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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

Lexus did some work on the RX 450h in 2016 and made some styling changes, also adding key safety improvements. (Photo by Rita Cook)

Lexus 2017's crossover hybrid is the RX 450h

An all around good experience driving the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, you will not only enjoy the destination. But with this crossover, you will enjoy getting there as well. Published January 3, 2017

Long a fan of the Acura brand, my recent week driving the 2017 Acura MDX proved no different. It is a midsize SUV and it rides and drives with comfort and ease. Said to have a sportier vibe than most of the competition, this comes in part due to the new addition in 2017 of cleaner lines and a new grille. (Photo by Rita Cook).

Small, but efficient tweaks for the 2017 Acura MDX

Long a fan of the Acura brand, my recent week driving the 2017 Acura MDX proved no different. It is a midsize SUV and it rides and drives with comfort and ease. Said to have a sportier vibe than most of the competition, this comes in part due to the new addition in 2017 of cleaner lines and a new grille. Published December 22, 2016

The first thing you will notice about the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are the many options to choose from on this full-size pickup truck. Choices, choices, choices with three different cab selections and a smorgasbord of trims to consider when you are eyeing this heavy duty driving machine. (Photo by Ross Hamilton, Apple Sport Chevrolet, Texas)

Where to begin on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 options

The first thing you will notice about the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are the many options to choose from on this full-size pickup truck. Choices, choices, choices with three different cab selections and a smorgasbord of trims to consider when you are eyeing this heavy duty driving machine. Published December 14, 2016

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