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Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime: Better electric and gas mileage

What can car buyers expect from the Toyota Prius Prime that the base Prius just doesn't offer? To begin there is a larger battery and that means more electric-range mileage. Published December 8, 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

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

2017 Toyota Sequoia (Photo by Rita Cook)

Toyota Sequoia still an SUV crowd pleaser

Got the urge for a sturdy, reliable, three-row SUV? If so, then consider the 2017 Toyota Sequoia. It's unchanged for 2017, but the competition is still the same. Published July 14, 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

The 2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription

2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription is sexy

As always, when I'm delivered a Volvo for my weekly drive I get giddy all over. This time was no different when the 2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription parked itself in my driveway. Published June 9, 2017

The 2017 Kia Niro

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

Roadster ready with the 2017 Mazda Miata

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

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

For front passenger comfort, performance and a sexy design, the 2017 BMW X4 is a hit all around. (Photo courtesy of BMW)

2017 BMW X4 is a hit all around

While it is one of the sleekest looking SUV's I have driven in sometime, the BMW is still first and foremost all about luxury. Since you sit a bit higher you get a good look at what is going on around you on the road. Even if you are in what the BMW folks call a coupe. Published March 9, 2017

Overall, the ride and drive behind the wheel of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is an excellent experience with minimal noise and vibration. The handling and durability of the Ioniq will make you feel safe and secure and even better you know you will be doing your part for the planet. (Photo by Hyundai)

Hyundai's 2017 Ioniq is pure eco with a millennial target reach

Hyundai folks are saying the market for the Ioniq is the millennial set. Indeed, the millennial group is changing the conversation in the U.S. since there are more folks than ever moving to urban areas. With this urban migration also come car owners with different needs such as smaller vehicles and greater fuel efficiency and it seems the Ioniq fits this scenario. Published February 20, 2017