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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

Mazda's 2016 CX-9 offering meets all the requirements

Turning heads with a new design inside and out, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is more than just an attractive option on the outside since the exterior has been tweaked too. Redesigned for 2016, the CX-9 promises good fuel economy, a quiet ride and a variety of trim levels to meet anyone's needs. Published August 14, 2016

2017 Honda Ridgeline (Photo by Ross Hamilton)

2017 Honda Ridgeline is smooth, easy

What I know about the new Honda Ridgeline include its a smooth and easy ride, it's a mid-size pick-up and it has been fully redesigned for 2017. That's a lot for this Honda re-introduction plus the fact that you can also haul to your heart's content since the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Published August 5, 2016

Photo courtesy of Toyota

2016 Toyota Prius: An eco-friendly smart car

Go green in the perfect eco-friendly head turner. The 2016 Toyota Prius is not only long on great fuel economy, but also it looks good and behind the wheel it feels even better than ever before. The Prius has been redesigned for 2016 and you will definitely notice it is a quieter ride with a refined vibe both inside and out. Published July 22, 2016

All new 2017 Kia Sportage is turning heads

The Kia Sportage is a head turner for 2017 with an all new design that is both cool to look at and to drive. It's a small crossover, but it's big on perks and features since the Kia folks get the fact that more is well, more. Published July 10, 2016

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Car review: 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Indulge me (and yourself) just a little as you read my column because I am going to describe to you the details of the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn. If you have an extra $400,000 laying around, then don't hesitate to take one of these immaculate driving machines home with you. Otherwise, put it on your bucket list. Published July 1, 2016

2017 Volvo S90 sedan

2017 Volvo S90 poised to turn heads

Come July, Volvo lovers everywhere are going to have just a little more to be excited about. That's when the 2017 Volvo S90 will be rolling onto the floors at a dealer near you. Published June 20, 2016

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander a game changer for the brand

The Mitsubishi folks are bandying the words "game changer" around with the 2016 Outlander since it is not just another all-new model being launched by the manufacturer. Nope, instead it is being touted as the new face of the brand. The Outlander is expected to strengthen and further define what Mitsubishi is all about. Published June 14, 2016

If you are looking for a compact sedan that plays nice with others but still stands out from the crowd, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta could be your new darling. (Courtesy of Volkswagen).

2016 Volkswagen Jetta offers variety of trim and engine choices

If you are looking for a compact sedan that plays nice with others but still stands out from the crowd, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta could be your new darling. Case in point, those German driving characteristics spill over into the personality of the Jetta and the high points include a large backseat and an engine that is smaller than in years past. Look for the turbocharged engine choices on several of the trim options too. Published June 8, 2016

With Lexus being serious about its luxury moniker, the 2016 Lexus RC F Coupe will not disappoint in this category. Coupling performance and high-end details to the tune of a vehicle that is refined, classy and overall desirable, the RC F is one to watch. (Photo by Rita Cook)

Fancy 2016 Lexus RC F the third with the F moniker from Lexus

With Lexus being serious about its luxury moniker, the 2016 Lexus RC F Coupe will not disappoint in this category. Coupling performance and high-end details to the tune of a vehicle that is refined, classy and overall desirable, the RC F is one to watch. Published May 26, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevy Suburban is big, bad, comfortable

It's big, it's bad and it knows it. What a combination, right? Well, it is the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban and in my case I drove the four-wheel drive half ton LTZ version. Published May 20, 2016

2016 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

Jaguar XJ sports some tweaks for 2016

It is inevitable that someday soon an automobile is going to be able to drive itself. Until then, there is always the Jaguar and more specifically, the 2016 Jaguar XJ. Published May 2, 2016

It looks like a classy sedan and it is, but the 2016 BMW 3 Series and particularly the 340i is a sporty rendition of a luxury sedan offering comfort, style and power behind the wheel.  This year all the 3 Series offerings have been tweaked a bit inside and out with not only suspension improvements, but also a name change from 335i to 340i, a new stereo offering and some fun new optional packages. (Photo by Rita Cook).

2016 BMW 3 Series welcomes the 340i

It looks like a classy sedan and it is, but the 2016 BMW 3 Series, and particularly the 340i that I drove, is a sporty rendition of a luxury sedan offering comfort, style and power behind the wheel. This year, all the 3 Series offerings have been tweaked a bit inside and out with not only suspension improvements, but also a name change from 335i to 340i, a new stereo offering and some fun new optional packages. Published April 24, 2016

Upgrades, new touches for 2016 Lexus LX570

It's a full size SUV that has luxury written all over it. However, the third row is not as comfortable as one might hope in this Lexus moniker so the eight passenger promise could be a stretch. Otherwise, there is little to grumble about with the 2016 Lexus LX570. In the second row there is more legroom this year with an expanded width and longer length. Published April 14, 2016

For Hyundai fans looking for a compact and sensible vehicle in the sedan world, turn your eyes toward the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. After all, the Elantra was Hyundai's impressive bestseller in 2015. The Hyundai folks are counting on more than that for 2017 though having rolled out a complete new look with new features that include technology tweaks that are pretty impressive, particularly on the two higher level trims. (Photo by Rita Cook).

It's a complete Hyundai redesign for 2017

For Hyundai fans looking for a compact and sensible vehicle in the sedan world, turn your eyes toward the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. After all, the Elantra was Hyundai's impressive bestseller in 2015. The Hyundai folks are counting on more than that for 2017 though having rolled out a complete new look with new features that include technology tweaks that are pretty impressive, particularly on the two higher level trims. Published April 3, 2016

Boasting not only first-rate fuel economy, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 also offers a nice style with a sporty feel and plenty of features inside that are meant to stand out against the competition. (Photo by Rita Cook)

Mazda offers the all new CX-3 subcompact crossover for 2016

It's a new offering from Mazda and it fits in well in the subcompact crossover market. Boasting not only first-rate fuel economy, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 also offers a nice style with a sporty feel and plenty of features inside that are meant to stand out against the competition. Published March 27, 2016

You know the Lexus RC lineup, but you don't know the new models yet that have been introduced in 2016. For example, the RC 200t, but you should know it. Indeed you will, well if you are a luxury coupe lover that is looking for an impressive fuel economy along with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. (Photo by Rita Cook).

The Lexus RC200t new to the RC lineup in 2016

You know the Lexus RC lineup, but you don't know the new models yet that have been introduced in 2016. For example, the RC 200t, but you should know it. Indeed you will, well if you are a luxury coupe lover that is looking for an impressive fuel economy along with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Published March 20, 2016