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Rita Cook

Articles by Rita Cook

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Auto review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

There are some vehicles that feel good, some that are made to get the job done and then there are the precious few that cover both. Published November 6, 2017

The 2018 Lexus LC500h. (Photo by Rita Cook)

AUTO REVIEW: 2018 Lexus LC500h hits the trifecta

If you want a car to catapult you from good to great while creating a built-in sexy factor then the 2018 Lexus LC500h has to be at the top of your wish list. Published October 10, 2017

For a joy ride or the daily grind of getting to work and home, the 2018 Acura TLX makes the driving experience fun. (Courtesy of Acura).

2018 Acura TLX flaunts sportier package with an all-around refresh

Acura's energetic vibe just took a fresh turn with the 2018 Acura TLX proving that a luxury sedan can flaunt a sporty look. Reflecting the new direction Acura is heading, the TLX can be defined as a midsize luxury sedan with attitude. Published September 28, 2017

The Honda Civic is now in its 10th generation as of 2016 and it is considered a midsize vehicle as opposed to the previous generation where it was a compact.  Indeed, this year’s Honda Civic has plenty of room inside for passengers or even in the trunk for hauling.  You can get the Civic in a sedan, coupe or a four-door hatchback, which is where the new 2018 Honda Civic Type R fits perfectly.

2018 Honda Civic mid-size features race car ready luxury

I had a double whammy Honda experience last week. I not only drove the 2017 Honda Civic SI, but then I flew to Seattle to test the new Type R for 2018. The experience with the Type R was both on the street and the racetrack. Published September 14, 2017

The Mazda CX-5 has always been a top performer in the brand's lineup. Now with an all new design in 2017, it has taken the compact crossover SUV market to an even higher level of perfection. (Photo courtesy of Mazda).

Mazda CX-5 is all about comfort and safety

The Mazda CX-5 has always been a top performer in the brand's lineup. Now with an all new design in 2017, it has taken the compact crossover SUV market to an even higher level of perfection. Published August 10, 2017

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 is the kind of user friendly vehicle that will allow you to carry as many as eight people and tow what you need behind you at the same time. (Photo by Rita Cook).

Lexus luxury on the 2017 LX 570 on road and off

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 is the kind of user friendly vehicle that will allow you to carry as many as eight people and tow what you need behind you at the same time. Published July 2, 2017

AUTO REVIEW: 2017 Kia Niro hybrid has lots of pep

Can you say compact hybrid crossover SUV with some snazzy offerings? If that's your thing, then the 2017 Kia Niro is going to be right up your alley. It's all new for Kia fans with competition like the Toyota Prius Hatchback, Ford C-Max Hybrid Wagon and the Toyota Rav 4 SUV. Published May 24, 2017

If you are tired of all the business as usual luxury brands then you might want to look into the 2017 Genesis G90. It fits the bill in the sedan world and is a brand all its own now. The 2017 Genesis G90 is all-new model since it recently branched off from Hyundai. And, while luxurious, the price tag is a bit friendlier than the competition. (Photo by Rita Cook)

2017 Genesis G90 luxury can play with the competition

If you are tired of all the business as usual luxury brands then you might want to look into the 2017 Genesis G90. It fits the bill in the sedan world and is a brand all its own now. The 2017 Genesis G90 is all-new model since it recently branched off from Hyundai. And, while luxurious, the price tag is a bit friendlier than the competition. Published May 11, 2017

The Honda Civic was redesigned only a year ago, so there is little change in the 2017 version. You can expect excellent miles per gallon and a good bang when you press the accelerator too. (Photo by Rita Cook).

2017 Honda Civic meets wants, needs in small car market

The Honda Civic was redesigned only a year ago, so there is little change in the 2017 version. You can expect excellent miles per gallon and a good bang when you press the accelerator too. Published April 24, 2017

The Mazda folks said this 2017 Mazda Miata is the perfect car for the “daily driver, a weekend toy and a multiple-time championship-winning race car, alike.” (Photo by Rita Cook).

REVIEW: 2017 Mazda Miata has drivers roadster ready

Driving should be an adventure. Certainly there are many choices to get the adventure started. However, last week when I drove the little 2017 Mazda Miata I actually found myself smiling when I thought about going anywhere. I was looking for adventure and trying to create new places to drive this little roadster. Published April 2, 2017

2017 VW Jetta

AUTO REVIEW: 2017 VW Jetta: compact-minded approach, sedan attitude

I drove the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta on a pretty hardy road trip last month and found that there was not only ample space for everything I needed to pack inside, but the Jetta also drove so smooth on the road I didn't even let my co-pilot drive. Published March 21, 2017