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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

2017 Jaguar XF S

2017 Jaguar XF has sexy design, stellar interior

When I know I really want to look good behind the wheel, the 2017 Jaguar XF immediately comes to mind. Recently, I spent a week with the 2017 Jaguar XF S and it reminded me of my true love affair with this automaker. Published February 13, 2017

2017 Volkswagen Passat (Photo by Rita Cook)

2017 VW Passat delivers bells and whistles

It's a German mid-size sedan that meets the American standard of an easy price tag with plenty of bells and whistles. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat delivers a large trunk for hauling, plenty of room inside for all the passengers and a quiet, easy ride. Published February 3, 2017

2017 Subaru Legacy (Photo courtesy of Rita Cook)

2017 Subaru Legacy is go-to, all-season vehicle

Subaru is known for its sturdy disposition. As for the 2017 Subaru Legacy, it's a great go-to vehicle in the winter when the roads are less than perfect and a fun summer vehicle because it is a fun drive. Published January 23, 2017

An entry level Lexus could just be what the doctor ordered for the auto buyer dipping their toe into the luxury sedan market. The 2017 Lexus GS 200t is indeed a sure thing with a turbocharged engine, above average fuel economy and a price tag that won't give you sticker shock. (Photo by Rita Cook)

Turning heads in the world of Lexus, the 2017 GS 200t stands proud

An entry level Lexus could just be what the doctor ordered for the auto buyer dipping their toe into the luxury sedan market. The 2017 Lexus GS 200t is indeed a sure thing with a turbocharged engine, above average fuel economy and a price tag that won't give you sticker shock. Published January 19, 2017

The 2017 Volvo S90 replaces the outgoing S80. (Photo: Rita Cook)

2017 Volvo S90 has sleek design, 'Scandinavian Sanctuary'

The 2017, the S90 is all new and replacing the outgoing S80. Promising a sleeker design, this coupe touts new and improved LED headlights and a grille that gets noticed. The interior is the "Scandinavian Sanctuary" Published January 11, 2017