW aficionados. It's really the M3 with a new name and slightly updated look minus a few doors and with a headier sense of style. Published December 7, 2014

2015 Beetle Convertible 2.0T R-Line (Photo by Rita Cook)

The 2015 love bug is the always popular Volkswagen Beetle refreshed

The cool vibe given off by the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle is love bug turned uber modern with a touch of masculine in 2015 too. While this car offers a certain persona and it's just the right oomph you might want to give out, the truth is the Beetle is great behind the wheel and is a sturdy, hearty car for any driver. Published November 16, 2014

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Get down to the business of owning the road in the 2015 Dodge Challenger

Want to turn heads this holiday season? Get yourself into a 2015 Dodge Challenger. Or if you want to be the most loved person on the planet, perhaps buy that special someone the 2015 Dodge Challenger. However, you want to do it, just consider the uber sexy 2015 Dodge Challenger. It’s a ride you can’t refuse. Published November 9, 2014

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2014 Ram 1500 offers turbocharged diesel V6

The 2014 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup with an over-the-top power train and a good clean ride inside as well as out. New in 2014, the Ram 1500 offers a turbocharged diesel V6 engine, but the 4.7-liter V8 is no longer available. The Ram folks have also added some changes to the 2014 trim levels as well. Published November 2, 2014

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Car Review: Lots of choices on this 2014 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck

Drivers and consumers overall just seem to like Toyota. Therefore, what Toyota fan can resist the 2014 Toyota Tacoma with its three cab styles, two bed lengths and, new for 2014, a new model called the SR appearance package as well as touch screen infotainment that is all new and improved? Published October 26, 2014

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h

CAR REVIEW: Hatchback hybrid fans unite with the 2014 Lexus CT 200h

While this Lexus hatchback might not be the fastest car out of the gate, it does have some high marks with new additions that were added for 2014 like the styling in the front and new wheels and a cool package addition called the F Sport. Published October 18, 2014

2014 Ford C-Max Energi 
Photo by Russell Dandridge

COOK: Car Review: 100 MPGe with the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi

It's a plug-in hybrid wagon that combines fuel economy with electric capabilities making this 2014 Ford C-Max Energi a real possibility in the five-passenger wagon market. While the Energi is a bit more expensive than its sibling the regular C-Max, in the world of hybrids, this option stands the test. Published September 21, 2014