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The Kia Optima this year has been completely redesigned so whatever ideas you might have, put them away and take note of this new game in town. (Photo by Rita Cook)

Fully redesigned for 2016, take a look at the Kia Optima

For Kia loyalists, you are already going to know that the 2016 Kia Optima is a sporty option in the midsize segment, but offers plenty of hip styling as a sedan. The Kia Optima this year has been completely redesigned so whatever ideas you might have, put them away and take note of this new game in town. Published March 13, 2016

No competition for the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Roadster anyone? As in the all new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Standout features this year include not only upgraded safety, but also increased technology, a lighter bodyweight and a spunky performance putting this reasonably priced soft top on the road to success. Published March 6, 2016

Fitting into the midsize luxury sedan range, the Acura RLX is unadventurous in terms of styling. But for car buyers who want a good, clean looking vehicle that offers dependability the 2016 Acura RLX is definitely worth a look. (Photo by Rita Cook).

2016 Acura RLX offers standard midsize luxury and safety

Behind the wheel of an Acura, it just feels good and that includes driving the 2016 Acura RLX. Largely the same as in 2015, the 2016 model does offer a few changes like 19-inch wheels and added safety features. The Acura folks also did away with the base trim level this year. Published February 25, 2016

It's the all new 2016 Nissan Sentra with a totally revamped exterior and a refreshed interior adding to the reasons why this compact sedan continually gets high marks. In fact, with the new 2016 Sentra, the exterior redesign brings Sentra closer in look and feel to the new 2016 Maxima and the redesigned 2016 Altima. (Photo by Rita Cook).

The 2016 Nissan Sentra redesign adds comfort to compact

It's the all new 2016 Nissan Sentra with a totally revamped exterior and a refreshed interior adding to the reasons why this compact sedan continually gets high marks. In fact, with the new 2016 Sentra, the exterior redesign brings Sentra closer in look and feel to the new 2016 Maxima and the redesigned 2016 Altima. Published February 18, 2016

2016 Lexus ES 300h on the entry-level sedan hybrid shortlist

It's an entry level luxury sedan with an exciting list of new bells and whistles in 2016. It is also an excellent choice for car buyers looking to buy an entry level sedan with a hybrid moniker. Along with a silent cabin that has been tweaked to perfection there is also a new grille and a new safety package. The 2016 Lexus ES 300h most certainly hits all the high notes and count on impressive fuel efficiency and new colors choices as well. Published February 11, 2016

In this Lincoln MKX 2016 offering, Lincoln has not only given the MKX and entirely new look, but also add in plush, roomy and quiet. Even better, you get a turbocharged engine and a comfortable ride with adaptive suspension dampers that are new this year too. (Photo by Rita Cook).

Luxury meets crossover SUV in Lincoln's 2016 MKX redesign

Attractive crossover SUV meets redesigned luxury and it appears to be a perfect match. In this Lincoln MKX 2016 offering, Lincoln has not only given the MKX an entirely new look, but also add in plush, roomy and quiet. Even better, you get a turbocharged engine and a comfortable ride with adaptive suspension dampers that are new this year too. Published February 2, 2016

On the 2016 Scion iM Hatchback, the standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, all power accessories, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate, tilt-and-telescoping, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and the 60/40-split folding rear seats. There is also the rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connect, seven-inch touchscreen and six speakers with HD radio, Aha streaming Internet radio and one USB connect. (Photo by Guillaume de Vaudrey)

Toyota rolls out two new Scions for 2016

For Toyota Scion fans, take heed as the peppy little urban head turner has two offerings for 2016. Whether you want a Scion sedan or a hatchback, you got it. Published January 24, 2016

Third generation 2016 Honda Pilot new and improved

There are a number of reasons you might need three rows in your vehicle, but whether it's hauling children or just needing a lot of space to move things, check out the 2016 Honda Pilot. In the three-row crossover class, the Pilot is comfortable and redesigned for 2016. Published January 17, 2016

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is longer and wider than previous models. (Photo by Guillaume de Vaudrey).

The longer and wider 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Stop and take a look at the all new 2016 Hyundai Tucson because the look of Hyundai's latest 2016 offering is worth a second head turn indeed. Combining good looks, impressive technology and a strong engine, it's a triple threat in the subcompact meets compact segment this year. Published January 10, 2016

The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is not only stylish, but offers pure comfort and it's not so bad on the muddy roads during these winter months or even in the snow. (Photo by Rita Cook).

Ring in the new year with a mid-size Land Rover Discovery Sport

No better way to begin the New Year than with the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The Land Rover is not only stylish, but offers pure comfort and it's not so bad on the muddy roads during these winter months or even in the snow. Considered a luxury mid-size SUV with a capital L on the luxury part, the Land Rover Discovery Sport was all new in 2015 so for 2016 there have only been minor tweaks added. Published January 3, 2016

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a classy, yet still tough crossover. (Photo by Rita Cook).

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a classy, yet still tough crossover

What is it about the Jeep brand that I love? On the 2015 Jeep Cherokee you can definitely expect more off-road capability even in this small crossover section. So while you can take it out to play, you can also dress it up as a work vehicle that has more than enough class to keep you happy 24/7. Published December 17, 2015

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Carmakers showcase innovation for 2016 and beyond

As the end of the year rolls around, car manufacturers are happier than ever to showcase the best and brightest for the New Year and beyond, and there is quite a bit of news too. Published December 4, 2015

From the casual truck driver who just wants to feel the strength, to the driver who needs a reliable work truck, to the truck buyer who wants the top-of-the-line, indeed the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can fit all those needs depending on trim and configuration. (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a trim package for everyone

The toughest of the tough, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has so much to choose from all impressive to all powerful. Who doesn't like feeling that power behind the wheel, I know I certainly do. From the casual truck driver who just wants to feel the strength, to the driver who needs a reliable work truck, to the truck buyer who wants the top-of-the-line, indeed the Silverado can fit all those needs depending on trim and configuration. Published November 15, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Corvette still owns the sports car market. (Photo by Rita Cook)

2016 Chevrolet Corvette still owns the sports car market

Indeed, the word epic comes to mind when thinking of adjectives for the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette. Take that a step further and the Stingray Coupe that I drove becomes epic times 10. I mean who doesn't love the fact that everyone wants to tell you how much they love your car? Who can blame them since the Chevrolet Corvette is a crowd pleaser in both performance and beauty. Published October 21, 2015

The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth offers Italian sass at home (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth offers Italian sass at home

Get ready for the feisty little Fiat's latest incarnation, the 500 tweaked for 2016 with new styling inside and out. However, in 2015 from Italy with love, the Fiat still offers everything Americans love about the Italian style and sass from across the pond. Published October 11, 2015

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum a home away from home. (Photo by Rita Cook).

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum a home away from home

On a recent ride and drive in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Ford folks rolled out the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum trim where improved safety features, as well as an extremely comfortable ride, means this one will shine in the three-row crossover SUV market. Published September 28, 2015

2016 Hyundai Tucson redesigned and offers more passenger room. (Photo by Rita Cook)

2016 Hyundai Tucson redesigned and offers more passenger room

The redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a sight for sore eyes in the compact crossover segment with a turbocharged attitude and a new styling that is all about turning heads. Incorporating what is called the "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" in the new styling component, this Hyundai introduction also boasts more backseat comfort for passengers and added safety and technology tweaks too. Published September 22, 2015

New Rolls-Royce Dawn (Photos by Rolls-Royce)

New Rolls-Royce Dawn expected to bring in a younger owner

Folks at Rolls-Royce are also hoping to attract a broader, younger and more socially-aware audience around the world with this one too with a main goal to make a car that looks as beautiful with its roof up as with it down. One could almost say that the result of the design team's endeavor on this one has been to make the new Rolls-Royce Dawn two cars in one. Published September 13, 2015